Voyages to Antiquity is marketed as a ‘premium small ship’ and is a one ship line launched in 2010 by cruise entrepreneur Gerry Herrod who was formerly chairman of Ocean Cruise Line, Orient Lines and Discovery cruises.

He was inspired after reading Lord John Julius Norwich’s ‘The Middle Sea’, a beautifully illustrated history of the civilisations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean. The author agreed to help him craft voyages focusing on ship journeys of the past to ancient civilisations and visible remains of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman life.

Professional Lecturers and interesting cultural shore excursions

Voyages to Antiquity contracts professional lecturers to assist and inspire guests onboard to explore the cultural and historical background of the places they visit. Most shore excursions are included and are a highlight of the cruise, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the many interesting sites (many unique) at a steady pace.

A friendly small ship

The company purchased the former Aegean 1 and renamed it Aegean Odyssey after a comprehensive refit; three times the amount has been spent on refitting her than what the ship originally cost, while the capacity was reduced from 570 to around 350. Public address announcements are kept to a minimum, there is no casino and entertainment is very low key, usually a string trio or pianist. The small library, as you might expect, is packed full of books of a historical nature, the attractive bar area includes the low key musical performances. Open seating dining is offered in the Marco Polo Restaurant as well as the popular ‘Tapas on the Terrace’ al fresco dining. The Terrace Cafe and Grill is the more casual restaurant and is the venue for afternoon tea, and hors d’oeuvres served during the early evening cocktail hour. Hors d’oeuvres are served again after dinner in the Charleston Lounge.

Many extras included

Most shore excursions are included in the fare, as is gratuities. Wine/beer is complimentary at Dinner. Dress code is smart casual or country casual; there are no formal nights on board.

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The Aegean Odyssey sails in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Red and Baltic seas, normally starting from Athens, Rome, Venice, Istanbul and Cairo; often including a 2 night pre-cruise stay in these cities to explore the treasures they have to offer before boarding the ship.

This type of cruise will suit those who are interested in culture and history, a small comfortable friendly ship with high standards although not ultra modern.

Good News for Single Travellers

Voyages to Antiquity have added 8 single cabins on Aegean Odyssey to meet demand for people cruising alone. The new cabins are all outside on Bridge Deck bringing the total to 26. The line is also noted for offering advantageous rates for single occupancy of double cabins on selected sailings. The line has also converted 4 outside deluxe cabins on Bridge Deck into 6 premium outside rooms, and there are 4 new inside cabins on Belvedere Deck.

Please contact us for all the latest offers and news for this unique popular cruise company.

All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking

Photo: Charleston Lounge (Voy to A) 67

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