With terrorism concerns everywhere, it is often easy to over-react. Many cruise lines have now cancelled their port calls in Istanbul…..one of the world’s most exotic cities. We feel this is un-necessary, as incidents can happen anywhere. In fact, the Paris bombing claimed more victims than Istanbul, yet we don’t see large flight cancellations to Paris.
We applaud Holland America for not following suit and continuing to offer this great port of call. Holland America’s Eurodam is due to spend the night of July 22; and that port of call is still on the books, according to the line. In a statement, the line said: “Holland America Line is closely monitoring the situation in Turkey. The company analyzes information regarding safety and security from many sources, which includes liaising with government intelligence agencies and on-the-ground port security assessments. We are assessing our upcoming scheduled visits to Istanbul. Should any decisions be made regarding itinerary changes, it will be closer to the scheduled call date and communicated with booked guests and their travel agents. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.”
And remember, Holland America has a Catholic priest on every cruise.