Please join us in praying with Al and Gloria Baird as Gloria has recently been diagnosed early with a return of her cancer and will resume chemo treatments. We are very sorry they will not be able to join this Steps Tour. Gratefully Gordon and Theresa Ferguson, who just celebrated their 50th anniversary, will join us and will organize classes and activities for the group along with Bill and Sally Hooper who serve in the Dallas/Fort Worth Church. Disciples Today Travel invites you to join us as we travel the ancient paths of Jesus and his apostles to the cities of Rome and Naples, Italy; Jerusalem, Israel; Ephesus, Turkey; Mykonos and Athens, Greece; and Valletta, Malta. This is an experience you won’t want to miss as we see the pages of the Bible come to life in our 14-day adventure! The Celebrity Silhouette will be our sailing hotel as we travel to these Mediterranean cities.
To be part of the group and join in the planned activities, you must register for the cruise though Sally.
Special teaching and classes will be held on sea days so that we can learn about the cities we will visit. Al and Gloria Baird will share the story of our churches expanding through the Middle East and Mediterranean. Bill and Sally Hooper will share about the writing of the gospels and their numerous travels to this region.
Please see the articles on the Disciples Today Travel page to learn about previous Steps of the Apostles tours.
ITINERARY:Oct. 17 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Oct. 18 – Naples, Italy
Oct. 19 – At Sea
Oct. 20 – At Sea
Oct. 21 – Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
Oct. 22 – Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
Oct. 23 – Haifa, Israel
Oct. 24 – At Sea
Oct. 25 – Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Oct. 26 – Mykonos, Greece
Oct. 27 – Athens (Piraesus), Greece
Oct. 28 – At Sea
Oct. 29 – Valletta, Malta
Oct. 30 – At Sea
Oct. 31 – Rome, Italy
DISCIPLES TODAY ORGANIZATIONAL FEE - (see FAQs below)
- $350 per person for teaching, administration and organization, etc. ($300 per person for DT Travel alumni or if you register before December 31, 2014)
- Fee will be paid directly to Disciples Today on the DToday website. Directions will be given later.
CRUISE FAQ INFORMATION:Who will be on this cruise? Our experience is that single and married disciples from numerous countries will be taking this adventure along with you. Some bring family members and or friends. Classes will be held onboard the ship on sea days based on the Bible history of the cities we will visit.
Will we be able to meet with disciples in the ports where the ship docks? When we can we will arrange excursions that include fellowship with our church in that location.
What is the purpose of the Disciples Today Organizational Fee? The DToday organizational fee covers the costs to plan, organize, publicize, teach and direct this group event just as in other seminars, conferences, etc. that involve organizing groups of people for a major event.
How much should I plan for the entire cost?
Your Cruise registration covers your stateroom including:
- Housing for 14 nights
- All meals onboard except for specialty restaurants and drinks.
- Regular coffee, juices included. See prices for staterooms above.
- Specialty coffees, alcohol, etc. are extra.
Other personal costs:
- Taxes: due with final payment of cruise.
- Gratuities: will be paid onboard ship as with any other cruise
- Onshore excursions: Some of these excursions we will do as a group. We will let you know at a later date.
- Airfare to and from Rome
- Transportation to and from the port
- Pre-cruise hotel, food, etc.
- Personal expenses, shopping, etc.
- Cruise insurance will be required for all singles and will be added to final payment for all passengers. If you decline insurance, I must have notice in writing.
Flights: You will make your own flight arrangements from your home city to and from Rome. The cruise line will offer flights for a reasonable cost under "choice air" on their website after you have booked your cruise though Sally.
Arriving at Departure City: It is recommended that you arrive at least a couple of days early to avoid flight delays and to experience Rome. You will be able to board the ship at noon on the day of sailing. The port is 1.5 hours from Rome. You must be onboard at least 90 minutes prior to sailing or your stateroom will be canceled. Return flights should not be booked until the afternoon of October 31st.
Travel Folder: Start a travel folder with cruise, hotel, and flight information.
Registration: The only place you can register for our group is on DT Travel Coordinator, Sally Hooper. Once Sally reserves your stateroom with our group on the Celebrity Silhouette, she will send you a confirmation number that you can use to log into the Celebrity website in order to give them your information for security.
Correct Information: If you have found any wrong information (name, etc.) when you checked in online at Celebrity, please let Sally know. It is vital that your first and last name match your passport.
Celebrity Website Information: Please read all of the pertinent information on the Celebrity website that pertains to your trip, what to pack, weather, money, gratuities, etc.
Immigration Registration: You will need to give immigration information to Celebrity after deposit is paid. Go to https://secure.celebritycruises.com/beforeyourcruise/onlineDocumentation/home.do to register.
Shore Excursions: These will be at an additional cost. We will let you know at a later date which shore excursions will be recommended for the group.
Travel Insurance: Without this insurance, you would lose all of your money paid for the cruise if you were not able to go. Also, insurance covers medical emergencies out of the country. Both passengers in the stateroom must purchase the insurance for it to be effective.
Special Needs: Please let Sally know if you have special needs that the cruiseline would need to be aware of. Please read the cruiseline’s rules on pregnancy and infant travel.
Important Documents: Make copies of all important documents to be kept in a separate place in case your original documents are lost or stolen on the trip. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT WITH YOU!
Credit card/bank: Notify your credit card company/bank of the dates you will be out of the country.
Size/Weight of Bags: Check with your airline about the size and number of bags that you can take with you. Remember that it is important to keep your bags within the airline’s weight restrictions.
Money onboard ship: Onboard the ship is cashless. Your room card is your charge card as well as the card you will use as you enter and exit the ship.
Maid Service: You will have twice-a-day maid service as well as waiters, etc. who will wait on you all week. Gratuities can be paid at the end of the cruise. Please see the Celebrity website for gratuity suggestions.
Meals/Drinks: All of your meals in the many main restaurants are included in the cruise price. Speciality restaurants, specialty coffees, alcohol, soft drinks, gift shop items, spa treatments, etc. are extra.
Newspaper: You will have a ship “newspaper” delivered to your stateroom each evening that will inform you of the next day’s ship activities.
Singles: If for some reason you need to cancel, please find a replacement for yourself. The cruiseline sells staterooms based on two passengers per stateroom. You will be liable for your portion if you cancel.
Dinner Onboard: The whole group will be meeting for dinner together each evening .
Electronic Tickets: Your cruise documents will be sent to you electronically approximately one month before the cruise. Please make sure that Sally has your correct e-mail address.
Pregnancy: Celebrity/Royal Caribbean cannot accept guests who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning or at any time during the cruise.
Small Children: Please check with Sally if you want to bring an infant or small child on the cruise.