Cruise ship giant NCL now offers cruises from the port of HaifaTravel And Tour World

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Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022

The international vacation ship giant is joining the rivalry of Israeli vacationers by launching cruises for the first time in its history on trips from the northern port city.

International cruise ship giant NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) is joining the competition for Israeli vacationers and will start sailing from Haifa for the first time in its history, Maariv has learned.

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The local cruise market is crowded and business owners face competitors like Mano Maritime and Royal Caribbean.

NCL will sail from Haifa to the Greek islands or other cities in the Mediterranean basin. The international company will begin its holiday cruises on November 15, which marks the start of the winter season.

The cruise will be on the resort ship “Afik” which can accommodate 4000 vacationers. NCL’s maiden voyage will be from Haifa to Rome via Turkish ports and several Greek islands, including Rhodes and Crete.

The base price for the 12-night cruise is $1,500, which includes meals at 50% of the ship’s restaurants.

Special experiences for the Israeli market

Nick Wilkinson, global vice president of NCL, told Maariv that he doesn’t underestimate other cruise lines, but that NCL doesn’t compete with them.

Instead, NCL looks at what vacations and experiences are available, sees which attractions are of interest to Israelis, and acts accordingly. He added that the Israeli market is very important to them.

NCL is well known to Israelis. It will offer a competitive base price with attractive packages.

The cruise is at the beginning of the winter season, and it is intended not only for Israelis but also for travelers from all over the world.

The goal is to satisfy the needs of those looking for special experiences. Later in 2023 there will be more cruises, said Nick Wilkinson, global vice president of NCL.

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