TOUR #5 – Mediterranean and Greek Isles Cruise

August 8 – 16, 2020





This exciting cruise is on Royal Caribbean’s “EXPLORER OF THE SEAS.” Imagine sailing in warm weather from Rome, Italy to the lovely Greek Island of Santorini and then to Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey. Next, you will explore the island of Mykonos, also known as the “Venice of Greece.” The beauty of the Amalfi Coast appears as you arrive in Naples, Italy. There will be optional Tours at each port. You will walk in ancient cities on a volcano and in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. Each port had at least 2,000 years to prepare for your visit, so you won’t be disappointed. On board the ship you will enjoy the two-level dining room and multiple restaurants featuring Asian, Italian, and a Steak House. Even the glass elevators look out on the sea. On board there is a shopping galleria, mini golf course, rock climbing wall, fitness center plus two swimming pools and hot tubs. Don’t forget to take in a movie one evening at the outdoor theater under the stars.

Aug. 8 Fly overnight from your hometown to Rome, Italy. Enjoy dinner, inflight entertainment and some rest as you cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Aug. 9 Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred to the cruise ship in Civitavecchia departing at 5:00 p.m. Tonight, there will be a “Welcome Dinner” with separate dining room tables reserved just for our group of Jehovah’s Witnesses so you can meet Friends from various parts of the country.

Aug. 10 A “Fun Day at Sea.” Enjoy the warm weather around the swimming pool or Solarium. Browse through the ship’s shops and watch a professional ice-skating show.

Aug. 11 Be on deck as you approach the most unusual island of SANTORINI, GREECE. It’s hard to describe the sensation you get when you first see this breathtaking island situated on a high cliff and sitting on the rim of an ancient volcano which erupted in 1600 B.C. The town with its narrow walking streets can be reached only by cable car or on an exciting donkey ride. It is one of the most photographed islands in the world. (Awake 9/8/00 p. 16)

Aug. 12 An exciting day as you visit EPHESUS, TURKEY and the Temple of Artemis that was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (See WT, 5/1/05, p. 30) You can stroll down the marble streets where chariots left their mark. See the library, the Agora and sit in the outdoor theater that could seat 25,000 spectators. History comes to life as you follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul down the marble streets where chariots left their mark.

Aug. 13 This morning you will arrive at the picturesque island of MYKONOS, GREECE. It is known for its unique landscape with windmills, quaint narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses, and often called the “Venice of Greece.” You’ll enjoy its famous sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters visited by many artists and celebrities from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a Broadway Musical performance.

Aug. 14 Sleep in and have breakfast in bed or be up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. The entire day is free to relax and enjoy all the fun activities onboard the ship. Tonight, the chefs have prepared a surprise dinner with entertainment that you will surely enjoy.

Aug. 15 Arrive NAPLES, ITALY. Take an optional Tour along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast along Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline! You may also visit Pompeii where ancient Romans lived and where 20,000 lives were lost under the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. You will see many buildings where people were buried alive. Or you can take a boat ride to the beautiful Isle of Capri to see the Blue Grotto in an underground cave.

Aug. 16 Arrive back in Civitavecchia where you will then be transferred from the ship to the Rome airport for the return flight back to your hometown city.


CRUISE ONLY INCLUDES: All on board meals and entertainment. All Interior cabins have a Virtual Balcony which is a high-definition screen with a built-in camera providing actual moving views of the ocean and surrounding areas. You may also choose an Oceanview cabin or Balcony cabin which has a private patio overlooking the scenery, where you can sit outside and enjoy a morning coffee or a beautiful sunset. (You can make your own arrangements to Rome, Italy or call our office for the cruise line airfare from any USA or Canadian city including round-trip transportation to the ship. Depending on your departure city, the approximate round-trip airfare to Rome is $1000-$1500.)


Prices are per person for the cruise only from Rome based on two people sharing a cabin including ALL GOVERNMENT FEES AND TAXES. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)



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