Eilat, Israel

Situated at the southernmost tip of Israel with the Negev desert as a scenic backdrop, Eilat is the country’s premiere beach resort with many attractions. Year-round sunshine and two main beaches – one blessed with a coral reef – make an ideal cruise destination for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and numerous other water-based activities. Indeed, the marine life found in the Red Sea is as diverse as it is stunning and belongs to the must-sees on any visit to Eilat’s shores. And you don’t even have to get your feet wet: Eilat’s amazing Underwater Observatory Tower provides gorgeous views of the Gulf of Aqaba from its upper levels and an equally incredible experience below ground. A panoramic, all-round window gives you a first-hand look at a wealth of marine wildlife roaming the huge aquariums, including sharks, turtles, sting rays and a rainbow of brightly colored fish. Alternatively, explore the Negev desert, whose romantic landscape, Bedouin culture and shifting dunes will beguile and enchant you at every turn.