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Once in a Lifetime Travel Program

Travel to the Mediterranean Sea with Colgate alumni and parents!  You can enjoy a 7-night luxury cruise aboard Riviera from Athens to Barcelona October 8–16, 2016.
Cruise ship

Captivating Mediterranean Cruise | October 8-16, 2016

Join other Colgate alumni and Robert Garland, a faculty member in the Classics department specializing in ancient history for a chance to explore the Mediterranean on the Oceania Riviera. Professor Garland will be offering lectures about several of the ship’s destinations. The ports of call are as follows:
  • Day 1 | Depart for Greece
  • Day 2 | Athens (Piraeus), Greece
  • Day 3 | At Sea
  • Day 4 | Sorrento/Capri, Italy
  • Day 5 | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
  • Day 6 | Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
  • Day 7 | Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Day 8 | Marseille/Provence, France
  • Day 9 | Barcelona, Spain
Check this page regularly for the most up to date news.

Message from the Alumni Council and Parents Steering Committee

Dear Colgate alumni, parents, and friends,

From Italy’s legendary ruins of Pompeii and Malta’s beautiful St. John’s Co-Cathedral to Greece’s Bronze Age Palace of Knossos, witness classic monuments of antiquity on an impressive Mediterranean odyssey.

Travel to these intriguing Mediterranean ports with Go Next, the alumni cruise leader, and its preferred cruise partner, Oceania Cruises, offering the best value in upscale cruising. Experience the outstanding benefits of traveling with Go Next, from the thoughtful assistance of the customer service specialists and the expertise of the exclusive program managers who journey with you, to the camaraderie of exploring the world with like-minded travelers. Go Next handles the details, so you can relax and immerse yourself in each extraordinary destination.

Join fellow alumni and parents on this exciting Mediterranean voyage aboard the beautifully appointed Riviera. Graceful and intimate, this 1,250-passenger ship offers every indulgence for an unforgettable retreat at sea.  We’re pleased to join our peer schools in the Patriot League on this journey including the US Naval Academy, Lehigh, Boston University, and Bucknell.  Space is limited, so sign up now for the best choice of stateroom or suite on this deluxe vessel.


Joe McGrath '85, P'13
President of the Colgate Alumni Council

Lisa Ryan-Boyle P '17
Chair of the Parents Steering Committee
Society of Families

P.S. A minimum number of participants is required to secure the services of a Colgate University representative. We’ll make every effort to send Professor Robert Garland (see below) as our past travelers tell us this greatly enhances their experience and makes the trip unique. If this is important to you in making your decision to travel on this program, please call 800.634.2631 to confirm that you will accompany the group before making your final payment, or visit this website for the most up-to-date listing.

Professor Robert Garland - Faculty Member on Board


Robert Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1986. A British citizen by birth, he obtained his B.A. from Manchester University, his M.A. from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. from University College London.  He is a Fulbright Scholar, a former Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and former Benjamin-Meaker Distinguished Professor at Bristol University.

As a historian of Greece and Rome, he has published numerous books, including The Greek Way of Death, The Piraeus, The Greek Way of Life, Introducing New Gods, Religion and the Greeks, The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World, Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks, Celebrity and the Greeks, Julius Caesar, Surviving Greek Tragedy, and Hannibal.

His most recent book is Wandering Greeks, published by Princeton University Press (2014), an investigation of refugees and other displaced persons in the Greek world.  He has produced two lecture series for the Great Courses, namely Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean and The Other Side of History. He has also appeared on the History Channel. He has a deep interest in the theater and has produced several Greek plays at Colgate. He is committed to the notion that the study of the ancient world is an invaluable resource for understanding the modern world. Neither a presentist nor a historicist, he believes that antiquity and modernity are in constant dialogue with one other. He considers himself privileged to have been able to explore his passion with some remarkable students in an ideal setting at Colgate University, but he is no less committed to the belief that scholars in the Humanities have a duty to reach out to a wider public.