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Explore the Bible History, Archaeology, and Geography of the Mediterranean by sea with Neal and Kathy Pollard and John and Carla Moore!

Discovering the Bible By Sea Tour!

October 13-27, 2023

$4209* (*estimated average, details below) 


Cruise Info

Odyssey of the Seas

Odyssey of the Seas is the second Quantum Ultra-class cruise ship and the last of the class operated by Royal Caribbean International. She is the 2nd newest ship out of the Royal Caribbean fleet, and primarily operates in the Caribbean out of Port Everglades. Odyssey of the Seas measures 1,138 feet (347 m) and has a gross tonnage of 167,704, with 16 decks. The ship accommodates 4,198 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 5,510 passengers, as well as a crew of 1,663. There are 14 decks for guest use, 15 restaurants, 2 pools and 2,105 cabins. 

Bible Passages Guides

John and Carla have been involved in ministry since 1986, working in college ministry, schools of preaching and in local works. Currently, they work with the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver, Colorado, and they direct the “Bible Passages” ministry. They have spent considerable time guiding tours in Israel and other biblical locations, including Athens and Rome. Neal and Kathy also have many years of ministry experience, and currently work with the Lehman Avenue church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky They have traveled widely in the United States as well as internationally (including extensive travel in Israel), speaking and participating in mission efforts. John, Carla, Neal and Kathy share a close friendship. They all share a love for the Lord and for the land of the Bible, as well as a passion for sharing it with others. Join them for the trip of a lifetime, walking where Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others walked! 

A Passage to Understanding and Enrichment 

There is no way to adequately describe what traveling to biblical sites will do for you, both spiritually and educationally. On this incredible journey, you will walk the ancient streets of Rome, see historic sites in Greece, explore ancient ruins in the land of Israel, and more. Our highly unique program is designed to bring color, clarity, and a deeper understanding of the many customs, words, and practices of the people and settings of the Bible story and its historical and geographical context. The information and experiences gained from this trip will put you in a better position to understand the biblical text, share the word, defend the faith, and evangelize the lost. You will grow at an exponential rate, both in your understanding of the Bible, and in your own personal walk of faith. You will never look at the Bible in the same way again. 


Friday, October 13

Arrive in Rome Walking tour of Rome 4 pm (Overnight in Rome) 

Saturday, October 14

Guided tours of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican (Overnight in Rome) 

Sunday, October 15 (Cruise Day 1)

Worship at Rome church of Christ; Transfer by luxury coach to Civitavecchia Port to depart for cruise on board Odyssey of the Seas 

Monday, October 16 (Cruise Day 2)

Free day in Naples/Capri, you may want to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, and see the Amalfi Coast (Return to ship) 

Tuesday, October 17 (Cruise Day 3)

Day at Sea - Relax and Enjoy

Wednesday, October 18 (Cruise Day 4)

Disembark for day excursion into Ephesus (Return to ship) 

Thursday, October 19 (Cruise Day 5)

Disembark for a day excursion into Athens, Greece - see Mars Hill, the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Temple of Athena (Return to ship) 

Friday, October 20 (Cruise Day 6)

Free day in Santorini (Return to ship)

Saturday, October 21 (Cruise Day 7)

Day at Sea - Relax and Enjoy

Sunday, October 22 (Cruise Day 8)

Disembark in Haifa. Worship with the Nazareth church of Christ, day excursion to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride, a visit to Capernaum, and more. (Return to ship) 

Monday, October 23 (Cruise Day 9)

Disembark in Ashdod, tour Jerusalem, visit the Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and more. (Return to ship)

Tuesday, October 24 (Cruise Day 10)

Free Day in Limassol, Cyprus. Explore, shop, dine and enjoy Cyprus! (Return to ship) 

Wednesday, October 25 (Cruise Day 11)

Day at Sea - Relax and Enjoy!

Thursday, October 26 (Cruise Day 12)

Day at Sea - Relax and Enjoy!

Friday, October 27 (Cruise Day 13)

Early morning arrival back into Civitavecchia Port, travel to Rome airport for flights home! 

Not included in itinerary above are on-site devotionals, onboard education seminars, times of singing together, and other faith-building opportunities provided by the Bible Passages team. As is the case with this type of trip, the itinerary and schedule may change. The Bible Passages team will be on site and available at all times to guide the group regardless of changes made by Royal Caribbean or the excursion team. 

Important Info

For complete information please read the full terms and conditions


Your total cost will depend on different factors. You will book your own airfare to and from Rome (which gives you more flexibility to choose airline, fare class, seating, frequent flyer miles, etc). You also will choose your cabin class on the cruise ship (interior, window view, balcony, etc.)


Cruise cost: The cruise cost varies depending upon class of cabin. Interior cabins begin at $2314 per person, double occupancy. Reservations for the cruise will be made through John Voss from Keys to Dream Travel - (270-881-7711 or This price covers everything to get you onboard (port fees and taxes), and all of the basic meals and entertainment. To secure your room, a $900 *per cabin* (not per person) deposit will be due 30 days after you make your reservation. This deposit is fully refundable up until July 17, 2023. However, it is important to make your reservation with the cruise line as soon as possible.


Optional excursions with Bible Land Passages: $1895 per person, which includes two nights accommodations in Rome, double occupancy , guided tours in Jerusalem, the Galilee, Rome, Athens, Ephesus, and Pompeii. Includes transportation in Rome, Jerusalem, the Galilee, Ephesus, Athens and Pompeii. Includes transportation to the port in Rome. Those occupying a room by themselves in Rome will need to add the $245 single supplement charge. Excursion cost is to be paid to Bible Land Passages, with a $300 per person nonrefundable deposit (visit for details regarding registration, or call John Moore at 512.695.5099). These excursions are optional - you can still be on the cruise with the group, but if you choose to not take part in the excursions, you will miss the guided tours in the places mentioned above. You will either need to stay on the ship or arrange your own excursions.

Airfare costs to and from Rome will be each passenger’s responsibility. 

Registration Process

  1. Contact John Voss with Keys to Dream Travel - he will help you choose your room, make your deposit to the cruise line, and explain the payment schedule to Royal Caribbean.

  2. Go to the online registration form and pay your $300 deposit (credit card fees may apply). We will email you a receipt and keep you updated as to payment schedules.

  3. Start planning for airfare (some airlines won’t open their booking schedules for October 2023 until early 2023, but you can begin looking at their regular schedules and planning accordingly. 

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