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A rumor has been circulating around the web that Princess Cruises is boycotting Israel.   While this is a ridiculous notion, it could, nonetheless, cause damage if allowed to continue unchallenged.

The following email was sent by Alan Buckelew in response.

Dear Travel Partner,

A false rumor has been spreading that Princess Cruises is boycotting Israel, and we want you to be able to respond to this totally fictitious claim if asked by your clients. This rumor began after a cancelled cruise call to Ashdod, Israel by Pacific Princess on June 2 during a Holy Land sailing.

It’s important for you to know that Princess is not boycotting Israel, nor was our recent cancellation of a visit to Ashdod politically motivated.

Here are the facts:

• Pacific Princess was scheduled to call at Haifa and Ashdod during its last cruise, as part of its 12-day Holy Land itinerary.

• At the time we were closely monitoring the events of May 31, where an incident occurred between the Israeli Defense Forces and a Gaza-bound flotilla that resulted in a number of deaths.

• Pacific Princess did call at Haifa on June 1 for a full day of touring Galilee and Nazareth for our passengers.

• Based on careful review of the situation and information provided by the US State Department and other sources, we were concerned about potential violence in Ashdod in reaction to the incident.

• We made the decision strictly in the best interest of the safety of our passengers and crew, to cancel the call in Ashdod the following day.

• A competing cruise line also cancelled its call to Ashdod the same week.

As you know, Princess has been bringing passengers to the Holy Land for over two decades, and this year alone we have 12 Holy Land voyages between May and November. Pacific Princess is once again scheduled to call in Israel at the end of June, and we fully expect to maintain the published visits to both Haifa and Ashdod during this and subsequent cruises.

Thank you for sharing this information and helping to set the record straight. As always, we appreciate your support.


Alan Buckelew
President & CEO
Princess Cruises

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