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Journeys : June July 2009
The Classic Cruising experience Australia this summer, with the return of the line’s stylish flagship, Athena. Between November 2009 and March 2010, Athena will offer 16 value-for-money cruises from Fremantle and Adelaide, following the success of her maiden season from that port last summer. C A wide selection of cruises from two to 35 nights’ duration are available, including round cruises to Bali and Asia, the first return cruise to Tasmania from Adelaide and two traditional line voyages between Australia and Europe. Attentive, old-fashioned service from the Australian and international crew and first-class cuisine are the hallmarks of the Classic Cruising experience. It’s cruising as it was meant to be, with a sense of the ocean and all its mystery, adventure and nautical traditions, and that special personal touch often lacking in today’s hectic age. Although she’s the line’s biggest ship, Athena is smaller than most cruise ships today, carrying just 600 discerning guests. And that’s the appeal – she is easy to get around, with a special warmth and charming ambience – an authentic homeaway-from-home with a rewarding camaraderie that only smaller vessels can provide. Many liken the convivial atmosphere onboard to that of an English country pub – cosy, informal and welcoming. Guests return to their ‘other’ homes refreshed and relaxed with an address book brimming with the names of new friends. lassic International Cruises will offer its sixth successive season in Onboard, you’ll enjoy lazy days at sea and the many pleasures of shipboard life. Sip cocktails by the pool, take a turn around the Promenade Deck, enjoy a gym work-out, feast on fine cuisine, catch a cabaret show or a movie, lounge in the piano bar and let your hair down in the disco – all the feel-good things that provide the perfect getaway at sea. And then there’s the ever-changing scenery – unpack just once and a host of exciting destinations appear on the horizon. The 2009-10 season for Classic International Cruises offers a host of ports from exotic destinations in Asia to the spectacular sights of Tasmania, southern Australia and Western Australia and the many romantic ports in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Middle East on the ever-popular line voyages between Australia and Europe. Our ships achieve a high 96 per cent ‘very good to excellent’ rating from passengers, with the onboard service, dining experience and entertainment singledout for the highest scores. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and originally a transatlantic liner, the 16,200-ton Athena was completely rebuilt as a cruise ship in 1994 at a cost of US$150 million and refurbished in 2004. The mid-sized, eight-deck ship features a wrap-around promenade deck, many traditional wooden deck chairs, a pool, fitness centre and sauna, five bars and lounges, nightclub, show lounge, casino, library, boutiques, cinema, internet café, formal and casual restaurants and 276 spacious cabins – all with a bath/shower. All 43 suites, including eight balcony cabins, have jacuzzi baths. Classic touches aboard Athena • Intimacy of small ship cruising • Passengers personally greeted and escorted to their cabins by crew on embarkation • Streamers for passengers on departure • Wooden ‘steamer’ deck chairs and real teak decks • Quoits and shuffleboard games on deck • Spacious marble bathrooms – and every cabin boasts a bathtub and a bidet – features usually found only in suites on other ships • Traditional two-sitting dinners, enabling passengers to build rapport with waiters and fellow diners • Traditional Captain’s Table in the restaurant on longer cruises • Late night buffets • Cabaret-style stage shows with intimate, club-style seating • Free access to the bridge at selected times • Classic ‘lines’ or curvature of the decks designed for comfortable ocean cruising 77 June / July 09
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