Friday, 25 September 2015

Cruise with a difference

Live the high life on the ocean waves on a cruise with a difference

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Guests joining the 14-day Greece and the Adriatic Sea cruise, departing from Athens on 9 May 2016, will be able to sing with choirmaster and conductor Bob Porter. On this special sailing aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, guests can take part in three workshops, culminating in a grand finale performance. The price encompasses 11 shore excursions, with ports of call including Corfu (Greece), Sarande (Albania), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Split (Croatia) and Ravenna (Italy) before arriving in Venice (Italy) for a two-night stay and the flight home.

From £2,345 per person: 0845-437 9737,

P&O Cruises’ 2017 World Cruise Collection features a special cruise aboard Aurora: echoing the trade routes of the British Empire, the ship will sail a 104-night eastern circumnavigation from Southampton, calling at 35 destinations in 21 countries. Departing 9 January 2017, this cruise will feature unforgettable moments including sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco; into Sydney Harbour, Australia; and transiting both the Panama and Suez canals.

Prices for world cruises start from £9,699 per person, plus on-board spending money up to £1,200 per person, depending on cabin grade: 0843-374 0111, 

Highlights of Saga Sapphire’s 14-night Around Britain And Ireland cruise, departing Dover on 18 August 2016, include Bournemouth Air Festival, a tour of Guernsey on a vintage coach, a dinghy ride to picturesque Kinsale from Cobh in Ireland, Holy Loch – one of the Clyde’s finest natural harbours – a whisky tour and tasting, archaeological excursions from Kirkwall… and even a search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

From £2,972 per person, including UK travel to and from Dover: 0800-096 0079,

Voyages Jules Verne’s latest World Of Wonders brochure features new European river cruise itineraries. The eight-night Princely Treasures Of The Elbe, departing 29 May 2016, takes travellers from Prague to Berlin on board the MS Elbe Princess. On-shore experiences include sightseeing in Berlin, a walking tour of Prague’s Old Town and private concert at the Baroque Refectory of the Church of St Giles, timed entrance to Dresden’s legendary Green Vault, and visits to Porcelian museums.

From £1,995 per person, including flights from Heathrow: 020-3733 4378,

For true explorers, luxury cruise operator Pandaw has launched new reconnaissance voyages to Burma’s Deep South and the remote Mergui Archipelago. The sailings depart in March 2016 aboard the MY Drenec, a high-class expedition ship with only five cabins. Pandaw’s itinerary takes in the charming town of Moulmein and includes a stop at the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, famous for its Golden Rock.

Prices for the 11-day journey start from £3,300 per person, including flights, one night in Rangoon at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, transfers, a seven-night cruise on a full-board basis, all excursions, entrance fees, and services of an expedition director: 020- 8326 5620,

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