Haifa-Israel- again you can't get off unless you are going on a trip but with the trips on offer you would be daft not to do them. We chose the Jerusalem and Bethlehem trip which I have to say was the best part of the cruise.
We had a guide who was very informative and pro Israeli. He told us all about how the world misunderstood the occupation of Gaza.The trip to Jerusalem was just under two hours but I was struck by what a beautiful country Isreal is compared to Israel-quite green and ful of trees and crops.
We went to the Mount of Olives and then onto the garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations. We then Followed the route Jesus took to Calvary walking up the stations of the cross until we arrived at The Church of the Holy Sepulcher.Even if you a not a great believer you cannot help but be moved by the whole experience.
We then went to the Wailing-Western Wall where we put prayers into the cracks. You must cover your heads to enter the area and we were provided with small caps free of charge .
We then got back on the coach and past through the Palestinian border and took the 5 mile trip to Bethlehem where we had a nice lunch in a hotel. We were then taken to a Christian shop that sold many souvenirs mainly made of olive wood produced locally by a co-operative of the few remaining Christian families left in Bethlehem.We were taken to Manger Square and went into the Church of the Nativity.These are places you see on television and seem a world away but we had the privilege to encounter them trouble free. The trips are on the expensive side about £80 per adult but when you consider all you get to see they are well worth it.