Aegean Odyssey – small ship, big attention

Voyages to Antiquity is a UK company based in Oxford and there are few UK cruise companies! We were berthed next to the Odyssey, in the Queen Victoria, which is by no means a huge ship, but the Odyssey looked like a yacht. We are so pleased to have seen it as it is both unusually British and a small ship to add to our small ships menu. It looked like they would know your name and just how you liked everything from your drink to placing your slippers. It was built in 1973 with a refit in 2010, and carries 180 crew to look after just 350 guests. That is a 2 to 1 ratio. The ship is just 141 meters (461ft) long, and can sail many rivers and get into small unusual ports. This ship offers quite an experience for those who enjoy small ships, and different itineraries. 

The Odyssey is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, the Charleston Musical Entertainment Lounge and a relaxing spa centre with a Health and fitness area as well as a 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. 

The Observation Lounge & Piano Bar are the places to relax. There are views on all sides and a pianist plays often. It is also a meeting place for keen bridge players and there is WiFi here. Take a look at the ship from the outside first and appreciate how personal an experience it looks.

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Now take a look inside. It is like a rather up-market hotel.