Almost a year before the cruise, we started researching what was available to visit countries that were a part of our ancient history. Time in Israel was a primary consideration. The initial 21 day Mediterranean cruise was our choice which we booked in February 2019 and booked our air-fare shortly after.
And the dollar-coaster ride began.
Between February and July there were three price reductions bringing the balcony cabin cost from $188 per night to $140 per night. In September we were advised that the cruise was to be shortened to 20 days and be embarking 2/11 instead of 2/10. Also 2 price reductions bringing the nightly cost to $119. It needs to be mentioned that every time the reservation is rewritten, there is a $100 processing fee payable to the travel agent.
The new cabins are smaller. The specifications listed indicate the cabins are about 30 feet smaller. the older cabins had room for a small couch by the bed, the new ones only have a chair. There is ample closet space as you enter and there is no bathtub, but the handheld shower is nice.