MIAMI -- Citing
complications that make it difficult to guarantee its passengers
entry into Libya, Oceania Cruises pulled Libya off a May 21
Mediterranean itinerary aboard the Insignia sailing from Barcelona,
Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal.
Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, with stops in Sorrento, Amalfi,
Taormina and Rome, Italy. The rest of the itinerary remains the
same, with stops in Malta, Tunisia and Morocco.
According to the
U.S. State Dept. Web site, Libyan immigration officials will not
allow entry to anyone whose passport has a stamp from Israel on
Oceania senior vice president, Jeff Drew, "We weren't satisfied
[with the response by Libyan immigration officials] when we were
talking about visas that it would be seamless. We didn't want to
get there and not be able to let our people off the ship, so we
decided to take the safe road."
Drew said he hoped
Oceania would be able to resolve the problems "down the line" and
offer Libya again.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].