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Israel Cruises

Israel, which roughly translates as ‘struggle with God’, is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. 

A trip to the ‘holy lands’ is high on many people’s list, whether or not they’re of a religious persuasion. There’s just a lot to see in Israel, from 5,000-year-old ruins in Jerusalem to the lively entertainment in Tel Aviv.  

About 75% of Israel’s 8.1 million people identify as Jewish. However, many other ancient communities call this place home, most notably Arabs, Christians, Maronites, Samaritans, Armenians, Circassians and even Vietnamese boat people. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Israeli security forces and police use Krav Maga, a martial art.
  • Israel is divided into six administrative districts, known as mehozot.
  • Anyone of Jewish lineage has the right to Israeli citizenship.
  • Israel is home to the world's largest solar parabolic dish.
  • Over 90% of Israeli homes use solar energy for hot water.
 

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A cruise to Israel brings you up close to the past, and Jerusalem is unsurprisingly one of the most popular spots. Walking around the Old Town of Jerusalem, you can literally smell history in the buildings and their stone dust, not to mention the local cuisine in open stalls. The Old Town is defined by its narrow, winding streets and alleyways, and it actually feels like you’ve travelled way back in time. This area is filled with shrines and attractions holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. 

While Jerusalem is Israel's self-designated capital, Tel Aviv is the financial and technology centre, and is loaded with restaurants, clubs and shops. The port destination Haifa is about an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv. Here you can explore the greenery of Carmel Nature Reserve, visit the parks and museums, or get a bird’s eye view from the mountain cable car. 

The waiting wall

The Western Wall in Old Town, also called the Wailing Wall, is all that remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. It’s a place of prayer sacred to many religious people. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also located in Old Town. Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, as a place to consider and celebrate Jesus Christ’s most important moments of death and resurrection. 

 

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East of Jerusalem, you can visit the Mount of Olives, a holy spot associated with many events in Jesus’ life including ascending to Heaven (Chapel of Ascension) and teaching his disciples the Lord’s prayer (Church of the Pater Noster).  

Another holy place in Jerusalem which draws thousands of pilgrims every year is the Jordan River, which runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hula Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. People come to Israel specifically to bathe in this river, and even if you don’t consider yourself religious, it’s something to see. 

 

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Cruises visiting Israel

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