Courtesy of Mark Tré – "The Cruise Examiner" at Cybercruises.com
After the destruction and vandalisation of a number of new cars at Tunis’s port of La Goulette in the past week or so, some cruise lines have cancelled calls there as the automobile port is right next door to on of the cruise ship terminals. Winter calls are light however, with only a few lines such as Costa, MSC and Louis operating ships compared to the summer high season in the Mediterranean.
Further east, in Egypt, NCL’s Norwegian Jade dropped an overnight call at Alexandria this weekend in favour of Istanbul. MSC Magnifica called on Limassol yesterday instead of Alexandria and MSC Splendida diverted to Izmir to-day.
Meanwhile, Thomson Cruises has cancelled this week’s shore excursions from the Red Sea to Cairo and the pyramids on its Sharm el Sheik-based Thomson Celebration. Luxor and Hurghada have also been affected and Celebration will now call at the Israeli port of Eilat instead of Safaga.
Nile cruises have also been affected, with cancellations into mid-February, and intending passengers should consult the agent through whom they booked for more detailed information.
Compared to 1.9 million Americans who visited France, only 237,000, or one-eighth that number, visited Egypt in 2009. The number of European visitors is much higher however, with Egypt now attracting about 15 million visitors a year.