Cruise ships avoid the Red Sea

2024-01-13T14:00:57+00:00 January 13th, 2024|Safety|

Due to the threat of terrorist attacks in the lower Red Sea area, cruise ship operators with vessels due to transit the area are switching their itineraries.

For example, MSC has announced that the ‘MSC Poesia’s’ world cruise from Genoa would be re-routed via West Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, to as far as Kenya on the East Coast, before looping back to cross the Atlantic to South America.

MSC’s large containerships have already been subject to threats of attack in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen.

However, the large cruise ship operator is maintaining its Middle East cruising schedule, as the vessels have already positioned to the Gulf area for the Winter season.

The company told Italian media that the ships could have their  itineraries modified at will, unlike fixed land-based tourist attractions.

‘MSC Poesia’ was originally scheduled to call at Egyptian, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian ports on her way through the Red Sea, via the Suez Canal.

Fortunately, most cruise ships will not be affected as they have already re-positioned, mainly to the UAE, through the area or are sailing in a westerly direction on world cruises, via Cape Horn or the Panama Canal, which is also restricted due to drought conditions.