Royal Caribbean has cancelled its fully vaccinated cruises from Israel.
The cruise line's announcement comes amid the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The series of cruises would have been Royal Caribbean's first sailings from Israel.
Royal Caribbean has canceled a series of fully vaccinated cruises from Israel amid the surging Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Royal Caribbean had planned for its new Odyssey of the Seas ship to begin sailing in June out of Haifa, Israel. The cruise series - unveiled in March - served as Royal Caribbean's first fully vaccinated cruise announcement, and would have been the cruise line's first voyage from Israel.
Royal Caribbean had been eyeing the chance to offer sailings from Israel "for quite some time," Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean's president and CEO, said in a March press release. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially called the cruise line's decision to sail from Israel an "important economic, touristic moment" for the country.
But now, the cruise giant will be halting its highly anticipated Israel-based sailings, which would have shuttled fully vaccinated Israelis on three- to seven-night trips to Greece and Cyprus from Haifa, Israel, and back.
The region has been rocked by escalating violence, which has led to rising civilian deaths. Presently, Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 200 Palestinians, while strikes from Gaza have killed 10 people in Israel, the Associated Press reported.
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