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Author Archives: Ann Brine

“There once was a girl called Exell”

As many of you know we have regular guest lecturers and one of our most entertaining is Dr Karen Exell, an Egyptologist who has cruised with us previously in the Middle East. I saw Karen speak on her first cruise in 2010, where she gave a lecture on how film and TV has influenced our perceptions of the ancient Egyptian culture. At times like this I wish we recorded our lectures for Youtube as it was excellent! Here is her …

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And now for something a little different!

Our cruises are well known for their historical and cultural experiences, but for the first time in March we tried something a little different… and it was very popular! We welcomed Kevin Dean onboard Aegean Odyssey for the cruise from Mumbai, India to Safaga, Egypt. This cruise has a number of sea days and we wanted to include something a little different for our guests. Kevin Dean is a leading UK based artist, known for his floral artwork which features …

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We love to hear from our guests – Janita Ochse

Last week I received the following blog from one of ‘fans’ on Facebook, Janita Ochse. Janita lives in South Africa and has cruised with us before and will be back on Aegean Odyssey in May. If you are thinking about taking a cruise with us, then please read on – I think Janita will persuade you! —— “Booking a holiday and then looking forward to it, is as much part of the fun as the holiday itself. A holiday is …

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From India to Sri Lanka – Isla & Julian experience their first cruise

Voyages to Antiquity is continually looking to enhance its lecture series with new guest speakers. Last year we met husband and wife actors/writers, Isla Blair and Julian Glover, well known from films and TV productions. When asked, both jumped at the chance to join our India-Sri Lanka cruise as lecturers. At the time Isla had recently published a book on her early life spent on an Indian tea plantation – and hence was perfectly placed to pass on some of …

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Ali exits stage left to pursue her dream

In this blog, Alison Lewin explains what has persuaded her to take a temporary leave of absence from her position as Cruise Coordinator on Aegean Odyssey and perform in a West End play. We are very excited to welcome her replacement, Danella Collins, as she joins us for our summer season in the Mediterranean. With a background in customer service and travel, she will soon appear in our future blogs as she settles in on board. In the meantime, read …

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“A Slow Cruise to Burma”, by Dr Antoinette Mannion

From our various tweets and blog posts, you will have noticed that Burma has proven to be ‘a big hit’ with guests and our expert lecturers. Just before Christmas, we sailed a 14 night voyage from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. We were pleased that Dr Antionette Mannion, one of our guest lecturers thoroughly enjoyed her cruise, especially Burma and has shared her experiences in the blog post below. Enjoy! ————– “In early December 2012, the grey skies of …

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Lunar New Year (Tet) in Ho Chi Minh City

During our recent cruise on Aegean Odyssey, the ship spent 24 hours in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Previously known as Saigon, the city is the largest in Vietnam and was previously capital of the Republic of Vietnam before the country was unified at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Below are the impressions of David Horner – one of the guest lecturers, as he greeted the Year of the Snake on February 10, 2013 in this fascinating …

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Explore India and Egypt… and learn to paint, too!

As part of the continued enhancement to our lecture programme, we are looking forward to welcoming Kevin Dean, a professional artist and designer, onto Aegean Odyssey next month. Kevin is a highly acclaimed artist who has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and wallpapers, and worked with leading retailers, publishers and museums. His most famous commission is the floral artwork that adorns the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and in March …

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Part 1: “A Cruise? Me on a Cruise?” by Ray Hale, naturalist

Enrichment cruising covers a wide variety of topics from history and archaeology to art and sculpture. We are well known for our cultural cruises visiting amazing sites like Pompeii and Ephesus, as well as little known treasures which may be less familiar. When we were planning our Far East programme nearly two years ago, we knew that nature would also play an important part in these magical cruises. The wonderful blog below is from Ray Hale, a wildlife expert who …

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Moments which take your breath away – The Phi Phi Islands

Dr Sinharaja Tammita -Delgoda joined our Singapore and Burma, Land of Contrasts cruise at the end of 2012. Most of the other guest bloggers have focused on the awe-inspiring nature of Burma, but for this piece, the Doctor focused on the life around the Phi Phi Islands as well as the people he met on his cruise. His blog below is one of the most charming we have received from our guest lecturers and more surprising, as he is specialist …

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