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Aegean Cruise & Stay – In the Wake of St. Paul

McCabe 40th anniversary special departure

Fly direct from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester

To mark the culmination of the McCabe 40th anniversary year, join us on a voyage to discover the Aegean in the wake of St. Paul the Apostle. As we journey through the emerald waters of the sun-soaked Cyclades and the stunning coastline of Turkey, this adventure invites you to explore iconic landmarks, savour authentic cuisine and discover the trials and tribulations of St. Paul’s epic journey to the Eastern Mediterranean region.

This special journey includes exclusive McCabe events in the company of BBCTV Presenter and Songs of Praise host, Pam Rhodes, front man of the legendary Manfred Mann, Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley-Jones, actress and Christian speaker—all hosted by Christians in Entertainment Director Chris Gidney.

During the trip the Revd Dr Peter Walker will be bringing us fresh insights from his book In the Steps of Saint Paul. Peter first led a McCabe ‘Steps of Paul’ tour back in 1993, and his many subsequent tours led in time to his publishing this fascinating book which takes the reader around all the places visited by Paul—from Damascus to Rome—highlighting what Paul did there and what visitors can now expect to see in each location. Peter will provide exclusive lectures, and all our special guests will take part in exclusive McCabe events.

Among the countries he visited to spread Christianity, St. Paul spent the most time in Greece and Turkey, preaching the good news about Jesus. His journey in Greece is a route that can touch believers and history-lovers alike. We visit places where he preached, starting in Athens where, from the Acropolis, we walk down to the site of St. Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill (the Aeropagus) where Paul had a mixed reception in making known the ‘Unknown God’. We then visit the Agora, the centre of public life in Athens in Paul’s day. We also visit Epidaurus, the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul stayed for eighteen months before he wrote his two ‘letters to the Corinthians’.

Cruise ports of call include Thessaloniki: to travel to Veria (Beroea) visited by Paul on his second missionary journey. Kusadasi: to see Ephesus, where Paul preached and the Virgin Mary is believed by some to have spent the last days of her life. Heraklion (Crete): for Fair Havens and the church of St Titus. Santorini: with its Monastery of the Prophet Elias. Mykonos: for the holy sanctuaries of Delos & Apollo. And, finally, calling at Milos with its marble amphitheatre and wonderful views over the bay where the Venus de Milo was discovered in 1820. Time in these ports is ample to enjoy the included excursions and then have free time to wander, visit local beaches and (in Santorini and Mykonos) to sample the local nightlife.

For full details and prices of staterooms (cabins) please go to 'Essential Information' and scroll to the end.

When you book online, please specify your preferred stateroom category in Accommodation Requests and state departure airport in Other Information

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Athens (D)

    Morning: meet your group leader and check-in for your direct flight from Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester to Athens. Our airport representative at each airport will assist you with check-in.

    Afternoon: on arrival in Athens the McCabe team will greet you and escort you to your centrally located hotel and assist with check-in for your two-nights stay in Athens.

    Evening: get to know your fellow pilgrims over a welcome dinner and be introduced to your special guests BBCTV's Pam Rhodes and musician and actor Paul Jones and actress and Christian speaker Fiona Hendley-Jones.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  2. Half day Athens city tour and the Acropolis (B, D)

    Morning: enjoy a tour on coach and foot taking in the Hellenic Parliament with the “Evzones” Presidential Guard found outside the Hellenic Parliament. They have become synonymous with the city of Athens and were originally founded in 1868 as a regiment of the Greek army. We then continue to the historical neighbourhood of Plaka, a labyrinth of streets with neoclassical architecture clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. We continue to the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena Nike, the foremost site of Classical Greece, with the Parthenon. We walk down to the site of St. Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill (Aeropagus) where Paul had a mixed reception in making known the ‘Unknown God’. We then visit Agora the centre of public life in Athens at the time of Paul.

    Afternoon: free leisurely afternoon to enjoy lunch (at own cost) wander the Plaka to shop, maybe visit the National Archaeological Museum of Greece or numerous other museums or head to the waterfront and marina in Piraeus. Your guide will advise of plenty of options.

    Evening: dinner with water and tea or coffee included.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  3. Free morning in Athens - board your cruise ship (B, D, DR)

    Morning: a free morning to explore Athens further. Maybe wander the Plaka district with its narrow streets and quaint shops, wander Syndama Square, the National Garden or visit one of the many museums.

    Afternoon: transfer to the Port of Piraeus where our team will assist you with check-in and boarding MV Celestyal Journey for your seven-night cruise. Your luggage will be taken from the coach and transferred on board to your stateroom. The crew will make you feel welcome and we suggest to be on deck ready for sail away as you head out to the Aegean Sea. A daily schedule of activities will be posted to your cabin or on the ships handy mobile phone ap to make full use of the activities and entertainment on board that is all included in your cruise price.

    Evening: Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included.

    Ship sails: 17:00

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    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  4. Thessaloniki - Veria (Berroia) (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: a special Sunday service on board followed by a visit to Pella the capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Over one thousand tombs have been discovered, some containing elaborate artefacts from ceramics to precious metals, weapons and jewellery. After, continue to Veria (Berea) where Philip II was assassinated and Alexander the Great became king. Paul and Silas’ visit here saw that its inhabitants were the first Christians in Europe.

    Afternoon: return to the ship to enjoy a late lunch on board. Relax and enjoy the ships facilities or wander into Thessaloniki under your own steam, plus a special guest event LIFE STORIES - PAM RHODES where Chris Gidney joins in fascinating conversation with BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes.

    Evening: dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included. After enjoy being entertained by the talented team on board.

    Ship arrives Thessaloniki: 10:00   departs: 19:00

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  5. Turkey - Kusadasi - Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: enjoy the views of the Turkish coast whilst relaxing on board. Maybe a swim, exercise class or some of the array of activities, talks and demonstrations available on board and listed in the daily programme sent to your cabin or available on the ships mobile ap.

    Afternoon: after lunch arrive in Kusadasi and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus. This ancient city is believed to have been settled in the 10th century BC by Ionians, Ephesus changed hands many times before becoming a Roman dependency in 133 BC during the reign of Emperor Augustus. It was also a very important city during early Christian times as evidenced by St. Paul’s visit and St. John being buried nearby. Heading up the hills behind Ephesus, you will see where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent the last days of her life. Presently, there is a charming chapel, consecrated by the Pope, at the very spot where the House of Virgin Mary stood. The local tradition suggests that Virgin Mary lived and died here.

    Evening: dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included. After enjoy being entertained by the talented team on board.

    Ship arrives Kusadasi: 13:00      departs: 19:00

  6. Crete - Heraklion - Fair Havens and Church of St. Titus (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: visit Kali Limenes, the Greek name that translates “Fair Havens,” is situated on the southern coast of Crete. Here Paul waited for a considerable time (Acts 27:9); but while it afforded good anchorage and a shelter from North and Northwest winds, "the haven was not commodious to winter in". Visit  the Chapel of St. Paul and the small cave, where Apostle Paul is said to have lived for two years, before continuing his journey to Rome.

    Afternoon: after an included local lunch continue to the St. Titus Church. Paul appointed Titus the first bishop of Crete, assigning him to consolidate the church there by appointing elders in every town. Paul had low regard for Cretans and accepted a popular view that generally they were “liars, dangerous animals, all greed and laziness” (Titus 1:12 NJB). So he gave Titus explicit instructions to take a firm stance with Cretan believers.

    Evening: dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included. After enjoy being entertained by the talented team on board.

    Ship arrives Heraklion 08:00     departs: 19:00

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  7. Santorini - Essence of Santorini - Monastery of Profitis Ilias (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: we drive to the viewpoint of Mount Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) and the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, one of the oldest on the island. From here we visit Oia, the most photographed place on Santorini and familiar all over the world. We continue past the lava rocks of the islets of Nea Kameni and the Caldera below, with free time to enjoy the landscape of Oia and the colourful shops and cafes with terraces overlooking the Aegean Sea. After, we call in at a winery for a tasting then our tour brings us to the Church of Panagia Episkopi a beautiful Byzantine Church, built in the late 11th Century, and the best example of traditional ecclesiastical architecture on the island. The excursion ends in Fira where we make our way down to the harbour side by cable car.

    Afternoon: ship sets sail late at night, so spend the afternoon and evening in Santorini, maybe for a change dine in a local restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere whilst many have returned to the ship. Maybe just enjoy the facilities and sunbathe on board.

    Evening: dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included. After enjoy being entertained by the talented team on board.

    Ship arrives Santorini: 07:30     departs: midnight

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  8. Mykonos - Delos, Sacred Island & Apollo Sanctuary (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: Delos was a holy sanctuary and one of the most important and prosperous commercial ports in the eastern Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC. Olympian mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis and it attracted pilgrims from all over Greece. There are numerous ruins to marvel at including Doric temples, an amphitheatre, houses with mosaics, Agora, the Oikos (House) of Naxians and the iconic statues at the Terrace of the Lions. Seven of the original full sized marble lions still stand. There are the remains of the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Establishment of the Poseidoniasts of Beirut, built by ship owners and merchants from that city across the Mediterranean.

    Afternoon: at the end of the excursion you will return to Chora to wander and shop before returning to the ship for lunch and afternoon on board or return to Mykonos and wander at leisure, plus a special guest event (16:00) LIFE STORIES - PAUL JONES & FIONA-HENDLEY JONES as the famous Manfred Mann musician and actor and actress and Christian speaker discuss life and faith with Chris Gidney.

    Evening: maybe take an early dinner on board and after dinner enjoy a wander on Mykonos, take in the harbour views, sip wine with the locals, meander the local shops that stay open till late or perhaps sample the local nightlife.

    Ship arrives Mykonos: 08:00      departs: 02:00 (next morning)

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  9. Milos - Step back in time (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: a short drive from the harbour takes us to Sarakiniko, an inlet of pure white stone sculpted by volcanic eruptions and perhaps one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades Islands and then to Plaka, a classic Cycladic village of white stone houses and bougainvillea flowers 250 meters above the Aegean. Plaka is known for its local pastry shops with the homemade sweets and early Christian catacombs, the largest in Greece, and the ruins of ancient Melos and its Roman amphitheater. The path takes us through a small olive grove beneath the retaining walls of ancient Melos, where you’ll find large Dorian walls and column fragments. The marble amphitheatre, fully restored in 2015, still includes seven intact rows of seats and offers a lovely view of the bay and the site where the Venus de Milo (now residing in the Louvre in Paris), was discovered in 1820.

    Afternoon: Milos has wonderful beaches and local boatmen will take you to them. Take a short boat ride (at own cost) and bathe in some of the Mediterranean's most azure blue waters. Also, enjoy Hymns of Praise as Pam Rhodes invites you to join her for an exclusive McCabe version of the popular TV show.

    Evening: dinner with 'select drinks' of draft beer, water, soft drinks, wine by the glass and tea or coffee included. After enjoy being entertained by the talented team on board.

    Ship arrives Milos: 09:00      departs: 19:00

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  10. Return to Athens - Kingdom of Korinthos and Epidaurus (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: after a farewell to the crew of your ship we disembark and then head out of Athens for the day and cross the Corinth Canal making a stop to view this engineering marvel. We then visit the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul stayed for 18 months and wrote two letters to Corinthians, which are included in the New Testament. An impressive church has been built in his honour. The remains of the city include the marketplace and Temple of Apollo and clearly show the importance of Corinth in ancient times. After, we make a short stop at the site of the ancient port of Cenchreae from where St. Paul departed for Ephesus.

    Afternoon: continue to Epidaurus with its Great Theatre with its great acoustics, Sanctuary of Asclepius and join together in optional worship at this great location where our special guests and fellow passengers will perform a short dramatic reading.

    Early evening: return to Athens and check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay. Hotel accommodation on your return may be in a hotel closer to the airport than the city centre.

    Evening: dinner in a local restaurant close to your Athens hotel with water and tea or coffee included.

    Ship arrives Athens: 07:00

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  11. Return to the UK (B)

    Morning: transfer to Athens Airport escorted by your Tour Leader and McCabe Athens representative who will assist with check-in for your direct flight to Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester.

    Afternoon: arrival in the UK and bid farewell to your Tour Leader.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  12. MEET OUR SPECIALLY INVITED GUESTS

    Pam Rhodes

    PAM RHODES

    Pam Rhodes is well known as the familiar face of BBC Television’s prime time Songs of Praise for more than twenty years. In that time she’s met everyone ranging from The Pope to Dolly Parton, earning herself a reputation as a highly professional and empathetic interviewer, especially when people are speaking about sensitive, perhaps traumatic experiences. She has her own daily interview series on Lifestyle Television, Radio 2, Premier Radio, London Weekend, Thames and BFBS Television and compered TV recordings in venues such as The Golden Hall in Vienna, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Pam has also established herself as a mainstream author in recent years, with five novels and nine factual books under her belt and is looking forward to presenting her very own Songs of Praise on board ship.

    PAUL JONES & FIONA HENDLEY-JONES

    Paul and Fiona's testimony is humorous, but compassionate. Paul came to faith from a background of intellectual arrogance; in 1968 he argued against Billy Graham with Cliff Richard on television, and he was convinced he had won the argument. Yet all his immense success in show business could not remedy the failure within himself. Fiona sought God from an early age, thinking that she was a Christian, but was surrounded by deception (including spiritualists and mediums); she too hoped that success in show business would bring her happiness. Their testimony tells how each of them found true happiness and real faith. As they bring their testimony, they sing songs from their album, and the Gospel message is clearly explained.

    PAUL JONES

    Paul's distinguished career includes being the award-winning lead singer of Manfred Mann (whose hits include "Do Wah Diddy" and "Pretty Flamingo") , and The Blues Band - he has recently worked on new albums with both groups. His collection of Gold discs includes one for the original "Evita". Millions listen to him on Radio 2, Jazz FM and elsewhere, and on TV he has hosted talk shows and performed everything from Shakespeare to soaps. His extensive stage credits range from the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End and Broadway.

    FIONA HENDLEY-JONES

    Fiona, an accomplished actress and singer, has worked in all areas of show business from her acclaimed TV series "Widows" (for which she won Personality of the Year Award) to leading roles at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiona has starred in many West End productions including the highly praised and award-winning musical "City of Angels". She has sung on many show recordings and has a collection of gold discs that rival Paul's. Together they have recorded several CD's celebrating the work of composers from Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Their Gospel album "Personal" has been very well received: its songs express their love for their Heavenly Father, and for each other.

    CHRIS GIDNEY

    Chris Gidney is your host for the themed cruise and has spent a lifetime as entertainer, producer and author, working with numerous artistes from the legendary Frank Sinatra to Sir Cliff Richard. Chris comes from a show business family and joined London’s West-End in 1980 to enjoy twelve consecutive London productions before moving to BBC Television, working on such classic programmes as `Blue Peter` and `That’s Life` with Esther Rantzen. Chris has authored 28 commercially published books and several Pantomimes, as well as for the BBC and national press. As a freelance Producer, Chris is responsible for a number of unique stage, television and radio productions and has enjoyed creating and producing over a dozen themed cruises over the past few years which have taken him around the world. Says Chris. “I know that we shall have a lot of fun hearing all about their careers, faith and what inspires them personally.

    DR PETER WALKER

    During the trip the Revd Dr Peter Walker will be bringing us fresh insights from his book In the Steps of Saint Paul. Peter first led a McCabe ‘Steps of Paul’ tour back in 1993, and his many subsequent tours led in time to his publishing this fascinating book which takes the reader around all the places visited by Paul—from Damascus to Rome—highlighting what Paul did there and what visitors can now expect to see in each location. Peter will provide exclusive lectures for McCabe.

Essential Information

Included excursions 

  • Greece - Athens - city tour (half day)
  • Greece - Athens - the Acropolis and Parthenon with site of St. Paul's sermon on Mars Hill (half day with Athens city tour above)
  • Greece - Thessaloniki - Veria (Berroia) (half day)
  • Turkey - Kusadasi - Ancient Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary (half day)
  • Greece - Crete - Heraklion - Fair Havens and Basilica of Titus (half day)
  • Greece - Santorini - Essence of Santorini and Monastery of Profitis Ilias (full day)
  • Greece - Mykonos - Delos, sacred island & Apollo Sanctuary (half day)
  • Greece - Milos - Step back in time (religious) (half day)
  • Greece - Athens - Kingdom of Korinthos and Epidaurus (full day)

Optional excursions 

None! – all excursions and extras as listed above and below are included

Included extras

  • Hotel Porterage
  • Personal audio guiding system
  • All entrance fees and excursions
  • All hotel, guide, driver and restaurant gratuities
  • Services of a knowledgeable Local Guide on excursions
  • McCabe representative in your Athens hotel and on board your cruise
  • Optional worship with our travelling and on board clergy

Your cruise on-board package includes

  • Ship porterage
  • Cabin as selected
  • Port charges and taxes
  • All on board and shore excursion guide and driver gratuities
  • Full board (Breakfast-lunch-dinner)
  • Afternoon and late night snacks
  • Select drinks with meals
  • Entertainment and daily activities on board

Included meals & drinks

Meals: during your three nights stay in Athens, two nights before and one night after your cruise, breakfast and dinner are included. On board your seven night cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner are included as well as mid-afternoon and late night snacks. Dining is open seating with no allocated tables. Our McCabe Leaders will suggest a time to meet for drinks before dinner and then dine together afterwards so that no one dines alone unless they so choose.

Drinks: during your three night stay in Athens water, tea and coffee are included with all evening meals. Your seven night cruise package includes 'select drinks' with all meals, this consists of juices, soft drinks, draft beers and house wines by the glass. There will also be two exclusive pre-dinner drinks receptions for McCabe pilgrims with unlimited drinks and canapes for 60 minutes as well as an additional captains reception with an aperitif. All other drinks will be at your own expense.

Our team in Athens and during the cruise

You will be met at your chosen airport of Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester by our airport representative and a McCabe Leader who will fly with you. On arrival in Athens you will be met by a local guide who will escort you to your Athens hotel, guide your Athens excursions as well as be at the hotel for any queries and then escort you to the port of Piraeus, where our team will assist with check-in for the cruise. Each coach will also be escorted by a McCabe Leader who will stay at your hotel, cruise with you and escort all cruise shore excursions to offer worship at some of the places visited. As well as the charming ships crew an additional McCabe member of staff will also be on board.

Your journey

Flights are available from Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester direct to Athens. Flights all include a full 23 kilo (British Airways and easyJet) or 22 kilo (Jet2) luggage allowance and allocated seat. Regional flights to London Heathrow from other UK airports can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Flight upgrades with British Airways from Heathrow are also available at a supplement, for ease and comfort through the airport and on board. Please enquire at time of booking.

HEATHROW with British Airways

Outbound: Flight BA0638 departs Heathrow: 07:20      arrives Athens: 13:15

Return: Flight BA0639 departs Athens: 13:25             arrives Heathrow: 15:20

 

GATWICK with easyJet - £100 per person supplement

Outbound: Flight EZY8181 departs Gatwick: 06:10     arrives Athens: 11:45

Return: Flight EZY8184 departs Athens: 13:50             arrives Gatwick: 15:40

 

BIRMINGHAM with Jet2 - £100 per person supplement

Outbound: Flight LS1213 departs Birmingham: 07:15      arrives Athens: 13:05

Return: Flight LS1214 departs Athens: 13:50                       arrives Birmingham: 15:50

 

MANCHESTER with Jet2 - £100 per person supplement

Outbound: Flight LS1709 departs Manchester: 06:30      arrives Athens: 12:25

Return: Flight LS1710 departs Athens: 13:15                        arrives Manchester: 15:20

Flight times are subject to change and confirmed with your final paperwork. 

Your Athens hotel

In Athens you will stay in centrally located hotels such as these listed below....

ATHENS – ACROPOLIS SELECT HOTEL (3* Superior)

Conveniently located in the heart of Athens and only a short walking distance to the Acropolis pedestrian walkway, leading to many of the city's main sights and attractions, the Acropolis Select Hotel is the perfect home away from home, for your next visit to Athens. A short five minute stroll from the hotel will bring guests to the ancient site of the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum and the Plaka District, while other major landmarks such as Syntagma Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Monastiraki Market, as well as, the city's shopping hotspots of Hermou Street and Kolonaki are all within easy reach. Just a few meters from the property you will find metro, light railway and bus stations, making traveling around the city and its beach suburbs extremely convenient.

Hotel facilities: the 180 degree West Lounge Restaurant has an unforgettable and stunning view of the Parthenon and the Zeus Barwith its comfortable seating areas is open daily from 07:00 to 23:00.

Your room: air-conditioning/heating, flat screen TV, safe, fridge and complimentary WiFi.

Your bathroom: bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary soap, shampoo and shower gel.

 

ATHENS – ATHINAIS  HOTEL (3* Superior)

Athinais Hotel was built in 1977 and has been totaly renovated in 2006. It is located in the heart of Athens next to Mavili square, in a safe area 10 min. walk from kolonaki area, the most popular commercial and shopping area. Just 5 min walk to the Athens Concert Hall and Venizelos Park, 15 min from the National Gallery. Syntagma square which is aside Plaka (the oldest area of Athens) as well as Monastiraki (traditional market) is 10 min with the metro & 15 min by taxi & bus. Lycabettus, a hill with the nicest view of Athens is 5 min by taxi.

Hotel facilities: on site bar and brasserie, reading lounge and breakfast restaurant.

Your room: balcony, air-conditioning/heating, flat screen TV, safe, fridge and complimentary WiFi.

Your bathroom: bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary soap, shampoo and shower gel.

 

Your cruise ship - Celestyal Journey

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The newest edition to the Celestyal Cruises' fleet, Celestyal Journey will have undergone a $20 million refit and decked out in style ready for her first sailing in September 2023.  Fully refurbished with spacious Staterooms, public areas, excellent dining with included drinks and a range of included wellness facilities and entertainment to enjoy.

RESTAURANTS

With seven new restaurants and the exclusive Chef’s Table, Celestyal Cruises are giving McCabe pilgrims more of what they love: great, authentic food. With options such as Thalassa Restaurant and Leda Casual Dining, every guest is catered to in style. Indulge in the specialty menus for an unforgettable culinary experience.

BARS

Whatever your choice of drink, the eight new bars offer a diverse selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Grab a beer and catch one of our dazzling daily shows in the  ΘEATRO, soak up the electric atmosphere of the Ble Bar and Lounge, or head down to the Martini Bar and enjoy one of the exclusive Signature Cocktails.

SPA & GYM

To relax, or to exercise? The lavish new spa offers guests the opportunity to spend the day doing what they love most. Soothe your body and mind with our range of treatments. Or try out the upgraded gym. With bigger and better facilities, exercise lovers have everything they need to start their day right.

STATEROOMS

The Celestyal Journey is designed to give more room in public areas and spacious Staterooms. Step aboard and make yourself comfortable in one of the 630 staterooms. With 149 Balcony Suites, 120 Junior Suites and 28 Suites plus options for ocean views, there is something for everyone.

Fresh towels and toiletries are delivered twice a day and your personal steward is on hand to deliver room service 24/7. All Staterooms have adjustable air-conditioning, a hairdryer, a safe and TV. Suites also have a refrigerated minibar and an additional seating area.

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When you book online, please specify your preferred stateroom category in Accommodation Requests and state departure airport in Other Information

Prices are based on two sharing. Where three or four people share a cabin discounts will apply to all in the same cabin.

STATEROOM CATEGORY STATEROOM DESCRIPTION

PRICE

PER PERSON

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

PER PERSON

                        IA ONE SPACE FOR A FEMALE TWIN SHARE

Interior Staterooms at deck 4 (~17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds and arrangements including 1 upper bed and 1 single or double sofa bed bunk, bathroom with shower, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. Single beds can be pushed together upon request. Size and lay out may vary within the same cabin category.

 

 £2,999.00

 

                   £3,749.00
                       IB FULL

Interior Staterooms at deck 5 and 9 (~17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds and arrangements including 1 upper bed and 1 single sofa bed, bathroom with shower, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. Single beds can be pushed together upon request. Size and lay out may vary within the same cabin category.

        £3,049.00                     £3,799.00
                       IC ONE CABIN AVAILABLE

Interior Staterooms at deck 5, 6, 9 and 10 (~17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds and arrangements including 1 upper bed and 1 single or double sofa bed bunk,, bathroom with shower, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. Single beds can be pushed together upon request. Size and lay out may vary within the same cabin category.

        £3,099.00                    £3,849.00
                      XB Exterior Staterooms at deck 4 and 6 (~19 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds and arrangements including 1 upper bed and 1 single or double sofa bed bunk, bathroom with bathtub or shower, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. Single beds can be pushed together upon request. Size and lay out may vary within the same cabin category.          £3,299.00                     £4,099.00
                      XC Exterior Cabins at deck 4 and 5 (~19 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons with 2 lower beds and arrangements including 1 upper bed and 1 single or double sofa bed bunk, bathroom with bathtub, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV and a window. Single beds can be pushed together upon request. Size and lay out may vary within the same cabin category.          £3,349.00                    £4,199.00
                SUITES
                     SJB ON REQUEST

Suites at deck 9 (21 sqm) can accommodate up to 3 persons, with 2 lower beds and 1 single sofa bed, bathroom with jet tub, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV, panoramic window, refrigerated mini bar and balcony.

         £3,499.00                     £5,199.00
                     SJC ONE CABIN AVAILABLE

Suites at deck 10 (21 sqm) can accommodate up to 3 persons, with 2 lower beds and 1 single sofa bed, bathroom with jet tub, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV, panoramic window, refrigerated mini bar and balcony.

         £3,649.00                      £5,499.00
                     SG ON REQUEST

Suites at deck 10 (35 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds and 1 double sofa bed, bathroom with shower, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV, panoramic window, refrigerated mini bar and balcony.

         £3,999.00                      £5,899.00

When you book online, please specify your preferred stateroom category in Accommodation Requests and state departure airport in Other Information

 

ADDITIONAL CABIN OCCUPANCY (3rd and 4th person) DISCOUNTS

This would also mean three or four people to a room during the stays in Athens

3rd PERSON DISCOUNT PER PERSON FOR ALL OCCUPANTS 4th PERSON DISCOUNT PER PERSON FOR ALL OCCUPANTS
Interior Stateroom: IA -£69.00 Interior Stateroom: IA -£103.00
Interior Stateroom: IA-£79.00 Interior Stateroom: IA -£118.00
Interior Stateroom: IC -£92.00 Interior Stateroom: IC -£138.00
Exterior Stateroom: XB -£129.00 Exterior Stateroom: XB -£193.00
Exterior Stateroom: XC -£142.00 Exterior Stateroom: XC -£213.00
Suite: SJB -£192.00 Suite: SJB -£288.00
Suite: SJC -£229.00 Suite: SJC -£343.00
Suite: SG -£316.00 Suite: SG -£473.00

Know before you go! - full details

A full range of useful information with everything that you need to know is contained in the Celestyal cruises 'Know before you go' brochure. We fully advise that you read this prior to booking. Detailed information is given on a range of subjects including the following...

  • Travel documents
  • Electronic services - Celestyal cruises ap, on-board Wifi and mobile calls
  • Life on board - currency on board, dining arrangements, special diets and room service
  • Entertainment - wellness facilities, shopping, formal evenings and entertainment day and night
  • Dress codes - for shore excursions, day wear on board, evening wear and any formal evenings
  • Medical facilities - on board medical centre and doctor information
  • Mobility requirements - managing disabilities and mobility requirements on board and for shore excursions.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 'KNOW BEFORE YOU GO' CRUISE INFORMATION BROCHURE

Practical information

Know before you go! - full details

A full range of useful information with everything that you need to know is contained in the Celestyal cruises 'Know before you go' brochure. We fully advise that you read this prior to booking. Detailed information is given on a range of subjects including the following...

  • Travel documents
  • Electronic services - Celestyal cruises app, on-board Wifi and mobile calls
  • Life on board - currency on board, dining arrangements, special diets and room service
  • Entertainment - wellness facilities, shopping, formal evenings and entertainment day and night
  • Dress codes - for shore excursions, day wear on board, evening wear and any formal evenings
  • Medical facilities - on board medical centre and doctor information
  • Mobility requirements - managing disabilities and mobility requirements on board and for shore excursions.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 'KNOW BEFORE YOU GO' CRUISE INFORMATION BROCHURE

Entry requirements

British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Greece freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.

Please note your passport must be valid for three months after your return from Greece and 150 days to enter Turkey. Therefore please ensure that your passport is valid for 150 days after your return. 

Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Health & wellbeing

For travel within the EU (Greece) you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge. This card cannot be used in Turkey or on board at the ships medical centre. You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…

www.nhs.uk/ghic

The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies, doctors’ and on board medical centre visits.

If you haven't had a booster in the last ten years it is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination, Covid-19 and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information. We will send up to date information on entry requirements with your final paperwork approximately 14 days before departure.

Climate

During the cruise the average daily minimum and maximum temperatures during your cruise and stay should be as below. Coastal winds and sea breezes when sailing can make the temperature seem cooler and evenings will see temperatures drop somewhat.

October 17 - 26

Clothing

Dress is cool and casual throughout your excursions in Greece and Turkey. Casual clothing is recommended in the day-time on board. As the excursions will require a certain amount of walking at ancient sites, we suggest you take a pair of trainers or shoes with a cushioned sole. It is advisable to bring just a couple of warmer items for the evenings as during sailing when the wind may reduce the temperatures.

Evening wear - your attire should be Jacket and Tie for the gentlemen and elegant outfit for the ladies. No shorts or bathing suits will be accepted in the indoor restaurants after 6.00pm .

Formal evening - during the seven night cruise, there will be a Gala Night and the Captain’s Cocktail in honour of our guests, and we ask that you attend in formal dress: a cocktail dress or something smart for the ladies, jacket and tie for the men.

Dress up evening - on each Celestyal cruise they host several themed nights such as White night, famous Greek night, where passengers are invited to wear blue and white (the colours of the Greek flag).

Mobility

There is a certain amount of walking, light undulations and a number of stairs involved on a daily basis during your shore excursions in Greece and Turkey, so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guides and shore excursion briefings will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Local Guide who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Some streets in towns and villages that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers.  You must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 60 minutes without the necessity to sit down and walk up to a kilometer unaided. Hiking and walking sticks are fine.

The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Travel insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

For more information or to obtain a quote click below for their website

https://www.holidayextras.com/travel-insurance

Or call them on 0800 083 3551 to speak to a friendly advisor.

Please quote AG628 upon calling to receive the best rates

Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

You can read McCabe reviews on the AITO website here

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