Cruise lines cancel calls to Tunisia

By ,   March 20, 2015 ,   Accidents

Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises have canceled all port calls to Tunisia for the rest of 2015, following the terrorist attack on March 18.

For the rest of the season MSC Splendida will call at Valetta, Malta; MSC Preziosa - at Cagliari, Sardinia and MSC Fantasia - at Palma, Mallorca.

Costa Cruises has also crossed out all remaining 39 port stops to Tunisia, but has yet to confirm where its vessels will call in at instead.

AIDA has canceled all port calls for AIDAblu, AIDAvita and AIDAsol in La Goulette, and Star Clippers has canceled April and October port calls in Hammamet for Star Clipper. Hapag-Lloyd has canceled ms Europa's port stop in Tunis, April 6. 

Four other lines, Holland America, Princess, P&O and Oceania, which have ships scheduled to visit Tunis this year, are monitoring the situation. Emerald Princess has its first itinerary with a stop in Tunisia on June 1.

A spokesperson for P&O said in a statement that following the tragic events in Tunis they were taking advice from relevant authorities and if it was necessary they would alter itineraries and contact passengers to advise. Holland America Line (HAL) stated "decisions pending" on its Twitter page.

MSC Cruises has confirmed 12 passengers killed and 13 injured during the terrorist attack. Costa Cruises has confirmed 5 passengers travelling on Costa Fascinosa were also killed, 8 injured.

The last two missing MSC Splendida passengers, a Spanish couple, were found safe after spending the night in hiding at Bardo Museum. Cristina Benlloch, who is pregnant, was taken to hospital and she and the baby are reported well.

A year ago, NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) dropped the country from line’s itineraries and would not return after Tunisia refused Israeli citizens to disembark.

Related news: Terrorists kill 23 tourists as MSC Splendida and Costa Fascinosa visit Tunis