We would love for you to join us on this magnificent cruise experiencing an incredible itinerary touching key Old and New Testament sites as well as gorgeous ports on the Mediterranean, Ionian, Agean and Adriatic seas.We will gather for regular devotions, incredible experiences and lots of R&R.~ Neil & Kate
THE WIND IN YOUR FAVOR
Sail among some of the most historically and spiritually momentous ports of the Mediterranean, from walled Dubrovnik and ancient Ephesus to affable Ancona and monumental Athens, with extra time to explore hallowed Istanbul and Israel.
- Journey from Ancona to resplendent San Marino, a mountaintop city blessed with extraordinary architecture and sublime vistas
- Wander the lavishly ornamented rooms of the Topkapi Palace, once home to the sultans and today part of Istanbul’s city-wide UNESCO World Heritage site
- Imagine Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, emerging from the turquoise waters at Cyprus’ stunning Petra tou Romiou, her legendary birthplace
- Visit the scholarly and artistic town of Safed, at 3,200 feet the highest population center in Israel and a superb perch from which to survey Galilee
Ports of Call
Venice, Italy – Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas.
Umbria, (Ancona) Italy – Travel through the scenic countryside to beautiful Urbino, birthplace of Raphael, and visit the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, designed by Renaissance masters, and see the treasures in the palace’s art museum, including significant works by Raphael. Or visit the tiny independent country of San Marino, nestled in the mountains, and explore it on your own.
Dubrovnik, Croatia -Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector’s palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians.
Athens, (Piraeus) Greece – Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock.
Ephesus, (Kusadasi) Turkey – Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums.
Istambul, Turkey – Indulge your eyes and senses in this magnificent city astride two continents. Visit beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque. Cruise the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. Visit one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar.
Limassol, Cyprus – Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders like the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque, and the Cyprus Museum.
Jerusalem, (Haifa) Israel – Visit the land of miracles – Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.
Jerusalem, (Ashdod) Israel – For Christians, Jews and Muslims, Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, and it is also one of the oldest. Early Bronze Age tools and writings show that Jerusalem has been settled since the 4th millennium B.C. Marvel at the beauty of the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, as you stroll through winding streets where people have lived for centuries.
Redemption Gilbert, we are taking a cruise through ports of history on October 28 through November 09. 2020. Will you join us? Take a look at the details here. Please check back often for updates. Stateroom availability is limited so please send your request via the fill in form below. Our travel specialists Joanne Tashjian and Linda Mitchell are ready to help. You may also email them with any questions by clicking on their names.
Joanne and Linda are on EST so replies to your email or call will be timed accordingly.
Stateroom categories and levels can be viewed on the attached deck plan.
Pricing below is TOTAL per stateroom, for 2 people.
Included in pricing:
Stateroom bedding configurations – All staterooms have 1 queen bed that will convert as needed into 2 twin beds
Relax in one of 379 charming and comfortable guest rooms. Choose an Executive Room or Suite for access to the Executive Lounge. Taste the freshest seasonal ingredients at the hotel’s signature restaurant Aromi and enjoy al fresco dining on the canal-side terrace. Sip on cocktails and admire Venice’s stunning sweeping vistas from the stylish Skyline Rooftop Bar. Feel revived after a workout in the fitness center, complete with the latest exercise equipment, or take a dip in the rooftop pool and enjoy spectacular views across Venice’s skyline. Feel pampered with a range of fabulous spa treatments in the wellness center, boasting a sauna, whirlpool and Turkish bath.
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia – A 4-star hotel located 300 metres from Piazzale Roma, the square that acts as Venice’s main transport hub. Here you will be within easy reach of public transport, Marco Polo Airport and major train, boat and bus stations. The 97 rooms and suites offer comfort and elegance. They all retain the spirit of the Venetian Age of Enlightenment but all equipped with the latest 21st century amenities. The Papadopoli features a hearty American-style buffet for its guests to enjoy as they begin a full day of business or leisure in Venice. The hotel’s multilingual will be delighted to help guests in their discovery of the city, restaurants and local attractions. Venice will have no more secrets to the Papadopoli Venezia’s guests!
Explore the heart of the Holy Land by visiting many of the most hallowed religious areas, including the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, fortified Masada and architecturally rich Caesarea.
Please Note: This tour includes extensive walking and is only recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Please be reminded in religious locations to have shoulders and knees covered.
After disembarking the ship in Haifa, begin your program with a drive through the coastal mountain range of Mount Carmel, where you will be treated to a spectacular view of Haifa Bay and the gorgeous Baha’i Gardens.
Next you will proceed to Caesarea, a coastal town with a wealth of modern and ancient attractions. Named for Augustus Caesar, who gave this area to King Herod, Caesarea is full of architectural remains from various historical periods, giving you an excellent glimpse into ancient lifestyles.
Here you will have some free time to wander at your leisure and perhaps enjoy some lunch before transferring to the Herbert Samuel Hotel (or a similar hotel) in Jerusalem, where you will spend the next three evenings. Dinner is on own.
Following a full Israeli breakfast, you will enjoy a panoramic drive over the Mount of Olives, which is named for the olive groves that once flourished here. A stop at nearby Gethsemane, which in Hebrew means “oil press,” allows time to wander through the gardens and reflect on this religious site.
Then, it’s on to the Old City for an enlightening walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has great symbolic importance. After approximately two hours of exploring its landmarks, you will continue to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, more iconic religious sites await you a short drive away in Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity, one of the world’s oldest surviving Christian churches. The small rectangular entrance, known as the Door of Humility, was created in Ottoman times so even the most important visitors would have to dismount their horses to enter.
You will also have some time for shopping in Bethlehem before transferring to your hotel in Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Tonight, the group will have dinner at the hotel.
After enjoying a full Israeli breakfast, you will drive inland toward the Dead Sea. The landscape becomes hauntingly stark the deeper you go into the Judean Desert. In time, you will reach Masada, the rugged natural fortress where Jewish patriots famously defied the Roman army in 73 A.D.
Herod, King of Judaea, originally built Masada as a great palace and it has since become an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortifications and attack ramp surrounding the mountaintop monument are the world’s most complete Roman siege works and of great historical value.
Then following lunch, you will drive down to the Dead Sea. If you wish, you may relax in the water, which is comprised of as much as 35% dissolved salts, making it easy to float on the surface. Because of the water’s high salinity, marine life is almost non-existent in the Dead Sea.
Later in the afternoon, you will drive back to the hotel to freshen up before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.
Note: Restroom and change facilities will be available for those who wish to swim in the Dead Sea.
After breakfast, you will be checking out from the hotel for your transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at your hotel.
Land Program Details Step by Step:
•Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.
•Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.
•A departure transfer is not included if guests leave before the last day of the program.
8:30am Disembark the ship
9:00am Drive to Haifa and Mt. Carmel
9:30am Panoramic view overlooking the Baha’i Gardens and Haifa Bay
10:00am Drive to Caesarea
10:30am Visit Caesarea
12:30pm Drive to your hotel
2:00pm Remainder of the day at leisure, lunch and dinner on own
Overnight at the Herbert Samuel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem
AM Full Israeli breakfast
9:00am Depart your hotel for a panoramic drive over the Mt. of Olives
9:30am Drive to Gethsemane and visit
10:30am Drive to the Old City
11:00am Walking tour of the Old City
1:00pm Transfer to lunch venue and enjoy lunch
2:15pm Drive to Bethlehem
2:45pm Visit the Church of Nativity and shopping stop in Bethlehem
4:45pm Drive to your hotel
5:15pm Approximate arrival at your hotel
TBA Dinner at your hotel
Overnight at the Herbert Samuel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem
AM Full Israeli breakfast
8:30am Depart your hotel and drive towards the Dead Sea
9:30am Refreshment and restroom stop
10:00am Drive to Masada
10:30am Visit Masada
1:00pm Drive to your lunch venue
1:30pm Lunch and a dip in the Dead Sea for those who care to do so
4:00pm Drive back to your hotel
5:30pm Approximate arrival at your hotel
TBA Proceed to a local restaurant for dinner
Overnight at the Herbert Samuel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem
AM Full Israeli breakfast
11:00am Hotel check out
Transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport according to your flight schedule. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 11:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.
Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.
Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.
Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 11:00am. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.
The average temperature in November ranges from a high of 72Fº to a low of 56Fº
What to Bring:
Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, light jackets, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes as well as bathing suit if you plan to swim in the Dead Sea.
The current official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Credit cards are widely accepted.
The Israeli power supply is single-phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please check Visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in your country of residence.
Herbert Samuel Hotel
25 Shamai St., Jerusalem, Israel
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of changes before departure, then the hotel listed in this program will be used
•Three-night stay at the Herbert Samuel Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem (deluxe room)
•Three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners
•All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.
•Meals or beverages not mentioned above
•Gratuities to drivers and tour director
•Hotel incidentals, including mini bar and room service
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.
Stay connected with family and friends or monitor business developments in our 24-hour Internet center, Oceania@Sea. For personalized service, Oceania@Sea is fully-staffed on both sea days (8 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and port days (8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.).
Oceania Cruises also offers wireless Internet access throughout the ship, allowing you to connect through your laptop or mobile device. And as an added convenience, guests in all Owner’s and Vista Suites will have the use of an iPad®throughout the voyage. iPad®is available upon request for Penthouse Suites and Concierge Level Staterooms (limited availability).
Letters and postcards with the appropriate postage can be mailed at the Reception Desk. Postage for mail may be purchased at the Reception Desk for a nominal fee. Mail will be collected one hour prior to sailing from each port of call.
Incoming mail or faxes received by the ship on your behalf will be delivered directly to your stateroom.
Oceania Cruises offers Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices such as Blackberry®when the ship is at sea.
You can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use other data services when the ship is at sea. You will be billed by your mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on your bill. While using the WMS service, international maritime roaming rates will apply. Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates and service zones.