my daughter and i chose this cruise for the itinerary and the journey (spa cabin). Thanks to a member of cruise critic we booked 2 10 hr. day trips to jerusalem from ashod and took the 3rd day in haifa to rest our guide had an ma in archeokogy and provided great info cheaper than a celebrity shore excursion. we booked 2 b2b cruises so we had 6 days in israel pompeii was on my daughter's bucket list so this 1st journey met that need. celebrity provided a skip the line half day excursion w/ a great guide. i have a ma in theology and art history so i am quite critical of guides. his info was accurate. we also repeated a jerusalem tour to the church of the holy seplecur w/ celebrity, the guide was average. luckily we were repeating because that was onmy bucket list. i wish celebrity offered a shopping shore excursion so we could go thru the christian, jewish and muslem stalls -- fascinating.
the spa cabin was pure pampering. not only did we have a balcony cabin one deck below the spa, but we also had iced tea daily and snacks at 3 pm. one of my fondest memory is room service breakfast daily (free) -- taking my coffee on the balcony and watching the sunrise pure pleasure.
we had dinner every nite in the blu, a cosy restaurant w/ gorgeous decor and friemdly service. on the eve of our first trip yo jerusalem, ivory, the hostess upon hearing we would be too tired to come to dinner whipped out the menu for the next nite, took our order and told us tocall her when we returned and she have our meals delivered. i cannot tell u what a blessing that was for 2 exhausted women.
taormina, sicily ship excursion drop off/pick up since i had been there b4 3 hrs insufficient time
cruise docked10 min. walk from elevator to valetta cost 1 euro
in valleta we were able to see the carravagio painting. valletta improved site when i was there b4 we were pushed past it mdina is a lovely little medieval town
u can walk from ship to medieval rhodes