Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory – June 29, 2016

Windstar Cancels All Visits to Ports in Turkey by MSY Wind Star in 2016
Replaces Turnaround Port Calls in Istanbul with Athens on 16 Cruises
Windstar Cruises announces the revision of 16 cruises, replacing scheduled embarkation /disembarkation port calls in Istanbul, Turkey with the port of Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Additionally, scheduled mid-cruise ports of call in Kusadasi and Bodrum, Turkey are canceled on all 16 sailings and replaced with visits to Greece’s island of Kalymnos and seaport of Nafplio.
This decision is made out of an abundance of caution and in light of recent attacks in Turkey including the attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport yesterday.
Windstar staff and employees are deeply saddened by the attacks in Istanbul and our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives were lost and with their loved ones. We offer our support and solidarity to our long-standing travel partners there, and to all travelers and people in the region.
The affected 7-day cruises aboard the 148-guest Wind Star sailing yacht will still operate in the region but instead will turn in the port of Athens (Piraeus) rather than in Istanbul. This revision affects 16 cruise departures originally scheduled to embark alternate Saturdays in Athens or Istanbul.
The first cancelled port call to Istanbul was scheduled for July 9. Guests sailing on the July 2 cruise will now disembark in Athens on July 9, and guests booked on the July 9 cruise departure will now board the ship in Athens, also disembarking there as originally scheduled on July 16.
The revised all-Greece 7-day itinerary will sail round trip from Athens keeping originally scheduled visits to Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, adding the Greek island of Kalymnos and the seaport of Nafplio split by a day at sea. Cruises depart from Athens on 16 consecutive Saturdays from July 2 to October 15, 2016.
Windstar is in the process of contacting all booked guests and their travel agents with details on cruise and travel itinerary changes and will assist with alterations to travel plans.
Guests booked on the affected sailings and/or their travel agents can click here to review alternate cruise travel options, and indicate and submit their preferences to Windstar Reservations.
After reviewing available options here, guests and/or their travel agents with questions or needing additional assistance are invited to call a Windstar Vacation Planner at 800-258-7245.
Windstar continuously monitors and evaluates situations throughout Europe and all regions of the world where we sail. All safety and security situations are treated with the utmost seriousness and assessments are made with information from numerous sources including governmental, regional and local authorities, port security and port agents, and industry organizations. At Windstar Cruises the safety and security of our guests and crew is always our top priority and decisions affecting cruise deployment are made accordingly.

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