lifted from tabletmag.com
I wonder why I am not surprised that the CEO blasting the Tunisian authorities isn’t a Norwegian?
An interesting lesson here… apparently if you stand your ground when confronted by the sheer stupidity of Arab countries who think they can dictate other countries, the Arab country in question was too happy to back down and offer insincere apologies. But an insincere apology is also an apology. However, it took a non-Norwegian CEO to lock horns.
Cruise Line Drops Tunisia Over Anti-Israel Bias
Israelis on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship not allowed to disembark in Tunisia
The Norwegian Getaway, a member of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. (David Hecker/Getty Images)
Norwegian Cruise Line has pulled Tunisia from its list of travel destinations following an incident in which Israeli citizens were kept from entering the country. Upon the cruise liner’s recent arrival at the Port of Tunis, 20 Israeli passengers were not allowed off the boat, JTAreported. While the rest of the passengers disembarked, the Israeli citizens were told to remain onboard the Norwegian Jade because the Tunisian government didn’t want them in the country.
“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 statement. Sheehan maintained that the company had no prior knowledge of the Tunisian government’s policy.
The Anti-Defamation League praised the Norwegian Cruise Line for their quick and resolute response. ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said, “They have sent a clear message to Tunisia and other governments that discriminatory practices against Israelis and other nationals will have a negative impact on tourism.”
Tunisia had been a major attraction for the Norwegian Jade, with the cruise liner stopping there once every three weeks.