SOJOURN OF THE ANCIENT EMPIRES – Fly Free Business Class 2022 – 08 Apr 2022

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Oceanview Balcony
AU $49,999
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AU $54,999
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At Seabourn, we are passionate about travel. We believe that traveling for pleasure has a redemptive power that enriches people’s lives. And we believe that people should travel well.

Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.

Our ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, and continues to represent the pinnacle of that unique style of travel. Our fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 458 and 600 guests each, sail to the world’s most desirable destinations at their peak seasons. On board, guests are served by an award-winning crew numbering nearly as many as the guests, hand-picked and extensively trained to deliver Seabourn’s signature style of thoughtful, personalized and heartfelt hospitality. Seabourn’s ships attract accomplished people who enjoy traveling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people. A great many of them have found the Seabourn cruise experience to be their preferred method of travel, and return regularly to sail with us again and again. We would welcome the opportunity to explore whether that might be true for you.

In 2009, Seabourn again raised the bar with the debut of Seabourn Odyssey, hailed as “a game-changer for the ultra-luxury segment.” Although larger than the original Seabourn sisters, Seabourn Odyssey carries just 458 guests and offers a wealth of amenities made possible by the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including the largest spa on any luxury ship and generous private verandas on 90 percent of her suites. Seabourn Odyssey has since been joined by two identical sisters, Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and Seabourn Quest in 2011. Our first 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Encore, was delivered in 2016 and a second 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Ovation, was delivered Spring 2018.

Our expanded fleet allows us to offer the award-winning Seabourn experience to more travelers, in more cruising regions than ever before. No matter where in our wide world you want to travel, we offer you the opportunity to see it all in perfect elegance and ease — to travel well — aboard the best small ships in the world.

The Seabourn Difference

** Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere ** Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations ** Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences

** All ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed ** Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times ** All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish ** World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller ** Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences ** Tipping is neither required, nor expected

All Ocean View Suites feature a large comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 295 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space

Stateroom amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Ocean View Suites feature a large comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 295 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space

Stateroom amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 300 sq. ft. (28 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 sq. ft. (6 sq.m.)

In-Suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Penthouse Suite feature dining table for two to four and separate bedroom. Glass door to veranda, two flat-screen TVs, fully stocked bar, spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity. Approximately 436 sq. ft. (41 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 98 sq. ft. (9 sq.m.)

In-suite amenities include:
Fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvet, down or hypoallergenic pillows, robes and slippers
24-hour complimentary room service
In-suite bar stocked according to your preferences
Fine soaps such as L’Occitane and exclusive Therapies bath products by Molton Brown, London
Personalized stationery
Flat-screen TV with music and movies
Wi-Fi and cell phone access

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

All Penthouse Spa Suite feature dining table for two to four and separate bedroom. Glass door to veranda, two flat-screen TVs, fully stocked bar, spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity. Approximately 536 to 539 sq. ft. (50 sq.m.) of inside space, plus one veranda of 167 to 200 sq. ft. (16 to 19 sq.m.)

Includes all the in-suite amenities:
Complimentary full-day access to The Spa at Seabourn serene area
In-suite spa amenities
Spa concierge service
Spacious bath with full tub and shower
Complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
Second in-suite bar stocked with waters, juices, and healthy snacks
24-hour complimentary room service
Fine cotton linens, plush robes and slippers
Writing desk with personalized stationary
All-natural Molton Brown, London bath and beauty products, including Pure Pampering bath oils
Additional Molton Brown, London specialty spa products and a menu of luxurious bath sponges
Calming L’Occitane fragrance can be diffused in the suite, and a soothing music soundtrack is available on request
Soaps by Hermès, L’Occitane, Baudelaire and Salvatore Ferragamo
iPod® docking stations
Flat-screen TVs with music and movies
The option of in-suite dining served course by course
Wi-Fi and cell phone access
PressReader mobile – Enjoy your favorite newspapers and magazines from your smartphone or tablet

The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible suite shown above.

Approximately 526 and 593 square feet (49 and 55 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 133 & 354 square feet (12 and 33 square meters).

Owner’s Suites feature expansive ocean views, forward-facing windows, dining for four to six, bathroom with whirlpool bathtub, guest bath, pantry with wet bar, and two flat-screen TVs. Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.

Approximately 859 square feet (80 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 493 square feet (46 square meters)

Signature Suites feature expansive ocean views, forward-facing windows, dining for four to six, bathroom with whirlpool bathtub, guest bath, pantry with wet bar, and two flat-screen TVs. Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.

Approximately 914 square feet (85 square meters) of inside space, one veranda of 183 sq. ft. (17 square meters.).

Wintergarden Suites feature large windows, dining for six, whirlpool bathtub, guest bath, convertible sofa bed for one, pantry with wet bar, glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed, two closets and two flat-screen TVs. Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.

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Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn and her sisters is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks.

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 650 feet
  • Tonnage: 32,000
  • Maiden Voyage: June 2010
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 458
  • Crew Nationality: International
  • Officer Nationality: International
  • Dining Staff Nationality: International
  • Ship Registration: Bahamas

Ship Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • The Restaurant
  • The Club
  • Casino
  • Grand Salon
  • Whirl Pools
  • Seabourn Square
  • The Boutique
  • Card Room
  • Patio Bar & Grill
  • The Colonnade
  • Gym & Fitness Studio
  • Spa At Seabourn
  • Spa Pool
  • Sky Bar
  • Observation Bar
  • Spa Terrace
  • Sun Terrace
  • Sports Deck
  • Water Sports Marina
  • Restaurant 2


Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
08 Apr '22 Fly FREE business class Australia to Shanghai
08 Apr '22 Arrive Shanghai, transfer to hotel
09 Apr '22 Shanghai half day tour
10 Apr '22 Shanghai at leisure
11 Apr '22 Transfer to port, embark Seabourn Sojourn ship

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
11 Apr '22
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
04:00 PM
12 Apr '22
Putuoshan, China
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
13 Apr '22 At sea    
14 Apr '22 At sea    
15 Apr '22
Hong Kong
07:00 AM Overnight
16 Apr '22
Hong Kong
11:00 PM
17 Apr '22 At sea    
18 Apr '22
Halong Bay, Vietnam
08:00 AM Overnight
19 Apr '22
Halong Bay, Vietnam
03:00 PM
20 Apr '22
Sanya, China
10:00 AM 06:00 PM
21 Apr '22
Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
22 Apr '22 At sea    
23 Apr '22
Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) Vietnam
09:00 AM Overnight
24 Apr '22
Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) Vietnam
04:00 PM
25 Apr '22 At sea    
26 Apr '22
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
07:00 AM 08:00 PM
27 Apr '22
Ko Kood, Thailand
08:00 AM 05:00 PM
28 Apr '22
Bangkok (Laem Chabang) Thailand
08:00 AM Overnight
29 Apr '22
Bangkok (Laem Chabang) Thailand
06:00 PM
30 Apr '22 At sea    
01 May '22 At sea    
02 May '22
Singapore, Singapore
07:00 AM Overnight
03 May '22
Singapore, Singapore
03:00 PM
04 May '22
Port Klang, (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
05 May '22
Penang, Malaysia
10:00 AM 11:00 PM
06 May '22
Langkawi, Malaysia
08:00 AM 05:00 PM
07 May '22
Phuket, Thailand
08:00 AM 09:00 PM
08 May '22 At sea    
09 May '22 At sea    
10 May '22 At sea    
11 May '22
Colombo Sri Lanka
06:00 AM Overnight
12 May '22
Colombo Sri Lanka
11:00 PM
13 May '22 At sea    
14 May '22
Male, Maldives
08:00 AM Overnight
15 May '22
Male, Maldives
05:00 PM
16 May '22 At sea    
17 May '22 At sea    
18 May '22 At sea    
19 May '22
Salalah, Oman
07:00 AM 05:00 PM
20 May '22 At sea    
21 May '22 At sea    
22 May '22 At sea    
23 May '22 At sea    
24 May '22
Safaga (Luxor)
06:00 AM Overnight
25 May '22
Safaga (Luxor)
10:00 PM
26 May '22
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
05:30 AM 08:00 PM
27 May '22
Aqaba, Jordan
07:00 AM 08:00 PM
28 May '22 At sea    
29 May '22
Suez Canal
06:00 AM 07:00 PM
30 May '22
Haifa, Israel
10:00 AM Overnight
31 May '22
Haifa, Israel
08:00 PM
01 Jun '22 At sea    
02 Jun '22
Aghios Nikolaos, Greece
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
03 Jun '22
Mykonos, Greece
08:00 AM 09:00 PM
04 Jun '22
Kusadasi, Turkey
07:00 AM 11:00 PM
05 Jun '22 At sea    
06 Jun '22
Athens (Piraeus) Greece
06:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
06 Jun '22 Transfer to hotel, Athens at leisure
07 Jun '22 Full day tour to Delphi with lunch
08 Jun '22 Athens at leisure
09 Jun '22 Transfer to airport, Fly business class Athens to Australia
10 Jun '22 Arrive Australia (some flights may arrive later)

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

Package duration: 62 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 8th April 2022 from Australia
Cruise starts: 11th April 2022 from Shanghai, China
Cruise ends: 6th June 2022 into Athens, Greece
Package ends: 9th June 2022 in Athens

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EXCLUSIVE OFFER!
Twin OS Guarantee Ocean View was $65,335 – our exclusive price: $49,999*pp
Twin OB Guarantee Veranda was $70,335 – our exclusive price: $54,999*pp
Twin V1 Veranda was $70,335 – our exclusive price: $54,999*pp
Twin V6 Veranda was $82,835 – our exclusive price: $67,499*pp
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SOJOURN OF THE ANCIENT EMPIRES Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– FREE return BUSINESS class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Shanghai and ex Athens on return inc tax
– FREE one way transfer from Shanghai airport to hotel by private car
– FREE 3 night 5-star hotel stay in Shanghai with breakfast
– FREE Half day Shanghai city tour
– FREE one way transfer from Shanghai hotel to port by private car
– 56 night ultra luxury cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn from Shanghai to Athens including: All shipboard meals, Most shipboard beverages, Port taxes, Complimentary self service laundry
– FREE one way transfer from Pireaus port of Athens to Athens hotel by private car
– FREE 3 night stay at the St George Lycabettus Hotel Athens (or similar) in an Acropolis View room with breakfast
– FREE day tour to Delphi with lunch
– FREE one way transfer from Athens hotel to airport

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Oct20). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Package includes business class airfares - the carrier/routing is at the discretion of this agency - once issued, all airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. As this is a package, cancellation and refunds vary from cruise line`s cruise only conditions. Offer ends 31Dec20 or until sold out/withdrawn

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 13 Oct 2020 to 31 Dec 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

56 Night World Cruise sector sailing from Shanghai to Athens aboard Seabourn Sojourn.

Several of the most important trade routes of antiquity parallel our path from the Yangtze through Luxor and Petra to the hill of the Parthenon.

Highlights of this cruise:

Shanghai
“Paris of China” and “Pearl of the Orient,” the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world’s largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today’s Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is divided into four sections: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and the numerous outlying islands. One hundred sixty-four square miles of dense real estate dominate Hong Kong Island, including enormous skyscrapers with futuristic architecture, opulent hotels, residential compounds on Victoria Peak, and some of the oldest Chinese communities in the region. All these elements create one of the most exotic and exciting ports of call in the world; one that is universally loved by tourists and its own enterprising citizens.

Bangkok
Bangkok is a city of endless fascination. Spiked with countless high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, Bangkok is an exhilarating mix of chaos and refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, early-morning alms-giving rituals and ultra hip designer boutiques. In the heart of the city is the Chao Phraya River, its vast network of canals (klongs) as important to local transportation as the intricate road system. There is a wealth of history and culture to be discovered here: palaces, temples, markets, and exquisite classical Thai dance performances.

Singapore
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world’s most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.

Colombo
Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world’s finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout.

Salalah
Salalah, Oman’s ancient incense capital is an oasis with lush vegetation resulting from seasonal monsoons. The city’s roads wind through groves of coconut, papaya and banana trees, and roadside stands sell fresh fruit and coconut water. The tropical atmosphere is a striking contrast to the otherwise arid landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula. Even the Queen of Sheba fell under the spell of the area’s treasure far greater than gold, and sent gifts of frankincense to impress Solomon. Today, the beautiful sand beaches, cultural history, archaeology and natural diversity draw visitors to this ancient paradise.

Suez Canal
A canal linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean is an old dream. Evidence of attempts to construct such a seaway across the desert isthmus have been detected dating from Egypt’s pharaonic era and Persia under the rule of Darius. Venetian doges plotted, and Napoleon fervently wished for one, to save ships the 4,300-nautical mile diversion around Africa. When the 120-mile canal between Suez and Port Said was opened in 1869, the seafaring map underwent its most impactful change in history. The canal is at sea level, so no locks are required. Your ship will meet other ships of every sort and size from every corner of the globe around the entry at Suez, to join a convoy. It starts early in the morning, proceeding in single file at a sedate 8 knots (to reduce erosion of the banks) and passing other convoys either in the Great Bitter Lake or at the Bailah Bypass. On average, about 97 ships transit the canal each day. Sights during the transit tend toward the monotonous: the ship ahead and the one behind, and an endless bank of sand on either side, ceaselessly refreshed by dredges stationed along the shore and pumping wet sand over the berm. The town of Ismailia with its tall, minareted mosque is a welcome diversion, as are the two bridges and one massive powerline crossing the canal. The transit takes between 11 and 16 hours.

Athens
Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

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