Cruise passengers on the MSC Splendida and the Costa Fascinosa were visiting Tunis on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire at the National Bardo Museum, killing 17 tourists.

Following the attack, both MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises said they ordered excursion buses to return guests to their ships, and MSC said all excursions and ground activities in Tunis were suspended. MSC Cruises said some of its guests were at the museum when the attack occurred. 

Costa's Wednesday evening departure from Tunis was postponed until Thursday. The line added that local authorities have beefed up security measures around the port, and that members of its management and care teams were traveling to Tunis to meet with local authorities and passengers.

Separately, David Scowsill, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said today "Whilst our hearts go out to families of the victims of this terrible massacre, and to the authorities who are seeking the perpetrators, we know from experience that the travel industry is very resilient and destinations like Tunis will recover very fast in the months to come."

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