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March 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Cruise line drops Tunisia after Israelis kept on ship

Norwegian Cruise Lines has dropped its port calls to Tunisia after the government of the North African country refused to let Israeli passengers disembark from one of its cruise ships.

NCL said on Tuesday that its Mediterranean cruises will not include Tunisia after officials wouldn’t allow the Israelis to get off the ship in the port of La Goulette on Sunday.

” In response to this discriminatory act, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has cancelled all remaining calls to Tunisia and will not return,” said an NCL statement.

“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,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”

NCL had several more port calls in Tunisia scheduled this season and more next winter on its cruises.  They will be replaced by another destination or a day at sea.

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