Costa pulls out of Tunisia, Egypt, Israel

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Costa Cruises has canceled calls in Tunisia, Egypt and Israel for the balance of 2011.

A statement from the line's headquarters in Genoa, Italy, said that while the company "values and appreciates the great appeal of these three countries as prime tourist destinations," due to recent events the itineraries of all its ships that call in the destinations are being changed.

The long-term policy, Costa said, would enable it to "efficiently plan and execute its complex technical and maritime operations for the entire season."

All seven-day Mediterranean cruises of the Costa Concordia, Costa Serena and Costa Magica that had a scheduled one-day call at Tunis, Tunisia, will be replaced with a one-day call at Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, or Cagliari, Italy.

All Mediterranean itineraries with scheduled calls at Alexandria, Egypt, and Haifa and Ashdod, Israel, will be modified and offer alternative calls at Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece; Marmaris, Turkey; or the newly added ports of Alanya and Antalya, Turkey.

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