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Cunard Line, P&O Cruises cancel all 2017 calls to Turkey

Two luxury lines have axed itineraries to Turkey next year.

Two luxury lines have axed itineraries to Turkey next year.  (iStock)

Turkey's tourism industry has been dealt some heavy blows in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks and an attempted coup this summer. 

According to Cruise Critic, Carnival Corporation's Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have both confirmed the cancellation of all calls to Turkey next year. 

"After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to remove Turkey from all itineraries in 2017 for both Cunard and P&O Cruises, based upon various sources including advice given by the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office," the cruise lines said in a statement.

Planned stops in Turkey will be replaced with calls in Greece and Albania.

The news may disappoint travelers looking forward to enjoying some of Turkey's historic sites, Cunard and P&O aren't the first cruise lines to pull out of the troubled destination. 

Some cruise lines — including Disney Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises and MSC Cruises, among others — canceled calls in Turkey this year following a series of high-profile incidents.

The U.S. State Department continues to warn Americans of "increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey." 

"U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country," the department said in a travel warning issued Oct. 29.