See a list of “Holy Land Cruises” 2014 and 2015 itineraries and cruise schedule. Cruises to Holy Land are the most special part of the group of Middle East cruises to Israel and Egypt, deals generally inclusive of religious / Christian themed tours. Discover ancient cultures and some of the most impressive and magnificent architectural sites in the world! Visiting important Christian, Islamic and Jewish spots and religious sites are among shore excursions and tours’ highlights. This review article is integrated with Christian Cruises, our hub for Theme Cruises and Suez Canal Cruises.
The Middle East features so many topographical contrasts- from vast deserts to lush valleys – this is one of the perfect destinations to become an adventurer! On some Middle East cruises you will be also transiting the Suez Canal (from Mediterranean to Red Sea, or the reverse).
Middle East / Holy Land Cruises to Israel and Egypt
Part of the “Middle East Cruises” group, Holy Land cruise tours deals may also include visiting Eastern Mediterranean ports in Greece or Turkey. When you have to fly a long distance for your Holy Land or Middle East cruise, better arrive at the departure port one or two days in advance, and you will have time to rest. Get oriented before you board the ship- most lines offer pre-cruise packages with hotel stays, and even guided city tours.
Holy Land voyages are derivative of Eastern Mediterranean itinerary group, but “Holy Land Cruises” always visit Israel and Egypt – calling on ports of Haifa and/or Ashdod in Israel, and Alexandria or Port Said in Egypt. A cruise ship vacation to Holy Land will promise a rich in history voyage and much adventure. The today’s fate of Jerusalem is at the center of Middle East unrest. But in spite of all religious fighting and political maneuvering you will find the Holy Land cruise being an unmatched destination itself. This is a very special itinerary and an unique combination of history, climate, natural beauty, and meaning. After you visit Jerusalem, you will be changed forever. The Holy Land is a history destination, it will both educate and fascinate you.
While sailing on Holy Land cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, guests are able to see some of the most beautiful and historically most special countries in the world! These Mediterranean voyages will not only take you to Holy Land’s territories (Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza). On Holy Land cruises as itinerary you will have the opportunity to see all major Mediterranean countries – Italy and Greece. Many routes also include visiting Cyprus in combination with Turkey and some of the most popular of the Greek Islands. See the Holy City of Jerusalem, the Pyramids of Giza, the Roman Colosseum and Parthenon, all while spending your fun exciting days at sea. The lines’ onboard enrichment programs provide quality learning experiences from highly educated guest lecturers.
Get to know our offers for the “Lands of the Bible”- “Holy Land Cruises”, with various departure points and lines to choose from. Travel aboard Holland America, Celebrity or Princess cruise lines ships, or the smaller but so popular for this destination Oceania- all of them offering an affordable luxury travel deals. MSC and Costa Cruises’ Holy Land voyages are some of the cheapest on the market. Or sail aboard Azamara, Seabourn or Regent for a boutique style, intimate atmosphere.
A Holy Land cruise vacation will reveal the charms of both modern and ancient world. Whilst these are not the traditional cruising call ports, Holy Land itineraries offer the unique chance to experience something different- just read and choose!
Holy Land Cruise Tours
- Rome, Italy. The eternal Rome has something for everyone’s taste- stunning architecture, ancient history, lots of art galleries and shops. Visit one of the many marvels in this extraordinary city, stroll its beautiful streets, enjoy the delicious Italian food.
- Alexandria, Egypt. Another spot with so much ancient history to discover! The catacombs and Pompey’s Pillar hold secrets of a different era. Visit the impressive fort, join for an excursion/tour to Cairo and see the Pyramids. Or enjoy a relaxing day on the beach! There is plenty of choice.
- Athens, Greece. A centre for the philosophy, arts and learning, home of Aristotle’s Lyceum and Plato’s Academy, widely referred to as the birthplace of democracy and cradle of Western civilization.
- Ephesus, Turkey. Ephesus is well-known for the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the world and popular tourist destination. Add to this the opportunity for snorkeling or lazing on the beach is nearby. For the thrill seekers- try the Kusadasi’s “Adaland” AquaPark.
- Jerusalem. One of the oldest cities in the whole world, is considered holy to the Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. Israel’s primary governmental institutions are maintained there, but neither claim is recognized internationally.
- Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2003 the “White City” was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it comprises the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world. Tel Aviv is also known as an economic and technological hub, home to Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, research centers and corporate offices.
Additional itinerary information – a list of feature Mediterranean ports on cruises to Holy Land, with local coach transfers to the pertaining city:
- Haifa is the port for Jerusalem, Israel
- Ashdod is the port for Tel Aviv, Israel
- Alexandria and Port Said are cruise ports for Cairo, Egypt
- Piraeus is the port for Athens, Greece
- Ephesus is the port for Kusadasi, Turkey
- Other visited ports for this destination are: in Cyprus (Limassol), in Turkey (Antalya, Alanya or Marmaris), and also the Greek Islands (Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos).
- The most popular and convenient Mediterranean cruise ports of departure to Holy Land are Rome (Chitavecchia port transfer), Athens (from the Piraeus port) and Istanbul. Sometimes (although rarely) Holy Land itineraries may start also from Venice, and UK (Southampton roundtrip). The longest itineraries start from Florida ports (Miami or Fort Lauderdale mostly) combining the pilgrimage voyage to Holy Land with a Transatlantic crossing.
Holy Land Cruise Itinerary Maps
|Cruises to Holy Land from Rome, Italy||Cruises to Holy Land from Athens, Greece|
|Cruises to Holy Land from Istanbul, Turkey||Holy Land Cruises from Southampton, UK|
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Some of the feature things you should do on your Holy Lad cruise ship vacation is to roam the streets of Alexandria with its lovely epoque buildings, visit Kom ash-Shuqqafa Catacombs, enjoy a trip to the pyramids in Cairo. Visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and the 12th century Holy Sepulchre Church, which is believed to be Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection site. Float in the Dead Sea for the perfect ending of each of the “feeling special” Middle East cruises to Israel and Egypt.
Holy Land Significance
- The description “Holy Land” as a distinct geographic area which encompasses the Palestinian territories, modern-day Israel, Jordan, and parts of Syria.
- “Holy Land” is the term that in Judaism refers to the Israel Land. Non-Jews and Jews traditionally refer to this area as Palestine- “The Holy Land, or Palestine, with the Ancient Kingdoms of Judah and Israel in which the twelve Tribes have been distinguished.
- The term is used also by Christians and Muslims alike to refer to the area between Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, i.e. it includes modern Palestine and Israel.
- The Holy Land significance stems partially from Jerusalem’s religious significance- the holiest to Judaism city, the site of Jesus’s ministry. Because of the holiness of this land to Christianity, it was a part of the motives for Crusades against the Muslim Suljuq Turks- European Christians wanted to win Holy Land back. After defeating the Arabs, they had taken it over- Muslim Arabs in turn, had taken control from Christian Byzantine Empire.
- Many Holy Land religious sites have been pilgrimage and tour destinations for a long time and adherents of Abrahamic religions- Christians, Jews, Muslims, have often visited them. Pilgrims who visit this sites on group guided tours to Holy Land want to connect personally to Holy Land, touch and see the physical manifestations of faith; to confirm their beliefs with collective excitement.
- Regarded as the holiest cities of Judaism, are the Four Holy Cities in Israel: Hebron, Tzfat, Tiberias, and Jerusalem (considered especially significant as the site of Temple). Jerusalem is Mount Moriah, according to Jewish tradition this is the location of binding of Isaac. In the Hebrew Bible it is mentioned about Jerusalem 669 times.
- Christians consider the Land of Israel holy because they associate it with the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. All Christians regard Jesus as the Savior (Messiah). According to the Bible, the Holy Land territories are the land of the Jews, God’s people. Christian books (including Bible’s editions) often had Holy Land maps, considered to be Samaria, Galilee, Judea.
And this is what the wise Wikipedia guys have to say on the subject of Holy Land and the world’s major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
The following table includes all major lines cruises to Israel and Egypt leaving from UK (P&O, Thomson), Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Costa, MSC, AIDA. Very special and definitely not cheap are the Holy Land cruise tours offers by luxury lines ships – in this list are Oceania, Azamara, Regent, SilverSea, and Seabourn.
All Holy Land cruise 2014 deals below are part of the ships’ officially announced sailing programs. It means, you can book cruise deals by visiting the line’s official website. Since cruise lines websites are listed in each ship’s “itinerary-schedule-position” page at ShipCruise.org, simply follow our ship links from the table.
|2014 departures dates||ship / line (internal links to the ship’s schedule and current position)||length/itinerary|
|Oct 25||Holland America – ms Prinsendam||30-day from Piraeus (Athens) to Florida/Fort Lauderdale, themed “Holy Land & Journey To The New World”; 14-day from Piraeus (Athens) to Rome (Civitavecchia), themed “Holy Land Explorer”|
|Oct 12, 23; Nov 03, 14||Costa Pacifica||12-day Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt from Savona|
|Dec 13||Costa Voyager||17-day Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Egypt from Trieste to Sharm El Sheikh|
|Oct 27||Silver Wind||10-day Italy & Greece from Rome to Athens|
|Oct 22||Silver Spirit||14-day Mediterranean, Athens to Rome|
|Nov 04||Silver Cloud||12-day Holy Land from Piraeus (Athens) to Rome|
|Oct 21||Azamara Cruises – Quest||12-day St.Paul Voyage from Rome to Athens|
|Oct 25||P and O – Aurora||21-day from UK to Cyprus, Malta, Holy Land (departing from Southampton, England)|
|Oct 26; Nov 06||MSC Cruises – Lirica||11-day Italy, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Greece from Genoa or Rome|
|Nov 07||Oceania – Nautica||20-day “Monuments of Time” from Istanbul to Dubai|
|Nov 05||Regent – Seven Seas Voyager||21-day Legendary Sands from Istanbul to Dubai|
||Thomson Holidays – Thomson Spirit||
|Oct 07||Seabourn Odyssey||18-day Sun Empires from Athens to Mumbai; 25-day Holy Land, Aegean & Egypt Adventure from Venice to Mumbai; 36-day Classic Kingdoms from Athens to Singapore|
|Oct 13, 23||Mein Schiff 2||10-day “Nacht Mittelmeer mit Israel” from Antalya|
|Oct 28||ms Europa 2||9-day from Beirut/Lebanon to Athens/Piraeus|
|Oct 04, 25||Celebrity Silhouette||14-day from Rome (Mediterranean fly cruise to Holy Land)|
|Oct 29||Celebrity Constellation||11-day from Istanbul to Rome (Civitavecchia)|
||Ocean Princess||themed “Holy Land & Mediterranean”
|2015 departures dates||ship / line (internal links to the ship’s schedule and current position)||length/itinerary|
|Apr 14||Celebrity Century||15-day Suez Canal from Dubai to Rome|
|Apr 15||Seabourn Sojourn||
|Apr 18||Azamara Quest||18-day Suez Canal from Dubai to Istanbul|
|Apr 22||mv Minerva||15-day Holy Land from Sharm El Sheikh to Piraeus (Athens)|
|May 15, Nov 04||Seven Seas Voyager||
|May 18; Jun 01, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 07, 21; Oct 05, 19||AIDAstella||7-day round-trip from Antalya|
|May 27||Rhapsody Of The Seas||15-day Suez Canal from Dubai to Istanbul|
|Sep 06||Insignia||24-day from Barcelona to Dubai|
|Sep 19||Seven Seas Mariner||
|Sep 26||Crystal Serenity||12-day from Istanbul to Rome|
|Oct 01||Azamara Journey||12-day Holy Land from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul|
||Mein Schiff 1||10-day round-trip from Antalya|
||Celebrity Silhouette||14-day Israel and Mediterranean round-trip from Rome|
|Oct 14||Explorer Of The Seas||14-day Suez Canal from Barcelona to Dubai|
|Oct 19||Silver Spirit||10-day round-trip from Piraeus (Athens)|
|Oct 24||ms Europa 2||10-day from Piraeus (Athens) to Limassol|
|Oct 27||Celebrity Constellation||12-day Israel and Mediterranean from Istanbul to Rome|
|Nov 10||AIDAvita||12-day from Venice to Sharm El Sheikh|
|Nov 21||Costa neoRiviera||22-day Italy, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Oman from Savona to Dubai|
|Nov 23||Costa neoClassica||28-day Italy, Greece, Croatia, Israel, Egypt, Mauritius and Seychelles from Venice to Port Louis|
|Nov 29||MSC Musica||19(20)-day Italy, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Oman from Bari (Venice) to Dubai|
|Dec 03||Splendour Of The Seas||16-day Suez Canal from Venice to Dubai|
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