As you might guess from the current issues in both Jerusalem and Bethlehem – our port call in Israel was cancelled as of 2000 last night.
Smart call on both the part of the Captain backed up by the Miami office. It simply doesn’t make sense to dock and then wave good bye to your passengers as they head into what I would describe as a potential combat zone. So once again, the terrorists (which ever group of idiots is claiming this round of violence this time) have won a not insubstantial economic victory.
Of course, there were those dull crayon individuals who were down at the desk last night and this morning complaining canceling the port call….. Never mind that the ship opened up email for everyone from 2000 last night to 1430 this afternoon so that they could let everyone know they were all right and deal/cancel whatever port arrangements they had made. The front desk was making phone calls through to tour agents, rental agencies, and a few families that seemed to be overly concerned.
The closest we made it to Ashdod was off the coast when the Pilot boat came out and picked up the Israeli Customs agents who had boarded in Southampton and a couple of families who had been planning on leaving the ship in Israel.
The Knit, Needle & Hook bunch happily met this morning. RCCL handed us more OBC for the inconvenience and I am trying to decide where I want to have dinner…..
Finished projects to date: Three hats, one scarf.