+++ Updated: Cancellations confirmed +++
With tensions rising in Israel, the launch of Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas cruises from Haifa cancelled.
The operator had planned to operated 2-7 night voyages to Cyprus and the Greek Islands.
In a statement, the cruise line, said “Royal Caribbean International has changed the course for its brand-new ship Odyssey of the Seas. Due to the unrest in Israel and the region, Odyssey has not been able to complete the preparations required to operate from Haifa, Israel as planned.
“Given this and the uncertainty of when things will return to normal, the industry’s newest ship will now spend its inaugural season in Florida. The cruise line’s change of plans was driven by the safety and well-being of guests, crew and the surrounding communities. Details on Odyssey’s new cruises will be announced at a future date.
“Royal Caribbean will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Israel and remains hopeful to return to this popular destination with its ships in the future. “