Viking Sea’s maiden visit to La Goulette Cruise Terminal last week also signalled the first customer of the year for the Tunisian port.
The ship was carrying almost 900 passengers, many of them North Americans who were greeted by Tunisia’s Cultural Minister and Tourism Minister and officials form the port authority and cruise terminal.
Most went on Viking Cruises’ inclusive shorexs which included key attractions in Tunis: Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and the Bardo Museum; and Zaghouan, a town located south of Tunis, famous for its roses, originally cultivated by Muslim refugees from Spain in the 17th century. On the mountain, south of the city is the Roman Water Temple (Djebel Zaghouan), source of an aquaduct which used to transport water to the city of Carthage over 100km away.
On the quayside at the Cruise Village, the cruise terminal authorities collaborated with the Ministry of Culture to offer a classical music concert by the Tunis Symphony Orchestra.
Viking Sea is scheduled to visit three more times at La Goulette this year (twice in February and once in March) and Viking Sky will make one call on February 28.
These are currently the only cruise calls scheduled for 2017 following Tunisia’s return to the Mediterranean cruising map last October when 300 passengers from Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Europa were warmly greeted as the sole caller of the year. ‘I am trying to convince others by communicating the successful Viking stopover,’ Maha Ben Slimene, marketing manager Goulette Shipping Cruise told SCN.
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