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Where the three great monotheist religions meet
In the world, few lands are as enchanting, full of personality and rich in ancient history as Haifa, a city of picturesque nature and a breathtaking sea. Your MSC Cruise will dock just there.
On an MSC Mediterranean Cruise, you will open your senses to a land of intense citrus and pomegranate scents, spices and sea air. You will fall in love with the treasures of an-cient and magnificent cities, the warm colours of the desert with its starry nights and the fabulous dips of the Dead Sea, formerly Lake Asfaltide due to the exceptional density of salty waters.
An MSC Excursion will take you to Haifa, the third most populous city in Israel, where cul-tures, religions and diverse architectural styles transmit extraordinary energy.
Snuggled between the hill and the sea, with lively boroughs and surrounded by long beaches, Haifa is famous for the Bahia Gardens located on Mount Carmel. Together with the Sanctuary of the Child, a pilgrimage destination, it is considered to be an important symbol of peace and part of the UNESCO Heritage.
With another MSC Excursion, you will visit Stella Maris Monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, a sacred place initially developed during the Byzantine time but later modified by the Discalced Carmelite brotherhood. The church, with its beautifully fres-coed walls, is built on the cave where the prophet Elias once lived. From there, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
Another favourite place that can be reached with one of the MSC Excursions is Masada, King Herod's ancient mountaintop palace-fortress, placed 400 m above the Dead Sea with its impenetrable walls and forty towers, accessible only through the Masada Snake Path. You'll bathe into the waters of the Dead Sea, one of the seven wonders of the world. Amid the desert, fabulous ruins of the past and plenty of opportunities to relax, you'll have many memorable moments to treasure.