RCCL cancels Mideast, Indian Ocean cruises

NEW YORK -- Royal Caribbean International modified one European sailing of 1,800-passenger Legend of the Seas and canceled two others in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, citing "recent world events."

Legend's Nov. 3 seven-night sailing, scheduled to sail from Barcelona, Spain, to Florence and Rome, Italy; Santorini, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey and Athens, will now depart from Barcelona and visit Villefranche, France; Florence, Rome and Naples, Italy, and Valetta, Malta.

The ship's Nov. 10 itinerary, a Suez Canal cruise scheduled to sail from Athens to Santorini; Kusadasi; Port Said, Sharm el Sheikh and Safaga, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman, was canceled. The Nov. 24 sailing, a 13-night cruise from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Bombay and Cochin, India; Phuket, Thailand; Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore, also was canceled.

Royal Caribbean is contacting affected passengers and agents; passengers booked on the canceled cruises will receive a 50% discount if they rebook a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises departure on or before Dec. 15; rebooking must be made prior to Oct. 31. Guests who do not rebook will receive a refund for the canceled cruise. Agent commissions are protected.

Passengers booked on the modified Nov. 3 cruise will receive a $100 per person onboard credit and a certificate for a 50% discount off a future Royal Caribbean cruise of up to seven nights. Royal Caribbean has set up a help desk at (888) 305-4626 to assist affected passengers.

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