MSC Cruises and Princess Cruises canceled calls in Athens Thursday due to a planned 24-hour strike that took place.

Princess and MSC, and other cruise lines with plans to call in Athens over the next few days, say they are monitoring the situation as political unrest in Greece continues.

The MSC Musica and MSC Armonia did not call in Piraeus, Athens' port area, on Thursday. Instead the Musica called in Nafplion, and the Armonia called in Mykonos.

In anticipation of the strike, the Ruby Princess extended its call in Venice an extra day, departing May 19 instead of 18, and went directly to Kusadasi, Turkey, where it arrived Friday.

Princess told passengers that the strike would "present problems with local transportation, shops and monuments, much of which will be closed the day of our visit. In addition, it creates safety concerns that naturally occur with large public gatherings. Therefore, we do not believe it is in the best interest of our passengers to make a call to Athens."

Seabourn Cruises said that the Seabourn Odyssey, which begins a charter tomorrow in Athens, is expected to sail as planned, with the strike having ended.


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