The reason we selected this cruise was because it spent four days in Israel. Cruise ship should do more of this kind of scheduling since it allows a more thorough visit.We went to Haifa for a day and a half, and then onto Ashdod for 2 whole days. We used AviTours for private touring. (There were four of us). They sent one guide for our stay in Haifa, and another for Ashdod. Both were were good, although I preferred Norit in Ashdod, and the other couple preferred Sandy in Haifa. It was good having two guides since we got two different viewpoints - one was an American immigrant and the other a sabra. We had many e-mails with AviTours about what we wanted to have included, and some of the items were omitted. In general we saw those places of importance to us. Highlights include Yad Vashem and the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv. The Israelis really do a great job with their museums, and neither should be missed. On the other hand swimming in the Dead Sea can only be described as "icky", and the smartest one in our group was the one who decided to stay onshore taking pictures.