We chose this trip mainly for the Israel focus and spent three days there. The excursions are always expensive and in Israel the guides were useless, which was frustrating. Also there were no port talks; odd; though most people now have to book before they get on board. Booking was sometimes complicated pre-cruise.
The ship is a size we like 1200 pax and it has all the usual stuff. We like quizzes and the art room on board, even if the artist was so disorganised.
The food really was good particularly Jacques. We managed walk-ins for their speciality restaurants a couple of times. Service everywhere was excellent though I think all ships seem to have good service nowadays.
Standard Marina cabins are larger than average which I like. Everything was nice though is going for a re-furb shortly. We would have liked a coffee/tea machine in the cabin but no. Soundproofing is excellent. Veranda is a bit small and some cabins do not have a perfect unobstructed view so be careful.