Another cruise line drops Egypt calls due to unrest

( - One of the world's largest cruise lines has canceled its winter itineraries in the Red Sea, citing unrest in Egypt.

Europe-based MSC Cruises on Wednesday said the 2,065-passenger MSC Armonia will sail in the Canary Islands for the coming winter season instead of the region.

"Safety and security is MSC Cruises' number one priority, and the MSC fleet only sails to the safest destinations," the line said in a statement.

The MSC Armonia's new base for the winter will be Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

MSC joins several other cruise lines in canceling upcoming calls in Egypt, including Holland America. Several Nile river cruise operators including tour giant Abercrombie & Kent have canceled summer sailings.


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