We flew to Paphos airport on Cyprus from Bristol airport, the aircraft was a Boeing 757 and the seat pitch was very tight and not very comfortable for a flight time of 4 1/4 hours. The transfer was about an hour to Limmasol and then went through registering, which was quite quick and well organized. Our first impression of our cabin was it was a little on the small size and configured as a twin. We had asked for a double as it was out anniversary but this could not be done in our cabin. The cabin was clean and tidy and well looked after by our stewards, yes two of them.
Our first port of call was Alanya in Turkey. It's quite a nice sort of town to stroll around lots of colourful boats in the harbour and the ship docks close to the shops etc. We then had a day at sea and the towels are out early on all the best beds in the best areas.
The next port was Alexandria in Egypt. This place is awfully dirty, rubbish every where but as we were on a tour we did not actually get out in the town. The coaches were escorted to the various destinations, we had about five coaches going to El Alamein in our convoy with an armed escort in front and an armed escort behind us. We felt quite safe and nothing happened to alter our view. The museum and cemetries were very moving when you see the rows and rows of headstones and read the ages of the people that died mostly about 21-23 years old there was a pilot officer of only 21. well worth a visit.
Our next pot was Port Said, we only walked a shore to the local market stalls but the hassle of trying to get you to spend forced us back to the ship pretty quickly.
The port of Ashdod in Israel was our last stop. We were here for two days, the first day we went on an organized trip to Jerusalem to be taken to the biblical site, the Garden of Gethseminy the room where the last super was held and the wailing wall. These sites are very busy and it is a long day out, lots of walking, very tiring but it's a trip you must not miss. Our second day in Ashdod we took the free shuttle bus from the port into town to one of the shopping malls. The town is really lovely right on the coast, lovely beeches and modern and clean buildings, The roads are clean and lots of flowers and ornaments on the round-abouts. The food and service on board were second to none just lovelly,I don't like picking people out as all were super but I will just mention the waitresses in the Horizons bar as extremely nice and the brilliant Trio that played there. The show times were very good as was the comedian. We then sailed over night back to Cyprus to start our weeks stay at the Atlantica Golden Beech hotel and that was wonderful.