Assault on Gaza causes more inconvience for Israel’s tourist trade

The Los Angeles Times reports: First, U.S. airlines were banned from flying to Tel Aviv. Now some cruise lines said Wednesday that they will skip the Israeli port towns of Ashdod and Haifa because of the deadly conflict between Israelis and Hamas rebels.

Costa Pacifica canceled stops in Israel for departures from Sept. 15 through Nov. 20 and instead will visit Istanbul in Turkey and Volos, Greece, according to Travel Pulse. Costa Deliziosa also will substitute Istanbul as well as Volos and Heraklion, Greece, on a Sept. 5 cruise.

Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner and sister line Oceania replaced port calls in Israel on upcoming itineraries too.

Germany-based AIDA Cruises dropped Israeli ports from its itineraries after 2,700 passengers and crew members witnessed explosions in the air while in Ashdod on July 7. “The situation on board was calm,” a July 11 company statement says. “However, small particles that may have come from defense missiles according to first expert assessments were found on the open deck.”

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