Cruise Lines Cancel More Calls in Turkey After Attempted Military Coup

By ,   July 19, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Following the failed attempt by Turkish military to overthrow the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, major cruise lines have begun canceling port calls beyond Istanbul.

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean are among those that altered their itineraries due to airport closures and political turmoil. All three lines replaced scheduled visits to Kusadasi with sea days or nearby ports in Greece. Celebrity also canceled a Bodrum call and will instead visit Sicily.

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The U.S. Department of State is warning U.S. citizens of the increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey and to avoid travel to the southeastern part of the country. It adds, 

"In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time."

Federal Aviation Administration released a notice prohibiting United States airline carriers from flying to / from Ankara and Istanbul airports. 

Similarly, the Commonwealth and U.K. Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Turkey's most southeastern part (all travel in some regions). It adds that tourists should be vigilant in resort cities like Bodrum and Marmaris. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cautions travel to Turkey, highlighting Ankara and Istanbul.