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Offline CAP

QE Caught Up In Middle East Conflicts
« on: Nov 28, 2012, 02:39 PM »
Queen Elizabeth is just concluding the last of her Holy Land cruises but this one appears to have been hit with some bad luck.

The itinerary for this voyage has her calling in at Haifa and Ashdod, both visits being cancelled presumably due to the recent troubles in Gaza/Israel.  Following her track, it appears she never ventured anywhere near the area.  This obviously disrupted the middle part of her schedule which caused a diversion to Antalaya in Turkey as well as timing changes to other calls.

She was also due to put into Alexandria, Egypt and that too was cancelled, again presumably because of the recent internal struggles in the country.  After appearing to cruise aimlessly for a while she hurried off to Santorini before a new stop, Valletta.

Her final two calls are Naples and Civitavecchia but although QE entered Naples bay today she turned around and sailed out!  Not sure the reason for this but she is now currently heading for her final stop on this cruise tomorrow.

Wonder what the passengers guests are making of this and also if anything is being.was done to remunerate them for the changes?

Offline andyh

Re: QE Caught Up In Middle East Conflicts
« Reply #1 on: Feb 03, 2013, 10:11 AM »
We did the Holy Land cruise last year and we had Ashdod cancelled but had two days in Haifa instead, where all the trips were run from, made for a longer day for the Ashdod trips, but worked well, Israil was a pleasant country to visit, our Egypt call was Port Said, armed guards all the way to Cairo and back, and megga amounts of hassle at the Pyramids

Online cunardqueen

Re: QE Caught Up In Middle East Conflicts
« Reply #2 on: Feb 04, 2013, 03:43 AM »
  and megga amounts of hassle at the Pyramids   

and thats only from the souvenir sellers....they dont understand the word no. second only to carpet and leather shops in Turkey, avoid them like the plague.
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