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Singapore to Colombo

21 days

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22 Jan, 2019

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  • 21 days
  • 6 countries
  • 2 hotel nights
  • 8 shore excursions
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This voyage takes you to the mysterious, beautiful and spiritual nation of Burma, sailing from Singapore after a two-night hotel stay.

You will also explore the fascinating port of Malacca in south-west Malaysia, once the centre of the spice trade, followed by the rich colonial history of Penang and the delightful resort of Phuket in Thailand, where there will be the chance to visit the stunning Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga.

Your arrival in Myanmar (Burma) is spectacular as we sail up the Yangon River to berth in the port of Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital of the nation. Then sail to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands and onwards to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, a place of tropical landscapes and mysterious Buddhist relics. Here you will have a chance to explore the capital of Colombo and the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala.

Depending on your departure city, your flight may depart on January 23rd, to arrive in Singapore on January 24th. Please call for details.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 22
Tue
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Jan 23
    Wed
      Departure
      In flight to Singapore.
      Jan 24
      Thu
      Singapore , Singapore
      Arrive in Singapore and transfer to hotel.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 25
      Fri
      Singapore , Singapore
      Delve into the spirit of Singapore with a morning sightseeing tour. Optional Singapore night safari evening tour.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 26
      Sat
      Singapore , Singapore
      Optional morning tour of the Gardens by the Bay or embark Aegean Odyssey.
      7.00pm
      Jan 27
      Sun
      Malacca , Malaysia
      Discover the history of Malacca.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 28
      Mon
      At sea
      Cruising the Strait of Malacca.
      Jan 29
      Tue
      Penang , Malaysia
      In the morning visit the colourful capital of the Malaysian island of Penang - George town.
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 30
      Wed
      Phuket , Thailand
      Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 31
      Thu
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea.
      Feb 01
      Fri
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea.
      Feb 02
      Sat
      Yangon , Burma
      Take a guided tour of the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular monument.
      overnight
      8.00am
      Feb 03
      Sun
      Yangon , Burma
      Tour of Scott's market and National Museum or optional air tour to Bagan or Mandalay.
      overnight
      Feb 04
      Mon
      Yangon , Burma
      Free day in Yangon.
      6.00pm
      Feb 05
      Tue
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea.
      Feb 06
      Wed
      Port Blair , Andaman Islands
      Visit Port Blair for a morning sightseeing tour, the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Optional tour in the afternoon to Ross Island.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Feb 07
      Thu
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Feb 08
      Fri
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Feb 09
      Sat
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Feb 10
      Sun
      Colombo , Sri Lanka
      Watch Asian elephants as they bathe and play in this full-day adventure to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or take a morning city tour of Colombo. Or optional full day tour to Kandy available.
      overnight
      7.00am
      Feb 11
      Mon
      Colombo , Sri Lanka
      Transfer to Colombo Airport for flight home.
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Spirit of Singapore

      25 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Half day
      Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers.

      Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Singapore's past in Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, where sacred cow figurines crouch on the roof and an annual fire-walking contest is held.

      Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, just inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world: 60,000 plants, over 700 species and 2,100 hybrids including the National Flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall. Wind up over 300 ft. to the top of Mt Faber for sweeping panoramas of the city, port and islands where offshore refineries make this an important petroleum center. Whether you view Singapore as a dining, shopping or cultural mecca, this overview reveals there's much to explore in the Lion City.

      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

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      Singapore Night Safari

      25 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Evening Visit
      Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

      Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

      This optional tour offers a unique opportunity to join a Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, where you’ll guided around the world’s first nocturnal zoological park.  More than a thousand animals appear to roam freely in a seemingly vast habitat, from the massive Burmese Gaur (the largest of wild cattle) and the beautiful African Bongo, to the majestic Malayan Tiger and diminutive, boldly striped Banded Civet.

      Discover beautiful and unusual fauna on board a silent electric tram, then explore further on foot through the jungle trails for a close encounter with wildlife. The canopy of jungle trees, some towering over 40m above the park, complements exotic ferns and palms, while other plants exude superb fragrances, all providing a dramatic backdrop for the animal residents of the Night Safari.

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      Gardens by the Bay

      26 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Half Day
      Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland.

      Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland.

      One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa). It is also home to a collection of plants from the world’s areas and showcases how plants have evolved to thrive in arid environments.

      Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist and see a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

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      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Malacca Heritage Tour

      27 Jan Malacca, Malaysia
      Half day Tender Archaeological Site
      Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name.

      Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

      Start your sightseeing with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

      Visit St Paul's Church, built to honour St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.

      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      George Town Highlights

      29 Jan Penang, Malaysia
      Half Day
      Visit the temples, mosques and churches of this historically rich and culturally diverse city.

      The tour begins with a drive through the streets of the city and along the ‘road of harmony’ bustling with activity. Lining along this road are various places of worship – an Anglican St. George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Arrive at the Penang Museum which displays a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical artifacts.

      You will next visit the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese Temple across the road. Continue driving along Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. It is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea.

      Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquil and green surroundings of the Botanic Garden which is 72 hectares and more than a century old. Lying in a deep valley at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forest and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam freely in their natural habitat. Drive past the Old World setting of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel before returning to the pier.

      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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      Phi Phi Islands

      30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
      Full day Lunch Included
      With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park.

      With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park, Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

      From here, it's about an hour by water to Phi Phi Le, where you'll visit stunningly beautiful Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. See the Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup. Inside, rock carvings from 3,000-4,000 years old are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats.

      For lunch, your boat pulls up to a beachside restaurant. Splash ashore where a buffet lunch is waiting. Then surrender to an afternoon of pleasure on enchanting Bamboo Island. Enjoy free time, snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

      *Please note the excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. 

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      Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

      30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
      Full day Lunch Included
      Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea.

      Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. Enjoy a briefing on this beautiful bay during the hour-and-ahalf drive from Phuket. Then step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun.

      Wind through mangroves and silent caves to Pan Yi Island. Stop at the Sea Gypsy Village, a Muslim village built entirely on stilts, where you can visit a school, wander the byways, shop for pearls and glimpse a fascinating way of life.

      During your time at Pan Yi Island you will enjoy a typical Asian buffet lunch. En-route, visit a local fruit orchard to sample an array of tropical fruits and learn how to prepare such treats as Tom Yum Kung Soup. If time permits, you will also stop at a showroom of Thai handicrafts and jewellery.

      *Please note this tour is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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      Sunset Visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

      2 Feb Yangon, Burma
      When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

      When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

      The Pagoda is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma) where it dominates the skyline. According to legend, it was created by two brothers, Trapusa and Bahalika, who encountered Gautama Buddha shortly after his enlightenment. As a gift to them, Siddhārtha Gautama pulled eight hairs from his head, which the brothers brought back to Singuttara Hill to preserve in a magnificent reliquary.

      As well as Siddhārtha, Buddhism recognises four other Enlightened Ones from the current aeon, or kalpa as it is known, including the predicted future Buddha, Maitreya. Alongside hairs from the current Buddha, Shwedagon is also said to contain the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana and a piece of the robe of Kassapa.

      The practise of covering the stupa in gold leaf began in the 15th-century when Queen Shin Sawbu gifted Shwedagon with her weight in the precious metal. The people of Myanmar have continued this tradition to this day, with plates of gold now riveted to the brickwork of the bell-shaped structure.

      The spectacular effect created by these panels of gold is best experience at sunset, when their glow casts a spell over the entire city, so the tour will depart at around 4pm, giving you time to learn more about its incredible history as well as experiencing a truly unforgettable sunset.

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      Scott's Market and National Museum

      3 Feb Yangon, Burma
      Half day
       The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

       The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

      Artefacts are spread across fourteen galleries representing different areas of history, from royal regalia to musical instruments, various eras of art to epigraphy and calligraphy, traditional folk art, Buddhist iconography, natural history and prehistory. A highlight is the spectacular 26-feet high, jewel-encrusted Royal Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last ruler of Myanmar, but there are plenty of other priceless and illuminating exhibits to see as well, ensuring you will leave with a greater knowledge and understanding of Myanmar and its people.

      Not far from the museum is the indoor Bogyoke Market, formerly named Scott’s Market, after the Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott who led the city under British rule during the early 20th-century. Following Burmese independence in 1948 the market was renamed in honour of the national leader Bogyoke (General) Aung San who had been assassinated the year before.

      Housed inside this beautiful colonial building are 1,641 shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewellery, fashion and consumer goods. The market is square in shape and divided into four wings, but the stalls and shops are not categorized, making finding items more fun.

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      Port Blair City Tour

      6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
      Half Day
      Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands.

      Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair is a vibrant mix of Indian Ocean inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

      You will explore the small town visiting the Naval Marine Museum with its displays of tribal art, marine life and archaeology. The museum also has a sizable collection of shells and corals. Next, visit the Anthropological Museum which illustrates the lives of the aboriginal tribes with miniature models of the tools used by them, their dresses and photographs of their life style.

      Your final stop is the Cellular Jail. The construction of this prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The building had seven wings, at the centre of which a tower served as the fulcrum and was used by guards to keep watch on the inmates. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel and a large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in the eventuality of an escape or disturbance. All the prisoners were kept in isolation and subjected to a brutal work regime and the Cellular Jail is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the colonial rule in India.

      Before you return to the ship, there will be a brief stop at the local market Aberdeen Bazaar where there is a good selection of local wood carvings and jewellery.

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      Ross Island

      6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
      Half Day Extensive Walking
      Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

      Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

      This small island was the capital of Port Blair during the British regime and it presently houses the ruins of old colonial buildings like the Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Government House, the main Church, the Hospital, and Troop Barracks. All in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum which houses old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

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      Morning Colombo City Tour

      10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Half day
      Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other.

      Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other. 

      You will travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

      Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that the Buddha visited Kelaniya in order to quell a quarrel between two warring Nāga leaders: Chulodara (literally meaning ‘the small-bellied one’) and Mahodara (‘the big-bellied one’).

      Next, drive to Visit the Colombo National Museum. Housed in a grand colonial building, the National Museum is the custodian of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of books, more than 4,000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings and an excellent collection of antique demon masks. The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandian Kings dating back to the 17th century.

      Make a visit to Independence Square where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self rule in 1948. Wind past the cricket stadium through such neighborhoods as affluent Horton Place and Kotte, the legislative capital. Enroute to the pier, drive past Nelum Pokuna Performing Art Center, Town Hall, President House and the Pettah Bazar.

      This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

       

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      Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

      10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Full day Lunch Included
      Watch Asian Elephants as they bathe and play in the river, then see the babies being fed on this full-day adventure.

      A two and a half hour drive through the lovely Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests.

      From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants. Head first to the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty – and the antics – of these majestic animals. Many of the elephants have been bred here and will stay for life. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river.

      In the afternoon, see the elephants from closer-up, and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed. Return with memories which – like an elephant – you will never forget.

      Please note that the terrain is uneven and dusty and the feeding of the young and sick elephants can get very busy.

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      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

      10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Full day Lunch Included
      Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha.

      Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha.

      The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. One of the day’s highlights is a stop at Peradeniya to walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Orchid House should not be missed!

      Continue on to Kandy, founded in the 14th century and the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings. Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, take a guided tour of the monumental Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic is enshrined.

      During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, make a stop at a Spice Garden and learn about Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic tradition. Please note that this excursion is very long with an approximate 3-3.5 hour drive each way.

      This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A video fee applies for the temple.

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      Nigel Cox

      Nigel Cox, British Diplomat
      Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong.

      Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong. 

      He spent a total of 8 years in three tours at the British Embassy in Peking/Beijing, including from 2000 to 2002 as deputy to the Ambassador, in the rank of Minister and Consul-General.  He was then appointed Director Asia-Pacific, responsible for UK relations with the whole region from Myanmar to Japan and from Mongolia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands – and for line-managing most of the British Ambassadors there. He had previously served as Head of the South East Asian Department. Earlier, he had spent six years in Paris, the first at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and then as First Secretary in the British Embassy.  
       
      After a year’s secondment to business (with the P&O Group, now part of DP World, focussed on their worldwide container ports, and with AstraZeneca on their Chinese pharmaceuticals business), Nigel left the Diplomatic Service and worked as a consultant to International Power plc (now part of Gaz de France) exploring investment openings in Vietnam.  He was also appointed as Asia specialist on the Advisory Panel of PriceWaterhouse Cooper LLP. 
       
      From 2009 to 2013 he was Clerk (Chief Executive) to one of the City of London’s ancient guilds, the Fishmongers’ Company.  He currently works part-time as a Sensitivity Reviewer of the Foreign & Commonwealth Archives, making recommendations on whether redactions are required before files are transferred to the National Archives at Kew or released earlier in response to Freedom of Information enquiries.  He also undertakes voluntary work with the Royal Parks Foundation on the Hyde Park Tree Survey and with English Heritage as a guide at Apsley House (The Wellington Museum) and Wellington Arch in London.

      He has published articles and reviews, including in the quarterly “Asian Affairs”, and recently contributed five chapters to “Brave Lives”, an account of the members of the Travellers Club in London who were killed in the First World War.

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      Olivia Cox

      Olivia Cox, British Diplomat Retired
      Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

      Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

      Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012, Olivia has attended various courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Courtauld Institute but also inspired by her late father, Lt Col Sir Julian Paget, a distinguished military historian, has helped to organise a 2014 Battlefield Tour to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, a 2015 Waterloo Bicentenary celebration in Brussels, and several events to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

      Olivia also enjoys voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled (the Royal Mews group, who arrange weekly riding in the Hyde Park Barracks for children with special needs), the Knightsbridge Association and English Heritage (as a guide at Apsley House and Wellington Arch in London). She makes jewellery to sell for charity and is a keen consumer of the cultural opportunities of London.

      Olivia and Nigel live in central London but (having no children, dogs or cats) travel frequently, both within Europe and further afield: trips since 2015 have included Peru, Ecuador (notably the Galapagos islands), South Africa, Qatar, Nepal, Southern India and the Azores.  

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      U Ye Htut

      U Ye Htut, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore
      U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016. He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).

      In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016). In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation.

      U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016.  He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).  In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016).  In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation. 

      Prior to transferring to the Ministry of Information, following his father, a Sandhurst graduate, he served 24 years in the Myanmar army.  After Myanmar’s most recent elections in 2015, he served as a member of the President’s Transition Team assisting the incoming government of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).  He took his B.Sc. from Myanmar’s Defence Service Academy in 1981. 

      Married, with three daughters, U Ye Htut has written four books in Burmese, including Politics and the Media, Bush and His Decisions, and The Press Council and Journalists’ Ethics.  He frequently appears on Singapore’s Channel News Asia and writes occasionally for the Singapore Straits Times.

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      Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

      Prof Sandy Primrose MBE, Biotechnologist
      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

      In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.

      Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.

      Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation. 

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      Professor Robert H. Taylor

      Professor Robert H. Taylor, Author and Editor
      Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

      Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

      Professor Taylor is the author and editor of several volumes on South East Asia.He most recent books were The State in Myanmar (2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015), both of which have been translated into Burmese. Since leaving academia, he has worked as a lay immigration judge and a consultant to the oil and gas industry in the UK and USA.

      In recent years he has been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Yushok Ishak Institute ISEAS in Singapore. Professor Taylor is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975.

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      Regent Four Seasons

      Singapore, Singapore
      2-night hotel stay in Singapore
      Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort.

      Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort. With contemporary decor and museum-quality Asian art pieces, the hotel is a private and exclusive haven for business and leisure travellers.

      This pre- and post-cruise city hotel includes breakfast only. 

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      Included

      Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package and take advantage of Voyages to Antiquity's low-cost Economy Class airfare add-ons, available from a variety of US gateways.

      Low-cost roundtrip airfare add-ons from select gateways

      Voyages to Antiquity’s low-cost Economy Class airfare program uses the world's leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings. Upgrade costs for Business Class may be available on request - please call for details.

      Sample roundtrip economy airfare add-ons from several US cities are listed below.

      Sample economy airfare add-ons*

      Atlanta$995Boston$795
      Chicago$795Dallas$795
      Detroit$995Houston$895
      Los Angeles$795Miami$795
      New York$795Orlando$995
      Philadelphia$995Phoenix$995
      Portland OR$895San Francisco$795
      Seattle$995Washington DC$995

      *Low-cost roundtrip airfare is economy class only, varies by gateway, and includes all government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

      Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 or 2 days prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 or 2 days later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure if applicable.

      Customized air travel

      You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by Voyages to Antiquity.

      Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

      Seat Assignments

      Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements once air has been ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing.

      Frequent Flyer Mileage

      You will be able to accrue miles on most carriers we use, but will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities. Special requests and services should be arranged directly with the airline.

      Included transfers

      Transfers between airports and Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You'll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

      Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are for guests purchasing Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements.

      A

      Owner's Suites

      BALCONY
      Owner's Suites, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $10,750*pp
      $12,750*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      B

      Junior Suites

      BALCONY
      Junior Suites, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $9,995*pp
      $11,750*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      C

      Deluxe Balcony

      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $8,995*pp
      $10,495*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      D

      Deluxe Balcony

      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $8,495*pp
      $9,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      E

      Deluxe Outside

      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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      $7,850*pp
      $9,250*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      F

      Deluxe Outside

      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
      Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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      $7,495*pp
      $8,895*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      G

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $7,150*pp
      $8,350*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      H

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $6,695*pp
      $7,895*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      I*

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
      Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $6,295*pp
      $7,395*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      J

      Standard Outside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
      * Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $5,950*pp
      $6,950*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      K

      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $5,495*pp
      $6,495*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      L

      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $4,995*pp
      $5,895*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      M

      Standard Inside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $4,795*pp
      $5,595*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      CC

      Deluxe Balcony

      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $10,195*pp
      $11,695*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      EE

      Deluxe Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $8,895*pp
      $10,295*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      GG*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $7,995*pp
      $9,195*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      HH*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
       * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      $7,550*pp
      $8,750*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      II*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
      *Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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      $7,150*pp
      $8,250*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      JJ

      Standard Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
      *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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      $6,750*pp
      $7,750*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      KK

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $6,250*pp
      $7,250*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      LL

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Select from the menu to view different areas of the ship (Takes up to 10 seconds to load)

      There is not currently a virtual tour of this cabin. Why not take a look at other areas of ship.

      $5,950*pp
      $6,850*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      MM

      Standard Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
      *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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      $5,650*pp
      $6,450*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Third/fourth person sharing
      $4,495
      $3,795
      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
      $595
      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
      $1,600
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
      $1,950

      MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

      There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

      Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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      Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time.