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Voyages to Antiquity: The best alternative cruise options

Cruise Advice

A holiday can be so many different things - total relaxation, a time to regroup, great food and wine, partying until dawn, the opportunity to learn a new skill, a busy adventure, a fitness fanatic's dream: or all or none of these things.

A cruise can be all of these too - in fact one of our favourite things about cruising is that people can travel together, whilst indulging their personal view of what makes a holiday special.

Having said that, many people choose a cruise with a particular focus in order to travel with like-minded people, in congenial company. And one of our favourite cruise lines was the now defunct Swan Hellenic. Following the demise of that company, we recommended a range of alternatives, one of which was Voyages to Antiquity, whose elderly little Aegean Odyssey operated just the sort of cultural cruises that Swans had loved.

Voyages to Antiquity - Aegean Odyssey in Dubrovnik

Alas, Aegean Odyssey has now been taken on permanent charter by an American company, and once again a group of inquisitive, curious, energetic and primarily British travellers are left without a clear home to go to when taking their holidays. So what do we suggest?

If you enjoy travelling with like-minded Brits...

Saga are transforming the ex UK cruise market with two new purpose-built ships, the first of which will launch in July (Spirit of Discovery) and the second in summer 2020 (Spirit of Adventure). These two pretty little ships will offer appealing itineraries in a boutique environment with attractive inclusive pricing.

Saga - Spirit of Discovery

If you love classical music...

Take a look at Ponant's themed cruises. Designated music cruises in destinations all over the world present groups of highly talented musicians giving great performances, in the appealing and contemporary environment of an intimate Ponant vessel.

Ponant - Le Bougainville - Woman on deck

If you prefer the convenience of included shore excursions...

Take a look at the lovely Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet - wide-ranging port-intensive itineraries of exploration with great calls and lots of overnights in port are enhanced by an extensive range of included shore excursions, enabling you to match the visit to your interests.

Regent Seven Seas Navigator in Venice

If European history and culture is your thing...

Consider a river cruise, a leisurely journey down one of the great highways of Europe, with frequent stops to explore, either independently or in a group: so many opportunities from the Danube to the Douro and the Rhone to the Rhine. Or maybe even Russia! Call us to help you select the right river cruise line for you.

AmaVida Douro river cruise

If you like the stimulation of a great learning programme...

Go straight to our Mundy Adventures website and take a good look at the range of expedition cruises on offer. Some are intrepid explorations into the polar regions, while others visit warmer waters. What they have in common is an expert team of naturalist guides and educators on board, with a great programme of lectures and presentations on a range of fascinating subjects.

Silversea Expeditions - Zodiac and polar bear in Svalbard
Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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