Israel’s mass vaccination policy seems to be starting to pay off for business. The company Royal Caribbean International It has announced that it will start sailing from Israel – for the first time – this May. And he will do it with his new boat, the Odyssey of the Seas, which should have been inaugurated in the Caribbean in the winter of 2020, but to which the pandemic has brought a new destination and an unexpected port of Saida, Haifa (Israel).
The cruise company will offer -in principle, to Israelis- a combination of itineraries from 3 to 7 nights through the Mediterranean visiting Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens, in Greece, and Limassol, in Cyprus. Tours will begin in May, although tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, March 9.
The relationship of this business initiative with mass vaccination It has been made clear by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. “Thanks to the millions of vaccines we have purchased, I am very proud that Israel is the first country in the world to launch the new and iconic Royal Caribbean ship,” he said. In fact, both the crew and passengers over 16 years old will have had to be vaccinated and therefore have their green passport before boarding the ship.
“Israel is a global model of success,” Netanyahu added. We will continue with our program green passport (only those with a ‘green passport’ sealed can enter certain places) so that we can get out of the Covid-19 virus in peace. In the same way that we have made Israel the world champion in vaccines, we will make it the world champion in economy and tourism in the post-Coronavirus era. ”
The Odyssey -Ship of the class voluntarily, with capacity for 4,819 passengers and 1,551 crew members – it is characterized by having abundant technological innovations (among others, the robot waiters in the Bionic Bar) and a deck full of attractions, including the FlowRider surf simulator, the RipCord skydiving by iFly or North Star watchtower crane, with its entire glass observation capsule with 360-degree views at 90 meters above sea level.
Another of its hallmarks is the so-called SeaPlex, a large aft indoor activity area on deck 15 featuring a basketball court, roller skating, a circus school with trapeze lessons, and thirty bumper cars.