U.S. Department of State in an effort to evacuate American citizens in the area, chartered the 1997 built cruise liner RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL).
She entered Port of Haifa on Monday 16th October where she stayed for nearly 7 hours. Departing at mid day she carried around 2,500 American citizens fleeing the war in Israel. Embarking started around 0800 hrs and was available on a first-come, first-served basis to American’s with valid travel documents and their immediate family members, according to the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
All passengers were required to sign a promissory note agreeing to repay the U.S. government for the cost of the trip.
She arrived at Limassol Port, Cyprus today Tuesday 17th October in early morning.