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Hello from Vietnam!

Over the last few days Aegean Odyssey has been sailing north along the Vietnamese coast. The ship spent two days in Ho Chi Minh City before sailing onto the coastal city of Nha Trang and then to Da Nang, which was founded over 3,000 years ago by the Cham people. Now it’s sailing north to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the visually stunning Halong Bay. Earlier this week, Ali – our Cruise Coordinator on Aegean Odyssey posted some pictures …

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‘Mingalar Bar’ or Hello in Burmese!

Mingalar Bar is ‘hello’ in Burmese, probably the most useful phrase you will need to know when visiting this amazing country. Once Aegean Odyssey has docked in Yangon, Burma’s largest city, the next thing our guests will notice will probably be the sparkling white uniforms of the government officials waiting to meeting our ship and its passengers. The city of Yangon sits on the Yangon River and Aegean Odyssey’s berthing in town is dictated by the high tide – this …

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An introduction to our Far East blogs – Burma, part 1

With just over one week after the start of our first season of cruising to the Far East, we thought it would be a good time to give our blog readers a chance to learn about some of the places we will be visiting. Many of the countries such as Singapore and Bangkok are well-known tourist destinations, others like Burma and Cambodia are just emerging as places of interest – and this is where their appeal lies. We’ve developed this …

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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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From Venice to Athens – amazing sites and so much more

Nigel Ramsey joined us earlier this summer as one of our expert lecturers on the subject of Medieval History. Read on to discover what he found most special about his Voyages to Antiquity cruise. ——– “I’m a historian, and so for me the trip from Venice to Athens was a succession of glimpses of the past glories of one maritime power after another. We were seeing how the Venetians and Ottoman Turks each staked their claims (with the merchants of …

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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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The Blog of Dr. Thomas Mannack, one year on (2012)

If you have ever enjoyed Dr Mannack’s company on board Aegean Odyssey, or had a chance to read his blog from last year – you will certainly have become a fan of his unique style and personality, just like the rest of us. His vast knowledge, sense of humour and vibrant personality are always welcome on board our ship – so we were delighted when he stepped in at short notice, after the exams were finished in August, to accompany …

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Even on an ancient archaeological site there is always something new to see

Canon Anne Davison has cruised with us on a number of occassions over the last two years and is popular expert lecturer on comparative religions. Anne will be joining us in March 2013 when we cruise from Singapore to Delhi and on to Istanbul, but from her earlier cruise this year, you can see that she explored a newly opening area of the magnificent site at Ephesus. —— ‘I have been to Ephesus many times and it is always a …

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Burma, just waiting to be rediscovered

You won’t have failed to notice that Burma (Myanmar) has been in the news over recent months. The country has held its first free elections with Aung San Suu Kyi’s party winning several seats in the new parliament. This new political freedom, plus the ensuing visits from a number of the world’s leading politicians, has triggered a huge increase in interest in the country from both tourists and investors. Staying on board The country has huge potential, and is facing …

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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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