Cruise lines re-work 2022 itineraries in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Cruise lines re-work 2022 itineraries in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MIAMI — Several cruise lines say they will be updating their 2022 itineraries in the wake of conflict in Eastern Europe, with no doubt more cruise lines to come.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NCLH’s cruise lines – NCL, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas – along with Atlas Ocean Voyages and Royal Caribbean have either issued updates or are monitoring the situation.

NCLH, which held a conference call yesterday after it posted its Q4 and full year 2021 results, said in a statement: “The health, safety and security of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our top priority. We are currently working to confirm replacement ports and will advise all impacted guests and travel advisors as soon as possible.”

Added NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio: “It is not a huge impact.” Typically St. Petersburg is a popular port for NCLH, along with other cruise companies, starting in the spring.

According to USA Today, both NCL and Regent Seven Seas say they are taking St. Petersburg out of their 2022 itineraries, plus Regent is removing Odessa, plus the Solovetsky Islands, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. Oceania also plans to remove Russian and Ukrainian ports from its 2022 itineraries.

Atlas Ocean Voyages is adjusting two summer 2022 Baltic itineraries, dropping St. Petersburg on World Navigator’s Aug. 26 and Sept. 7 departures in favour of Kotka and Mariehamn, Finland.

“Atlas Ocean Voyages’ top priority is the safety and comfort of our guests and crew,” said Atlas Ocean Voyages President Alberto Aliberti. “With unrest in Eastern Europe, we have adjusted our voyages and replaced our Russia calls with equally exciting and charming destinations in Finland and Estonia. Guests will enjoy these unique and rarely visited destinations and immersive shore excursions to take in the rich cultures and breathtaking vistas of the Baltic.”

Meanwhile Royal Caribbean is monitoring the situation, according to fan site Royal Caribbean Blog. In a letter posted on the site, Voyager of the Seas passengers are told that while Royal Caribbean at this point still plans to sail to St. Petersburg as planned, “we have secured alternate ports, should we feel that changing our itinerary is the best path forward. You and your travel advisor will be the first to know should we decide to formally change our itinerary.”