Former no go destinations now on cruise itineraries

Think cruises and you don’t normally imagine a whistle-stop tour of destinations such as formerly war torn Beirut, in Lebanon.

However, the introduction of new cruise destinations by Thomson Cruises will take travellers out of their Mediterranean and Caribbean comfort zones. New routes on offer for the 2013 voyages will take in destinations such as Algiers, Belfast and even the Ukraine.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have recently warned of a 'high threat from terrorism in Algeria' and urged Britons to 'exercise caution at all times' while in the capital. The country also experienced a 10-year civil war from 1992 to 2002. Despite this, the region has been included in Thomson's Mediterranean Odyssey voyage.

Lebanon also had a 15-year civil war which ended in 1990 and suffered civilian casualties in a 2006 war with Israel. Commenting on the situation in the country, the FCO said: 'attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers such as hotels and restaurants'. Fraser Ellacott, Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, argued that the new itineraries were part of the company’s ongoing mission to offer a wide range of destinations to its customer base:

“At Thomson Cruises we have found our customers are always looking for new and exciting places to explore, so we always try to respond to this and introduce ports of call that are more unusual.” He added: “Algiers and Beirut are cities that are drenched in history and culture and offer a host of must-see experiences. Beirut in particular is a cosmopolitan city with luxury five star hotels, brilliant night life and architecture, which I know many of our customers will be keen to visit. Many travel writers are also advising people to visit as soon as possible, before it gets too popular.”

Thomson is also offering a Black Sea itinerary from Summer 2013. It will take in Nessebar (Bulgaria), Sevastopol (Ukraine), Constanta (Romania) and Cesme (Turkey). If you are thinking about travelling to any of the destinations outlined above, it could be a good idea to invest in travel insurance.

Date Created: 11 April 2012

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