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With Danella, our Cruise Coordinator on our final evening on board

Ernie Rea on a Grand Tour

“Fabulous locations, wonderful company and luxurious surroundings made The Grand Tour Cruise with Voyages to Antiquity in June truly memorable.
Our first day in Cannes gave Gaynor and I an opportunity to renew acquaintance with X Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts and his partner Carolyn, who live just up the road in Villefrance. Then next day down to serious business with a visit to the Papal Palace at Avignon, home to the Popes for nearly a hundred years during the 14th century and a first meeting with “St” Peter and “St” Paul, two wonderful Aussies who made us laugh a lot throughout the cruise.”

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“Drama in ancient Aspendos & Perge”, by Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell is a Classicist and Archaeologist who shares Classical History and Prehistory and even Latin in her books, talks and a variety of media as well as on her ‘Visiting the Past Tours’. Gillian is passionate about revealing that history and archaeology are relevant to today and in showing that they add colour, depth and meaning to our modern lives. She has recently been lecturing on our ‘Italy from Designs by Michelangelo’ tour, and here she talks about two …

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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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Robin Cormack, a Byzantine art historian exploring Asia

Prof Robin Cormack is often on board Aegean Odyssey and we love his company and lectures. The post below is however not from his usual travels around the Byzantine sites in the Mediterranean, but from our journey from Southeast Asia to Egypt in March. Read below about the various ‘iconic’ sites and images he encountered along the way, as well as his fascinating reflections on the worlds of Hinduism and Ancient Greece & Rome. —- “Starting at Singapore on 9 …

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“There once was a girl called Exell”

As many of you know we have regular guest lecturers and one of our most entertaining is Dr Karen Exell, an Egyptologist who has cruised with us previously in the Middle East. I saw Karen speak on her first cruise in 2010, where she gave a lecture on how film and TV has influenced our perceptions of the ancient Egyptian culture. At times like this I wish we recorded our lectures for Youtube as it was excellent! Here is her …

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From India to Sri Lanka – Isla & Julian experience their first cruise

Voyages to Antiquity is continually looking to enhance its lecture series with new guest speakers. Last year we met husband and wife actors/writers, Isla Blair and Julian Glover, well known from films and TV productions. When asked, both jumped at the chance to join our India-Sri Lanka cruise as lecturers. At the time Isla had recently published a book on her early life spent on an Indian tea plantation – and hence was perfectly placed to pass on some of …

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“A Slow Cruise to Burma”, by Dr Antoinette Mannion

From our various tweets and blog posts, you will have noticed that Burma has proven to be ‘a big hit’ with guests and our expert lecturers. Just before Christmas, we sailed a 14 night voyage from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. We were pleased that Dr Antionette Mannion, one of our guest lecturers thoroughly enjoyed her cruise, especially Burma and has shared her experiences in the blog post below. Enjoy! ————– “In early December 2012, the grey skies of …

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Explore India and Egypt… and learn to paint, too!

As part of the continued enhancement to our lecture programme, we are looking forward to welcoming Kevin Dean, a professional artist and designer, onto Aegean Odyssey next month. Kevin is a highly acclaimed artist who has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and wallpapers, and worked with leading retailers, publishers and museums. His most famous commission is the floral artwork that adorns the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and in March …

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Part 1: “A Cruise? Me on a Cruise?” by Ray Hale, naturalist

Enrichment cruising covers a wide variety of topics from history and archaeology to art and sculpture. We are well known for our cultural cruises visiting amazing sites like Pompeii and Ephesus, as well as little known treasures which may be less familiar. When we were planning our Far East programme nearly two years ago, we knew that nature would also play an important part in these magical cruises. The wonderful blog below is from Ray Hale, a wildlife expert who …

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