My husband and I, both in our mid 40s, are planning to go on our first cruise next fall for our 15th wedding anniversary. We have narrowed our selection down to 3 cruises in the Mediterranean. (They are all on the Radisson Seven Seas line, primarily because we have a preference for smaller ships -- and because we are looking for something less than 12 days because of child-care issues back home. It seems that most other cruise lines don't offer trips of intermediate length.) Because we haven't been to the Mediterranean before, we're looking for some help from some of you. Which would you recommend?:
1) 9 days: Rome, Capri, Taormina, Santorini, Athens, Kusadisi, Canakkale, Istanbul
2) 10: Haifa, Ashdod, Port Said, Alexandria, Irakleon, Valletta, Tunis, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona
3) 11: Nice, Rome, Capri, Taormina, Athens, Kusadisi, Rhodes, Antalya, Damascus, Limassol, Haifa
Also -- my husband is worried about how safe it is to travel in Israel given the unrest there. Are the ports fairly safe for American tourists?
Thanks very much for any advice/perspective you can offer.