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Because of the ongoing security concerns for travel within Istanbul, Crystal Cruises has announced that it will reroute two of its upcoming cruises that were set to call in Turkey. The itineraries include Crystal Symphony’s April 24 and May 1 trips, previously planned to include visits to Istanbul and Kusadasi. These ports will be replaced with Greek destinations.
“The safety and peace of mind of our guests are our primary concerns, and we do not take any risks with either,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president,. “The itinerary changes will allow our guests to continue with their planned vacations in the same standard of excellence and luxury, without the added worry of security in a particular destination.”
In addition, Turkish ports of call scheduled for April and November aboard Crystal’s new yacht, Crystal Esprit, will also be changed. Note: The new itinerary is not finalized at this time.
The new itineraries for Crystal Symphony include the following:
April 24 (seven days): Athens/Piraeus, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Souda Bay/Chaina (new destination), Navplion (overnight and new destination), Hydra and Athens/Piraeus (overnight and new destination), Greece.
May 1 (12 days): Athens/Piraeus (overnight and new destination), Patmos (new destination), Rhodes (new destination), Mykonos, Santorini, Navplion and Argostolios, Greece; Crotone, Sorrento and Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy.
The President’s Cruise, on April 24, will be one of Crystal’s few voyages to solely sail in Greece.
On both dates for Crystal Symphony , the pre-reserved Crystal Adventures will automatically be canceled. Crystal is in the process of developing a host of new excursions ashore, which will be available in the online Guest Check-In/Priority Check-In & Planning Center (PCPC) at crystalcruises.com.