Mediterranean Cruise 2024

September 2-15, 2024
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On board the gorgeous Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
8 stops with archaeological tours, and 6 lectures on board the ship

The Seafaring Paul in His Jewish Roman World
- Hosted by James Tabor (Retired), University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Come join us for a higher education experience of a lifetime! Learning all about ​Paul’s Roman World in eight enriching lectures from renowned scholar James D. Tabor, retired professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte—all while cruising the enchanting Mediterranean Sea to exciting ports o’ call.

Imagine the warm September breezes while at sea, relaxing on deck and taking in the spectacular scenery from Royal Caribbean’s world-class Odyssey of the Seas luxury cruise ship.

You’ll fly to Rome, then sail from Civitavecchia with three days at sea filled with lectures and free time among day stops to visit archaeological ruins at Naples/Pompeii, Athens & Corinth, the Greek Isles, then to Ephesus, Turkey; Mykonos, and Chania to see ancient sites first-hand with your expert host before returning home from ​Rome.

With this unique BAS Travel/Study offering/opportunity, you will be completely amazed and fulfilled! Next September bring your curious, like-minded friends and loved ones for a life-long learning & cruising adventure.


The Seafaring Paul in His Jewish Roman World

This unique tour focuses on the “Seafaring Paul” who spent much of his preaching career traveling the eastern Mediterranean world and its major “Ports of Call,” from Cyprus, Rhodes, and Crete to the cultural centers of Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, and Rome. Dr. Tabor is uniquely qualified to lead this exciting exploration of Paul in his Jewish Roman world. He has traveled extensively in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, pursuing a unique blend of textual and archaeological research. Beginning with his Ph.D. from Chicago, which focused on Paul, and two subsequent books, Paul and Jesus and Paul’s Ascent to Paradise he has endeavored to understand Paul’s mission and message within his Jewish Roman cultural, political and religious worlds. Imagine studying the apostle Paul in the very places he sailed and walked—with all the inherent dangers and challenges he faced from all quarters.

Educational Opportunities Tours

Sept. 2 – Fly out of New York City airport (TBD by EO Tours)

Sept. 3 - arrive into Rome Airport, take bus to the port, and embark on ship and leave Civitavecchia at 5 pm

Sept. 4 - Naples (Pompeii) 7 am – 6 pm

Sept 5 – Cruising - two lectures with James Tabor 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Sept. 6 – Santorini, Greece - 7 am – 9 pm

Sept. 7 - Ephesus, Turkey 8 am – 8 pm

Sept. 8 - Rhodes, Greece 8 am – 5 pm

Sept. 9 - Limassol, Cyprus 10 am – 7 pm

Educational Opportunities Tours

Sept. 10 – Cruising - two lectures with James Tabor 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sept. 11 - Mykonos, Greece - 8 am – 6 pm (no tour bus or guided tour this day)

Sept. 12 - Athens/Corinth 7 am – 7 pm

Sept. 13 - Chania, Crete 7 am – 3 pm

Sept. 14 – Cruising - two lectures with James Tabor 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sept. 15 - Civitavecchia, Italy - disembark, get a bus to the airport, and fly home from Rome Airport

James Tabor

Dr. James Tabor is a retired Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he taught Christian origins and ancient Judaism for thirty-three years, serving as Chair of the Department for a decade. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He now devotes himself full-time to research, archaeological field work, and publishing. [More Bio]




Odyssey of the Seas

Join us aboard Odyssey of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s newest luxury ships for a 13-night enlightening educational cruise through the shimmering Mediterranean, including the Holy Land. Dig in to your studies, as well as into international cuisine. Or after both, enjoy numerous amenities to relax and rejuvenate.


  • Cost (includes airfare from NYC to Rome):
  • Deposit (Due at the time of registration per person): $1,600
  • Two person/double cabin (price per person)
  • Interior cabin: $6,699
  • Ocean view cabin: $6,899
  • Balcony cabin: $7,299
  • Single supplementary cost (for a solo traveler)
  • Interior cabin: $9,698
  • Ocean view cabin: $10,198
  • Balcony cabin: $10,598
  • Registration Deadline April 1 at 9 pm
  • All-Access Members get $200.00 off per membership.
  • Sign up with your All-Access member number to attend the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise 2024 at a discounted rate. If you aren't yet an All-Access member, you can join (or upgrade) by clicking here or the link in the registration form. Don't know your BAS member number? Find out here.
  • $900 off your cruise fee if you are purchasing your own airline ticket. You MUST be on time for the ship or it WILL leave without you. BAS is NOT responsible for those who are flying independently.

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For more information, contact:

Peter Megginson
Biblical Archaeology Society
Email: [email protected]
800-221-4644, ext. 424 (Toll-free)
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