Thursday, 15 March 2012

Voyages to Antiquity expands into the Orient and launches 2013 programme

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Voyages to Antiquity, a specialist cruise company which offers history-themed journeys to the sites of ancient civilisations, will launch its first programme to the Orient, commencing in November this year.

The Orient programme is based on the company’s highly successful core product of themed cruises to historic locations around the Mediterranean.

There will be 10 cruises around the Orient, aboard the 378-passenger “Aegean Odyssey”, exploring the political, architectural and art histories of countries including India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.

Priced from $3,550 per passenger, excluding air fares, the Orient voyages will range from 15 to 21 days. Some cruises can be joined together as “Grand Voyages”.

A key inclusion in Voyages to Antiquity cruises is the use of expert guest speakers to provide background commentary about the history of destinations visited.

As well, Voyages to Antiquity includes in all fares a comprehensive shore excursion programme, wine with every dinner on board the ship, gratuities and port charges – features which attract extra expense on the majority of other cruises.

“As the global cruise market continues to mature and travellers seek different experiences, opportunities are arising for new cruise product such as ours,” said David Yellow, Managing Director of Voyages to Antiquity. “Gone are the days when the only cruises available were mass market journeys on large ocean liners,” Mr Yellow said. “Today, one of the strongest growth segments is small ship cruising, with specialised journeys such as the history-themed itineraries which we offer.”

Mr Yellow said his company’s core programme of cruises around the Mediterranean had proved extremely successful in the two years since its launch, with many passengers returning to experience different itineraries in the programme.

He said sales in Australia were strong, not just because of the favourable Australian dollar but because this was a mature cruise market, with a wide variety of product on offer and differing requirements from customers.

“Our Mediterranean cruises have been an outstanding success, proving the concept of history-themed journeys, and encouraging us to take this model to other markets,” Mr Yellow said. “The Orient is a natural progression, offering both rich history and culture.”

Aegean Odyssey
The “Aegean Odyssey” features 14 cabin options, two restaurants and an outdoor terrace dining area, three lounges, four bars, a lecture theatre and cinema, a library, a shop, an internet centre, a medical centre, an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a beauty salon.

The Orient cruise programme is:

2012:

November 14: The Wonders of India and the Maldives - 16 days
November 25: Burma and Malay Peninsula – 16 days
December 06: Singapore and Burma, lands of contrasts – 15 days
December 18: The Jewels of Southeast Asia and Angkor Wat - 19 days
December 28 – Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia – 21 days

2013

January 12 – Bali, Borneo and the Islands of Indonesia – 17 days
January 22 – Bali to Bangkok and beyond – 20 days
February 02 – Angkor Wat and the Jewels of South East Asia – 19 days
February 16 – Singapore and Burma, lands of contrasts - 15 days
March 07 – Passage to Sri Lanka and India – 20 days

For more information about Voyages to Antiquity visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au.

To make a booking, contact sales@cruisetraveller.com.au or call 07 5575 8094.