This time the Costa Pacifica has an 11 night cruise from Rome that calls at Haifa ( for Nazareth ) & Ashdod ( for Jerusalem )
2 ports I've never been to.I'm considering this cruise along with a couple of other cruises.
Has anyone been to either of these ports ? How did your visit go.
Any comments welcome even if you haven't been.
I would rather my passport did not have an Israel entry stamp.
If this is really important to you then you are best advised to check with the Israeli Embassy direct, especially if you are concerned about the implications of having an Israeli stamp in your passport when visiting other countries.
The FCO advice for UK passport holders entering Israel can be found here
and it makes it clear that the Israeli authorities are unlikely to let you in without having your passport stamped and that furthermore, without that proof that you have entered the country legally, you could experience problems once in Israel.
It used to be possible to obtain a duplicate passport from the UK authorities to enable people to enter other countries in the Middle East that would otherwise refuse entry if they saw an Israeli entry stamp (and vice versa) but I'm not sure whether in these times of much heightened security all round whether this is still available or not.
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