Going on a cruise is one of tourism’s great delights. From mighty ships to smaller vessels and from adult-themed excursions to family friendly trips, there is something for every taste and something to fit most budgets. One of the best things about cruising is that it gives so many people an opportunity to go on exciting itineraries and see the world’s most captivating places. Clusters of ports in all corners of the globe expose tourists to different cultures, and also offer many countries vital tourism revenues.
Sadly, our conflicted world with its myriad of complex security concerns is discouraging people—not to mention the cruise companies responsible for their safety—from visiting certain areas. MSC Cruises, for example, has recently announced they are replacing 2015’s remaining stops in Egypt and Ukraine amid security concerns. Kemplon Engineering reports.
MSC Cruises has recently announced it is pulling their remaining 2015 stops in Ukraine and Egypt. It should be noted that there is political unrest in the two countries. In the alternative, the cruise line is offering various Mediterranean calls which echo the “spirit” of the original plans. The company emphasized that the company’s priority is the safety of their passengers and crew. Affected ships include autumn 2015 to winter 2016 travels for MSC’s Sinfonia, Opera, Fantasia and Musica.
While the cautious actions of cruise companies like MSC are understandable and even laudable, it’s also unfortunate that there are some truly stunning locales that cruise-goers might miss out on, and that countries cannot get much-needed economic boost from, because of safety issues. We at Kemplon Engineering hope that the security situations improve in these canceled stops and in many other conflicted corners of our beautiful world, so that we can all continue to share in the beauty of different cultures in an atmosphere of friendship and safety.
^ Bergman, Jamey. “MSC Cruises Cancels Sailings in Egypt and Ukraine.” Cruise Critic, 23 Apr 2015. Web. 04 May 2015. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6321
^ Christoff, Janeen. “MSC Cruises Replaces Autumn and Winter Calls in Egypt and Ukraine.” Travel Pulse, 23 Apr 2015. Web. 04 May 2015. http://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/msc-cruises-replaces-autumn-and-winter-calls-in-egypt-and-ukraine.html
^ “MSC Cruises Drops Calls in Ukraine and Egypt amid Safety Concerns.” World Maritime News, 24 Apr 2015. Web.04 May 2015. http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/158926/msc-cruises-drops-calls-in-ukraine-and-egypt-amid-safety-concerns/
^ “MSC Cruises Replaces Egypt and Ukraine Calls.” Travel Agent Central, 23 Apr 2015. Web. 04 May 2015. http://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/msc-cruises-replaces-egypt-and-ukraine-calls-51148