Continued Greek Unrest May Impact Cruises

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#2
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I am truly hoping this will get resolved very soon..

Our cruise is not until sept 09 but seems the social climate in Greece is not what we expected... We have non-refundable air & most of our Solstice ports are in Greece....If we are able to go we will only take ship's excursions .just in case!

We already cancelled one trip due to fires,,,
#3
Boston, MA
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Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by hcat
I am truly hoping this will get resolved very soon..

Our cruise is not until sept 09 but seems the social climate in Greece is not what we expected... We have non-refundable air & most of our Solstice ports are in Greece....If we are able to go we will only take ship's excursions .just in case!

We already cancelled one trip due to fires,,,
Can't predict what will happen during the next year -- and especially when tourist season rolls around next summer in Greece -- but I will say that while the unrest initially spread to the Greek Islands, the epicenter is in Athens. Haven't heard much on islands like Santorini, Mykonos, etc. being in the headlines.

The US Embassy in Athens just updated their traveler advisery saying the following. Things are calmer, but ... "While the intensity of civil disturbances in Greece has diminished somewhat, demonstrators continue to periodically block streets, confront police, and engage in vandalism. Athens' Syntagma square is the most common venue for protests in the capital and should be avoided."

I've seen no indication that the protestors/vandals have in any way targeted travelers. They're angry at the government, or perhaps just angry and disaffected in general.

So far, MSC Cruises, whose ships are scheduled to visit Piraeus in the next few days, have not reported any itinerary changes. Everyone is still closely "monitoring the situation."
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