October 2 - October 19, 2024

Ancient Kingdoms

On Request

Escorted By: Pam and Nick Cannon

18 Days

Most Meals


CT Rating

Holland America • ms Nieuw Statendam

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Italy, and Turkey, as you explore sun-kissed beaches and retrace the footsteps of civilizations that shaped these lands. 

55th Anniversary Cruise Series Featuring Japan Explorer, Epic British Isles, and Mediterranean Ancient Kingdoms: Enjoy onboard spending money when you book more. First cruise receive $50 USD pp, second cruise receive $100 USD pp, third cruise receive $200 USD pp. Offer based on booking cruise series, inquire for details.

Availability for this departure is limited. Call us today to reserve your spots before they're gone!

CT RATING 1.5 / 5 - EASY

This cruise is suitable for all passengers who meet our basic criteria for group travel. Optional excursions are not covered by this rating and may involve considerable walking, sometimes over rough surfaces.

Tour Highlights

  • From the gritty port of Piraeus to the Parthenon Athens has attracted adventurers and classicists for centuries
  • Marmaris was an ancient trading port and a safe haven for the armies of Alexander the Great and Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent
  • From ancient wonders to holy sites, there are few ports in the Mediterranean as magical as Kusadasi
  • Rhodes' capital, Rhodes Town, boasts a unique blend of history and architecture, while the interior of the island is filled with lush, forested hills

Inclusive Features

  • 2-nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Athens at Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel or similar with breakfast daily, city tour, and transfer from the hotel to the pier
  • 14-night cruise on the ms Nieuw Statendam, based on sharing a twin-bedded stateroom in selected category
  • Baggage handling shipside and at hotel
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • Services of our journey leaders and/ or cruise director
  • All gratuities for included shipboard services
  • All cruise line taxes and fees
  • Air-inclusive rates also include: Return economy airfare from cities listed, transfers between the airport and the hotel / ship, all related air taxes and current fuel surcharges, airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value


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Holland America Line

ms Nieuw Statendam

A member of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships, the ms Nieuw Statendam, is breathtaking in every detail. It offers a world of spacious staterooms, elegant public rooms, expansive teak decks and interiors inspired by musical instruments bringing a new world of sights and sounds to her guests.

She provides unforgettable entertainment experiences with her two-story World Stage, the Music Walk or the Lincoln Center Stage, and the new Rolling Stone Rock Room, each presenting a variety of live music nightly. Twenty different lounges, bars and restaurants are yours to enjoy from the intimate Rudi’s Sel de Mer seafood brasserie to the Dining Room set on two floors and framed by views of the sea.

The transformed Lido is now a modern marketplace offering different themed stations and selections. The Pinnacle Grill is an intimate alternative dining option, and at the Tamarind you can discover exotic tastes evoking traditional Asian cuisine.

A complete Promenade deck, two pools and a superb fitness centre, spa and beauty parlour are all yours to enjoy.

All staterooms feature two lower beds which can convert to a queen, a private bathroom with shower and interactive flat-screen TV with on-demand movies.

Ports of Call

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Cruise Cost in Canadian Dollars Per Person

Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

K Inside (Various)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

I Inside (Various )



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

E Outside (Main, Beethoven)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

D Outside (Main, Sun)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

C Outside (Main)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

VE Verandah (Schubert, Navigation)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

VD Verandah (Various)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

VC Verandah (Gershwin, Mozart)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

V Verandah (Various)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

B Vista Suite (Navigation)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

A Vista Suite (Various)



Double / Twin


Airfares in Canadian Dollars Per Person

Ottawa / Montreal
Halifax / Winnipeg
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
Regina / Saskatoon / St. John’s / Victoria

This Departure is on a Request Basis 

Availability for this departure is limited. Call us today to reserve your spots before they're gone!

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Deposit is $1,000 per person. Final payment is due Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

Cruise only costs are based on joining at the hotel in Athens and leaving the group on the ship in Athens. See deck plan for full details on the various categories available.

Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details. Air prices are estimated (subject to confirmation). Final pricing will be advised once flights are confirmed. Cruise price is based on sharing a twin-bedded stateroom with private bathroom. Prices are based on rates, taxes and fees effective April 2023 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. This cruise will operate with a minimum of two members as listed and will be escorted with a minimum of 20 travellers.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window – please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your confirmation of coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to the terms and conditions for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Check out some of our frequently asked questions before booking your journey.

What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.