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MSC Splendida Update – Remaining Passengers Found And All Remaining Summer 2015 Tunisia Calls Cancelled.

March 21, 2015 Headline News No Comments Email Email

image003 (1)MSC Cruises as announced that the two guests who had been missing since yesterday’s attacks at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis have been found safe and sound.

The two Spanish citizens, Cristina Rubio Benlloch and Juan Carlos Sanchez Oltra, a young couple travelling on board MSC Splendida, had spent the night in hiding at the Bardo National Museum, with Ms Benlloch also pregnant and taken immediately to hospital for observation, with both her and the child reported well.

Following the news that the last two passengers are safely accounted for, MSC Cruises confirmed that, based on the information available today, 12 MSC Cruises guests were killed in the attack, 2 Colombians, 3 French, 3 Japanese, 2 Spanish, 1 British and 1 Belgian and 13 injured 1 Belgian, 7 French, 4 Japanese and 1 South African, with two in a serious condition.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, met the injured and their families in Tunis to ensure that they are receiving all the necessary assistance and he met with the Tunisian Minister of Tourism, Ms. Salma Elloumi Rekik, with at the meeting, the Minister confirming that a total of 20 people died, with 7 yet to be identified.

MSC Cruises has also announced that it has suspended all Tunis calls with four ships beginning to sail amended itineraries with immediate effect, with MSC Splendida calling at Valletta, in Malta, MSC Fantasia at Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, MSC Preziosa will call at Cagliari, in Sardinia and MSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece.

MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy.”

“Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it.”

Mr Vago added: “Tunis is a key destination for MSC Cruises, and we hope to be able to restore it to itineraries in due course, but until we receive the necessary reassurances that the security situation has returned to normal, we have to take our guests to alternative Mediterranean destinations.”

He concluded: “I want to personally thank the Tunisian authorities for the way they have addressed this exceptionally challenging situation, and for enabling us to implement our own response plan effectively.

Tunis, Tunisia, 19 March 2015 15:55:

Written by : John Alwyn-Jones

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