Dear Adventurers,

For a short time we have a very special offer for anyone who signs up for the Catholic Answers October 2014 Mediterranean Cruise!

Reserve your cabin by May 16, and receive
a complimentary shore excursion to Ephesus!
Enter the promotion code "EPHESUS" on your application.

The ancient city of Ephesus is among the world's most spectacular archeological sites, and our private Catholic Answers tour will give you an insider's view of the central role this great city played in salvation history.

Walk in the footsteps of St. Paul through the streets of this ancient city where he wrote his letter to the Ephesians.

Visit the Church of the Virgin Mary, traditional site of the Council of Ephesus, where the Nestorian heresy was condemned and our Lady was declared Theotokos, the God Bearer or Mother of God.

See the Basilica of St. John built by the Emperor Julian I over the tomb of John the Apostle.

The highlight of our visit will be a private Mass offered by Fr. Brian Harrison in Mary's House in Ephesus. This ancient home - today a pilgrimage site visited by popes from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI - was built by the apostle John for our Lady to spend her final years in his care. The home was discovered in the nineteenth century following the visions of the bedridden German mystic Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, who described the house and its location outside the city in remarkable detail.

We will see so much more, including the temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsius, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Our cruise includes other magnificent ports of call, including Rome, Naples, Athens, and Istanbul (or, as I like to call it, Constantinople).

The Mediterranean world is the crucible of Christendom, and Karl Keating and I are looking forward to exploring these lands with you. To help us we've handpicked two of today's top Catholic minds, Fr. Brian Harrison and Patrick Madrid.

Our adventure sails from Rome on October 6, so we've arranged a special pre-cruise pilgrimage to the Eternal City beginning on October 2. Please join us for that too. I'm looking forward to showing you some of my favorite sites in Rome - the big ones to be sure, but also a few that are overlooked by most tourists.

Remember, reserve your cabin no later than May 16, and you will receive a complimentary shore excursion to Ephesus!

Enter the promotion code "EPHESUS" on your application.

If you have further questions, call our friends at The Cruise Authority at 1-800-707-1634 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you on board,

Christopher Check
Director of Development, Catholic Answers