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  1. An Israeli passenger who tested positive and was treated in a Japanese hospital, was released from the hospital and then tested positive when he returned to Israel. He flew home on a commercial flight, and Israel has instructed everyone on his flight to self-quarantine for 14 days: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-returns-from-japan-after-bout-of-coronavirus-tests-positive-again/
  2. Israel, whose only 2 cases (so far) of the virus are two passengers from Diamond Princess, has taken the extreme move of recommending that Israelis refrain from any foreign travel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-unprecedented-move-israelis-advised-to-avoid-all-travel-over-virus-fears/
  3. There’s a ‘dialysis traveler’ group on the popular social media site with a face. Members trade info on dialysis centers in places around the world. You could join that group, and post there. Once you come up with a couple of possibilities, your dialysis center should be able to help you with the arrangements.
  4. Just to add to the confusion, my 2 cents about JR's plan for 2 days from Ashdod. First - it seems "too ambitious" - even for such a small country like Israel. Too much driving, too little time for visiting. JB’s interest was as much or even more for the drive as the sites, so while I agree 1000% that his plans were very ambitious, there certainly are many options for lovely and unforgettable drives which are doable within his short timeframe. Route nr. 2 is fine (for most parts). Caesarea is well worth a detour. Rosh Hanikra and its grottos (mentioned before) are lovely. I don't know how come that nobody mentioned Agamon Hahula (please, google it ☺️). At this time of the year it is most impressive - something which you would seldom (never?) see anywhere else in the world (except maybe Africa?). If you are into Nature - especially birds - don't miss the sunset tour. Amazing ! Positively, absolutely agree (and slapping my head for not mentioning it, although I seem to remember thinking of it!)! A HUGE MUST for birders, and very highly recommended for everyone! All this on 2 conditions - that it's not during the Hanukka holidays here - and not on weekend. Than it will be much too crowded with "the natives". 👍👍👍
  5. Another suggestion for your trip: Since you’ve been to the Sea of Galilee, consider spending the overnight in Safad (Tzfat), especially if you’ve not been there before. It’s a city of mystics, artists, hippies (and also regular people), filled with loads to see, as well as a variety of fun shopping and eating and sleeping opportunities. Note that if you have mobility issues Safad can be challenging because it’s on a mountaintop with some steep inclines to maneuver as you explore. Gorgeous views on the ride there and all around, making for a lovely drive. Another advantage to staying in Safad instead of nearer the Sea of Galilee is that it would fit in with a return to the ship via the coastal road instead of having to deal with Jerusalem traffic. While I consider parts of the Jordan Valley Road (Rt90) to be absolutely breathtaking, taking it means you will need to drive through the Jerusalem area (there is a way to avoid that by going to Ashdod via the Dead Sea, but that would be a very long drive), and right now there is a huge amount of road construction in and around Jerusalem causing delays throughout the city and especially for several miles at the exit to Highway 1. Your GPS could help you avoid some of that traffic, but at some point, unless you manage to be passing through the area during the very brief sweet spot between rush hours, you will likely be crawling for at least 30 minutes, and possibly over an hour. Of course, you could still stay near the Sea of Galilee and return via the coastal road, but unless you have a compelling reason to stay there, or you have already been to Safad, I highly recommend considering a stay in the Safad area. (For a tiny country, Israel offers a lot of great choices 😁!)
  6. Since you are planning to see Acre (Akko), you might want to continue up the coast to Nahariyyah and then to Rosh Hanikra, with a possible slight detour on the way to Akko at Zichron Yaacov. Nahariyyah is a quiet, lovely small seaside town just north of Acre, with Rosh Hanikra a few miles past Nahariyyah. There are beautiful grottos at Rosh Hanikra, with a cable car ride down to them. You will also be on the border with Lebanon, and will have an interesting view of the sea border, as well as a stunning view back along the Israeli coastline. Zichron Yaacov is an upscale suburb of Haifa, high above the coastal road with interesting boutiques and cafes as well as wineries. If you wind up driving back toward Jerusalem via the Dead Sea area, stop at the town of Mitzpeh Yericho, which is the location of an attraction called the ‘Dead Sea Balcony’, with views on one side over the desert, and on the other of the Dead Sea, the city of Jericho, and the red mountains of Jordan. You can sometimes also see Amman in the distance. There is also a baptismal site as you begin the approach to the Dead Sea, Qasr al-Yehud, which you pass by near Jericho. It is on the Jordan River, and you can speak to people who are visiting it on the Jordanian side. It’s a big favorite of our family. HTH, and enjoy your visit! Ruth Edited to add: If you are into ancient Roman cities, you may want to visit Zippori which about half an hour inland from Akko.
  7. That cleared it up for me, hope it did for you, too! Will see if I can help out with more of your post.
  8. JSYK, there was a fish selection available for each of his meals, including for lunches in the WJ. My husband just added that there was also a pasta option for each meal.
  9. I am vegan and on the very restrictive renal diet, and my husband, who is not vegan, keeps strictly kosher. We were on Symphony when she sailed the Med, and contacted special needs a few weeks before our cruise to notify them of our dietary needs. We were both very pleased with all our meals. The head waiter came to our table each night to discuss our options for the following night’s meal. My husband had several choices for each meal, and each was a fully sealed 3 course meal, including an excellent dessert (and disposable serving ware). Although it sounds like you eat food prepared in the regular kitchen, but restrict yourself to only kosher ingredients, I suggest that before your next cruise, you contact the Special Needs department and request kosher meals; you should receive similar 3 course sealed meals. Please note that the meals he was served were a much, much better quality than regular airline meals! AFAIK, this is possible for all mainstream lines. (You might have a slightly different experience if sailing the Caribbean, as the meals we received were from providers in the UK and Europe.). The headwaiter and chef bowled me over with my meals. I gave them the very small list of ingredients I am permitted, gave the chef a few suggestions of simple meals I would enjoy, and told him to prepare whatever would be easiest within my limits. Although salt is off my allowed list, he created tasty meals, and once I mentioned that I enjoy Indian flavors, he gave me a taste of heaven! Add to that a flourless vegan chocolate cake that was so good I requested it each night along with berries. I have been sailing vegan for 10 years with mixed results, but after a very unpleasant dining experience on a Med cruise a few years ago, I shied away from cruises for a while. When we decided to cruise again, based on my last experience I decided to be very proactive, and, of course, the new need to follow the renal diet gave me so many limitations that being proactive became a necessity. I boarded with some ‘meal trepidation’ but was happily hooked by the end of our first dinner on board :-).
  10. Hi everyone, I wanted to introduce myself and let you know I'd be happy to answer questions you have about Israel and visiting Israel. (I'm not a travel agent nor am I associated with any agent, I'm just a smiling resident happy to help out.) I moved to Israel from New Jersey almost 10 years ago, and live in a Jerusalem suburb. [i'm about to take my first cruise- to the Mexican Riviera :-).] I'll try to check this board a couple of times a week, and while I'm sure I don't have the answers to all your questions, I'll be happy to answer those I can. Israel is a beautiful country, and I'm sure you're going to love every moment of it!
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