In the interests of guest and crew member safety, MSC Cruises has cancelled all remaining Tunisian calls in the 2015 summer programme.
The terror attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis which took place on March 18 has rendered the location a no-go zone for MSC Cruises in the foreseeable future.
Tunisia has long been a popular cruise destination for MSC Cruises due to the city's extensive cultural attractions which have been very popular in the past.
Itineraries affected by the change are as follows:
- 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
- MSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece
MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy. Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it.”
This comes after reports confirming that MSC Spendida was calling the port of La Goulette, Tunis with 3,714 guests and 1,267 crew on board. At the time of some of the events, passengers were on shore excusrions, including some to the Bardo National Museum.
An MSC spokeswoman confirmed that 12 MSC guests were killed in the attack as well as another 13 injured.