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Royal Caribbean cancels all cruise stops in Turkey in 2018

18 Oct 2017
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean announced is cancelling all calls to Turkey for the 2018 cruise season in Europe.

Royal Caribbean made the decision, "due to the current unpredictability of Turkey, and taking our guests’ and crew members’ safety and wellbeing into account."  As a result, Royal Caribbean has decided to replace calls in Ephesus (Kusadasi) with alternate ports-of-call for the 2018 Europe season.

Instead, Jewel of the Seas will now call on Rhodes, Greece. Vision of the Seas will now call on Rhodes, Greece or Mykonos, Greece.

Any pre-paid Royal Caribbean shore excursions in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey will be refunded to the original form of payment by the end of next week.

Royal Caribbean cancelled all its stops in Turkey in 2017 as well for similar reasoning.