Intimate and informal, 350-passenger Aegean Odyssey is the sole ship operated by Britain-based Voyages to Antiquity, a line specializing in enrichment-focused, itinerary-driven sailings highlighting historic and cultural ports in the Mediterranean, Africa, and Asia. The compact ship is small enough to navigate rivers and off-the-beaten-path inlets, allowing for unique combined ocean-and-river itineraries, while its seven decks offer a relaxed retreat amid understated decor. Accommodations are available across numerous stateroom categories, while comfortable public spaces include two dining venues, a well-stocked library, an Internet café, a top-deck pool, three bars and lounges, and a small spa and fitness center.
What We Love
Cabins for One: Solo travelers can nab one of 26 dedicated single-occupancy cabins, with low single supplements of just 10 percent.
Casual Cruise Style: Leave the formal wear at home — with its relaxed dress code (think country-club attire), Aegean Odyssey lets you focus less on packing and more on destination immersion.
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Mostly All-Inclusive Rates: Guided shore excursions with QuietVox headsets; gratuities; afternoon tea; wine, beer, and soft drinks with dinner; ground transfers; and pre- or post-cruise hotel stays are bundled into the base fare.
Onboard Lectures: Voyages to Antiquity's emphasis on enrichment doesn't stop when Aegean Odyssey leaves port — near-daily lectures are presented by professors, historians, writers, and former ambassadors who’ve been invited along on each voyage to share their regional expertise.
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Who It's Best For
Older, Enrichment-Seeking Travelers: The largely British, American, and Canadian clientele are an intelligent, well-traveled bunch, mostly in their mid-sixties, who are highly interested in history and culture.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Light on Entertainment: Apart from lectures, activities on board are limited. There's no show lounge or casino, and musical entertainment in the evening consists mainly of a string trio or piano duo in the lounge and occasional cultural performances in some ports.
Longer Itineraries: Voyages to Antiquity itineraries tend to run two weeks or more, so only those with generous vacation time need apply.
Elissa Garay is a Brooklyn-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
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Aegean Odyssey at a Glance
- Line: Voyages to Antiquity
- Number of Passengers: 350
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1973
- Refurbish Date: 2011