Princess Cruises canceled its port call in Israel today due to the ongoing potential for "unexpected violent protests," two days after the Israeli military raided a flotilla on its approach to Gaza, resulting in the deaths of nine civilians.
"We've been monitoring the flotilla incident very carefully, and decided to cancel our call to Ashdod today since there is continued uncertainty and ongoing potential for unexpected violent protests," said a Princess spokeswoman. "Of course, we made the decision with full regard for the safety and security of our passengers and crew."
Other cruise lines with calls to Israel planned for the near future have not made any changes as yet: Regent Seven Seas said the Seven Seas Mariner will call at Haifa on June 5 and in Ashdod June 6; Oceania said the Nautica will call at Ashdod on June 11, followed by an overnight call at Haifa on June 12; and Azamara has a meeting scheduled for this Friday to discuss the Azamara Quest’s June 7 port call. For now, the call will go forward as scheduled said Azamara.