See a list of "Holy Land Cruises" 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 Cruises

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 Cruises ships. All of them offer affordable luxury cruise travel deals. MSC and Costa Cruises' Holy Land voyages are some of the cheapest on the market. Sailing aboard Azamara, Crystal, Seabourn or Regent ships offers a boutique style and more intimate cruising with all-inclusive luxury deals - and some of the highest rates on the market.

Holy Land cruise vacations 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

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

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Israel cruise tours to Holy Land maps

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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.

Holy Land Cruises to Israel and Egypt

Holy Land Cruises 2016-2017-2018

2016-2017-2018 departures dates line / ship (internal links to the ship’s schedule and current position) length/itinerary
2016, Jun 13/Jun 3 Oceania Cruises / Oceania Sirena 12-/22-days from Athens to Rome
  1. 2016, Jul 13
  2. 2016, Sept 5
  3. 2016, Sept 15
  4. 2017, Mar 16
  5. 2017, Apr 3
Regent Seven Seas / Seven Seas Navigator
  1. 12-days from Barcelona to Jerusalem (Haifa); 24-days Barcelona to Venice
  2. 21-days foundtrip from Athens (Piraeus)
  3. 18-days Rome to Venice; 11-days Rome to Athens (Piraeus)
  4. 36-days Singapore to Istanbul 
  5. 40-days from Abu Dhabi to Miami; 18-days Abu Dhabi to Istanbul
  1. 2016, Aug 28
  2. 2016, Jul 1
  3. 2017, Apr 14
  4. 2017, May 2
Oceania Cruises / Oceania Insignia
  1. 32-days from Rome to Miami; 15-days Rome to Valletta
  2. 90-days roundtrip from Miami
  3. 39-days from Singapore to Rome
  4. 21-days from Abu Dhabi to Rome
  • 2016, Sept 22
  • 2016, Sept 12
Oceania Cruises / Oceania Riviera
  1. 17-days from Athens to Rome; 10-days roundtrip from Athens
  2. 20-days roundtrip from Athens
  1. 2016, Sept 24; Oct 22
  2. 2017, Sep 29; Oct 23
Celebrity Cruises / Celebrity Silhouette
  1. 14-days roundtrip from Rome
  2. 12-days roundtrip from Rome
  1. 2016, Oct 6; 16; 26
TUI Cruises / Mein Schiff 3 10-days roundtrip from Antalya, Turkey
  1. 2016, Oct 20
  2. 2016, Oct 6
  3. 2017, Oct 5
  4. 2017, Oct 19
Holland America / ms Prinsendam
  1. 14-days Piraeus (Athens) to Rome; 30-days Athens to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  2. 28-days Piraeus (Athens) to Rome
  3. 28-days from Barcelona to Rome
  4. 30-days from Athens to Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 14-days to Rome
  1. 2016, Oct 21
  2. 2016, Nov 2
  3. 2017, Oct 19
  4. 2017, Oct 31
Celebrity Cruises / Celebrity Constellation
  1. 12-days fron Istanbul to Rome
  2. 12-days Rome to Istanbul
  3. 12-days Rome to Athens
  4. 12-days from Piraeus (Athens) to Rome
  1. 2016, Oct 24
  2. 2017, Apr 1
Silversea / Silver Cloud
  1. 10-days roundtrip from  Piraeus (Athens)
  2. 18-days from Abu Dhabi to Athens
2016, Oct 22 Regent Seven Seas / Seven Seas Explorer 11-days Venice to Jerusalem (Haifa)
  1. 2016, Oct 22
  2. 2016, Nov 1
  3. 2017, May 4
Oceania Cruises / Oceania Nautica
  1. 30-days from Rome to Dubai
  2. 20-days Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai
  3. 12-days from Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona
  1. 2016, Oct 30
  2. 2017, Mar 27
Norwegian Cruise Line / Norwegian Star
  1. 21-days from Rome to Dubai
  2. 20-days Dubai to Venice
2016, Oct 30 AIDA Cruises / AIDAbella 10-days from Venice to Limassol, Cyprus; 43-days to Laem Chabang (Bangkok)
2016, Nov 6 Viking Cruises / Viking Sea 15-days from Istanbul to Rome
  1. 2016, Nov 9
  2. 2017, May 2
Regent Seven Seas / Seven Seas Voyager
  1. 64-days from Barcelona to Sydney; 23-days Barcelona to Dubai
  2. 20-days from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul
  1. 2016, Nov 26
  2. 2017, Apr 3
Royal Caribbean / Vision Of The Seas
  1. 16-days Suez Canal from Venice to Dubai
  2. 16-days Suez Canal from Dubai to Venice
2016, Nov 27/28 Costa Cruises / Costa neoClassica 25/24-days Italy, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Oman and UAE from Savona/Rome to Dubai
  1. 2016, Nov 28
  2. 2017, Apr 12
Norwegian Cruise Line / Norwegian Spirit 11-days roundtrip from Venice
  1. 2016, Dec 4
  2. 2017, Mar 6
  3. 2017, Mar 22
  4. 2017, Apr 1
  5. 2017, Apr 17
Seabourn / Seabourn Encore
  1. 16-days from Athens to Dubai; 34-days Athens to Singapore; 60-days Athens to Sydney; 44-days Athens to Bali, Indonesia
  2. 61-days from Sydney to Athens
  3. 45-days from Bali to Piraeus (Athens)
  4. 35-days from Singapore to Piraeus (Athens)
  5. 26-days from Dubai to Istanbul; 19-days to Athens
2017, Mar 11 Viking Cruises / Viking Sky 15-days from Rome to Istanbul
2017, May 17 TUI Cruises / Mein Schiff 5 10-days roundtrip from Antalya, Turkey
2017, Sept 21; Oct 11 TUI Cruises / Mein Schiff 1 10-days roundtrip from Antalya
  1. 2017, Oct 17
  2. 2018, Apr 26
Azamara Cruises / Azamara Journey
  1. 11-days roundtrip from Athens
  2. 17-days from Dubai to Athens
2017, Nov 4 Crystal Cruises / Crystal Symphony 18-days from Rome To Dubai
2017, Nov 7 Phoenix Reisen / Amadea 17-days from Venice to Nice
  1. 2017, Mar 22
  2. 2017, Apr 1
CMV / Magellan
  1. 44-days from Hong Kong to London
  2. 34-days from Singapore to London
  1. 2018, Apr 26
  2. 2018, Sep 9
Crystal Cruises / Crystal Serenity
  1. 20-days from Dubai to Rome
  2. 14-days roundtrip from Rome
2018, Oct 13 Azamara Cruises / Azamara Quest  18-days from Athens to Dubai

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