Amid Egypt's ongoing political unrest, Avalon Waterways, one of the only U.S. river cruise operators that had scheduled departures on Egypt's Nile River in July and August, canceled all its Nile departures through August.

Avalon made the decision to cancel the departures earlier this month, "given the current unstable situation in Cairo," according to the Globus Family of Brands, Avalon's parent company.

Avalon had weekly Nile itineraries scheduled for July and August. Its Nile cruises take place on the 148-passenger Mayfair, a ship built by Cairo-based Mayfair Cruises in 2010 that Avalon charters.

"We are working closely with our operations team in Egypt to monitor the situation, including assessment of cruises and tours beyond August," Globus said in a statement.

Affected Avalon travelers are being given the choice of either canceling with no penalty and receiving a full cash refund or applying the full amount of their original booking to rebook on any Globus vacation.

Other lines

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, one of the only U.S. river cruise lines that owns and operates its own ship on the Nile, the 82-passenger River Tosca, does not operate departures on the Tosca during July and August, so it has not yet had to cancel any departures due to the unrest in Egypt.

Viking River Cruises also puts its Nile departures on hold during the summer. Neither AmaWaterways nor Scenic Cruises offer Egypt sailings, and Tauck's next Egypt itinerary that includes the Nile doesn't head out until October.

Follow Michelle Baran on Twitter @mbtravelweekly. 

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI