Norwegian Cruise Line drops Tunisia after incident

Tunisian officials refuse to let Israeli nationals disembark

Norwegian Cruise Line has acted quickly, cancelling all future calls in Tunisia following an incident on Sunday when the 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade called at the port of La Goulette.

Tunisian officials refused to allow Israeli nationals to disembark the ship, NCL says, which was calling at the port during a Mediterranean cruise.

“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive, said in a statement.

“We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologise sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”

In related news, Norwegian Cruise Line says that its biggest ship to date, Norwegian Escape, will homeport year-round in Miami sailing an eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 4,200-cabin ship will join the fleet in October 2015 with seven-night Caribbean sailings starting on November 14 next year. The British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands and the Bahamas will all feature on the itinerary.

USA Today / TTG Digital

[pictured: Norwegian Jade; courtesy NCL]


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