Israel Cruise Cancellations Continue Amid Conflict

More Israel cruise cancellations have posted since Hamas began unleashing attacks over the weekend.


Cruise lines that are scheduled to depart or stop at the Middle Eastern country have been forced to change their itineraries or cancel their voyages altogether. 

Additionally, the US Department of State has issued an advisory asking visitors to reconsider traveling to the area while nearby Gaza has been categorized as a Level 4 do not travel zone.

One of the major cruise operators that homeports in Israel, Royal Caribbean, has already canceled 3 of its sailings that depart from Haifa—an area only 50 miles from hard-hit Tel Aviv.

Specifically, the October 9, 13, and 18 voyages have been called off. 

Due to the sudden changes, payments for fares, taxes, fees, prepaid packages, and more will be completely refunded to affected passengers within 14 business days. Cruise credits will likewise be returned to the customers’ accounts.

CRUISE LINES SKIP ISRAEL cruise cancellations
Panoramic view of Haifa city, Israel. (PIXABAY)

In the midst of the war, a representative from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has said that it is difficult to gauge how the conflict will impact the industry. “As far as next year goes, I think we just have to see where we are a month from now, two months from now,” said RCI Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support, and Service Vicki Freed.

She also assured the public that Royal has extended flexibility to its passengers by allowing them to cancel their bookings last minute while still receiving refunds or cruise credits.

Israel Cruise Cancellations Continue

Cruise ShipCruise DateReplacement Cruise Ports
MSC SinfoniaOctober 21Genoa, Civitavecchia Piraeus, Izmir, Istanbul, and Heraklion
MSC MusicaOctober 18Rhodes, Greece and Marmaris, Turkey
Rhapsody of the SeasOctober 13, 18
November 1, 6
Voyage cancelled
Mein Schiff 5October 25, 26Marmaris, Turkey and Santorini, Greece
Celebrity ApexOctober 16Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes
Seven Seas VoyagerOctober 15Istanbul, Turkey
Celestyal JourneyOctober 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, and 25
Contact cruise line
Star LegendOctober 20, 28Piraeus, Greece
Odyssey of the SeasOctober 15Crete, Bodrum and Rhodes
Island PrincessNovemberSantorini and Crete
(Data was pulled from cruise line websites and statements)

Other cruise lines have made similar changes. Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex cruise ship, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, MSC Cruises’ MSC Musica, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade, and Princess Cruises’ Island Princess have either replaced or skipped their Israel stops in their October sailings.

Their detours include other destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Crete in Greece, Limassol in Cyprus, as well as Alanya, Mamaris, and Bodrum in Turkey. 

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