La Goulette Cruise Port has welcomed Spirit of Discovery, its first ship of the season, as well as its first ship in 7 years to call the port.
Spirit of Discovery, from Saga Cruises, began its journey from the UK and visiting different Mediterranean destinations. La Goulette Cruise Port welcomed its 724 passengers with a celebratory parade of eagle handlers, national band & the traditional camels. As part as their shore excursions, the passengers visited La Medina, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Sousse and Kairouan.
La Goulette Village at the port was full of spirit with the shops filled with variety of local products that reflects the Tunisian culture. The restaurant and cafes that offer the local Tunisian gastronomy was filled with the visiting passengers.
Sami Debbich, GM of La Goulette Cruise Port , along with the attendance of the Minister of Tourism, Minister of Transport, Secretary of State for Maritime Affairs, Governor of Tunis, Head of Customs, Head of Police, the Ambassador of England, presented the “Plaque” at the traditional welcome ceremony to the Captain of the Spirit of Discovery.
Mr Debbich commented: “We are delighted to once again see cruise passengers at our port. This is truly a reflection of our hard work. We look forward to a blissful season with 40cruise ships expected for 2022. As La Goulette Cruise Port, we will continue to offer the best services with all necessary health & safety measures to ours business partners.”
La Goulette is located in a coastal area that includes the ruins of ancient Carthage and the picturesque suburb of Sidi Bou Said, places that attract more visitors than Tunis itself. Home to several UNESCO Heritage sites, the city is a masterpiece of historical and cultural art.
La Goulette Cruise Port operated through a joint venture between Global Ports Holding Plc and MSC Cruises S.A. has started its operations in May 2019. The Port features berths with a total of 657mtr which enable the port to receive the mega ships such as Oasis, Excellence and Meraglivia-plus class cruise ships. The ISPS compliant port, offers services to cruise passengers with enhanced security operations. With two terminal buildings, La Goulette Cruise Port can easily handle the operations of the cruise ships.