Elegant Anniversary Specials

Clients can get take advantage of deals on three European summer tours

By: Marissa Tinloy

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Elegant Cruises and Tours is offering three special prices on summer sails. This summer, the niche cruise line, which specializes in culturally enriching travel, will launch the 105-passenger MS Andrea for two months of European exploration, including the Baltic Capitals and St. Petersburg; Finland and Sweden; and the Mediterranean.

On July 1, the first of Andrea’s summer voyages departs from St. Petersburg, Russia, on a 12-day/13-night sail of the Baltic to Helsinki, Finland. After three nights in St. Petersburg, the cruise will also visit Tallin, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Visby, Gotland, Sweden; Gdansk, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Stockholm, Sweden; Mariehamn; and Aland Island.

For the cruise only, rates begin at $3,523. For the air/sea package, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York, rates begin at $4,603 (July 1-14).

In Helsinki, the MS Andrea’s second summer cruise sets sail, celebrating with the White Nights of Finland and Sweden from July 13-25. The 11-day/12-night adventure through Lapland and the Arctic Circle offers guests the opportunity to experience the region’s unique white nights, when daylight extends past midnight. The ship will sail along the High Coast of Sweden and stop in ports that include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rauma, the neo-Renaissance stone city of Sundsvall, and the Finish islands of Jurmo, Uto, Aland and Kokar. Concluding in St. Petersburg, the cruise offers guests an opportunity to finish their tour of the Arctic Circle with the capital’s cultural plethora of history, museums and palaces.

For the cruise only, rates begin at $3,750. For the air/sea package, which includes airfare from New York, rates begin at $4,850. (Rates are based on double occupancy and a $400 per person saving from brochure rates.)

The Romance of the Mediterranean, Elegant Cruise’s third summer cruise, sails along the Riviera and Dalmatian Coast from Barcelona, Spain, to Venice, Italy. The 10-day/11-night journey, spanning from August 23-Sept. 3, visits the Cote d’Azur and Italian isles, along with Sete and Marseille, France; Portofino, Italy; Bastia, Corsica; Syracuse, Sicily; and Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia.

For cruise only, rates start at $2,852. For the air/sea package, rates start at $3,992, including roundtrip airfare from New York.

With 55 cabins and suites, the MS Andrea offers an intimate cruising experience. Known as a floating “manor house,” the ship features the architectural details of the 17th-century Scandinavian Gustavian style. Onboard features include a forward observation deck, two passenger lounges, a fitness area and a library.