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Monday, 3 October 2011

Is my Canaries cruise still safe?

If you've been watching the news over the last few days and you've a Canaries cruise booked you might be feeling rather nervous.
If you've not heard then to just catch you up the Spanish government has issued a yellow alert to all travellers and residents in the Canaries area due to an increase in seismic activity in the last few days.
El Heirro has suffered what is called an earthquake swarm, over 8,000 tremors in the last two months!
Experts say that this is normally a good sign that a volcanic eruption is imminent.

There are over 10, 000 people living on El Heirro although so far only 53 of them have been evacuated but the Spanish army has been mobilised and is ready to perform a mass evacuation if one becomes necessary.
So far no cruises have been affected although there will be several ships in the area in the next few weeks including......
Royal Caribbeans Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas;
Silver Seas Silver Spirit;
P&Os Ventura;
Cunards QM2;
The Costa Delioziosa;
The MSC Melody;
Holland Americas Rydam;
and all of Fred Olsens ships, the Boudicca, Balmoral and Black Watch.

No cruises are scheduled to arrive in El Heirro so as of yet there has been no changes to any itineraries but as I always say "the nice thing about a cruise holiday is that if something bad does happen then the Captain can just take you somewhere else, you're not stuck on the island like you are with a land based holiday".
So so far so good, if you have a Canaries cruise booked in the next few weeks you should be ok but if I hear any more news I'll keep you updated.

Happy cruising.