Our tour host through Israel was Azamara Club Cruises ship, Journey. With two days in port in Ashdod and two more days in Haifa each day allowed 8-10 hour tours over most of the northern part of this geographically small country. In October 2013 the crowds were large and the weather was perfect. The port scenes were traditional, while Haifa was a surprise. The Baha’i religion sponsors the most magnificent shrine and gardens near the top of Mount Carmel, the high point in Haifa. A few port scenes and Baha’i gardens are included here.