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The Steps of Apostle Paul and
Revelation Alive Cruises in Greece
T H E C H R I S T I A N C R U I S E J O U R N A L
Steps of Paul & Revelation Alive
The Steps of Paul and Revelation Alive Cruise sailing October 28, 2005 will be operated on board the Calypso of the Louis Cruise Lines, the largest cruise company in the Mediterrenean.
Calypso was rebuilt in 1993 and was operating for Regency cruises in the Bahamas. It is not a fancy mega ship, but it is elegant, well maintained, mid sized with its 250 cabins; so easy to call at the little port s the of the cruise, those same ports Apostle Paul docked! While it is a pretty cruise ship, it is also offering the unique Greek hospitality, good food and a beautiful atmosphere to help all passengers enjoy Christian fellowship on board.
More on the ship
More than a dozen of groups have already registered to join us on this unique tour visiting the actual places where Apostle Paul lived and preached. Learn more about the sites we visit:
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis.
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
Our biblical Actor MacMcConnell performing
Baptistery of Lydia
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, 'If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.' And she constrained us.
Bible Study at the open-air theatre in Philippi!
The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this: 'I know that you live where Satan's throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas.Yet I have a few things against you.'
Rev 3: 1-2
'I know your works; you have the name of being alive, and you are dead. Awake, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God.'
And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
'Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first.'
Enjoy a unique performance of the Calypso Choir at the Ephesus theatre!
Rev 2: 9-10
'I know your tribulation and your poverty and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.'
Rev 1:9 I
John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Acts 18:1,8 & 19:1
After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples...
'Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill and said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed ye and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye igorantly worship, him declare I unto you'.
October 28 we will all be on board!
Thursday 27 October: Depart USA
Depart from the USA for a transatlantic flight to Athens.
Friday 28 October: Arrival Athens - Embarkation
Arrive in Athens. Meet and greet at the airport. Drive to Piraeus Port and embark our cruise ship, enjoying the fellowship of other Christians and excellent teaching.
Saturday 29 October: Thessaloniki - Veria
Thessaloniki - The second largest city in Greece, and the capital of Macedonia. Paul preached here and founded a church. The New Testament books of Thessalonians are his correspondence with the people of this church.
Paul preached in Thessaloniki during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. See the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius starting the Via Egnatia, once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire, the House of Jason and the Roman Agora where Paul preached.
We shall also see St. Demetrios Church with its valuable mosaics and frescoes and will drive up to the upper town, which offers a marvelous view of the city. The site where the monastery of Vlatadon was built is believed to be the location where Jason’s house once stood and where Paul was accommodated during his visit to Thessaloniki.
Journey to Veria - ancient Beria - to the memorial commemorating Paul’s preaching to the local Jews in 54 AD. Still visible today in Veria, is part of the Roman road - the Egnatia Way - its remains a silent witness to Rome’s greatness.
Sunday 30 October: Kavala - Phillipi
We call at Kavala (ancient Neapolis) where Paul, Timothy and Silas landed on the coast of Thrace. From there, visit Philippi, named after Philip II, father of Alexander. It was here that Paul won his first European convert, a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira.
Visit the Baptistery of Lydia, the market place (where Paul and Silas were brought before the rulers) the cistern which tradition identifies as the place where Paul was imprisoned.
Monday 31 October: Dikili - Pergamos
A tour from Dikili (our port) is to Pergamos, the great city of Bergama and a city of the Book of Revelation. It is one of the best-preserved ancient sites in Turkey. The letter in Revelation 'to an angel of the church at Pergamum' was from 'the One who has the sharp, two-edged sword.' He spoke of the place where Satan has his throne. This might be the altar of Zeus in the citadel; it is more likely that it refers to the fact that the city was center of the Roman authority for the area and therefore the place of persecution for those who refused to worship Caesar.
Tuesday 1 November: Kusadasi - Sardis - Miletus
We arrive at Kusadasi, a beautiful town where we will remain docked for the next two days. From here we will make our excursions. Today, we visit Sardis, the most picturesque of the Seven Churches. John told the Christians of Sardis that the letter in Revelation was from 'the One who holds the seven spirits of God, the seven stars.' He admonished them to 'wake-up, and put some strength into what is left.' We will view the ruins which included the famous temple of Artemis lying along the Pactolus River and dates from the Fourth Century BC. Continue for a tour of Miletus. Paul and his companions traveled via Mytilene, Chios and Samos to Miletus where Paul delivered his touching farewell address to the elders of Ephesus and predicted his death.
Wednesday 2 November: Ephesus - Smyrna
Our tour today takes us to Ephesus, the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey. Extensive excavations have facilitated the restoration of old Ephesus. From the harbor a thirty-five foot wide marble-paved and pillar-lined street led into the interior of the city. The Apostle Paul would have approached the city through this street, entering it through the northern gate, called the Magnesian. Paul suffered many trials and tribulations in Ephesus, leading finally to his imprisonment.
We then proceed to Biblical Smyrna, birthplace of the famous epic poet, Homer.
Thursday 3 November: Patmos
The island of Patmos is considered an 'Holy Island' for the Christian faith since this is the site of the apocalyptic Revelation of John, written here during exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.
Friday 4 November: Disembark Athens - Corinth
Disembark the cruise ship and begin the tour of Athens, the Acropolis, agora and Mars Hill. Visit Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erechtheum and Propylae. We shall also visit Mars Hill, view the Agora (the ancient market place where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians). We will also see the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian's Arch and the Panathenaic Stadium.
We will continue to ancient Corinth. Here under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first-century shops, the agora where Paul was on trial at the Bema, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo, and visit the museum filled with treasures from the ancient sites. We return to Athens for dinner and overnight.
Saturday 5 November: Depart Athens
This morning we leave Athens and the marvelous sites of the New Testament and return to the U.S. From now on, as we read our Bibles or hear our pastors teach on the Books of the New Testament, we will feel the Bible come alive and enjoy vivid memories of our wonderful Footsteps of Paul and Revelation Alive cruise.
Christian fellowship on board
Many of you are asking us if this cruise is just 'another 7-day cruise'...
The answer is NO. On October 28 the elegant Calypso would sail the Christian Flag.
Just imagine all Christians on board enjoying beautiful fellowship, singing together, praying together, receiving His Word! This is what makes our cruises different!
Bring your groups now to perform on the cruise!
Bring your choir or band groups now to perform on board the cruise...in Athens...at ancient theatres... A warm christian audience is looking forward to enjoying the performance of your group and to share with them their excitement and enthousiasm. This will be the performance of their lifetime!
Special reduction USD 100 for Performing Groups!
'Cruise and Performing' groups receive now USD 100 reduction on the shore excursion package i.e shore excursion package for performes costs USD 195 instead of USD 295).
If you have a performing group interested in the cruise e-mail now.
Special reduction USD 300 for Youth Groups!
Youth groups are now being offered a great opportunity to live the unique experience of the Steps of Paul and Revelation Alive Cruise with a reduction of USD 300 in quad/triple cabin!
If you have a youth group interested in the cruise e-mail now.
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