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Looking Back At 1950s Havana With T.J. English

Thomas Joseph ‘T.J.’ English is one of the most renowned writers in the United States on the subjects of organized crime and the criminal underworld. As a journalist and author, he has written on everything from ethnic gangs in the U.S. to the narco war in Mexico and corruption in law enforcement. In 2018, T.J. will be joining Aegean Odyssey as a guest lecturer and we wanted to find out what he is most looking forward to with Voyages to …

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Cuba: The Past And The Present By John Dew

John Dew, Former British Ambassador to Cuba and Colombia, will be joining Aegean Odyssey this winter on several of her Cuba and Caribbean sailings, so we thought he was the ideal person to give us more insight into this vibrant land. John started his diplomatic career in Venezuela in 1975. After postings to Paris, Dublin and Madrid, with intervals in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, he headed the Latin American and Caribbean Department of the FCO from 2000 …

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Celtic Scotland and Ireland by Brian Williams

In our blog today, Professor Brian Williams, University of Aberdeen, looks at what our guests booked on Aegean Odyssey’s ‘Celtic Scotland and Ireland’ sailing in July 2017 can expect from this majestic sailing. Our award-winning small-ship will take in some of the regions most impressive scenery and some of its most alluring ports of call. Far more than just an ocean cruise, this voyage will offer breathtaking scenery ashore and from the open decks of Aegean Odyssey. Scotland witnessed the birth of the …

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Chichen Itza is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today

A New Year, A New World, A New Understanding…

In anticipation of our forthcoming cruise to Cuba & Maya Mexico, departing in December 2017, we talked to Guest lecturer Dr Diane Davies a Maya archaeologist and honorary research associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Diane will be lecturing on board Aegean Odyssey and is excited to share her passion for Maya culture. I am very excited to share with you my passion for the Maya culture, both ancient and modern. You will be fascinated to learn …

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Havana Travel Tips from guest speaker Professor Andrew Hopkins

A popular NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, professor Andrew Hopkins FSA is an internationally recognised authority on architecture and cities. He will be joining Aegean Odyssey later in 2017 on her ‘Christmas in Cuba & the Caribbean’ voyage. His richly illustrated presentations reveal the strategies used by great architects to create iconic and memorable buildings, while it is these architects’ urban planning that does so much to give individual cities their unique identities and fascinating histories. Having recently visited the vibrant city of Havana, …

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Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean

Travel with historian and author Dr Carrie Gibson

Our new winter season features wonderful voyages through the Caribbean, calling at Mexico, Antigua, Barbados and to the historic island of Cuba. These voyages have been planned with the help of Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean. We are delighted that Carrie will be joining us as a guest speaker on several of Aegean Odyssey’s sailings. The Caribbean is Carrie’s favourite part of the world, so we asked her what she is most looking …

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View on french Riviera with yachts in Cannes

Spring in the Mediterranean

In May 2017, Aegean Odyssey will sail from the ancient city of Rome to the picturesque city of Nice on the French Riviera. It’s a springtime cruise that offers calls to some of the best destinations in the Mediterranean, over the course of 11-days, and includes 6 tours in 2 countries. The ideal spring break, and with a single supplement of only 10%, everyone can enjoy this wonderful journey with us. Aegean Odyssey will sail from Rome to the city …

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Volcanic landscapes on Timanfaya. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

‘Geology and Art’ on board Aegean Odyssey by Dr Peter Cattermole

  In anticipation of our forthcoming cruise to Seville, Morocco & Canary Islands, we talked to planetary Geologist and Volcanologist Dr Peter Cattermole. Peter will be lecturing on board Aegean Odyssey in November, focusing on the interesting scenery through which we will be travelling to. From the standpoint of a both the geologist and art lover, this cruise offers a wonderfully diverse itinerary. Beginning on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, with its backdrop of the Betics Mountains, continuing with by a chance to cruise the amazing …

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Santa Claus from the Coca Cola ad

A look back at some ancient festive traditions

As the festive season gets in to full swing and we all start thinking about our plans for the big day, we decided to look back at some ancient festive traditions – all of which we are all still familiar with to this very day.  Ancient Rome, Old Nordic, Byzantium and Medieval Europe each offer an interesting glimpse into the past and how these traditions have shaped the present.   ANCIENT ROME Throughout the world, homes and streets blaze with …

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John Julius feels that Sicily is both geographically and historically at the center of the Mediterranean

The Middle Sea by Lord John Julius Norwich

Historian and travel writer, Lord John Julius Norwich’s epic history plays a huge part in the very foundations of Voyages to Antiquity and is the inspiration behind our new April cruise – ‘A voyage through the Middle Sea’, and we are very excited to announce that he will be joining us on board Aegean Odyssey in spring 2017. Founder Gerry Herrod was inspired by the book “The Middle Sea,” about the fabled ancient civilisations that flourished in the eastern and …

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