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President's Pick - Aegean Gems

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Today, I pulled the file for our Aegean Gems Cruise with Seabourn Cruises next October. I had work to do on this sailing, but didn’t get past the instant images in my mind of the azure seas, sunny, idyllic islands and an elegant ship ready to welcome me aboard! Alas, it was not to be. My parents (David and Roslyn) are the lucky ones this time and you can be too!  

When I asked David what appeals to him about a cruise with Seabourn through the waters of the Aegean, this is what he had to say: "Historically, the Aegean is one of the most important regions from which the western world first developed, but its’ appeal lies with the delightful islands and beautiful turquoise waters.  When I first travelled there over 50 years ago, I was truly inspired by the laid back lifestyle and easy going nature of the islands and villages, the magnificent beaches and sparkling white houses.  Amazingly, we shall discover that many of the beautiful gems that we will explore on this cruise, will take me back to that first adventure.  And, I can honestly say that there is no better way to experience these islands than sailing in the sheer luxury of Seabourn.  We certainly deserve that after what we have all endured this past year!"

Seabourn Cruises is a premier cruise line, one of the best in the world. Our ship on this incredible Mediterranean voyage is the strikingly sophisticated Seabourn Encore. Entering service in 2017, she is part of the youngest, most modern and most acclaimed cruise fleet in the ultra-luxury market. With just 600 passengers, and a 1-to-1 crew-to-passenger ratio, each guest is assured service that is second to none. All accommodations are luxurious ocean-front suites. An open-bar policy serving premium wine, champagne and spirits and a world-class dining experience are yours to savour each day in multiple dining venues. You’ll feel you’ve been invited on a spectacular private yacht!

Our journey begins on October 20, 2021 with a flight to Athens followed by two nights in exciting Athens at the luxurious 5-star Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel in the heart of the city and just minutes from the Acropolis. Embarking on Seabourn Encore you will sail the pristine Aegean waters to a host of charming, picturesque ports in Greece and Turkey, many of which the larger ships cannot navigate.   You’ll explore for two full days in exciting Istanbul, one of the world’s most fascinating cities! 

This voyage is for many, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on one of the world’s finest small ships and we are very pleased to have negotiated excellent, fully inclusive value for this exceptional experience.  It’s been a long time staying home this year.  Now it is time to treat yourself!

David and Roslyn invite you to join them and take advantage of Seabourn’s “WAVE” offer which is valid for bookings made between December 2 – March 1, 2021. The offer includes available suite upgrades, reduced deposit, up to $1,000USD shipboard credit per suite, up to 900 minutes internet package per guest. On premium and penthouse suites guests will enjoy up to $2,000USD shipboard credit and unlimited internet per suite. In addition, if you pay in full by February 1, 2021 you will save an additional 10% and if you have sailed with Seabourn in the past, you are eligible for a further savings of 5%.

I remind you of our Book with Confidence policy. Your health, safety and security are our top priority. For peace of mind, your deposit for this journey is fully refundable until June 17, 2021. With the recent vaccine announcements, there is a huge pent up demand to start travelling; I encourage you to confirm your space early, knowing that your investment is protected. Excellent savings like this will not last forever.  Visit our Aegean Gems journey page for more details.