Terrorist attacks on the US consulate and other parts of Turkey lead to dropped cruise calls.
Italy-based cruise line Costa Crociere is suspending its remaining stopovers in Turkey this 2015 – to Istanbul and Izmir – in favor of alternatives in Greece, Italy and Malta. The affected vessels are the Costa Deliziosa, the Costa neoClassica, and the Costa Pacifica. The announcement follows safety concerns stemming from an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, and other terrorist activities against the country’s security forces that resulted in 11 injured and the deaths of 9 people in different parts of Turkey over the course of a single, tragic August day.
The attack on the Consulate was claimed by a Marxist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C). The organization is also known for attacking the US Embassy in Ankara in 2013, which had led to the death of a soldier.
Many other cruise lines make stops in Turkey, and as of this writing, have made no announcements on the suspension of calls for 2015.
Cruising is one of the best ways to see and experience the world. It usually comes with comfortable journeys safe for whole families, taking them to carefully curated stops for planned activities. Cruising has opened up so many corners of our planet to tourism, both for the benefit of the travelers as well as the local economies they visit.
Unfortunately, threats of violence are, in effect, closing up some of the world’s most storied destinations. While the cruise lines making the vital decisions to suspend calls admirably have passenger safety in mind, at the end of the day, tourists still miss out on valuable cultural experiences and locals miss opportunities to earn income (see related articles “MSC Cruises: Suspends 2015 Stops in Egypt and Ukraine”; “Major Cruise Lines Cancel Stops at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico”; and “Tunisia Declares State of Emergency, MSC Drops Calls.”). We at Kemplon Engineering can only hope that one day, a more peaceful world can facilitate safe and enjoyable travels for anyone with the opportunity and desire to do so.
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