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Costa still shy of Egypt and Tunisia

Costa still shy of Egypt and Tunisia

Going somewhat against the industry grain, Costa Cruises has confirmed it will avoid Tunisia and the majority of Egypt in 2012.

The cruise line did, however, confirm it would continue to offer year-round departures from Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea.

Citing “a persistent negative perception” of the destinations, the Carnival Corporation-owned brand confirmed earlier it would extend a moratorium on visits to the destinations originally implemented following political unrest in early 2011.

Costa said that avoiding the destinations in 2012 would “maintain the tranquility and serenity that must characterize a holiday”.

Despite this, Costa Voyager will continue to offer year-round seven-day cruises in the Red Sea, visiting three Egyptian ports: Sharm el Sheik, Safaga and Sokhna.

“The Red Sea is seen as a destination in itself, different from Egypt, and still has a positive perception,” said Costa.