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David Cordingly cruises up the Adriatic to Venice

David Cordingly is an English naval historian who held the position of Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for twelve years. He is considered to be one of the leading authorities on pirates, has written several books on the subject and was historical consultant for “Pirates of the Caribbean”! He has also appeared on camera in several television documentary programmes for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Enjoy below his short …

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Palma, a postcard from Dr Joyce Salisbury

Joyce Salisbury has been travelling and lecturing with us for two years now. Here is her postcard message from Palma, one of the ports from our recent ‘The Shores of the Mediterranean” cruise to Italy and the Western Mediterranean. ——— “Palma – what an exquisite port! No wonder the rich and famous – including the Spanish king – vacation here. Due to weather in Corsica, we spent two days in this port and it was a fortunate event. We saw …

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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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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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A Hot Ticket to Burma

Back in December we hosted a press trip for US and European journalists. The group travelled with us for two weeks to experience our new Far East programme. Over the next few months we hope to share the articles as they are published in various publications. The link below will take you to an amazing piece which appeared in the Miami Herald last week and outlines the author, Anne Kalosh’s experience as she travelled from Singapore up to Burma. Her …

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Burma re-visited: from banned ex-ambassador to expert lecturer

We experienced a huge amount of interest in our three Burma cruises this season. With the last cruise of the winter due to sail in mid February, we still have some availability and thought you might like to see another perspective for this mysterious country. This time it comes from Martin Morland, one of our expert lecturers and a British Ambassador to Burma from 1986 to 1990 – an exciting time for the country during the national uprising of 1988. …

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From Cruise Virgin to Aficionado in Just One Cruise

A few weeks ago we received a lovely letter from David Morton asking if we would like to see his blog and photos from his cruise from Istanbul to Venice in September 2012. We always study our passenger comment cards after each cruise and really welcome an extended diary like the one below from David. We do hope that you like his diary from the cruise and would welcome similar pieces from our guests. ———– “I was a cruise virgin, …

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“A nerd’s dream vacation, lectures included” – Barbara Orr on her Greek cruise earlier this year

“Professors, museums and ancient pots – smaller ships let history lovers and art devotees indulge in their obsessions even on the road” – the title of Barbara Orr’s article for Canada’s The Globe and Mail, published earlier this month gives a hint about what she thought of her two week cruise. This informative and entertaining travel feature explains why Barbara is convinced that our type of voyages are an interesting developing niche for cruising, but also for any kind of …

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A comparison of Knossos, Akrotiri and Nauplia, by a Byzantine specialist?

Robin Cormack is well known to our guests on Aegean Odyssey, as one of our most popular guest lecturers. He has travelled with us on several occasions lecturing on his specialist subject of Byzantine history. On this voyage, Robin was interested in a different era of ancient history and the way two famous ancient sites are accessible to guests – an interesting departure for this expert of Byzantium history! ———————– “Aegean Odyssey left Istanbul on the evening of 27 August …

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“Why Mycenae is one of my favourite places”

Back in the summer, Dr Michael Higgins joined us on Aegean Odyssey. Those readers who view our blog regularly will know that we like to ask our guest lecturers to recount their journey and its highlights. For Michael, it was Mycenae, the archaeological site located 90km south west of Athens and whose name was given to the period of Greek history for 1600-1100BC. ————— “THE LIGHT OF GREECE” is really a classic Aegean cruise, visiting so many wonderful places in …

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