The Port of Haifa is the largest seaport of Israel and plays an important role both as cargo and passenger port. Several cruise ships can dock at the same time north of the city center, which is located nearby.
There are several piers, but it's difficult to predict where exactly you will dock in the harbor. The port has a very modern cruise terminal. For many, Haifa is the ideal base for an excursions to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Near the port several transportation options for these excursions can be found.
Haifa ise a popular cruise destination during a cruise vacation to Israel This city on the hills of Mount Carmel is conveniently located along the Eastern Mediterranean Cruises to Haifa are especially popular because of the excursions to Jerusalem.
Haifa has a modern Cruise Terminal. Inside the Cruise Terminal you will find:
duty free shop
Language in Haifa
The language in Haifa is Modern Hebrew, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Haifa
The currency in Haifa is Shekel (₪, ILS, NIS). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Haifa
Opening times differ a lot around Israel, but generally are as follows:
Sunday to Friday
from 8.00h - 19.00h
Some shops are closed from:
13.00h - 16.00h
On Mondays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Bahai temple with gardens
Bahai temple with gardens is an administrative center of the Baha-i believe. It´s an important pilgrim place and belongs to UNESCO World Heritage List
Vewpoint is a highest point of the city. It´s about 275 meters above sea level and gives you a beautiful view over the bay of Akka
Tomb of the Báb
Tomb with the remains of the founder of the Bábisme. It´s a holy place for Bahá'ís. It's located in the beautiful gardens of the holy place
The Port of Haifa lies within walking distance of downtown and most of the sites. The area is hilly with steep roads. Not far from the harbor you can take the funicular to make the walk a little easier.
If you want to go to Jerusalem better choose for a taxi or bus. There are several good options. To Tel Aviv you can easily take the train, but a bus or taxi are also possible.
In Haifa you can easily spend a few hours to visit the Bahai world center or enjoy a beautiful view over the bay of Akka.
A vast majority of cruise passengers opt for an excursion the Holy place Jerusalem. Even Tel Aviv with its typical Bauhaus architecture is often on the program. Both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are easily reached and explored on your own.
Haifa has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and humid winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 32°C and in winter between 8°C and 14°C
Excursions in Jerusalem
Excursions in Tel Aviv
Excursions in Haifa
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Haifa: