Day 90 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Ashod, Israel

We arrived is Ashdod Port before dawn and the Israeli face to face immigration went smoothly. We had a Holland America tour to the famous mountain Fortress Masada on the Dead Sea. We went to our meeting area in the Queen’s Lounge almost 10 minutes BEFORE the indicated time on our tickets only to find that the buses were almost already loaded. Being almost the last passengers on left us with poor seats for the 2.5 hours each way journey. The tour was not getting off to a good start. And so it continued. This was absolutely the worst tour I have ever taken, not because the potential wasn’t there but because of poor planning on Holland America’s part and poor leadership by our guide and 40 minute bathroom breaks and the fellow passengers who simply were not physically able to make a trip like this. We wasted at total of at least 2.5 hours WAITING. People were late boarding at every stop. One person left her bag at the top of Masada with her passport, this entailed and extra 30 minute delay of everyone waiting for the guide to find and retrieve the bag. I became so frustrated, I ceased to even take photos during the second half of the tour. Masada was a very impressive place which unfortunately I was only able to see a small portion because of our tour structure, the slowness of our group and our leader’s unwillingness to allow faster individuals to move at their own pace. If I seem a bit bitter in this post, it is because I am. I hesitated to even post, but I thought I would include a few photos. Unfortunately photos do not do the great fort justice. There is just no way to get the feel for the scale of the mountain where this famous battle was fought.

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We arrive in Haifa today and have another full day tour of Nazareth and the sea of Galilee. I hope it is better.

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1 Response to Day 90 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Ashod, Israel

  1. Sharon says:

    Wendell, go down for your tour at least a half an hour before you are suppose to be there. That is what we had to do in order to get the early buses. And even then sometimes that isn’t early enough. Hopefully, your tour tomorrow will be better.

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