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Ecuador Issues May Impact Celebrity Cruises

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Luxury ship Celebrity Flora

This article is Ecuador Issues May Impact Celebrity Cruises. It is about violence in Ecuador that has been escalating recently. The violence may impact the cruises that operate from the ports in the area.

The featured image is from Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Cruises operates three luxury expedition ships that visit the Galapagos Islands. Those ships depart from Ecuador as the home port.

The ships are all suite and they offer very luxury experiences.

Violence

The violence in the area is in Guayaquil, where a state of emergency has been declared.

The violence has been escalating recently which has led the government to issue the state of emergency.

Read a Travel Weekly article about the violence in the area.

Celebrity Response

Celebrity Flora luxury ship - Ecuador Violence May Impact Celebrity Cruises
Luxury Ship Celebrity Flora – Photo from Quentin Bacon

Celebrity notified guests and travel advisors about the violence in the area.

The cruise line is currently still operating the sailings, but they have removed all pre and post cruise tours in Ecuador. Celebrity is also advising guests to arrive no sooner than one day prior to the sailings on the luxury ships.

Celebrity is including a hotel stay near the port as part of the cruise fare.

Guests are advised to not leave the hotel grounds during the time in the country. The government has secured the property of the hotel and maintains the safety in that area.

Celebrity is reimbursing guests for change fees if their flights arrived earlier than one day prior to the sailings.

Galapagos Sailings

Many guests sail to the Galapagos Islands to see the beauty of nature. From beautiful birds and wildlife to plants it is a beautiful spot on many peoples bucket lists.

The Ecuador Issues May Impact Celebrity Cruises.

Luxury ship Celebrity Flora - Ecuador Violence May Impact Celebrity
Luxury ship Celebrity Flora – Photo from Celebrity Cruises

Cruises to the islands are very expensive and only small ships can operate them. Celebrity offers suite yacht like experiences for these sailings.

The accommodations are all luxury and Celebrity offers the sailings from $16,000 – $50,000 for two guests depending on the category.

Hopefully the violence will reduce in Ecuador and that the citizens will remain safe.

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