Crystal Cruises has announced that it is cancelling future visits to Turkey in 2016 due to ongoing security concerns. The luxury cruise line will re-route two of its upcoming voyages set to call in Turkish ports.
Crystal Symphony’s April 24 and May 1 sailings, which were originally scheduled to visit Istanbul and Kuşadasi, will instead divert to Greece.
Effective immediately, the voyages will reflect the following itinerary changes (*=newly changed destination):
24th April (7 nights) – Athens/Piraeus, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, *Souda Bay/Chaina, *Navplion (overnight), *Hydra and *Athens/Piraeus (overnight)
1st May (12 nights) – *Athens/Piraeus (overnight), *Patmos, *Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Navplion, Argostolios, Crotone, Sorrento and Rome/Civitavecchia
“The safety and peace of mind of our guests are our primary concerns and we do not take any risks with either,” said Crystal CEO & President, Edie Rodriguez. “The itinerary changes will allow our guests to continue with their planned holidays in the same standard of excellence and luxury, without the added worry of security in a particular destination.”
The line’s new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, which joined the fleet last month, will also be diverted away from Turkey in April and November, although alternative ports have not yet been finalised.