NCL Epic has been most popular on the Israeli market and its Mediterranean program is based on homeporting in Civitavecchia-Rome and Barcelona. The first cruise from Israel (Haifa to Rome) is an 11-day itinerary (scheduled for November 15, 2022) that also visits Ashdod plus ports in Greece (Limassol Cyprus, Rhodes Island, Patmos Island, Piraeus-Athens), Turkey (Kusadasi-Ephesus, Istanbul/Galataport) and Italy (Naples, Livorno, Rome).
Nick Wilkinson (NCL's regional vice president for Business Development in the Middle East & Africa) said they were excited to sail from Israel for the first time and make Haifa one of Norwegian Epic's homeports in the Mediterranean.
“The Israeli market is of great importance for us, and we are happy to give our guests the option to sail and visit Israel’s beautiful shores on our new routes. Norwegian Cruise Line always puts the guest first and is committed to providing the best vacation at sea, this step is another milestone that allows us to fulfill this commitment.”
Haifa is built on the slopes of Mount Carmel. The history of the city is spanning 3000+ years.