Haifa to have Israel’s first purpose-built cruise terminal

2023-08-15T18:14:55+00:00 August 15th, 2023|Ports|

Haifa Port has selected Bermello, Ajamil & Partners (BA) to design the first purpose-built cruise terminal to be located in Israel.

BA is a leading cruise terminal designer and has successfully undertaken homeport cruise terminal projects from planning to commissioning in six continents, including the design of major terminals in Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Galveston, Mauritius, and others.

Haifa has rapidly emerged as one of the fastest growing cruise destinations in the post-pandemic era.

Previously known for its relatively modest number of passengers, Haifa has experienced a huge surge in popularity, attracting around 380,000 Israeli passengers and 250,000 tourists, either calling at the port or embarking on cruises.

This growth was driven by the arrival of almost 30 different cruise brands, with 10 choosing Haifa as a homeport.

The new cruise terminal is set to become the first significant project of Haifa Port after its privatisation earlier this year.

Now owned by India’s Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (70%) and Israel’s Gadot Group, the port views cruises and tourism as pivotal to its future.

The new terminal’s design will be especially sensitive to the history and culture of Israel, as well as the planned waterfront development.