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All trans-Atlantic, Alaska, and Mexico City trips include air from St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis or Kansas City. Other major U.S. departure cities may be available, please ask us.  Trips with trans-Atlantic air fares include $350 fuel surcharge allowance in the brochure cover price and are marked "* in this synopsis.  New Orleans-Thanksgiving Cruise by coach does not include air, and departs from various cities in central/southern Illinois and Missouri.

Guests often ask us when is the best time to register. Choice cabin categories, prices and locations book early. Some cabin categories and locations fill 6 months or more prior to departure. Your application and deposit should be submitted 4 months or more prior to departure to insure availability. Registrations received less than 4 months prior to departure are subject to cruise line availability. Registrations within 3 months of departure require payment in full at time of application

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Portugal Douro River Cruise, Fatima and Lisbon with Fr. John Nolan, Chatham, Ill. Twelve-day trip including a 7-night/8-day cruise on the Portugal’s Douro River. What better way could there be to see and visit Portugal’s awe-inspiring landscapes other than from the comfort of the five-star ship, Douro Splendour of Riviera Cruises? The Douro River in Portugal is often bypassed, except by the most experienced traveler. Cruise includes all deluxe outside cabins on board, ground transportation and guided shore excursions at ports of call, on board meals served in the ship’s stylish dining room, a traditional Portuguese folkloric music show and three days post cruise land extension to Fatima Shrine and Lisbon before returning to the airport for our return flight.


November 2 to 13, 2019. Priced from $4,768. 00 including round trip air


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Alaska. Nine-day trip with an 8 day - 7-night cruise to America’s last frontier. Fly to Vancouver, BC Canada to board the Norwegian Jewel of Norwegian Cruise Line. You will visit some of Alaska’s most incredible destinations. The Jesuit missionaries have a long history of religious endeavor in Alaska. From our ship we pass massive glaciers and snow-capped mountains.  We sail from Vancouver cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage. Besides Vancouver, ports of call include Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway You’ll sail in Glacier Bay and cruise by Hubbard Glacier a truly majestic sight before disembarking at Seward, Alaska Golden Frontier has included a full one-day extension for all Golden Frontier guests before returning home from Anchorage, Alaska. The scenic Seward Highway to Anchorage showcases the history and scenery of one of the most scenic Alaska Highways. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the perfect picture opportunity for Bears, Moose, Caribou, Bison, Musk Oxen, Deer, Elk and Bald Eagles. The majestic Alyeska Mountain Tram has great views of seven Glaciers. The excursion includes city tours of Seward and Anchorage, too. The excursion is escorted and narrated and includes admissions for group attractions.  


Our evening return flight home from Anchorage extends into the next morning, making this a nine-day trip. This Golden Frontier Alaska cruise visits portions of Alaska never before part of our itinerary and sails farther north than our previous Alaska cruise offerings.  


Price includes cruise, round trip air, cruise port/airport transfers, on-board meals and entertainment and port charges. Register by May 5, 2019 or earlier for best cabin selection. Submit applications by 5/6/19; choice cabins book early. Applications after this date are space available only. 


Passport Book required. September 9 to 17, 2019. Priced from $2,295.00



2020 Panama Canal Cruise 17 Day Trip via coach to Miami Including 12 Night Panama Canal Cruise to Central and South America Want to go on a cruise but don’t want to fly? This trip is designed for guests like you. There is no flying on this trip. Motor coach with Golden Frontier to Miami, drive to the pier then embark on a 12-night cruise on board the Norwegian Joy sailing to the Panama Canal.   This is a very special event, a very special trip. The warm waters of the Caribbean and the white sand beaches are a far cry from the cold and snow of the Midwest in February. You can be cruising through the Panama Canal on the NCL Norwegian Joy on a journey to South America, South Caribbean Islands, and Central America.  This is a 17-day trip to warm and wonderful places. Overnighting in central Georgia and Florida, we arrive in Miami. Aboard our beautiful ship we sail from Miami and across the Caribbean Sea to Panama, Central and South America. 

 The best part of the trip is that Golden Frontier has been able to secure the cruise, plus your transportation to and from Miami, hotels and meals en route, accommodations and meals on board the ship and entertainment for the entire 17-day trip for as low as $3,943.00 per person. 

 Truly, the Panama Canal is one of America’s great engineering wonders. Man’s ingenuity triumphed when the fifty-mile Panama Canal cut through the Isthmus of Panama and joined the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Completed in 1914, this incredible feat was achieved with American technology and diplomacy; and the labor of 43,000 workers. Passing through the Gatun Locks the ship is raised and lowered by an immense water ladder. The ship glides into Gatun Lake, one of the world's largest artificial lakes, turns around, and continues through the locks. The Canal rises and descends 85 feet through six sets of locks. After turning around in Gatun Lake, our ship will then return down the steps back into the Atlantic Ocean.  

 Until you have actually seen and been on the Panama Canal it is hard to envision. Panama varies in width from 30 to 120 miles, bathed by the Caribbean Sea on the north and the Pacific Ocean on the South.  


17-day trip including 12 night Panama Canal Cruise, February 2 to 16, 2020. Priced from $3,943. 

Also available as 12-day cruise only from $3,232 plus air to/from Miami.  


FALL New England and Canada Cruise and Bus trip.  Want to go on a cruise but don’t want to fly? Motor coach with Golden Frontier through Upper New York State to Boston, Massachusetts, drive to the pier then embark on a 7 night cruise to Canada and New England on board the Brilliance of the Seas of Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line. A wonderful cruise for seven nights sailing from Boston and visiting Bar Harbor, Maine; Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy) (Canada); Halifax, Nova Scotia, (Canada) before returning to Port of Boston. Then we return by coach to the Midwest through Hershey, Pennsylvania and the Pocono and Allegheny Mountains.  13 day trip price includes 7 night New England/Canada cruise.

Also available 7 day cruise only option by air.

Passport or Passcard required. Returning in FALL 2020. Priced from $TBA