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The next RUPA cruise will go around the Mediterranean in July of 2019. We did a cruise similar to this nine years ago and it was very popular. Many things began in the lands that rim the Mediterranean, from the start of democracy to the Italian Renaissance to Western civilization itself.

This cruise is broken down into three options. The first option, to the east of Rome, is a 12 day cruise from Rome to Greece for stops to visit Olympia, a 2 day visit to Athens, and then on to the island of Mykonos. The ship then continues to Ephesus, Turkey before returning to the islands of Rhodes, Santorini, and Crete. There will be a stop in Naples to visit Pompeii on the return back to Rome. (This is a slight change to the original Itinerary as the ship will no longer stop at Sarande, Albania and will instead stop at Ephesus, Turkey). The second option, to the west of Rome, is a 10 day cruise that departs Rome for Cartagena Spain, then on to Gibraltar British Territory. It then continues to Malaga and Barcelona Spain, Marseille France, Livorno Italy (Florence/Pisa), and Monte Carlo, Monaco on the return to Rome. The third option is to put the two together for a 22 day cruise. This itinerary has a lot going for it. You will be able to visit the Acropolis, wander through Rome, visit the Pantheon and the Colosseum, enjoy the view from the top of the Rock, and walk the pristine beaches of the Greek islands. The biggest advantage of a cruise is your hotel room goes with you, no packing and unpacking as you travel from city to city with all your meals and entertainment included. We will be traveling aboard the MS Koningsdam, one of the newer and larger ships of the Holland America Line. The ships of the Holland Line are considered mid-size and the Koningsdam is nowhere near the size of mega ships on other cruise lines.

The reason for the timing of this announcement at this time is many of us like to make our vacation plans a year in advance. As has been said before, the early bird gets the worm. In the cruise industry, many of the better cabins are snapped-up well before the sailing date. On our last cruise to Normandy, several of our members were unable to go because they waited too long to sign up.

Sample pricing per person for this cruise is as follows.

For the 12 day cruise to the east of Rome departing July 7, 2019:
Category: SA $5999 SS $4599 VD $2799 D $2439 J $1999
Port charge $110 pp

For the 10 day cruise to the west of Rome departing July 19, 2019:
Category: SA $4899 SB $4599 VD $2299 C $1959 J $1599
Port charge $160 pp

For the 22 day cruise departing July 7, 2019:
Category: SA $10349 SB $9779 SC $9199 VD $4799 E $4099 L $3459
Port Charge $270 pp

Other categories are available. Once again we are working with Jerry Poulin at Jerry’s Travel Service. If you have questions, please call him at 1-800-309-2023 ext. 33 or 508-829-3068 or gpsp@aol.com for the latest prices and information. If you sign up for either the 10 or 12 day cruise he will give you a $100 onboard credit per cabin; for the 22 day cruise he will give you a $200 onboard credit per cabin and a Pinnacle Grill Dinner. We will have a cocktail party near the beginning and near the end of the cruise.

For All: A deposit of $600 pp is due at time of booking and the final payment is due by April 23, 2019. The deposit is fully refundable up to the time of the final payment. If lower prices become available, you will be rebooked at the lower rate. Prices are subject to availability and subject to change until booked. Everyone is encouraged to look into trip insurance. If you are unfamiliar with cruising, Category refers to the type and location of the cabin on board the ship. To check the various categories go to hollandamerica.com, click on the “Experience” on the home page, then click on “Our Ships”, scroll down to Koningsdam, click on “View ship details” and scroll down to “Deck plans”. The deck plans show the layout of the ship and location of the cabins by category and cabin number.