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Akrotiri Thera: after seven years it was well worth the wait!

Aegean Odyssey really was in the right place on Sunday when we were the first cruise ship to visit the re-opened Akrotiri Thera site on Santorini. Regarded by many as the ‘Pompeii of Greece’ the site was destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly 4,000 years ago and was closed to tourists after a safety incident in 2005. Many of our guests were unaware that the site was being re-opened and as the first cruise ship into the island, we were …

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Aegean Odyssey is the first cruise ship to visit the re-opened Akrotiri Thera in Santorini

As one of the smallest cruise operators in the Mediterranean, it’s not often we can claim a first but this weekend saw Aegean Odyssey and its guests visit Santorini, the beautiful Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. Nothing unusual there you might think, but one of the world’s most important archeological sites, Akrotiri Thera has just re-opened after a seven year closure. The site is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites and is often referred to as the …

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The Minoan Civilisation – See why Lady Susette Palmer is so excited about her cruise from Greece to Italy

With the start of the cruising year just starting for Voyages to Antiquity, we thought we would share this lovely blog post from Lady Susette Palmer. Susette is sailing with us over the next two weeks as we travel from Athens to Rome via the Greek Islands and Sicily. This early spring cruise encompasses two of our most popular destinations and over the next couple of weeks we will be posting daily highlights to our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Don’t …

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Robert Jenkins on sailing with us around the Eastern Mediterranean

Last year we welcomed Robert Jenkins of the Miami Herald who sailed with us around the Eastern Mediterranean visiting various Greek islands and Turkey. From his article, you can see he thoroughly enjoyed his cruise. The newspaper outlines the highlights of his voyage, including lectures by Dr. Thomas Mannack, another favourite of our Blog viewers. Read the full article in The Miami Herald >>  

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Eleni Petroutsou: “Why Greece is so special to me!”

Eleni Petroutsou studied archaeology and history of art before becoming a tour guide 36 years ago. Eleni works mainly with the Road Scholar groups who come from the USA and sail with Voyages to Antiquity. As well as her work as a tour guide, Eleni has a keen interest in Greek cuisine, running an Athens-based catering company, as well as researching the benefits of olive oil and studying Greek wines. Here she shares with us how she feels about the …

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Prof. Jonathan Phillips and his favourite moments from cruising with us

Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the Crusades, most recently Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades which was published by The Bodley Head to very positive reviews and selected as ‘History Book of 2009’ by The Sunday Telegraph. He has also presented and written a number of TV programmes on the Crusades. He joined us earlier this year and will be sailing with us again in April 2012. Here he …

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Following in the footsteps of the Crusaders and the two-sided coin

Canon Anne Davison recently joined us for our Crusaders Cruise from Rome to Cyprus. For Anne it was a re-introduction to many of the sights she has experienced through her career. Many of our guests were experiencing it for the first time. Please read Anne’s thoughts on how the history buffs and novices come together on a Voyages to Antiquity Cruise. “I’ve just been on the Aegean Odyssey travelling from Rome to Limassol in Cyprus. The itinerary included many jewels …

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Part 2…Catherine Wolff continues her voyage on Aegean Odyssey

In the second installment of her diary, Catherine continues with her recent cruise around the Mediterranean. The diary highlights the many tours and places that Catherine visited on her 14 night voyage. September 1, 2011 Ortygia (Syracuse) Sicily Last night, on my walk around deck (I was hoping to see some lava, which I am told is magma before it erupts, pouring forth from Mount Etna). As I stood at the railing peering out in the darkness, I struck up …

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Catherine’s First Hand Experience Shows Why Voyages to Antiquity is so Special

Last month, Catherine Wolff and her husband Jerry asked if we would like to see her diary from the 26 August cruise, ‘Sicily is the key to everything’. This delightful daily journal shows what Catherine enjoyed both on the Aegean Odyssey and ashore during her cruise. Catherine’s love of travel has taken her to all seven continents, with journal in hand. She first discovered a passion for cruising when she sailed aboard the Marco Polo from Kenya to the Seychelles. …

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The Blog of Dr. Thomas Mannack aged 52 – hopefully his first of many

“Dr. Mannack is currently writing his first blog ever. Apparently, this is something young people do on a regular basis, and it does not normally include footnotes. The choice of subject, a highlight of the July cruise of MV Aegean Odyssey from Athens to Istanbul, is difficult, since there were more highlights than in a West End dancer’s hair on our far too brief cruise. Delos and Mykonos I was a guest lecturer on Classical Archaeology on the ship on …

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