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Scandi-mania sets Voyages of Antiquity on course for record bookings in 2019

Voyages to Antiquity has reported a significant upsurge in forward bookings for 2019 thanks to an expanded range of destinations and ports, especially in Scandinavia.

Passenger numbers have soared by 342 per cent year on year, largely due to a raising of its profile in the UK after some major industry awards.

Aegean Odyssey

Six new countries – Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland and Germany – together with 17 new ports of call including Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland) and Tromso (Norway) feature in the new 2019 European programme.

The line has recorded its strongest new season launch in history, securing an impressive 97 per cent of passenger number and revenue targets to date this year.

The maiden 14-day Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg cruise, which sets sail on 3 July, 2019, will be the first time the MV Aegean Odyssey enters the Baltic. Departing from Copenhagen (Denmark) the cruise calls at Stockholm, Helsinki, a two-night stay in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdynia (Poland) and Warnemunde before returning to Copenhagen.

Says Jos Dewing, managing director of Voyages to Antiquity: “It’s an understatement to say we are thrilled with these results. The 2018 season is well under way with our personalised approach, programme of expert speakers and generous loyalty programme making us the natural choice for culturally-focused passengers.

“Over 60 per cent of our business is via the trade and specialist partners and we never take this for granted. We are constantly evolving to ensure we are offering our agents and their customers a new destination and port of port of call.

“Our 2019 passenger numbers are up as a direct result of our improved engagement and awareness with agents and we are all incredibly grateful for the ongoing support. We are confident that this is going to be our strongest season ever and to develop our agent relations even further we are now seeking an additional agency sales manager.”

The cultural cruise line’s 2019 programme marks the long-awaited return to the Black Sea, with stops in Varna (Bulgaria), Constanza (Romania) and Odessa (Ukraine). A maiden voyage around the Baltic includes three days in St Petersburg (Russia) to best appreciate its artistic and architectural wonders. And another brand-new itinerary takes in Norway’s Arctic North Cape. Returning for 2019 will be the extremely popular Norwegian Fjords and Iceland programmes, as well as the classic Mediterranean circuits.

Voyages to Antiquity: 01865 302550 or visit www.voyagestoantiquity.com

Posted on 18th May 2018 at 07:56 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Voyages to Antiquity |

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