Haifa is Israel's main seaport located along the north side of Mount Carmel. It is also the cruise port to Tel Aviv - a major city on the Mediterranean coastline. Tel Aviv is easily accessible from the railway station located near Haifa Cruise Terminal (train travel time is between 40-60 min).
The old Haifa Port (called Western Port) was built in 1933 as Palestine's first modern harbor waterway. However, it blocked the city from the waterfront. Its wharves are narrow and outdated. New wharves for latest generation cargo vessels are planned for the new Eastern Port. There is a proposal for constructing a new Haifa Waterfront area. The development project transformed part of the port into a large public complex.
This city is ancient and special in its own right, with a famous fortress. In antiquity, it was known under the names "Sycaminum" and "Caiphas" (during the Christian Crusades in the 11th-12th centuries). In the 12th century, a castle built on the site by Crusaders was destroyed by Saladin, sultan of Syria and Egypt.
Haifa is close to Nazareth, where cruise tourists will find the striking Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St Joseph (the site of Joseph's carpentry shop) and St Mary's Well. The city is also close to the Galilee Sea. Lake Tiberias ("Sea of Galilee") is a freshwater valley lake encircled by a beautiful beach. In the past, the vicinity of Lake Tiberias was very well populated. Some of the trade routes of Asia Minor converged at the lake, and a total of 9 cities flourished on its shores. The lake was a centre of extensive fishing industry.
From Haifa it is also possible to visit the Holy City of Jerusalem - sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. Most cruise ship passengers don't tour Haifa, but instead book tours in Jerusalem or Bethlehem (up to 3-hour travel time). From Haifa also start tours toSea of Galilee, Acre, Nazareth, Caesarea. Due to the popularity of all these Holy Land travel destinations, many cruise liners stay in port overnight.
For season 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 34 ship calls with around 25,000 passengers. The port's record year was 2012, when it handled a total of 118 ship calls and approx 170,000 passengers. For season 2019, the port had scheduled 46 calls with around 60,000 passengers.
In Port Haifa is homeported the Mano Cruises ship Golden Iris. Departures are offered in the period March through November, with around 60 turnarounds (roundtrips) and approx 50,000 passengers per year.
Haifa cruise terminal
Haifa port handles both ferries and cruise ships at its newly expanded cruise terminal. The facility is sized approx 5500 m2 (59200 ft2) and offers as amenities cafeteria, currency exchange, parking, terminal for tour buses, duty-free shopping, telecommunication center (free WiFi). The nearest train station is at under 5-min walking distance from the cruise ship terminal. The railway connects the port with Tel Aviv directly. The city center itself is at 5-min easy walk from the port. Occasionally, complimentary bus shuttle service to the cruise port is also provided.
(NEW) Haifa cruise terminal
By the new redevelopment project for the old Western Port of Haifa, all new buildings are of warehouse design (industrial-looking linear structures) and 2-story high. The port's old infrastructure (including gantry cranes, grain-conveyers, roads, train tracks, etc) and all currently existing port facilities remained intact. In the port's east area, the 3 existing (but abandoned) warehouses were redesigned to form the "concrete cathedral" housing many public events and activities (bith commercial and cultural).
Among the project's main features are building a wide pedestrian waterfront promenade and spacious public space. The new promenade is lined up with small hotels, cafes, restaurants, outdoor food markets, among others. There are no shopping malls and new residential properties. The existing residential area (an Arab neighborhood) within the waterfront was renewed. The adjacent Navy Port will be also developed, with its wharves converted to a modern yacht marina.
Construction works also included building of pedestrian walkways, small streets and plazas. The plan was officially approved in 2013.
Port Haifa cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Haifa cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel.
If you lose the Haifa location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.