Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CRIMEA STOP DEPENDS ON POLITICAL SITUATION; Simon Says

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CRIMEA STOP DEPENDS ON POLITICAL SITUATION; Simon Says

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Byline: SIMON CALDER

I AM booked on Cunard's Queen Victoria Black Sea cruise in September. This cruise incorporates both Ukraine and Crimea yet Cunard remains silent about how the present conflict will affect it. There is no indication of what its plans are. Is this is unreasonable? -- Roger Ball IN recent years, Ukraine has blossomed on the cruise circuit. The fine city of Odessa, on the western "mainland" of Ukraine, is a prime attraction but many ships also call on the Crimean peninsula -- either Sevastopol, for the battlegrounds of the Crimean War, or the beautiful resort of Yalta.

Cunard's Queen Victoria is scheduled to arrive at Yalta on September 25, and to visit Odessa the following day. But if Crimea becomes part of Russia, as expected, there are plenty of possible implications for cruise lines. Should the Foreign Office view remain the same as it is now -- "British nationals in Crimea should leave now" -- then UK cruise lines will not call there. …

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