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updated 1/31/2011 4:03:33 PM ET 2011-01-31T21:03:33

Cruise lines and tour operators continued to tweak itineraries Sunday as the unrest in Egypt escalated, leaving travelers on edge during what is the peak season for Nile River cruises.

These protests are occurring just weeks after similar outbreaks took place in Tunisia, causing cruise lines to cancel calls there.

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In response to the protests aimed at the Egyptian government, the U.S. State Department posted a travel warning, advising that "U.S. citizens avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political and social unrest." Meanwhile, the U.K. Foreign Office has a notice on its site, advising against "all but essential travel" to the area.

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Here's what the lines have announced thus far:

MSC: Two MSC ships, MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica, were expected to call at Alexandria over the next few days, but they're being diverted. Magnifica will now call at Limassol, Cyprus, and Haifa, Israel, on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Splendida will call at Izmir, Turkey, on Monday.

NCL: Likewise, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade will now call at Istanbul on Sunday in lieu of a stop in Alexandria.

Cosmos Tourama: Cosmos Tourama says on its Web site that those booked on its Jan. 31, 2011, departure should contact the line's call center to discuss options, but it has not yet canceled any sailings outright. The line also is not offering its usual excursions to Cairo from Luxor and Aswan, instead keeping passengers in Upper Egypt, where there's less trouble.

Grand Circle Cruises: The latest cancellations come from Grand Circle Cruises, which has scrapped all sailings bound for Egypt through Feb. 5, 2011. The announcement was seen on the line's Facebook page. We're currently awaiting word on what will be offered to passengers booked on those sailings.

Avalon Waterways: Line spokesperson Melanie Gravdal says that Avalon Waterways has announced the cancellation of its Jan. 29 and Feb. 1 sailings that include Egypt. Passengers booked on those sailings have the option of rebooking on an alternative sailing or receiving a full refund.

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Uniworld: On the Cruise Critic message boards, Uniworld has announced that it is canceling Egypt cruises through Feb. 12, 2011, and passengers may choose to rebook or opt for a full refund. Those booked on sailings between Feb. 15 and 28, 2011, may choose to rebook on alternative sailings later in the year. But, because those sailings have not yet been canceled, refunds are not being offered at this time.

Thomson Cruises: Thomson Holidays has already canceled excursions to Cairo for its land-based holidaymakers. Thomson Cruises' Thomson Celebration is currently refueling in Port Sokhna and will be heading to the resort of Sharm el Sheikh later. According to spokesperson Kate Lomax, "some changes to the itinerary have unfortunately had to be made, including the cancellation of the excursions to Cairo and the pyramids tomorrow (Jan. 31) and Hurghada and Luxor on Tuesday (Feb. 1 ) and Wednesday (Feb. 2)."

Discover Egypt: Discover Egypt's Jan. 31 departure has been canceled, and the line is taking care of those currently on sailings and in line-sponsored hotels. Line representative Marlen Taffarello says passengers booked on that sailing will be offered full refunds. A decision has not yet been made regarding the line's Feb. 7 departure.

Titan HiTours: Anthea Yabsley, spokesperson for Titan, says departures to Egypt are canceled through Feb. 2, and those currently in Egypt are being transported back to the U.K. today.

Video: U.S. nationals being evacuated from Egypt

  1. Closed captioning of: U.S. nationals being evacuated from Egypt

    >> 11% of egypt 's gross domestic product but for americans there now this is anything but a vacation. cnbc's erin burnett has this part of the story. good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning. about 300,000 american tourists visit egypt every year. the events here have had ramifications in markets from tokyo to new york to dubai. markets here remained closed because of the crisis. americans find egypt a popular place to be. lots of tourists and students who come to study overseas for their junior year in college. many are lining up to leave. following state department advice, americans were gathering at cairo airport this morning to catch charter flights back home. almost a week of escalating street protests saw many holed up in hotels. for some it's not a moment too soon.

    >> i didn't feel nervous until the jets started flying overhead. i was sitting outside. one came very low over the hotel and i thought we were being bombed.

    >> reporter: i caught up with these students who were anxious to leave.

    >> i'm ready to leave because no one knows what's going to happen.

    >> reporter: are you scared?

    >> yeah. i'm scared of what will happen at the airport, what it will be like.

    >> reporter: some of the lucky ones made it home on the weekend. relatives have been worrying.

    >> not being able to call, e-mail. i could a little bit. 50 seconds into it you would be cut off.

    >> reporter: all came back with stories to tell.

    >> part of me still wants to be in egypt and watch the revolution unfold.

    >> reporter: jeremy was happy to be home.

    >> it was a wonderful trip other than the last day. it was real scary. we are glad to be home on american soil.

    >> reporter: the petersons in illinois are taking that flight today. they never got to see the pyramids.

    >> it's comforting to know the u.s. government is looking to take care of us and get us home. we're loving that.

    >> yes. correct.

    >> reporter: a lot of people we talked to -- even students getting on the bus -- said, my parentings are making me leave. i wish i could stay. and a student from american university has been here ten days. he said, i know my mom is freaking out. she wants me home. he said, i love it here. it's been a week and i'm falling in love with the place. most people are rushing to the airport to try to get out. back to you.

    >> erin, thanks. you know, i hear that athens is one of the safe havens they have picked to send people to. it's easy to love egypt but this is a rough time to be there.

    >> if what happened in tunisia sparked what's happening in egypt the big dwe is what happens next in yemen, jordan, syria, saudi arabia .

    >> sudan as well. these places all have dates with a hash mark on the twitter page that says that's the day when they will march. all of the places have a date picked out on twitter. we'll see.

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