Cruise lines cancel Ukraine and Russia calls

St. Petersburg is a popular port call on Baltic cruises.
St. Petersburg is a popular port call on Baltic cruises. Photo Credit: Karasev Viktor/Shutterstock

Cruise lines are scrapping stops in Ukraine and Russia in light of the escalating conflict there

Viking River Cruises

The line is canceling all 2022 departures of its Kyiv, Black Sea and Bucharest itinerary. Guests and travel advisors with affected departures have been notified. 


The company has suspended all Scenic and Emerald 2022 and 2023 Russia river cruises, including any connecting land journeys. 

Norwegian Cruise Line

The cruise line is cutting St. Petersburg from itineraries for the entirety of 2022. 

"It's disappointing because St. Petersburg is one of the crown jewels of the Scandinavian itineraries," Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said during the company's Q4 earnings call Thursday.

An NCL spokesman said the cruise line is confirming replacement ports and will advise all impacted guests and travel advisors as soon as possible.  

The Norwegian Getaway will sail Baltic cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark, starting in May.  

Atlas Ocean Voyages

The itineraries of two late-summer Baltic cruises will be tweaked to drop St. Petersburg. The Hamburg-to-Kiel itinerary departing Aug. 26 and the Kiel roundtrip itinerary departing Sept. 7, both on the World Navigator, will call at Kotka and Mariehamn, Finland.  

The cruise departing Sept. 7 will also add Saaremaa, Estonia, where the ship will dock in the city center near the medieval castle of Kuressaare. 

Windstar Cruises

All sailings in the Black Sea region have been canceled and Baltic itineraries have been altered to swap out calls in St. Petersburg with a non-Russian port.

Windstar scheduled two "Black Sea Sights and Turkish Delights" sailings in May and September with calls in Odessa, Ukraine; Sochi, Russia; and other ports in the Black Sea. Both dates will be modified and a few Istanbul roundtrip itineraries with stops in Greece and Turkey will be shared once ports are locked in.  

Windstar also had scheduled five Northern Europe sailings in 2022 in the Baltic with stops in St. Petersburg. "We are currently working to confirm replacement ports and will remain in close contact with our partners in the region," said Windstar Cruises president Christopher Prelog. "We prioritize safety above all and will be monitoring this situation very closely, amending itineraries as necessary."

Carnival Corp.

Its brands will modify itineraries, replacing St. Petersburg calls in the coming weeks once it can secure alternative ports.

MSC Cruises

All calls to St. Petersburg have been canceled. Four ships had been scheduled to call in the Russian city from May until October: the Preziosa, Grandiosa, Poesia and Virtuosa. MSC said it was in contact with possible alternative ports, including Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia. 

Sea Cloud Cruises 

The line canceled this year's calls in St. Petersburg for three-masted ship Sea Cloud Spirit. It previously had scheduled St. Petersburg calls on four Baltic cruises in June and July. 

Princess Cruises

The company has modified 24 sailings that call in St. Petersburg. The replacement ports will vary by itinerary and include Stockholm and Visby in Sweden and Gdansk (Gdynia) in Poland. 

Aida Cruises

The line will no longer call at St. Petersburg and will adjust the itineraries of four ships sailing in summer 2022. The port will be replaced by a variety of ports such as Riga, Latvia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; or Visby, Sweden. 


The company has removed St. Petersburg as a call in its St. Petersburg & the Baltic Sea small-ship cruise itinerary. 


St. Petersburg has been pulled from six of its Baltic itineraries. Replacement ports vary by voyage, but include stops in Gothenburg and Helsingborg, Sweden; Ulvik, Sandness (Stavanger), Farsund, and Aalborg, Norway; and Amsterdam. Affected guests and travel agents will receive specific updates on the sailings.

This report was updated on Tuesday to add that Seabourn pulled St. Petersburg from six Baltic itineraries.


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