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Sicily, by John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich gives his recommendations about the best of Sicily and why he loves the unique island. “Sicily, said Goethe, is the key to everything.” It is, first of all, the largest in the Mediterranean. The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, the link between the Latin world and the Greek, it has been fought over and occupied in turn by all the great powers that have at various times striven to …

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Our Excursion Team

Making something run like clockwork is no mean feat and when I’m onboard Aegean Odyssey I’m amazed at the way our excursion team co-ordinates the 300 or so guests, to ensure everyone leaves and returns on time. Have you ever wondered how it all happens? Well our programme is developed about 15 months ahead of when our guests cruise. We have recently formulated the 2012 programme which goes on sale in the US this week and around the world in …

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Something Very Special in Venice

The Basilica di San Marco, and the piazza that opens out in front of it, are at the very heart of Venice. Almost as impressive as the buildings themselves are the crowds of people, tourists and Venetians, that swarm across the open square. Souvenir-sellers and their stalls, string-quartets at the various cafes and pigeons all vie for your attention as you negotiate your way across the piazza from one ornate arcade to another. These grand and regimented frontages were originally …

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Some Kind Words from Kate

“Having cruised on many ships for a number of different companies over the last 25 years, I have learnt to recognise a venture that is heading for success in an overcrowded marked: Voyages to Antiquity is just such a venture. When I boarded Aegean Odyssey for the first time, I was immediately struck by the friendliness of the ship’s staff who not only lined up to greet the passengers, but also presented each of us with a fresh rose. This …

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Holy Thursday in Palermo

Disembarking the ship in the extensive port area of Palermo we were joined by our local guide Giorgio. Voyages to Antiquity uses a range of local specialists as well as experts who sail with Aegean Odyssey to answer questions onboard prior to the destination port. Georgio started off our journey by joking about the crazy traffic within the city as we wound our way through a sea of cars to the Palatine Chapel, one of the must-see sights of this …

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Royal Wedding Weekend in Venice – The Perfect Getaway

This week we welcome Tony Rennell, a travel writer from the Daily Mail, based in London. Tony will be sailing with us from Venice to Corfu over the next week and writing about his adventures along the Dalmatian Coast. After a busy weekend in the UK celebrating the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, we received this from him yesterday and it certainly made us smile! Sunday, 1st May, from Tony Rennell “Sundowners don’t get any better than this …

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Our First Visit to Beautiful Bonifacio, Corsica

Having welcomed our first group of passengers the previous day in Civitavecchia fresh from two days touring Rome, the MV Aegean Odyssey arrived outside the port of Bonifacio on the southern tip of Corsica and dropped anchor at around 7am, ready for the first tour of the 2011 season. Corsica is new stop on our Mediterranean adventures and holds a wealth of history and culture. We were using our tender boats to get ashore; some of those new to tendering …

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Cruising Deep into the Heart of Ancient Cultures

Richard Scott from South Florida Opulence magazine: “It is a difficult notion to choose the right word for the culturally enlightening adventures offered by new-breed cruiseliner Voyages to Antiquity. An itinerary is not quite right. Plainly labeling it a cruise is a plain injustice. No, the cruise line’s singular focus on exploring the most influential cultures of the past 5,000 years lends a different flavor to its excursions. An immersion is more like it. ” DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE (PDF) …

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Cruise Travel Magazine profile Voyages to Antiquity

Have a look at this great profile piece from Cruise Travel Magazine, a US based cruise specialist publication who travelled with us last year. The Cruise Travel team sailed from Rome through Sicily and Dubrovnik to Venice exploring the magnificent Greco-Roman relics as well as Norman sites of this unique Mediterranean region. Download Cruise Travel Magazine article (PDF ~1 MB) For similar cruise itineraries this year, see our Sicily is the Key and The Shore of the Mediterranean sailings.

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“A Hugely Civilized Cruise Ship”, Main Line Times

Ralph Collier is a member of the Society of the American Travel Writers, the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and the International Motor Press Association. His syndicated programs are heard on 32 radio stations and through their respective Web sites worldwide. Locally he can be heard Monday through Friday at 9:58 a.m. on WRTI 90.1 FM. In his article for Main Line Times, a local Pennsylvania newspaper, he shares the experience that a Voyage to Antiquity cruise offers: A Hugely …

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