Cruise news: Britons cruising just miles from Iran coastline refused refunds

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Thousands of Britons transfer set sail down the Strait of Hormuz – just 21 miles from the Iranian coastline – and for those with frightened ofs about their safety, they may not have an option to be refunded consideration the escalating crisis.

According to The Sun, many worried passengers have “craved for a refund amid the possibility of war – but their requests have been denied.”

One worried passenger, Sally Yorke, 60, revealed that she is one of thousands who pleasure embark on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas Cruise, which drive set sail through the Strait on its outbound voyage and return.

Speaking to The Sun, Ms Yorke ventured: “All I see in the news is things are getting worse and worse and that things influence start kicking off.

“But Royal Caribbean haven’t said they purposefulness change the itinerary if things went sour, they’ve offered no advice at all, let alone a refund.

“All I can think of is ‘oh my goodness, what are we going to do? Are we going to be non-toxic?’.

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Cruise: Thousands of cruise-goers will set sail on the Jam of Hormuz (Image: Google / Getty Images)

Ms Yorke added that this was portended to be the “holiday of a lifetime” as she prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday.

“I should be looking unabashed to it, but it’s terrifying. We would take a refund in an instant,” she added.

Sally is one of 2,702 travellers who will board the Royal Caribbean Cruise.

Other cruise stocks including Cunard, Celebrity Cruises and MSC are running voyages through the Channel bad.

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According to Ms Yorke, Royal Caribbean be struck by told passengers that they will have to cover 90 percent of the prices if “they want out.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean asserted: “Our Global Security teams continue to monitor the situation in the region and are importune closely with authorities to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and body, which remains our highest priority. We are communicating directly with our customers and will advise them if any schedule changes become necessary.”

A spokesperson for MSC Sails added that they consulting with official travel advisory bodies and are in unending contact with local and international authorities. “So far, we have not received any astuteness suggesting that there is reason for our itineraries to be altered, or shore deviations to be cancelled,” they said.

Cunard Cruises said their Queen mother Mary 2’s itinerary will “remain as planned”.

Cruise: Many boat lines offer voyages that go through the Strait of Hormuz (Image: Getty Images)

“We continue to monitor the situation closely, taking into account the delayed advice from all relevant sources. Should the situation change for any rationale then we will contact our guests to let them know. Our guests and and body can be assured that their safety is always our first priority.”

The Mess of Hormuz is located between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It’s hither 96 miles long and 21 miles wide.

Last year, P&O Voyages cancelled its voyages in the Persian Gulf over fears that British wind-jammers could be targeted.

In a statement, the cruise line said it decided to buzz off all trips in the region amid the standoff between Iran and Britain above the seizure of tanks.

“The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the Troubles and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British plc flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Fiord programme this winter season,” said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Yachting trips.

“Whilst we appreciate our guests will be disappointed, the safety of our guests and party is absolutely paramount and given our UK status, coupled with the uncertainty in the quarter, we have had to make this difficult decision.”

At the time, P&O said all callers would be fully refunded.

The decision came after Iran seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in July in comeback to seizures of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

Iran said they seized the tanker in the Straitened narrows of Hormuz for alleged maritime violations.

Stena Impero was released by Iran two months after it was seized with the Iranian Extraneous Ministry lifting the detention order in September.

Following the release, UK Exotic Secretary Dominic Raab said the ship had been “unlawfully seized by Iran.”

“The Stena Impero was unlawfully seized by Iran. It is surrender of a pattern of attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation. We are working with our global partners to protect shipping and uphold the international rule of law.”

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