Classic International Cruises’ Athena will return to Australia with a 36-night voyage in November, it has announced. The 580-passenger ship will start the voyage from Marseilles on 12 November with another option to embark in Rome two days later. Its subsequent voyage to Perth will include with maiden visits to port calls to Livorno in Italy, Kotor in Montenegro and Durres in Albania. Also on the itinerary are Dubrovnik; Port Said in Egypt; Aqaba in Jordan; Salalah in Oman; Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore. The Athena arrives in Fremantle, Perth on 18 December.
Athena is the only ship to offer a dedicated, self-contained, traditional line voyage between the two continents, with onboard currency as Australian dollars.
“In contrast to the rapid growth of ever-expanding resort-type superliners, the line offers the ‘Classic Cruising Experience’ where crew escort passengers to their cabin on embarkation and know each guests name throughout the cruise in an intimate, friendly and relaxed setting.” said Grant Hunter, Classic’s Australasian managing director.