Time well spent on board Aegean Odyssey
- Posted: 28 Aug 2015,
- In: Cruises, Destinations, Events, Excursions, Lecturers, On board the Aegean Odyssey
On November 19, Aegean Odyssey will set sail on a 31-day voyage to South Africa, travelling from Malaga to Cape Town, calling at Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Las Palmas, Cape Verde, Sao Tome, Bom Bom Island, Luanda, Walvis Bay, Luderitz and Cape Town. Join Cruise Director Paul Carter as you embark on a remarkable journey, including 11 shore excursions across 7 countries, plus time spent on board with our most intriguing itineraries this winter. For a glimpse of what to expect, read below.
Your days at sea are the perfect chance to do exactly what you want. Enjoy an early morning yoga or pilates session, or a work out in the gym, perhaps followed by some time to unwind in the sauna. There’s also the Athena Health Spa and hair and beauty centre where you can pamper yourself with a massage and spa treatment. We have also arranged an array of new on-board activities, from wine tasting, to art workshops and talks from guest speakers to ballroom dancing, accompanied by our resident trio and board games. It’s a great opportunity to try something new.
Wine-tasting sessions on board
Whilst Aegean Odyssey cruises from Cape Verde to Sao Tome, join our wine-tasting class and learn more about the wines of the world from Master of Wine Patricia Stefanowicz. With post-graduate degree in wine production, Patricia is one of only 300 Masters of Wine and was top-scholar at Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma. During your 5 days at sea join a number of sessions covering wine-and-music and wines-and-art.
Patricia will also talk about wine and food matching, culminating in a tasting session with champagne and fresh oysters from Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Intriguing lecture program
Our expert lecturers will entertain you with a fascinating range of topics from the incredible African geology and the country’s economic infrastructure to the true story behind ‘The Imitation Game’ and the development history of Bletchley park in WW2 by Tony Sims.
As we travel to Walvis Bay, join geologist Professor Brian Williams as he talks about the oldest desert in the world, Namibia. Covering an area of over 30 000 sq.km, Namib stretches from Angola in the north to the South African border, where diamond bearing sands are to be found. Brian’s lecture on ‘Diamonds are forever’ explains how diamonds are formed beneath very old cratons in the upper mantle at depths of c. 15 km and temperatures of + 1000 degrees C!
Art workshop with Pamela Kay
For the artists among you, Pamela Kay will join us on board for art workshops. She will teach sketching and water colours for all levels, as well as how to make a travel journal of your time spent on board Aegean Odyssey. Where time permits, join Pamela ashore to paint the marvellous scenery.
Pamela paints in watercolour and oils, and her work ranges from still life, flowers, interiors and gardens. She is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and other galleries in England and abroad. Workshops on board ships have also taken her to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka the Yemen, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Baltic Countries.
On-board quizzes and Games
After a spot of afternoon tea in the open-air Terrace Café, why not pit your wits against our Cruise Director’s toughest quiz questions, or participate in our scrabble and Maj Jong championships – there’s something for everyone.
But if this all sounds too much, you can just relax by the pool or borrow a book from the well-stocked library and immerse yourself in it – the ship offers some great places to read. Enjoy a cocktail in the Lido Bar as you watch the sun go down or perhaps an aperitif in the Charleston Lounge against the background of live music performed by our trio.
However you choose to spend your time, you’re sure to be refreshed and ready for the next adventure ashore.
Join us on an unforgettable journey to Malaga to Cape Town on our Voyage to South Africa, departing 19 November 2015.