Voyages to Antiquity, the new cruise line introduced by Gerry Herrod, founder of Orient Lines, has announced a series of inaugural season booking incentives to celebrate the launch of the company’s first year of operation. The first cruise on Aegean Odyssey departs from Athens on May 4. Early booking is strongly recommended as the incentives are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
There is no supplement for single occupancy on virtually any sailing, except in categories A, B and E, and the line is offering $1,000 savings per stateroom on cruises embarking May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 9. A savings of $500 per stateroom is available on cruises departing May 3, May 17, June 14, July 12, Aug. 23; all savings are based on double occupancy. In addition, airfare taxes and surcharges are now included in the cruise program fares.
“The destination-orientated product is extremely popular with mature and experienced international travelers and is attracting significant interest from single travelers,” said Mitchell J. Schlesinger, head of sales development. “With many cruise lines, singles pay twice the double rate for sole occupancy. For our inaugural season, we want to capture this market and respond in the most traveler-friendly manner possible.”
Voyages to Antiquity offers cruises in and around the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic Seas, North Africa and the Red Sea, with nine itineraries and 16 departures to ports that take advantage of the Aegean Odyssey’s smaller ship size. Its goal is to combine the best in cultural travel with first class lecturers providing insight into the cultures and people who created the “cradle of civilizations” in the Mediterranean region.
The 350-guest ship provides boutique-style cruising in a relaxed environment. Concierge services and amenities are available in the 82 new staterooms and suites in categories A through G, which range from 200 to 500 square feet. The dining experience will feature continental cuisine augmented by regional foods and wines brought on during each voyage. Open seating dining is offered in the main restaurant, and wine is included with dinner each evening.