Our ship was scheduled to spend one day in Haifa, Israel, which is situated in the Northwest coast of the country, and then move down the coastline to Ashdod. However, due to the violence that had surged in the Gaza Strip, we had made the decision to spend an extra day in Haifa, changing our sailing time to the early afternoon the following day – allowing me to grab some great shots on our way out of the port area. This is both a cruise ship and a “working” port, there are ships of all shapes and sizes for different purposes both docked here and also being worked on here. The security was quite tight – when we left for our trip to Bethlehem and Jerusalem we had our bags searched (on the way out!) and also walked through a metal detector. The only other time I’ve had this experience was when we dock in the United States! Haifa itself is a large area, you can see the many buildings that cover the mountainside, although not very “touristy.” Cruise ships like ourselves dock here so their guests can take excursions into Jerusalem.
In this shot, you can see both a large cruise ship and also the pilot boat. The pilot was currently on board our ship and his boat was waiting to pick him up after we got out of the port area. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day, and I just love the white fluffy clouds.