Seminar at Sea 2018

Eastern Caribbean

– March 11, 2018 | presented by Drs. Eric and Carol Meyers

Cruise, play and learn with BAS next March!


Our ever-popular “Seminar at Sea” program combines the finest Biblical scholarship with a luxurious and unforgettable vacation. Follow the Caribbean sun this coming winter on Holland America’s luxurious ship the MS Eurodam. Relax, revive and create precious memories while learning about what archaeological evidence tells us about the Bible and its times. Esteemed Biblical scholars and archaeologists Drs. Eric and Carol Meyers of Duke University will be sharing their fascinating lecture program Text and “Tell” Issues in the Bible and Archaeology as you experience the beauty and wonders of the Eastern Caribbean. Join us on this most memorable luxurious voyage of discovery!


If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext. 216.

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Tour Price

Cabin Categories*


Inside stateroom: $2030.00 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes taxes.
Single supplement: $599.00


Oceanview Stateroom: $2210.00 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes taxes.
Single supplement: $734.00


Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Stateroom: $2390 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes taxes.
Single supplement: $1159.00

In order to register, please provide the Biblical Archaeology Society with valid credit card information for the deposit amount of $700.00 per cabin. Deposit is due at the time of booking. Rates guaranteed, based on availability, until September 15, 2017. After September 15, 2017 rates are subject to change. Balance of payment is due November 1, 2017.

There will be a $13.50 daily gratuity/tip added to your shipboard account, as all passengers are required to apply a credit card at the time of online check-in.

*Prices include cabins, taxes, all meals and the BAS lecture program. Prices do not include tips, travel insurance, transportation to/from the port, accommodation before/after the cruise, and items of a personal nature.

Cancellation Policy:**

Until December 1, 2017: Full refund of payment less $100.00 administrative fee.
December 1 – 10, 2017: Refund of payment less $700 deposit and $100 administrative fee
After December 10, 2017: No refund

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**Note that travel insurance is highly recommended. You are encouraged to apply within 21 days of our receipt of your deposit to obtain coverage from a Travel Insurance company. Best quality coverage occurs if applied for within 15 days of our receipt of deposit. We recommend, but you are not limited to, Visit them online or call them at 1-800-937-1387. Please mention that you are taking a tour with the Biblical Archaeology Society Travel Study Programs.


March 4 — Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, US

March 5 — at sea

March 6 — Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
(According to the DR’s Ministry of Tourism, all its ports are operating normally; none suffered damage from Hurricane Maria.)

March 7 — San Juan, Puerto Rico
(An October 2017 cruise line statement confirmed the Old San Juan area is ready to receive tourists.)

March 8 — Philipsburg, St. Maarten
(Officials from St. Maarten do not expect cruise ships to return until December.)

March 9 — at sea

March 10 — Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
(The private island used by Holland America is open.)

March 11 — Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, US

Lecture Program

Seminar at Sea 2018 promises to be one of our most revelatory and exciting programs yet, as we have two world-renowned scholars Drs. Eric and Carol Meyers presenting both individual and joint lectures.

Text and “Tell” Issues in the Bible and Archaeology

Lecture 1: Rediscovery of the Holy Land (Eric and Carol Meyers)
The nineteenth century focus of the West on the Holy Land brought artists, photographers, and explorers to the region, all hoping to illuminate the world of the Bible. By the twentieth century they were joined by archaeologists seeking to “dig” the Bible.

Lectures 2–4: The Bible and Israelite Women (Carol Meyers)
Lecture 2: Fore-Grounding Women: Women’s Work and Worth
Using archaeological materials, women’s contributions to everyday life are examined and evaluated. This approach shows that women had a greater role in Israelite culture than might otherwise have been imagined.

Lecture 3: Barely Visible but Very Real: Women’s Religious Culture
By examining the archaeological evidence for women’s religious activities, this lecture shows a prominent role for women—a role not
noticeable in the Bible.

Lecture 4: Professional Women: Musicians and Others
Women’s contributions to their community beyond the household were varied and significant. The role of female musicians, which can recovered by considering archaeological artifacts and biblical texts, provides a stunning example.

Lectures 5–7: Second Temple and Beyond (Eric Meyers)
Lecture 5: Exile and Restoration: An End and a Beginning
This lecture will highlight the remarkable resilience and creativity of the Jewish
people in exile and in the return: learning to pray without a temple and then rebuilding the temple, editing sacred writings, maintaining identity.

Lecture 6: Impact of Hellenism on Early Judaism and Christianity
The world of the Hebrew Bible was transformed by Alexander the Great and the introduction of Greek language and culture to the Holy Land. This lecture evaluates Hellenism, under the Greeks and Romans, as a positive force in the emergence of Judaism and Christianity.

Lecture 7: End of the Second Temple: Parting of the Ways
The diversity of religious groups in the first century CE ultimately gives way to two major movements: Judaism and Christianity. This lecture examines these two traditions before and after the destruction of the Second Temple.

Lecture 8: Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present (Carol and Eric Meyers)
The archaeological quest for the past is inevitably shaped by the excavators’ present. This lecture will use several case studies to illustrate the intersection between the discoveries at ancient sites and the pressures of the modern world.

Lecture 9: Q & A (Eric and Carol Meyers)

Please click here to download the lecture schedule.


Holland America Line’s first Signature-class cruise ship, MS Eurodam has delighted guests since her maiden voyage, and recently received many exciting updates, including new lounge, dining and entertainment venues, and completely refreshed suites.


Guests now have even more world-class entertainment options than ever before. Venues include Lincoln Center Stage, featuring world-class musicians performing chamber music, and Billboard Onboard, rocking the house with 50 years of chart-topping hits, as well as the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, which brings the best of Memphis blues to sea.

In addition to amazing evening entertainment, an array of activities allows you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Guests can also explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history content through onboard activities, concerts and films. Learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs through our Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. The fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts.

Terms & Conditions

The Biblical Archaeology Society, Holland America Cruise Lines, Prime Travel and their affiliates, assignees, representatives, cooperative agents and travel agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels and automobile contractors. They exercise every care possible, but they cannot be held responsible for personal injury in connection with the service of any airplane, train, automobile, carriage or other conveyance used in carrying out this tour. Furthermore, they shall not be held responsible for delay, accident, sickness, loss of personal property, strikes, armed conflict, additional expenses due to the weather, disruption of advertised schedules, companies or individuals engaged in the conveying of passengers; said companies or individuals are governed by the laws of the country of operation; recourse for any mishap must be filed locally. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate tour changes and the right is reserved to make such changes or withdraw the tour as deemed advisable. No changes are anticipated in this tour, but in the event it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well-being of the passengers to alter the itinerary arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operators. The right is also reserved to refuse to accept or retain any passengers on any tour at any time. All cooperating IATA or ARC airlines and steamship companies are not held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board; the limit of their liability is that of a common carrier and the passage contract in use by such carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between companies and the purchase of this tour and/or passenger. Participation implies agreement with the foregoing.


For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Fax: 202-364-2636