Some cruise lines avoid Athens

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Demonstrations protesting the Greek government’s austerity measures prompted some cruise lines to alter itineraries away from the port of Piraeus (near Athens) and from the island of Rhodes.

The MSC Musica replaced its planned call in Athens with Heraklion, Greece, on Oct. 20. The MSC Melody also avoided a call in Athens Oct. 19, replacing it with Heraklion, and is slated to all in Athens Oct. 24.

MSC Cruises said the changes were made “due to events in Athens and to assure passengers’ full safety and comfort.”

Oceania Cruises’ Insignia avoided a port call in Rhodes on Oct. 19 and instead visited Patmos, a spokesman said. He added that Oceania was monitoring the situation in Greece and would make adjustments as needed.

Royal Caribbean altered the Vision of the Seas’ itinerary away from Athens on Oct. 20, sending the ship to Rhodes. It is scheduled to call in Athens on Oct. 21.

The strikes in Athens have closed main tourist attractions, including the Acropolis.

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