With the launch of Voyages to Antiquity’s Aegean Odyssey this year (which will make its maiden voyage around the coast of the British Isles and Ireland), the small cruise specialists divulge the benefits of choosing a smaller ship for your next cruise.
Unlike megaships and superyachts, Aegean Odyssey promises a premium experience but with a lot less people. As a 350 berth ship, it’s a much more intimate experience compared to larger cruise ships, making it easier for guests to get to know fellow passengers and staff.
Less crowds also means a quicker boarding and disembarking process so passengers have more time to enjoy shore excursions. Better still, smaller numbers make is easier to access popular landmarks.
More one-on-one with guides
With guest speakers and guides on board the Aegean Odyssey, conducting information evenings prior to shore excursions, guests have the opportunity to ask questions and gain sightseeing tips and advice ahead of each journey.
All-inclusive price tag
Nearly everything is included when you book a place on board the Aegean Odyssey, so you can focus less on your pocket and more on your travels.
From $3,520 per person, it includes pre and post-cruise hotel stays, all on board meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, experienced guest speakers, guided sightseeing in most ports of call, welcome cocktail party, gratuities, port taxes, transfers and baggage handling from airport to hotel to ship.
Voyages to Antiquity also offer a ‘Fly Free’ deal which includes flights as part of the total package.
Greater day trip choices
Thanks to the small ship size of the Aegean Odyssey, it can access ports that mega-liners can’t reach. This means the vessel can take passengers right into the heart of many more destinations, while day trip options are more flexible and further off the beaten track than on standard cruises.
For instance Voyages to Antiquity’s 2017 program encompasses 25 new ports around Great Britain and Iceland alone.
From the Lake District to literary Dublin: The best of Great Britain & Ireland
This year, Aegean Odyssey will make its maiden voyage around the coast of the British Isles and Ireland.
From the historic city of Liverpool, it will travel to the beautiful and dramatic Lake District. This magical trip will encompass destinations and landscapes that inspired artists and writers such as Beatrix Potter, with craggy peaks, glittering lakes, lush valleys and historic castles.
Other must-see landmarks visited on Voyages to Antiquity’s British Isles cruises include the bucolic Channel Islands, the historic Roman city of Chester, and the tranquil Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast.