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Oceania cuts back on Mediterranean cruises for 2012…

Posted on 19 August 2011


Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gather in the port city of Alexandria, Egypt, on February 8.

 In yet another sign that cruise lines are having trouble selling Mediterranean voyages, Oceania Cruises today announced it was canceling nine sailings in the region scheduled for the fall of 2012.


The upscale line says the 684-passenger Regatta, which had been scheduled to operate the voyages, instead will head closer-to-home for a series of trips along the East Coast of Canada and New England and to the Caribbean.


 The new trips include a 14-night “Colonial Passage” voyage from Lisbon to New York scheduled to kick off on Sept. 11, 2012 and a 12-night “Coasts & Coves” voyage from New York to Montreal starting on Sept. 25, 2012.


Also added: A 12-night “Coasts & Coves” trip from Montreal to New York starting on Oct. 7, 2012; a 14-night “Autumn Vistas” trip to-and-from New York starting on Oct. 19, 2012; a 25-night “Enchanted Amazon” trip from New York to Miami starting on Nov. 2; and a seven-night “Caribbean Interlude” sailing starting on Nov. 27.


The canceled Mediterranean voyages include several cruises that had been scheduled to stop in Egypt or Tunisia, countries that have become less appealing to vacationers in the wake of this year’s political turmoil across Northern Africa and the Middle East. Just this past week, Europe’s largest cruise line, Costa Cruises, announced it was dropping Egypt and Tunisia from dozens of Mediterranean voyages planned for 2012 due to the “persistent negative perception” of the countries in the wake of this year’s uprisings.


The line says pricing for the new trips starts at $1,499 per person (for the seven-night voyage).


Source; USA Today

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