Weather. The global political situation. New industry developments. It all impacts the world of cruising. Here's a quick look at what's new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip...
When there are increased security concerns in a foreign country, cruise lines tend to get skittish. Following a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in August, Celebrity Cruises cancelled an overnight call in Istanbul this week and Costa Cruises cancelled all of its Turkey port calls for the rest of 2015. Passengers onboard Celebrity Reflection will miss such sights as the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque -- instead overnighting in Piraeus, Greece, the port city for Athens. Costa guests will be re-routed to Greece, Italy, and Malta.
If you can get away for three months on a world cruise -- well, first, we're jealous. But the main news is that there’s a new itinerary to look forward to: Cunard's just-announced 2017 Queen Mary 2 World Cruise, which goes on sale September 10. The 132-day round-trip cruise from New York, embarking January 3, will travel more than 37,000 nautical miles and visit 40 ports in 23 countries, including 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
In the world of unusual theme cruises, you've got to love this one: the Conspira-Sea Cruise, for those into conspiracy theories. Onboard the one-week Mexican Riviera cruise on the Ruby Princess will be whistleblowers, alien trackers, mind control experts, and a host of other interesting folks. Bonus: There’s actually a holistic health angle to the sailing, too—which makes the departure city of Los Angeles very logical. Currently, Bring-a-Friend special rates start from $1,279 per person, based on double occupancy and including seminar access.