Seychelles bans cruise ships

The Seychelles has banned cruise ships until 2022, according to media reports form the Indian Ocean archipelago.

The Seychelles main newspaper reported that minister of tourism Didier Dogley said the ban is effective immediately and will last until the end of 2021.

According to the report, Dogley said that cruise ships would not be able to call at Port Victoria, the main cruise port. It did not indicate whether smaller ports of call would be impacted.  

The Seychelles has become increasingly popular in recent years. Crystal’s luxury yacht, the Esprit, offers a two-month winter season there; other upscale lines, like Seabourn and Oceania, call on the islands, along with large ship brands like Norwegian Cruises and MSC Cruises.

Crystal said in a statement that it is seeking clarification from the Seychelles authorities regarding the specifications of vessels that may or may not be permitted during this suspension. 

“The 62-guest Crystal Esprit is a vastly different product than the typical cruise offering that calls on the Seychelles and we are hopeful that her voyages can carry on as planned,” the line said. “In the meantime, our itinerary team is creating exciting alternative voyages, and guests and travel advisors will be informed of any changes and relevant updates as appropriate.” 

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