Half of Israeli citizens have already received a single injection of the two-dose vaccine, making the country a major destination for restarting the cruise.
While the cruise awaits an uncertain future, one of the leading cruise companies, Royal Caribbean International, has announced that it will start sailing from Israel for the first time in May, with vaccinated passengers and crew.
The line will offer Israelis a combination of a 3 to 7 night getaway to visit the Greek islands and Cyprus of the brand new Odyssey of the Seas or Sea Odyssey. The itinerary, the return trip from Haifa, Israel, will include visits to idyllic islands and destinations in the Mediterranean, including Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens, Greece and Limassol in Cyprus.
"We are thrilled to present the Royal Caribbean International cruises from Israel with our newest and most innovative Odyssey ship. Israeli travelers will want to escape, relax with complete peace of mind, and enjoy the travel experiences they sorely miss; and that is what we do best. Sailing out of Israel is an opportunity we have been looking at for a long time. We greatly appreciate the Israeli government for their cooperation and trust in us to provide passengers with unforgettable cruise experiences and look forward to fulfilling that promise on our newest ship - the first ‘Green Island’ at sea. ", He said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
"Thanks to the millions of vaccines we have brought, I am proud that Israel will be the first country in the world to launch the new flagship Royal Caribbean cruiser. Royal Caribbean International’s decision to come to Israel is an important expression of confidence in our policy. This is an important economic and tourist moment for the state of Israel, ”Said the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and added that Israel is a global model of success. “We will continue with our program - the 'green passport' - so that we can get out of the COVID-19 virus in peace. Just as we became the world champion in vaccines from Israel, so we will become the world champion in economics and tourism in the post-corona era.", Concluded Netanyahu.
Greece, Cyprus and Israel they have concluded agreements that allow citizens with Covid-19 vaccination certificates to travel without restrictions and quarantine between the three countries. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was the first leader to propose to the European Commission the idea of an EU-wide vaccination certificate to facilitate travel. Although the idea has not yet been agreed by EU leaders, the EU is still expected to decide on covid passports by the end of this month.
The result of the agreement between Greece, Cyprus and Israel is precisely the activation of tourism, which also attracted Royal Caribbean International.
Together with the Israeli health and tourism authorities, Royal Caribbean will be the first to offer fully vaccinated voyages, where both crew and guests over the age of 16 will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Details of additional health and safety measures to be implemented by Israel and Royal Caribbean will be announced at a later date, according to Royal Caribbean International.
"We are very happy to work with Royal Caribbean International because our recent travel agreement with Israel is already yielding results, and more and more people will have the opportunity to have unique experiences in our beautiful destinations and islands", Said the Greek Minister of Tourism, Haris Theoharis.
Savvas Perdios, Deputy Minister of Cypriot Tourism, said Cyprus supports the cruise industry and is pleased to help the industry on its recovery path. "I am honored to be featured in the Royal Caribbean itinerary this summer and look forward to welcoming their newest boat to our island. We are sure that guests will have great fun, both on the boat and when visiting Cyprus, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean."
By the way, Cyprus announced that from March it plans to allow at least passengers from the European Union who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter, without any restrictions, and passengers will have to have proof that they have been vaccinated.
Source / Photo: Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International