93 Jerusalem (Ashdod) Cruise Reviews

Port of Ashdod is very higly secured so not easy to come and go freely. Of course the sights once you get out either by private excursion or via the ship are amazing! Our highlight was Jerusalem and the City of David, right by Wall and ... Read More
Port of Ashdod is very higly secured so not easy to come and go freely. Of course the sights once you get out either by private excursion or via the ship are amazing! Our highlight was Jerusalem and the City of David, right by Wall and Hezekiah's Tunnel. Do not miss the tunnel...... but do not go if you are have claustrophobia. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Again some wonderful excursions available but we have done them all before.
Again some wonderful excursions available but we have done them all before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Rushed arround lots of info but difficult to absorb Jerusalem wonderful but no time to enjoy Bethlehem a disappointment advised we would be able to buy refreshments but taken to a store selling souvenirs and nothing else total waste of ... Read More
Rushed arround lots of info but difficult to absorb Jerusalem wonderful but no time to enjoy Bethlehem a disappointment advised we would be able to buy refreshments but taken to a store selling souvenirs and nothing else total waste of money should have visited Jerusalem by taxi as fellow cruisers had done and enjoyed it far more Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
It seems ridiculous that we visited Israel for three days and yet could only "do our own thing" for half of that time. The ship arrived on Thursday and from Friday mid day everything closed down including public transport, ... Read More
It seems ridiculous that we visited Israel for three days and yet could only "do our own thing" for half of that time. The ship arrived on Thursday and from Friday mid day everything closed down including public transport, Therefore, only means of transportation was private taxi. Very bad planning on the part of the cruise company. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We chose not to take a ship's excursion as they all seemed extremely long & we did hear many weary comments along these lines when we chatted with other guests afterwards. We were a group of 3 couples & just wanted to see the ... Read More
We chose not to take a ship's excursion as they all seemed extremely long & we did hear many weary comments along these lines when we chatted with other guests afterwards. We were a group of 3 couples & just wanted to see the real Jerusalem & wander the ancient streets to feel the ambiance (as Micky Flanagan would say). We did this by initially trying to book a private tour from the UK beforehand but all enquiries led to trips of the same 10-15 hour length. Then given the uncertainty of Jerusalem, we knew that the Ashdod part of last year's cruise had been cancelled & the ship diverted elsewhere we didn't want to commit & didn't even purchase any Shekels prior to travelling. We were advised to use one of the few taxis that are licenced to enter the port area, according to shore services the ordinary Ashdod town taxis could not be relied upon to wait or return for us. I still don't know if that is true or not, we never met anyone that was not friendly and honourable. It is an hour plus to Jerusalem& one our group negotiated a price of 560 euros for 2 taxis to take us to jerusalem, drive us to wherever wanted for 3-4 hours & back. Funnily enough this price matched exactly the £100 each way each taxi, the $630 US dollar package we had been quoted before & by shore services because £400 = 560 euros= 630 dollars. The tour went well & our axis could park closer to the sights, and got to Mount Olives even though it was due to closed to tourists imminently because there was a new wave of rioting in temple mount & rockets had been fired on Ashdod the previous evening, the first in a year. Our driver was very laid back about this as Israel has 'many enemies' & this is their normality. We never felt in danger what's so ever even when we realised that we crossed the Gaza strip without knowing it. We started with an overlook of Bethlehem which to be honest didn't look that impressive. Then the western wall & the wailing wall, which was packed because ti was a religious holiday, up Mount Olive, the garden of Gethsemane & Mary's Church. We ended with an unescorted walk through the alleys & souks which was delightful. Pomegranates at 50p kilo were a bargain which we bought. Again we felt perfectly safe, you can tell that the different factions just tolerate each other & there is plenty of police presence. in our opinion it was well worth the effort of doing it ourselves, seeing & feeling the real Jerusalem and we didn't return tired & exhausted like many of those on the ship's trips. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Eleven and a half hour excursion, good lunch provided, but found Jerusalem disappointing! Too commercial, no dignity or reverential awe.
Eleven and a half hour excursion, good lunch provided, but found Jerusalem disappointing! Too commercial, no dignity or reverential awe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
If you have already done the Holy Land bit spend time in Tel Aviv - a fantastic vibrant city with outstanding local beaches of fine golden sand. Buses run every 15 mins from Ashdod bus station to Tel Aviv bus station at a cost of 9 ... Read More
If you have already done the Holy Land bit spend time in Tel Aviv - a fantastic vibrant city with outstanding local beaches of fine golden sand. Buses run every 15 mins from Ashdod bus station to Tel Aviv bus station at a cost of 9 Sheikles - less than $ USD 3 each way taking about 50 minutes. Tel Aviv bus stain is pretty chaotic but persist to find the information booths to get the correct bus numbers to the beach.There is a superb promenaded walk beachside from Old Jaffa to Old Tel Aviv port - about 3 to 4 miles in length. Myriad of cafes bars and restaurants offering a real mix of European and Middle Eastern tastes. Ashdod is pretty utilitarian but good for free wifi at most cafes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
For all the controversy over three major religions having their holiest places in Jerusalem, it is so commercial that it has lost it's authenticity. Maybe the problem is that it cannot be done one day from a cruise ship and needs to ... Read More
For all the controversy over three major religions having their holiest places in Jerusalem, it is so commercial that it has lost it's authenticity. Maybe the problem is that it cannot be done one day from a cruise ship and needs to be a destination to allow the time to get into the history and savor the experiences. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Ashdod 2 days: We had 2 days in the Ashdod port on this trip. Given that we had been to Israel before and did the Masada/Dead Sea day already, we opted for a day of the Jewish sites rather that the Christian sites and we didnt leave the ... Read More
Ashdod 2 days: We had 2 days in the Ashdod port on this trip. Given that we had been to Israel before and did the Masada/Dead Sea day already, we opted for a day of the Jewish sites rather that the Christian sites and we didnt leave the ship the other Ashdod Israel day. Not leaving the ship was my husbands call and what a good call it was....we needed to relax and that is just what we did. On our day out, we utilized a cruise critic groups tour and went with GTI (Guided Tours Israel). We went first to Yad Vashem the Holocaust Memorial museum, followed by a walk through the city to point out various sites, a stop at the gilded dome for pictures and then the Wall. The Jewish participants on this tour were thoughtful enough to secure tickets to The Kotel in advance wherein we were able to go under the wall and walk through the tunnels. If you secure a reservation, you will pay in shekels or by credit card only. Otherwise, the US dollar is widely accepted. We stopped for a sandwich called a shawarma, which was really good. Last year, we also used GTI and had a fantastic guide. This year, we had an older lady who was totally not interested in our group having a good time or in seeing the sites or apparently even being a tour guide. I did not make a note of her name but she was completely dull. Folks who did an overnight here gave it good reviews. The Holocaust museum was not to be missed...it was a remarkable experience. As I noted, on Day 2, we stayed on the ship and took advantage of empty hot tubs and good room service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Haifa - 1 day: On the 3rd Israel day, we were in the Haifa port and again joined a cruise critic group through GTI. We saw the Christian sites again that we had seen the year before. A younger man was our guide and he was great. Very ... Read More
Haifa - 1 day: On the 3rd Israel day, we were in the Haifa port and again joined a cruise critic group through GTI. We saw the Christian sites again that we had seen the year before. A younger man was our guide and he was great. Very informative through the whole trip and funny and personable. Though we had seen these sites before, you see a lot in one day which can be overwhelming to remember everything. So rather than sit out the day, we joined the group and had a great time. We were able to absorb everything and not just run from one spot to the next. Having a guide comparable to last year also made it a fun day. We stopped for lunch however we again brought snacks and walked around while we had a little food to hold us over. Since we were a little late to the restaurant, the others told us the entree food was gone and rather than paying 20 to eat, they only paid 12 for some salad and bread. Given the good pictures i was able to take in that hour, we made the right choice. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This is a working port with little to see, Costa laid on a shuttle bus to centre of Ashdod for those passengers not going on organised trips,(€8pp) unless you needed something from the shops then it's better to stay on the ship ... Read More
This is a working port with little to see, Costa laid on a shuttle bus to centre of Ashdod for those passengers not going on organised trips,(€8pp) unless you needed something from the shops then it's better to stay on the ship as the town is just like any typical port town with little to see, however we did notice that there was a great looking beach about 1 mile from port, plenty of taxi's to do a deal with Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Unfortunately our tour was scheduled for a Friday, and also during a festival, Succoth. This led to unusually crowded conditions with street closings at 4pm. The large buses could not have access to the inner city as our small van did. ... Read More
Unfortunately our tour was scheduled for a Friday, and also during a festival, Succoth. This led to unusually crowded conditions with street closings at 4pm. The large buses could not have access to the inner city as our small van did. Would recommend info@guidedtoursisrael.com highly. Jerusalem is quite far from the port of Ashdod. Yad Vashem was difficult to take, but a must. I was not able to keep up with our group, and had to return to the bus with my husband, but our group had a wonderful experience in the inner city. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We booked a private tour of Jerusalem. Shmuel Brown was fantastic! We saw much more than the ship tour, including the temple mount - which is only open to the public for a short period in the morning. Shmuel is very knowledgeable about ... Read More
We booked a private tour of Jerusalem. Shmuel Brown was fantastic! We saw much more than the ship tour, including the temple mount - which is only open to the public for a short period in the morning. Shmuel is very knowledgeable about the theology, the history and the architecture. For three people the cost for Shmuel's services and cab transport was only slightly higher than the most expensive ship excursion, and would have been less had we not been scammed by the cabbie at the port. Worth every penny to have the flexibility and individual attention in this overwhelming and fascinating city. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We had a great time in the old city. Spent the first day with our tour guide getting the lay of the land. A fabulous night time excursion is the light and sound show at the Tower of David Museum. It was truly fantastic and a sight to ... Read More
We had a great time in the old city. Spent the first day with our tour guide getting the lay of the land. A fabulous night time excursion is the light and sound show at the Tower of David Museum. It was truly fantastic and a sight to behold. Jerusalem( or Israel for that matter ) did NOT seem threatening to us. We felt VERY safe walking the city and especially in the old city. The four quarters of the city are a teat and plan to spend a lot of time walking the tiny, crowded, but wonderful streets of the old city. The Jewish quarter is the only place that you will have to go thru metal detectors, but in this day and age, it's not a big deal. The Western Wall is the place to see here. We enjoyed the Muslim quarter the most. A HUGE tip we got from our guide ( which we took him up on ): GO to the Austrian Hospice in the Muslim Quarter. BEST view of the city from the 5Th floor AND some of the best Apple Strudel outside of Vienna! Plan to get to the sights of the city early in the morning ( especially if you want to see Christ's tomb ) Long lines of pilgrims, but truly an amazing emotional feel to all of the sights. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011

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