i am extremely grateful for all the responses pro and con i had concerning a trip to the holy land which included israel and egypt. some cruise addicts were fearful and some were saying they would not pass up the chance to go. with considerable thought my wife and i have made a decision to go, based upon all of our close friends and cruise addicts honored opinions. i hope to be able to have some cruise addict(s) on board with us so we can share our experiences and perhaps retain our friendship after the cruise. before the cruise we will be staying in athens at the hotel grande bretagne , and after we will be staying at the hotel monaco and grand canal in venice.