Sydneysider Javier Camelo, 19 had just graduated from university and to celebrate, booked an MSC cruise with his parents to see the sights of the Mediterannean.
A first-time cruiser and an Australian-Colombian dual national, he thought it was the best way to relax after studying.
On Tuesday, when the MSC Splendida docked in Tunisia, he and his parents were among the group of tourists who visited the National Bardo Museum. Both he and his mother were among the 21 tourists killed in an ISIS terrorist attack.
A representative from MSC Cruises in Sydney told Cruise Passenger they had booked the young man on the cruise.
“Unfortunately his family was travelling with him, his mother was one of the victims also sadly. His father, who remained in Tunisia, is liaising with MSC Cruises’ Crisis Team. We also have the crisis team on board providing assistance and support to any passengers or crew in this painful moment.”
MSC today confirmed 12 of its guests were killed during the attack and another 13 are injured.MSC has also announced it will suspend all remaining Tunisian stops in the 2015 summer program in the interests of guest and crew safety.
MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy. Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it.
“Tunis is a key destination for MSC Cruises and we hope to be able to restore it to itineraries in due course. But until we receive the necessary reassurances that the security situation has returned to normal, we have to take our guests to alternative Mediterranean destinations.”
Passengers from Costa Fascinosa were also at the Bardo Museum and 13 guests are still unaccounted for.