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NCL cancels calls on Tunisia after discriminatory treatment of passengers

Norwegian Jade on a Mediterranean cruise in 2010. NCL announced on March 11, 2014 that the line will no longer call on Tunisia after Israeli passengers were denied disembarkment in the capital city.
Norwegian Jade on a Mediterranean cruise in 2010. NCL announced on March 11, 2014 that the line will no longer call on Tunisia after Israeli passengers were denied disembarkment in the capital city.
Lisa R. Plotnick and NauticalNotebook.com

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced today via press release that its ships would no longer call on ports in Tunisia. This follows the government’s refusal to allow Israeli passengers to disembark when the cruise ship Norwegian Jade called on the port of La Goulette in the capital city of Tunis on March 9, 2014.

"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’s winter schedule in Tunisia runs from November through April. According to Cruise TT, which tracks cruise ships and their times in port, Norwegian Jade had two remaining calls on La Goulette for the 2014 winter season, and had nine calls scheduled for the 2015 winter season.