Princess Cruises Cancels Israel Visit

Posted Jun 2nd 2010 10:23 AMUpdated Jun 2nd 2010 11:31 AM

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Israel is a popular destination for cruise ships in the spring and summer, with at least five cruise lines planning to call at Haifa and Ashod (the port for Jerusalem) in coming weeks.

But with tensions growing in the region, Princess Cruises canceled a visit to Ashod today.

The change of itinerary for the 688-passenger Pacific Princess comes after the death of nine people earlier this week when Israeli commandos stormed an aid flotilla bound for Gaza. That incident took place at sea, and has been followed by protests around the world.

A Princess Cruises spokeswoman told USA Today the ship was skipping the port call because of "the ongoing potential for unexpected violent protests" sparked by the flotilla incident.

The ship did make a scheduled visit to Haifa yesterday.

Other cruise lines with ships visiting Israel in coming weeks include Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara Club Cruises and Costa Cruises.

Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises.
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Steve Sherman

I just learned of Princess Cruise Lines canceling Port-Calls and visits into Israeli Ports. Haifa and Ashdod.
If this story is true; if Princess Cruise Lines is indeed boycotting Israel in any way; They Will Immediately LOSE all further business Forever, from myself and my family....
What I now find out will determine whether I totally CANCEL any further trips or business dealings ever again, with Princess Cruise Lines....
If True, I will prohibit my family; my businesses; and my many employees, from ever supporting this illicit company that attempts to boycott and hurt Israel. This Cruise line, (Princess) apparently is making their decision. And I'm clearly making mine to Stop any Further Use of their cruise company and their services. It's their loss.

June 10 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ERIC METZGER

THE SO CALLED THIRD WORLD NATIONS WILL ALWAYS BLAME ISRAEL FOR EVERYTHING. THE ARABS LOOK AT ISRAEL AND SEE THAT THEY MADE THE DESERT BLOOM AND THEIR OWN PEOPLE LIVE IN A WASTE LAND OF DESERT. IT IS TIME TO STOP BLAMING THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS ON ISRAEL AND LOOK WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE HUMANITY BETTER. I MUST ADMIT THAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN UP THE SAME MONTRA BUT BLAMES EVERYTHING WHICH HAPPENS ON BUSH. MAYBE IN THE FUTURE HE AND HIS FOLLOWERS WILL START TAKING RESPONSIBLITY AND DO SOMETHING GOOD. I TAKE WHAT THEY SAY AS WORDS FROM PEOPLE WHO JUST DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG. MAYBE ONE DAY WHEN THEY START LOVING THEIR CHILDREN INSTEAD OF KILLING THEN MAYBE THEY WILL JOIN THE HUMAN RACE BUT UNTIL THAT HAPPENS STOP BLAMING IT ON ISRAEL. AS FAR AS THE HAMAS GAZA STRIP IS CONCERNED, ANY PEOPLE WHO TOLERATE AND GO ALONG WITH THEIR ELECTED LEADERS WHO CLAIM THEIR AIM IS DESTROY ISRAEL AND CONSTANT FIRING ROCKETS BECOME A TERRORIST ALSO. ISRAEL TAKES WHAT THEY SAY AND WHAT THEY DO AND DOES EVERYTHING TO PROTECT THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND IF IT RESULTS IN ACTIONS WHICH DESTROYS THE TERRORIST SO BE IT. AS THEY SAY, IF IT IS GOD'S WILL FOR THEM TO MEET THEIR 72 VIRGINS THAN ISRAEL WILL JUST BE THE SENDER. MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST,ISRAEL, AND NEVER FORGET THAT.

June 06 2010 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pete Staff

Reading the comments, I can see that the Isaeli's world wide lobbyist organization, Which is the largest in the world. Has gotten it's propaganda messages cross. Millions,well spent. Proves that a lie told often enought,will become the truth.

June 04 2010 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pete Staff


Israel.Always plays the role of the poor picked upon poor peace loving country. It does not or ever wanted peace. Since 1948 it wanted only wars. For thier expansion too build thier greater israel. Supported by the very deep pockets of Uncle Sap. With out aid whose they would not survive. Which could mean peace in the Middle East.

June 04 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dave

Its so funny how every ones pissed at them but were not pissed when rockets over 2000 of them were launched into israel. The same folks that are not mad that north korea sinks a ship!

June 04 2010 at 6:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch S

John, you hateful sack of crap. Listen up shiitehead. Oh yeah, BTW, the pun was intended, in case your ignorance prevents you from seeing where I'm leading you, you cowardly little keyboard commando. How dare you generalize about the people of MY religion? That's right johnyboy, this US Marine does not particularly care for your insipid BS. so man-up pal. I think you need a beating. and this nice little Jewish boy from Bklyn would love to be the deliverer of said beating. what say you?

June 04 2010 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick

americas left wing nut cases make me sick....that ship the israelis boarded was about half american left wing loonies and the rest were left wing fruit cakes from muslim countries....america is afraid of the muslims and the north koreans have obama shaking too...i have no sympathy for the left wing idiots that were killed on that ship

June 04 2010 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denzil Minyard

The UN and every Tom, Dick, and Harry bash Israel just about every time that little nation defends itself. How many Camp David peace accords have been facilitated with this result? Israel signs in good faith. Hamas and Hezbollah (the "Party of God") plainly state they will continue their "jihad" or holy war agains Israel. What on earth is holy about bombing buses and places where large numbers of Israeli young people are gathered? When this happens and Israel's air force strikes back, European nations, the UN, and our leftist media scream bloody murder. Yes, the raids do kill women and children. Nothing much is said about infants, school children, and teenagers who are murdered by fanatics carrying on their "holy war." The US is Israel's best and only real friend. I get very angry when our Chief Executive lectures Benjamin Netanyahu or other Israeli leaders about violent acts against Palestinians. There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Hamas and Hezbollah wallow in their hatred directed at Israel and have their "holy war" funded by Iran. Iran's fanatical leaders desperately want nuclear weapons to use againt Israel. Make no mistake--Iranian president Imanutjob would push the button in a heartbeat.

June 04 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

There is a law which allows Israel to stop ships in international waters to protect their shores, if they let other nations know of the blockade. It's a 1918 law which was modified by England in 1996.

June 04 2010 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marcus

Just reading the headlines...I knew it involved muslims.

June 03 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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