Silver Wind Arrives in the Holy Land

Today, Silversea’s Silver Wind docked in Ashdod, Israel – and I set out on an excursion to the holy city of Jerusalem. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
After having visited ports of call in Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Silversea’s Silver Wind arrived in what is our fourth country on this 15-night Middle East voyage: Israel. Docking in the country’s largest port city, Ashdod, nearly every guest onboard was preparing to spend their time here exploring some of Israel’s most treasured sights.

Today was our first stormy, unsettled morning at sea...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today was our first stormy, unsettled morning at sea…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...but that would quickly change. Note the fantastic paint job on Silver Wind's bow. No more rust! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…but that would quickly change. Note the fantastic paint job on Silver Wind’s bow. No more rust! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Here in Ashdod, Silversea offers 12 different shore excursions that cover Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Caves at Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Jaffa, a winery and a traditional “kibbutz” community, Masada and the Dead Sea, and private car and van options so that guests can create their own tours. The latter two options aren’t inexpensive, but I’ve seen numerous groups on this voyage make use of this service, which Silversea has dubbed “Silver Shore Privato.” The response has been good: guests are willing to pay a premium for an even more exclusive (and intimate) kind of touring experience. For the rest of us, even Silversea’s regular excursions are designed so that coaches are rarely packed, and guides are typically top-notch.

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