Seminar at Sea 2024

January 6-13, 2024

Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines' MS Escape

- Prof. Eric Cline & Prof. Chris Rollston, The George Washington University

Experience ​Ancient History with Our Experts While Cruising The Caribbean via Norwegian

NORWEGIAN: the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line, 9 Years in a Row

Literally escape the humdrum of home and/or office in January of 2024 on MS Escape, one of the youngest, most exciting ships sailing The Caribbean. Join us on this amazing opportunity to cruise and to learn from six lectures presented by renowned professors Eric H. Cline and Chris Rollston of The George Washington University aboard this luxurious vessel.

Together you’ll enjoy a journey as exciting as the places you visit in the Eastern Caribbean: Porto Plata, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The Escape is departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, and participants will be flying into Orlando Airport to get to the port.

Truly a vacation like no other.

Semester at Sea 24 Participant Info Session

BAS Travel/Study Director, Peter Megginson, with information about the upcoming Jan 2024 cruise.


Eric Cline

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Chris Rollston

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Eric Cline’s lectures:

1. “In the Shadow of the Ruined Palaces”: New Thoughts on the Rise of Israel, Judah, Edom, and Moab

2. “King of the Land of Carchemish”: Who Were the Hittites of the Bible?

3. “Conqueror of All Lands, Avenger of Assyria”: Israel and Judah in the Crosshairs of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Chris Rollston’s lectures:

1. “The Earliest Hebrew Inscriptions: The 9th and 8th Century BCE in Archaeological Realia"

2. “Making a Good 'Impression': Seals, Scribes, and Prophets in the World of Ancient Israel"

3. “Pious Forgeries: Some of the Best Inscriptional Forgeries of Modern Times"


Six lectures by Profs. Eric Cline and Chris Rollston (3 each).

Norwegian Cruise Lines' MS Escape

Leaving from Port Canaveral, Florida (fly into Orlando Airport)

January 6: Depart Port Canaveral, FL

January 7: Sailing (two lectures)

January 8: Porto Plata, Dominican Republic

January 9: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (one lecture)

January 10: Tortola, British Virgin Islands (one lecture)

January 11: Sailing (two lectures)

January 12: Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (no lecture)

January 13: Port Canaveral, FL (no lecture)

NOTE: The lectures are arranged so that no "island time" will be impacted.


Norwegian Cruise Lines' MS Escape

Set sail to paradise on an exciting cruise aboard Norwegian's MS Escape. For stunning views, take a cable car ride to the peak of Mount Isabel de Torres in Puerto Plata. Take in the beautiful turquoise waters and the laidback Caribbean vibes on Long Bay Beach in Tortola. Day dreaming about your own private island? Grab a frozen drink and lounge in your private beachfront cabana on Great Stirrup Cay, our tropical getaway that’s just for you.


  • Deposit required at the time of registration: $500
  • Balcony (double room): $2,295
  • Balcony (double room) *single supplement: $3,265
  • Interior/no window (double room): $1,995
  • Interior/no window (double room) *single supplement: $2,625
  • Final registration date (and all money due on or before): September 1, 2023
  • *Single travelers must pay the single supplement price

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For more information, contact:

Peter Megginson
Biblical Archaeology Society
Email: [email protected]
800-221-4644, ext. 424 (Toll-free)
202-364-3300, ext. 424
5614 Connecticut Ave. NW #343
Washington, DC 20015-2604