Thursday, 15 March 2012

Voyages to Antiquity themed Mediterranean cruises

Specialist cruise operator Voyages to Antiquity today unveiled details of its 2013 programme of themed journeys to ancient history sites around "the old Mediterranean".

Commencing next March, the unique programme will offer 16 cruises centred on the rich history of classical Mediterranean civilisations, and an appreciation of their art, architecture and cultures. Journeys last from 13 to 19 days, and some itineraries can be joined together to create Grand Cruises.

All of the Voyages to Antiquity cruises will be operated with the 378-passenger Aegean Odyssey, and will include expert guides helping passengers to understand and explore the distant past in destinations including Greece, Italy, Turkey, Sicily, Croatia and Egypt.

As well, all programmes by Voyages to Antiquity include as standard features a comprehensive shore excursion programme, wine with every dinner aboard the ship, gratuities and port charges – features which cost extra on other cruises.

Pricing for the 2013 Mediterranean programme will be announced shortly.

The Managing Director of Voyages to Antiquity, David Yellow, said: "The global cruise market is maturing and growing, creating new opportunities for specialist products such as ours. Since launching our first Mediterranean history cruises in 2010, we have enjoyed strong growth, not only from new customers but increasingly from past passengers returning to experience other itineraries in our niche portfolio. One of our best performing markets is Australia, where demand for cruise travel is growing, aided by a strong currency."

Tours are designated not by names, but by statements which reflect their content – names including "Sicily is the key to everything", "The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world", "God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands" and "Man fears time, time fears The Pyramids". All cruises in the 2013 programme are listed below.

Features of the Aegean Odyssey include 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 and jacuzzi and a beauty salon. There are 14 cabin categories to choose from.

The cruises featured in the 2013 programme are: 

03 March – "The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world", Cairo-Istanbul;

13 April – "The isles of Greece, where Delos rose and Phoebus sprung", Istanbul-Athens;

25 April – "God desired to crown his work and thus created the Kornati Islands", Athens-Venice;

07 May – "The creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo", Venice-Rome;

17 May – "The grand object of all travel is to see the shores of the Mediterranean", Rome- Cannes;

29 May – "The grand tour is a custom tending to enrich the mind with knowledge", Cannes- Venice;

16 June – "Those who seek paradise on earth should see Dubrovnik", Venice-Athens;

24 June – "Sicily is the key to everything", Athens-Rome;

04 July – "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble", Rome-Istanbul;

16 July – "When can their glory fade? O' the wild charge they made", Istanbul round trip;

30 August – "When can their glory fade? O' the wild charge they made", Istanbul round trip;

10 September – "The isles of Greece, where Delos rose and Phoebus sprung", Istanbul-Athens;

22 September – "God desired to crown his work and thus created the Kornati Islands", Athens-Venice;

04 October – "The creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo", Venice-Rome;

14 October – "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble", Rome-Istanbul; and

26 October – "Man fears time, time fears the pyramids", Istanbul-Cairo.

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

To book a cruise, e-mail sales@cruisetraveller.com.au or call 07 5575 8094.