Earlier today we came across an article with a headline that said Celebrity Cruises has pulled Istanbul from its 2016 itineraries.
However, it is not like that, as the cruise ship company is to only stop its ships, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Constellation from stain overnight in the Turkish port.
The reason is said to be down to two reasons, and those are port construction and availability of a berth. However, the skeptical in us believes it is to do with other reasons.
Ok, so we know that the Istanbul Salipazari port is undergoing huge construction, and that the project has a long way to go before its completion. Once it is completed, Istanbul is said to become one of the largest hubs for cruise tourism.
However, we have to wonder with all the issues going on in the region, these plans might suffer?
We say this because Russia has already said it will ask all of its tour operators to stop selling holidays to Turkey, although at the moment, we are not certain if they have listened.
With that being said, we have to wonder if more cruise companies will follow suit, and if so, then we know it has nothing to do with the excuse that Celebrity Cruises came up with, and down to more serious reasons?