Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox, the largest cruise ship to sail to Israel, will dock for the first time in the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod on August 25.

A solstice-class cruise ship with a 2,850-passenger capacity, the Celebrity Equinox features the Lawn Club (a half-acre of real grass), AquaClass spa cabins, the Sky Observation Lounge, a glass blowing studio and a wine bar. The cruise ship also includes four restaurants.

"We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Celebrity Equinox in Haifa and Ashdod," says Arie Sommer, Tourism Commissioner, North and South America. "The largest cruise ship to visit Israel, the Celebrity Equinox will help attract a new wave of cruise liners to dock in Israeli ports in the coming years."

The Celebrity Equinox will depart from Rome and sail a series of 13-day and 14-day cruises through October 2009.