LONDON – Tunisia’s La Goulette cruise terminal hosted the ship MS AMADEA, from the German based travel agent Phoenix Reisen, on December 2. The ship had 441 German-speaking passengers on board and was docked at the cruise terminal from 11 am to 6 pm.
A traditional warm welcome awaited passengers as they disembarked in La Goulette’s cruise village harbour of jasmine, camels, local handicrafts and local produce, dance, music, entertainment and demonstrations of Tunisia’s traditional craftwork.
Passengers left the port for shore- excursions to visit the key tourist attractions of Tunis. They discovered the narrow streets and souks of the best preserved 12th century Arab medina in Tunis, the ruins of the Carthaginian and Roman Empire in Carthage and appreciated the charm of the picturesque blue and white Sidi Bou Said village.
AMADEA is the second ship of the year, after German cruise operator Hapag Lloyd’s luxury yacht the EUROPA, to make a call to the Tunisian port in October, carrying 300 passengers. The Europa is the world’s first suite only cruise ship and Tunisia was its first port of call in this trip with a ten hour stopover, and this is seen as positive sign for Tunisia to be reinstated as a port of call on Mediterranean itineraries.
As cruise ships make the first tentative steps to return to Tunisian ports, Tunisia is eager to show it is open for business and has investment plans to boost its economy and infrastructure proving “Tunisia is back” as announced at the International Forum on Investment “Tunisia 2020” which was held in Tunis, 29 to 30 November 2016.