MSC Cruises has suspended ports of call to St Petersburg in Russia on all four ships that will visit the city as part of its Baltic cruises in 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Some cruise lines include MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises and Fred. Olsen has modified upcoming Baltic voyages due to Russia and Ukraine War.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was cause airspace closurewhile the Foreign Office has changed its advice warning Britons against traveling to Russia.
Cruise lines have begun modifying their itineraries due to the conflict.
MSC Cruises has announced that it will suspend ports of call to St Petersburg, while Carnival Corp – the group behind Princess Cruises – said it would amend the itinerary, adding in a statement, “We support it peace”.
Meanwhile other companies such as P&O Cruises and Fred Olsen have also announced plans to modify the cruises – Fred Olsen has revised the May itinerary aboard the Balmoral cruise ship.
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MSC Cruises has announced that it will suspend four ports of call for ships to St Petersburg in Russia.
The shipping line said it would be suspending ports of call to the city scheduled for May through October, “due to recent developments in the area and related security concerns”.
No MSC ships are currently visiting St Petersburg, but the city is already in the itinerary for sailings this summer aboard the MSC Preziosa, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Poesia and MSC Virtuosa vessels.
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The company said the health and safety of passengers and crew was “a top priority” and it was working with other destinations to find alternative ports such as Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn.
It added that affected customers will be contacted directly with travel agents to discuss the exact details and new arrangements.
Carnival Corporation, the parent group of brands like Princess Cruises, said in a statement: “In light of recent Russian attacks in Ukraine, Carnival Corporation brands will be modifying our itinerary for the week. until alternative ports can be confirmed. We stand for peace.”
Peter Deer, CEO at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said in a statement: “The safety of our guests and crew is always our number one priority, and we are monitoring the situation in Russia and Ukraine very closely.
“Our first cruise to either of these two countries was in May, on our ship Balmoral, and we’ve decided to modify this itinerary. Instead of visiting St. Petersburg of Russia as planned, we have changed course and our guests will now visit Stockholm and Visby in Sweden.
“We remain in close contact with our destination partners in this part of the world and will continue to monitor all of our trips to this region. We will, of course, notify you.” notify guests of any changes to their itinerary.”
P&O Cruises has said it will modify its Baltic cruise itineraries, though the airline has yet to share specific details.
A statement from the cruise line explains: “In light of the current situation with Russia and Ukraine, we will be modifying itineraries on the Baltic Sea cruises.
“Our top priority is compliance, protecting the environment and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew members, beachside staff, and those in the places we come into contact with.” and we will notify guests of the changes as soon as possible.”
The cruise line is “monitoring events” and has planned alternate ports of call.
A spokesperson for the brand told the Mirror: “The safety of our guests and crew is always our top priority. We’re constantly monitoring events around the world, including the situation. With recent events, it is increasingly uncertain if we will be able to visit St.Petersburg, Russia, on schedule.
“We’re already planning alternative ports and will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks. Our guests and travel advisors will be the first to know of any updates we need. It’s done to keep everyone safe. Travelers can feel comfortable knowing they can reschedule their excursions with our Cruises with Confidence program.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/cruises/cruise-lines-including-msc-cruises-26355453 Cruise lines including MSC Cruises and Fred Olsen leave Russia for upcoming cruises