Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cruise Lines Cancel Mumbai Port Calls

By now you've heard of the massive terrorist attacks that targeted Western visitors in the Indian business center of Mumbai. Cruise lines with scheduled stops there are watching the situation closely and altering their itineraries accordingly.

Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas, already on a 27-day voyage from Rome to Singapore, was scheduled to arrive in Mumbai tomorrow for a 2-day stay but now will go elsewhere.

Oceania Cruises has revised the itinerary for Nautica and will bypass Mumbai on Dec 9 Alternatives to other Indian ports are being considered should the security situation warrant. At present, calls at Mormugao, Mangalore, and Cochin are planned to be moved up a day, and Nautica will add a stop at Male in the Maldives on Dec 13 to replace the call in Mumbai.

Azamara Quest's Dec 7 call has also been cancelled, but no revised itinerary has been announced.

On its 18-day Dubai to Singapore cruise, Seabourn Spirit, will skip its Dec 7 Mumbai call and remain at sea with a stop in Goa on Dec 8. The remainder of the itinerary is not changed.

Mumbai the popular port where passengers can hop off for overland trips to the Taj Mahal.

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