Update: Unrest in Tunisia Threatens Cruise Ship Calls

January 15, 2011

Update, January 15, 9:30 p.m. EST -- Costa Magica has cancelled its Monday call in Tunis due to the unrest and will call in Ajaccio instead.

(January 14, 12:27 p.m. EST) -- British tourists are being pulled out of Tunisia after an escalation of violence in the country, with protests and demonstrations in several locations leading to multiple deaths. The unrest has also put Costa Magica's planned called in Tunis in jeopardy.

The U.K.'s Foreign Office has updated its advice today to "advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia and urge those in country to consider if they need to remain." This warning has prompted tour operators Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice to start repatriating thousands of British holidaymakers, in addition to cancelling upcoming tour departures.

It's the low season for cruising in Europe at the moment and only one line, Costa Cruises, has ships calling at Tunisian ports over the next six weeks. A statement released by Costa today said, "If the situation does not improve, Costa Magica's scheduled port of call to Tunis on Monday will be cancelled and replaced with Ajaccio. Guests onboard will be kept fully informed of any changes to the schedule."

The ship is currently operating seven-night cruises out of Savona.

We'll keep you posted as the situation develops.

--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor

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