Cunard and P&O pull out of Turkey

Fred. Olsen’s top five destinations: Istanbul

Carnival Corporation’s British brands, P&O and Cunard have announced that they will be pulling out of Turkey in 2017.

In a joint statement, the company said: “After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to remove Turkey from all itineraries in 2017 for both Cunard and P&O Cruises, based upon various sources including advice given by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“The Turkish ports have been replaced with either Greek ports of call or Sarande which is in Albania.”

Cruise lines began pulling out of Istanbul following a terrorist attack last June, which killed 42 people. Lines such as Azamara, Cunard, Seabourn, Silversea, Windstar, Star Clippers and TUI Cruises have continued to call at other Turkish ports during next summer while others, such as Crystal, Disney and MSC Cruises, decided to pull out of Turkey altogether in 2016.

Sam Ballard

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