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Cruise lines reroute away from Tunisia

More cruise lines have started adjusting their itineraries to avoid calling at Tunisia after last week's siege.

More cruise lines have started adjusting their itineraries to avoid calling at Tunisia after last week’s siege.

 

Around 19 people, including one Australian, were killed at a famed museum in the country’s capital, Tunis.

A number of victims were cruise guests, including 12 who were sailing with MSC Cruises.

The cruise line’s Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago confirmed the news on Friday and said another 13 were injured. Read on

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Cruise lines including MSC have cancelled calls to Tunisia for the time being.

As a result, the cruise line has cancelled all remaining summer calls to the destination.

MSC Splendida will call at Valletta, in Malta
. MSC Fantasia will call at Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
. MSC Preziosa will call at Cagliari, in Sardinia
. And MSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece

Costa Cruises confirmed that five of its passengers were killed in the siege and eight others were injured.

The Italian cruise line has also cancelled all forthcoming stops in Tunisia until further notice.

Meanwhile, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Star Clippers, Hapag Lloyd and Aida Cruises have taken the destination off their Mediterranean itineraries for the time being.

Holland America said it will substitute Tunisia with the Italian island of Sardinia on Eurodam and Zuiderdam sailings.

Princess cancelled a 30 May call to La Goulette in Tunisia with Naples in Italy.

The cruise line said the Italian port will be used on future scheduled ports.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it canceled Europa’s stop in Tunis on 6 April 2015.

And Star Clippers has cancelled visits to Hammamet in April and October 2015 for Star Clipper.

AIDA has also canceled all port calls in La Goulette for AIDAblu, AIDAsol and AIDAvita.

The cancellations come despite Tunisia’s Prime Minister saying he believes the attacks were designed to hurt the country’s tourism industry.

Currently, Tunisia welcomes around six million international visitors travel that spend around 30 million nights.

A large number of tourists come from Eastern Europe, however, Libyans are the number one market followed by the French, Algerians, Germans, Italians and British.

Do you think it’s a good decision for cruise lines to avoid the country?