Norwegian Cruise Line Dropping Tunisia After Discrimination

March 11, 2014
(2:50 p.m., EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line has dropped Tunisia from its itineraries and will not return after the country refused Israeli citizens to disembark this weekend.

The event happened Sunday on Norwegian Jade when the ship stopped in La Goulette, the country's main cruise port in its capital, Tunis. According to the Jerusalem Post, about 20 Israeli tourists were told by staff during the day-long stop that the government would not allow them to get off. Jewish passengers that were not Israeli were permitted to leave, the story says.

“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,” Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's CEO said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Norwegian Jade had been stopping in Tunisia every three weeks during the winter and had been scheduled to stop for the season on April 20 before resuming in November. Other lines scheduled to call upon La Goulette in 2014 include MSC, Holland America and Silversea.

--By Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor