You are sailing away from Naples. You hear a voice cry out:
“Cyclops, if any mortal man ever asks you who it was that inflicted upon your eye this shameful blinding, tell him that you were blinded by Odysseus, sacker of cities!”
That voice is your own.
Or – by the gentle shores of Ithaka, a sweet voice sings out. A beautiful woman is whispering heartfelt words to her husband:
“The gods granted us misery, in jealousy over the thought that we two, always together, should enjoy our youth, and then come to the threshold of old age.”
And that is the voice of your wife.
Travel Dynamics International is proud to present a very special departure of The Journey of Odysseus, from JULY 31 – SEPT. 11, 2009. Collaborating with Readers of Homer, a 503(c) non-profit organization, we will not only be sailing from TROY to ITHACA, retracing the ten years’ voyage of wily Odysseus from the carnage at Illium home to Penelope. Guests will be invited to orate their favorite passages from The Odyssey in an organized reading that will span the length of the cruise.
In a world of intellectual candy, this is the chocolate truffle. Just imagine standing upon the deck of the Corinthian II, the gold standard of expedition cruising, and beckoning to either side of the Strait of Messina (a picture is on the right) while declaiming:
In that cave Scylla lives (because she did), whose howling is terror. She has twelve feet, and all of them wave in the air. She has six necks upon her, grown to great length, and upon each neck there is a horrible head…
From Istanbul and Troy to Delos, Pylos, Malta, Sicily, Naples, Ithaca and Athens, you will be accompanied by the founder and president of Readers of Homer, Dr. Katharyn Hohlwein, who taught Homer to undergraduates for almost 40 years at the University of California-Sacramento. She says, “It is important for people to read poetry aloud. They lear from one another to care more about the words, the music of the words, their meanings, and quickly feel themselves part of something both ancient and enduring, beautiful and relevant.”
Also accompanying the voyage will be Yannis Simonides, Adviser-at-Large to the Readers of Homer, and an Emmy Award-winning actor trained at the Yale School of Drama. TDI recently featured Mr. Simonides on a cruise to the Aegean during which he performed his acclaimed one-man show “The Apology of Socrates” on the steps of the Library of Celsus at Ephesus. You can see excerpts of his performance here, and be left with no doubt that his Homer will be, if anything, even more thrilling.
This very special edition of The Journey of Odysseus, from JULY 31 – SEPT 11, 2009 is available at rates beginning at $7,595 per person. For more information, click here or call (800) 257-5767.