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Old January 12th, 2011, 08:21 PM
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We were looking forward to a Tunis stop to see Carthage later this year, but now there are problems. It seems to be dangerous. We are wondering what the ships will do. Thoughts?


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Old January 12th, 2011, 09:03 PM
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I hadn't heard about all of this. I hope it calms down soon for everyone's sake. As for us, I guess if it is bad when we are there, we will stay on the ship.

Here is a link I found to the US Dept of State website http://tunisia.usembassy.gov/service...y-12-2011.html
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Old January 13th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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I hadn't heard about all of this. I hope it calms down soon for everyone's sake. As for us, I guess if it is bad when we are there, we will stay on the ship.

Here is a link I found to the US Dept of State website http://tunisia.usembassy.gov/service...y-12-2011.html
Thank you for the link. Our cruise is scheduled for a stop in Tunisia in May, so we will be watching this carefully. Hoping peace returns to the area soon and the government resolves the issues they are demonstrating about. With an economy heavily dependent on tourism, this unrest only accelerates the problem.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 09:57 AM
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From past experience, the cruise lines evaluate the situation and will determine the safety/prudence of making a port call if there is unrest.

Unfortunately, such determination often cannot be made very far in advance. For me, the best rule of thumb with cruising is to never take a cruise if one particular port is of overwhelming importance. Too many things can happen to prevent the ship from calling there. Better to take a land trip... Or at least go with the realization that you may not make that port.

Just during the 2010 Med season, there were ships that didn't make scheduled calls in Rome (weather), Athens (strikes), Ashdod (political issues), and Alexandria (weather again). I'm sure there were others, but I remember those just off the top of my head.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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I totally agree and understand that things come up and ports are cancelled. We have had that happen to us before. On the other hand, I am leaning towards picking a new itinerary that calls on places where there is not active violence, US State Dept. warnings, and many recent deaths. Per the latest news this has been simmering for quite some time - 23 weeks per the latest news reports (Yikes!). This doesn't feel like a weather change or a quickly planned strike. It seems like there is enough time, notice and activity to have an orderly back up plan.

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Old January 13th, 2011, 01:09 PM
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Yes, the news is not looking good. Both the itineraries I'm considering in 2011 have stops in Tunis, as luck would have it.

Perhaps if the "unrest" continues at this level they will evaluate and make a change in the itinerary. But I wouldn't count on that happening until maybe 3 months out....

If you have an option of making a reduced deposit with no penalty until final payment, that may be one way to go. You can reassess before final payment is due.
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The unrest in Tunisia is being covered widely on UK TV news as British holidaymakers are being evacuated. To be fair, most are saying that the tourist areas are not being affected and that there is tremendous goodwill on the part of ordinary Tunisians towards tourists - it is the government that is under attack after all. However those tourists that are there are being kept in their hotels.

In addition to the US government advice, the UK government advice can be viewed online here: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-...africa/tunisia

Clearly any ship sailing the Med at the moment is likely not to be stopping in Tunisia, but it is a beautiful country so hopefully sailings will be up and running over the summer when it's most popular as a stopover. However who knows? It's going to take a while to settle and to know which way things will go. As cruisemom42 says, ports are pulled from time to time and this is one that's going to be a point of uncertainty for a while.

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The latest news I have heard is that President resigned and left the country. President of Parliament is taking over until new elections are held.
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I don't know when it happened, but some time between when we booked our MSC Fantasia cruise (with a scheduled stop to Tunis on May 31) two weeks ago and now, that stop has been removed from the schedule. Here's to hoping things can get worked out between now and then.
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The unrest in Tunisia is being covered widely on UK TV news as British holidaymakers are being evacuated. To be fair, most are saying that the tourist areas are not being affected and that there is tremendous goodwill on the part of ordinary Tunisians towards tourists - it is the government that is under attack after all. However those tourists that are there are being kept in their hotels.

In addition to the US government advice, the UK government advice can be viewed online here: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-...africa/tunisia

Clearly any ship sailing the Med at the moment is likely not to be stopping in Tunisia, but it is a beautiful country so hopefully sailings will be up and running over the summer when it's most popular as a stopover. However who knows? It's going to take a while to settle and to know which way things will go. As cruisemom42 says, ports are pulled from time to time and this is one that's going to be a point of uncertainty for a while.
That is all true but the Presidential house is located in Carthage so I am assuming that area around the Baths (the best part of Carthage IMHO) is a bit dicey right now.

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