Royal Caribbean starts homeport operations in Israel

Royal Caribbean starts homeport operations in Israel

The line’s Rhapsody of the Seas is sailing from Haifa for the first time this season

Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas recently started homeport operations in Israel.

As part of its summer programme in the Mediterranean, the vision-class vessel is offering a series of cruises from the Port of Haifa.

Extending through late October, the schedule includes three- to eight-night itineraries visiting Israel, the Greek Islands and Cyprus.

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Ports of call being visited by the 2,000-guest ship during the season include Mykonos, Rhodes, Limassol and Ashdod. Late departures from Piraeus and Santorini will also feature.

Before returning to the Caribbean in November, the Rhapsody will offer an eight-night repositioning cruise departing from Haifa. Sailing to Barcelona, the voyage will include stops in Greece, Italy, France and Spain.

The vessel will then return for a second season in the region in 2023.


Based in Limassol from May to July, the vessel will visit both Haifa and Ashdod on a regular basis. The arrivals are part of itineraries that will include stops in Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

With two- to eight-night cruises, the programme will extend from late August to early November and will include itineraries to Greece, Cyprus and Israel.

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