Carrying an average of 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey’s cruises in the region will begin in December 2018 and include six new itineraries and five new ports of call including Ain Sokhna in Egypt (for excursions to the 4th century St Anthony’s and St Paul’s, the oldest Christian monasteries in the world); Trincomalee in Sri Lanka; Port Louis in Mauritius; Reunion Island; and Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) in Malaysia.
The announcement means that in 2018 Voyages to Antiquity will once again offer year-round cruising.
With very few repeated stops throughout the season, two or more cruises can be easily combined into Grand Voyages. Four cruises can be combined for a 129-day trip spanning half the world, from Athens to Malaga via Egypt, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean and Africa.
Experiences on offer range from a desert island beach barbecue in the Maldives to cruising the Yangon River in the heart of Burma, exploring India by tuk-tuk and discovering the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.
The winter 2018/19 programme features 30% more included shore excursions and overland adventures than previous seasons including those to India’s Golden Triangle and Cape Town in South Africa, with up to 12 nights in hotels per cruise.
In addition to the new destinations and itineraries, Voyages to Antiquity is also enhancing the on-board programme for passengers during the winter season. This includes guest speakers bringing to life regional food and wine, cookery lessons, local cultural entertainment and a new opera group to entertain passengers. The expert lecture programme unique to each cruise will remain a key aspect of enrichment.