Singing at Sea

Telephone   828.488.3442
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Eastern DST
Please - NO CALLS
or Weekends

or write me at:
Ron Hutchins
The Inspirations.com
P O Box 1338
Bryson City, NC 28713


Inspirations CDs


For a free brochure, please call us ~ 828.488.3442
(Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern)


Please, please, please, NO CALLS AFTER 5 p.m. (Eastern)

2017 Performers Expected- Over 25 of your favorite groups - Lineup subject to change
Kingdom Heirs ~ Mark Trammell Quartet ~ Primitive Quartet ~ Tribute Quartet ~~ The Inspirations
Jeff & Sheri Easter ~ The Taylors ~ Karen Peck & New River ~ The Perrys ~ The Rochesters
Soul'd Out ~ The Browders ~ Brian Free & Assurance ~  The Whisnants ~ LeFevre Quartet
The Browns ~ Down East Boys ~ Hyssongs  ~ The Kingsmen ~ The Bowlings
Jeff Stice ~  The Guardians ~ The Pfeifers ~ The Royalaires ~ Eric Ollis
Mark Bishop  ~ Jerry Goff & Little Jan ~ Geraldine & Ricky ~ Dennis Swanberg

Speakers: Dr Joe Arthur ~ Dr Ralph Sexton, Jr ~ Dr Phil Hoskins ~ Dr Larry Brown

        Click on pic to visit Templeton Tours Website

When Templeton Tours takes over a ship, they take over a ship.
The casinos and bars are closed;  the food is top of the line; the showroom entertainers are replaced
by some of the finest groups in Southern Gospel Music; and the Spirit is sweet.
No photos can capture the experience, but hopefully these will give you a little taste.

To really understand why we always look forward to the next year's cruise,
join us on the
43rd Annual Singing at Sea, February 13 - 17, 2017

Make your plans now to join all your favorite Southern Gospel Music groups
on February 13 2017, at the port of Forth Lauderdale, Florida.

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

The following pics are from a previous Singing At Sea Cruise
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A View From The Stage
The Inspirations Sing
Finale: Gold City, Squire Parsons,
Inspirations & Dr. Jerry Goff
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Casino: 51 weeks a year
SGM: 1 Special Week!
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Did we mention laughter?
Tim Lovelace & Geraldine
Sheer entertainment!
(Itsa bird, itsa ???) LOL!
At the talent show on the way home. From the 'big band' era
(Harry James)
to the Lord's master musician
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Our young friend sings
"It's Still The Blood"
A Pirate Galleon Our ship at sea
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An Eco-safari jeep sidetrip
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Fellow Eco-safarians (that's Bill Nelson of the legendary Swanee River Boys & his wife on the second row)

Mariachi street musicians
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Did we mention the FOOD?!!!
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The Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

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*Special thanks to my Eco-safari jeep buddy, and table mate, Ms. Lorelei Dekker of Fed-Ex in Memphis, Tennessee,
for many of the photos on this page. That's why you see only guys in the table photo above.
Gentlemen were seated on one side, and the ladies on the other.

 I got to drive the 4-wheel ragtop jeep, (in other words, play! LOL), and she was gracious enough to share copies
of her photos. Lorelei, hopefully I didn't scare you too badly with my driving.

    Imagine the luxury and comfort of vacationing on a leading resort, while at the same time enjoying great Southern Gospel music. Templeton Tours has chartered the entire Carnival Cruise Line Ship, ms Fascination, for this Christian cruise. The bars, casinos and slot machines are closed, and the ship's entertainers are replaced by THE BEST IN SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC. 

    The ms Paradise features beautiful lounges, spacious dining rooms, swimming pools, duty free shop, beauty salon and comfortable staterooms with onboard cable TV. Cruises are famous for spectacular meals, and the fare onboard the ms Fascination is no exception with full five-course dinners each evening plus a nightly midnight buffet. There are also daily buffets, room service, and 24-hour Pizza and ice cream. The ms Fascination offers a complete children's program with supervised activities for ages 2 - 15 each day. Kids enjoy treasure hunts, movies, video games, ice cream parties and even their own slide and wading pool.
    All this plus . . . Christian fellowship and Great Southern Gospel Music every day.

   The week is an invigorating way to relax and enjoy vacationing in a Christian atmosphere. Make your plans now to sail with us in 2015, as the Singing At Sea departs the port of Tampa, Florida on February 16, 2015.

Sponsored by TEMPLETON TOURS "The Leader in Christian Travel"

Gross Tonnage: 70,367 Length: 855 Feet Beam: 103 Feet Cruising Speed: 21 Knots
Guest Capacity: 2,052 (Double Occupancy) ~ Total Staff: 920 ~ Registry: Panama

   The main galley (that's kitchen to us landlubbers) is the very nerve-center of the food department. In this ship alone, over 1 1/2 (that's one and one half) million meals are prepared annually.
    Remember, passengers can literally get food 24/7. Catering on this grand scale requires a great deal of planning, preparation, man hours, and food.
    The provisions are purchased in the United States and are inspected and approved by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
    The last photo (on the bottom right) was taken during a special tour of the truly  immaculate galley, where it seemed the floors were so clean, we could have literally eaten off them. In a printed handout supplied by Carnival Cruise Lines, we discovered some very interesting and amazing facts about the ship's Food Department.

8,000 pounds of beef (and that does include wonderful, perfectly prepared prime rib!)
5,000 pounds of poultry
5,000 pounds of fish and seafood (including lobster & caviar, no less)
3,000 pounds of pork
7,500 pounds of fruits and vegetables
4,500 pounds of flour
1,400 pounds of sugar
600 gallons of ice cream (not including the dairy mix for soft serve)
900 gallons of juices
1,200 gallons of milk
36,000 eggs

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2017 SINGING AT SEA  Feb. 13 - 17, 2017 ~ Tour# 50200

TYPOS Possible!
For more information or free Official Brochure & Registration Form, call 1.828.488.3442
Monday - Friday  10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Eastern)
Please ~ No calls after 5 p.m. Eastern


4 Night Cruise Itinerary

Monday Ft. Lauderdale, FL   7:30 p.m.      
Tuesday Coco Cay 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.  
Wednesday Nassau, Bahamas 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.  
Thursday Day At Sea        
Friday Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6:00 a.m.    




OS Owners Suite 8 517 $2,395 Queen size bed, private balcony, bathroom with bathtub, living area, sofa bed
FS SOLD OUT   486 $2,195 Two bedrooms, two bathrooms (shower, bathtub, living area, private balcony
GS Grand Suite 8 353 $1,895 Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, private balcony, bathroom, with bathtub, sitting area with sofa bed.
JS Junior suite 7,8 247 $1,695
D1 Superior Balcony 7,8 191 $1,495 Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, private balcony, sitting area with sofa bed, and bathroom with shower.
D2 Superior Balcony 7 191 $1,395
PV SOLD OUT   193 $1,195 Ocenview with large picture window
F Large Oceanview 2,3,4 151 $1,095 Oceanview Staterooms: Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, sitting area with sofa, vanity area and bathroom with shower.
Maximum occupancy by category:
G Large Oceanview 4 151 $1,045
H Large Oceanview 3 151 $995
I Large Oceanview 2 151 $945
K Large Interior 4,7,8 145 $855 Interior Staterooms
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, vanity area and bathroom with shower.
Maximum occupancy by category:
L Large Interior 4,7,8 145 $795
M Standard Interior 2,3,4 036 $695
N Standard Interior 3,4 136 $645
Q Standard Interior 2 136 $595


Note: Cruises are priced per person, cruise only, from Ft Lauderdale, FL.
         Templeton Tours can arrange round-trip airfare, hotel rooms in Ft Lauderdale, as well as round trip bus transportation
         from the hotel or airport to the ship.
         Third or fourth adult in a cabin $395* per person *(Children 15 years and younger $0. per person with two full paying adults.
          Gratuities, Port and Fuel Charges of $155 per person will be added to your statement.


Immigration: All U.S. passengers are required to present proof of citizenship in the form of a valid passport, or a certified copy of a birth certificate along with a government issued photo ID such as a driver's license.

Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable.
Voter registration cards or Social Security cards are not considered proof  of citizenship.

For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov.
Passengers denied boarding are not eligible for a refund. Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to  obtain further details.

Deposit Requirements: A Deposit of $200 per person is required to reserve  your category. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure (December 15, 2016). Payment can be made by personal check or money order. Credit card payments will only be accepted for the full price of the cruise fare at the time of booking. Cabin number will be assigned when full payment is received.

Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellation requests must be addressed  to Templeton Tours in writing.
Cancellation fees will be charged as follows: - $95 per person fee when canceled more than 60 days before sailing.
- 25% of cruise fare when canceled 60-30 days before sailing.
- 50% of cruise fare when canceled 29-15 days before sailing.
- No refund for no-shows or when canceled within 14 days before sailing.

Airline ticket cancellation is subject to the cancellation policy of the specific airline.
In most cases tickets are non-refundable. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.  
A Cancellation Waiver from TTI will be offered with the confirmation of your booking.

Embarkation: The Enchantment of the Seas sails from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 7:30PM on Monday, February 13, 2017.
                      Embarkation begins at 3:00PM.
Passengers must be on board no later than 90 minutes before sailing

Disembarkation: The Enchantment of the Seas returns to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 6:00AM on Friday, February 17, 2017. Allow 1-2 hours for disembarkation, customs and immigration formalities.

Ship's Registry: the Bahamas Passage Contract: The attention of the passengers is specifically directed  to conditions of transportation set forth in the passage contract of the ticket of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line General Sales Agents and Operators.

Accommodations: Prices are from Ft. Lauderdale, FL based on two full- paying passengers per cabin. Children 15 years and younger staying in a cabin with two full-paying passengers pay only tips & port charges. Third and/ or Fourth adults in a cabin with two full-paying passengers pay $395 each.

Additional charge for single occupancy in category F-Q staterooms is $595,
Suites & Balcony cabins in categories OS - PV are 200% of the brochure price.

Gratuities, Port Charges: All passengers must pay $155.00 gratuities & port charges regardless of age. Gratuities are prepaid to your cabin steward,  waiter, busboy, and Maitre'd. Port Charges are comprised of U.S. Customs Fees, International Departure Taxes, and Non-Commissionable cruise line charges. Fuel surcharges are subject to change, and Templeton Tours reserves the right to pass along increases in fuel surcharges imposed by the cruise line. This charge will be included on your statement from Templeton Tours.

Fare Inclusive: Your cruise rate includes ocean transportation, accommodations, service and meals, using the ship as your hotel, as well as admission to all gospel  concerts. The gospel groups listed are subject to change.

Advanced or Delayed Sailings: In the event of strike, lockouts, riots or stoppage of labor from whatever causes, or for any other reason whatsoever beyond the control of the cruise line, the cruise line in its sole discretion may cancel, advance or postpone any scheduled sailing or call at any port and may, but is not obligated to, substitute another vessel, and shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, or substitution.

Medical Needs/Pregnancy/Infants: Any passenger with a medical condition requiring special equipment (oxygen, wheelchairs, scooters, etc.) or assistance on board must notify Templeton Tours at the time of booking  in order to determine whether or not the cruise line can accommodate your needs. Passengers requiring the use of a wheelchair must be accommodated in staterooms designated as handicapped accessible.
Call 1-800-334-2630 to request a Special Requirements Form at least 30 days prior to the cruise.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will not accept reservations for infants less than 6 months of age on the date of sailing, or for women who will be 24 or more weeks into their pregnancy prior to the conclusion of the cruise.

Baggage Allowance: 200 pounds of personal baggage per person.
Baggage Liability: Liability for loss or damage to personal baggage in connection with the vessel shall be limited according to the Cruise Ticket Provisions. Liability for loss or damage to baggage in connection with air, rental car, motorcoach, hotel and ground transfers shall be the responsibility of the provider of such services and in accordance with applicable limitations.

Responsibility: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Templeton Tours Inc. expressly disclaim any responsibility for personal injury or property damage arising out of the acts or negligence of any air carrier, hotel, or any other person rendering any of the services offered in addition to the ship's cruise and shall not be responsible for any damage or inconvenience caused by late air, car or motorcoach arrivals nor for loss or damage to baggage, automobiles or other property of the passenger occurring off the vessel. Royal Caribbean

Cruise Line and Templeton Tours, Inc will not be responsible for any damages occasioned from any cause whatsoever other than responsibilities arising out of being the wholesaler, nor for any damage or inconvenience caused by late air, car, or motorcoach arrivals, cruise cancellations or delays in departure or return, nor for loss or damage to baggage or any article belonging to the passenger occurring other than by reason of negligence on our part. Loss or damage to baggage while boarding or disembarking must be reported to either the Purser's Office or to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line personnel prior to leaving the U.S. Customs area. Passengers must file an Irregularity Report prior to leaving these areas. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Templeton Tours, Inc will not be responsible for any damage or loss which is not duly reported as stated above. Templeton Tours reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to refuse passage to any passenger who may require assistance beyond that which they are able to provide.


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                                                          Telephone 828.488.3442 M-F, 10 a.m - 5 p.m