What Do Paris Attacks Mean for Cruising?
The atrocious terrorist attacks in Paris brought the world to a standstill, and as to be expected, cruise travel to the region has been affected to varying degrees as well. Still, it’s important to continue living life to the fullest. In doing so, here is the current state of cruising to be expected in Paris and Europe in general.The reality is people are questioning their travel plans to the region. After speaking with Anita Murphy of San Diego-based Murphys Travel, the overall reaction is mixed. They have a group scheduled for a European journey in Spain, Scotland, Ireland and France next May that are reconsidering the Paris segment. However, other customers of theirs headed to Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria this month have no intentions of canceling.Murphy goes on to share that other agents have expressed to her that European cruises are very slow to book right now and that even those considering cruises to Greece and Turkey are rethinking. Nonetheless, she has a couple booked on Holland America Line’s upcoming Koningsdam to Scandinavia itinerary who still plan to sail. Of the river cruise companies sailing to and from Paris, Viking River Cruises docks outside the city in the suburb of Le Pecq on several of their Parisian itineraries, and only Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection currently has a travel advisory posted to their website’s home page. The mostly generic update reads:“Uniworld recognizes the ever changing world we now live in. We remain connected to our passion for travel and the well-being of all of our guests and our team members is always our top priority. Our professional team of personnel continue to actively and closely monitor the conditions in all of the destinations we travel to. Should events necessitate a change or a deviation is required, the Uniworld team will modify our trips intelligentl
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