T&Cs 5.5 - they can make a minor change to your itinerary - a minor change is the change of one port to another.
The short answer is probaly 'no'. The small print usually covers the company for changes in itinerary for any conceivable reason. The Foreign Office has a very good website giving travel advice for all regions, so if you doubt the validity of RCI's reason, you could check it out.
I agree with the others who say you've no chance of any kind of recompence, but what a shame as we did Tunis at Christmas & all agreed it was one of the best European ports we had done in a few years. We just did the town & the Medina (market), & at no point felt threatened in any way, there are far worse districts in this country than Tunis. We also did Palermo in May, not very exciting to say the least, walked around the town for an hour & back on board. Waste of time IMO, & as for muggings, if that determines where a cruise ship docks, we would have no European ports to stop off at!
I agree with Wilma, RCI do come up with strange reasons, sometimes, for port changes and I often feel that they are for financial reasons although they disguise them well and there is no redress. As for Palermo that has to be one of the least interesting cities in Italy and I would suggest that you either stay aboard or go on a tour but ship's excursions and for that matter Italian taxis are expensive. .... Neil.
Palermo - One of the most gruesome, gory tourist attractions in the world is the Capuchin's Catacombs in Palermo, Italy. There are about 8,000 dead bodies lined up on the wall, sitting down, lying in coffins and on shelves. It all began in 1599 when local priests mummified a monk so they could pray to him after death. Locals wanted to remember their loved ones the same way, and soon there were hundreds of corpses. One of the last corpses to make it to the catacomb before authorities stopped the practice was three year-old Rosalia Lambardo. She died in about 1920 and is nicknamed Sleeping Beauty because she looks like a large sleeping doll. Amazing and well worth it!
As stated by others: RCI 'Terms & Conditions' will be refered to by RCI so called Customer Services who never give anything away. We had one cruise where not only did they cancel one port but changed two others a year out from sail date -with no offer of compensation/obc in any form. So the 1 week cruise we booked ended up being a totally different itinery (nothing to do with hurricanes) just bad forward planning and overcrowding at ports at their end. The only thing you should be able to do if you want is to ask them to move your deposit to another cruise.