Update: both MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises have confirmed that passengers from their ships were killed in the attack – 12 from MEC Splendida and 5 from Costa Fascinosa. Further passengers were wounded and injured in the attack. I also understand that it was late last night and early this morning that the ships sailed, both therefore some hours late. I’ve also read a report that suggests that both lines have suspended future calls at la Goulette.
I’ve read a report that many of the non-Tunisian victims of yesterday’s attack by militants at the Tunis National Museum may have been cruise passengers – indeed, they may have been on official shore excursions. The ships involved are MSC Splendida and Costa Fascinosa. At the moment the numbers of passengers involved from either, both killed and wounded, isn’t clear. Both ships are believed to have sailed yesterday afternoon.
We visited Tunis on our first cruise, on MSC Sinfonia. This was a 7-night cruise around the western Mediterranean which included a half-day call at La Goulette, the main port for Tunisia. We had embarked at Genoa and cruise followed a schedule of 6 ports of call before returning to Genoa and then repeating the cruise, over and over. Another MSC ship followed a similar western Mediterranean schedule, but a day later in the week; and Costa also had two ships deployed on almost exactly the itinerary. In our case we were tracked round the cruise by Costa Fortuna. Although the ships have changed, I believe that MSC and Costa are still providing cruises with the same, or a very similar itinerary. La Goulette has therefore become a standard call on these cruises, with a range of excursions available.