At the opening ceremony, the Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin said: "Finally the tourism cruise line between Haifa and Akko is open. This has been a complex project, one of a kind in Israel, set as a central goal for the development of infrastructure in the North, after many years of talking about it without actually doing it.
This regular cruise line will be a tourist attraction at a unified and fixed rate, and will help to promote tourism in Haifa and Akko". The new cruise line was the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism through the Old Akko Development Company and the municipalities of Haifa and Akko. The Ministry of Tourism has invested 11 million Shekels in upgrading port infrastructures in both cities, and the municipalities of Akko and Haifa will help to market the line. In the future, this line will be included in an integrated ticket offering tours in Akko and Haifa.
The ministry estimates that the line will attract thousands of tourists from Israel and abroad every year. Departures will be doubled during holydays (except memorial days and Yom Kippur). The cruise line will be operated for a test period until Passover.
Departures on the Akko-Haifa line are at 10:00 and 15:00. Departures on the Haifa-Akko line are at 11:00 and 16:00. The journey takes 45 minutes, and the ship can carry up to 200 persons.
The price of a one-way ticket is 30 NIS; round trip: 55 NIS. The ship travels along the shore line, passes the Carmel landscapes and the Haifa lower city and anchors at the authentic and picturesque fisherman's port at the Akko marina.