Gerry Herrod, who founded Ocean Cruise lines, Orient Lines and Discovery World Cruises, has gathered together several former executives from Orient to launch a new line called Voyages to Antiquity. Operations will begin in May, with itineraries similar to those of Orient, but focused on cradle of civilization destinations in the Mediterranean.
Fares will include complimentary shore excursions in every port of call in 2010, as well as gratuities, wine at dinner, and free air from select east coast gateways, with low air add-ons ($99, $199, $299, etc.) from additional US cities. Also included are expert lecturers and special onshore events including a private evening in St. Mark’s in Venice and cocktail reception at the Palazzo Gangi in Palermo, Sicily.
The Voyages to Antiquity brochure offers nine itineraries and sixteen departures aboard the extensively refurbished 380-guest Aegean Odyssey will carry only 380 guests in smart casual cruising with no formal nights. The dining experience will feature continental cuisine augmented by regional foods obtained during each voyage and the relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by open seating dining in the main restaurant and alternative dining venues at the Terrace Café and Tapas on the Terrace
The ship will have new suites and 42 balcony and deluxe staterooms, plus enhancements to the spa area and Terrace dining venues.
The Web site is being developed; agents can request brochures at firstname.lastname@example.org. The company is headquartered in Oxford, England, under the direction of David Yellow, managing director, with the US office in Fort Lauderdale. Bookings open September 1.