Seatrade Insider was told the Monaco headquarters 'is monitoring the situation closely' and no changes are planned for the 170-passenger replica clipper's next cruise when she returns to Phuket on December 6. That will be a seven-night sailing to Singapore, followed by a return seven-night Singapore/Phuket cruise.
However, Creative Cruising is advising future passsengers to contact their travel agents or airlines for updated flight information.
At presstime Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports remained closed as the anti-government protests, which began last Tuesday, continue.
Airlines have put on extra flights to repatriate stranded travellers. Qantas is busing some passengers from Bangkok to Phuket to catch an emergency flight it will operate to Singapore tonight.
Singapore Airlines, Creative's airline partner for its Phuket packages, announced today it has commenced specially scheduled twice-daily flights between U-Tapao, a military airport about 200km from Bangkok, to Singapore. SilkAir, its regional carrier, has hiked its services between Singapore and Phuket.
Star Clipper sailed to Phuket from Athens on October 16 to operate the company's annual extended Far East programme, which is scheduled to run until her March 21 repositioning voyage to Athens via the Suez Canal.