Cruise lines cancel Ukraine and Russia calls

Cruise lines are scrapping stops in Ukraine and Russia in light of the escalating conflict there. 

Viking River Cruises is canceling all 2022 departures of its Kyiv, Black Sea and Bucharest itinerary. The cruise line said guests and travel advisors with affected departures have been notified. 

Norwegian Cruise Line is cutting St. Petersburg from itineraries for the entirety of 2022. 

“It’s disappointing because St. Petersburg is one of the crown jewels of the Scandinavian itineraries,” Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said during the company’s Q4 earnings call Thursday.

An NCL spokesman said the cruise line is confirming replacement ports and will advise all impacted guests and travel advisors as soon as possible.  

The Norwegian Getaway will sail Baltic cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark, starting in May.  

Atlas Ocean Voyages is tweaking the itineraries of two late-summer Baltic cruises to drop St. Petersburg, Russia. The Hamburg-to-Kiel itinerary departing Aug. 26 and the Kiel roundtrip itinerary departing Sept. 7, both on the World Navigator, will call at Kotka and Mariehamn, Finland.  

The cruise departing Sept. 7 will also add Saaremaa, Estonia, where the ship will dock in the city center near the medieval castle of Kuressaare. 

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