Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel all scheduled stops in Turkey for the 2017 cruise season, citing "unpredictability" in the country.
In a statement to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said that due to the current unpredictability of Turkey, and taking guests’ and crew members’ safety and wellbeing into account, Royal Caribbean has decided to replace our calls in Ephesus (Kusadasi) with alternate ports-of-call for the 2017 Europe season.
"We truly regret having to take this action and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Any decision we make is made in an abundance of caution and safety, as your clients experience in our ports of call is always our utmost priority."
This will affect the following ships:
- Brilliance of the Seas will now call on Mykonos, Greece.
- Jewel of the Seas will now call on Rhodes, Greece.
- Rhapsody of the Seas will now call on:
- Kotor, Montenegro
- July 14th: Chania, Greece
- October 7th: Mykonos, Greece
Guests that purchased a Royal Caribbean Shore Excursion for their day in Kusadasi, a full refund will be processed to the original form of payment within one week.