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Crystal Cruises cancels stops in Turkey for safety reasons
Posted on 18/01/2016

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Crystal Cruises has announced that it is cancelling two upcoming stops in Turkey, following a recent attack on tourists in Istanbul.

Crystal Cruises' ship Crystal Symphony will no longer make its scheduled stops at the Turkish destinations of Istanbul and Kusadasi on April 24 and May 1. Instead, the ship will be rerouted to ports in Greece, the cruise company announced on Monday.

No more Turkish stops

No more Turkish stops
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The company will also change the schedule for its new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, which was due to stop in Turkey in April and November. The yacht's new itinerary has not yet been confirmed.

Another cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, has also announced that it will redirect all its overnight stays to Istanbul. Royal Caribbean International has not scheduled any changes to stops in Turkey but has stated that it is "closely monitoring" the situation.

The Associated Press said that the company had taken its decision "in response to ongoing security concerns". It follows recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, including a suicide bomb in Istanbul which killed 10 tourists last week.

Crystal CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez said: "The safety and peace of mind of our guests are our primary concerns and we do not take any risks with either, adding that his customers can go on the holiday they have already planned "without the added worry of security in a particular destination".

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