MSC Cruises said some MSC Splendida passengers were on tours that included the museum. The ship is carrying 3,714 passengers and 1,267 crew members. Wednesday night MSC awaited the return of all passengers to the ship but confirmed all US and Canadian citizens are accounted for and were safely back on board.
In an 11 p.m. update, Costa Cruises said the captain of Costa Fascinosa reported 14 passengers still had not come back to the ship, which is carrying 3,161 passengers. The line said Costa Fascinosa was planning to depart shortly after midnight, pending clearance.
Both companies are in touch with local security officials, their port agent and the relevant national and international authorities. Costa and MSC also have care teams in Tunis to provide assistance to all passengers and their relatives.