Variety Cruises, a Greece-based small ship company, unveiled five new excursions for the 2015-2016 season this week. Cruising the open seas since 1949, Variety’s fleet of 11 fully-owned vessels range in size from four to 36 cabins and travel through well-known and unique ports of call such as Seychelles, Costa Rica and Panama. The new voyages will venture through Turkey, Greece, the Canary Islands, Mozambique Channel Islands and Madagascar.
The 10-day Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands cruise takes place on the 21-cabin Motor Yacht Pegasus. A Madagascar Specialist Guide will also be on board to educate passengers on the history of the destinations. Guests will travel through Diego Suarez Bay, the Ankarana Park and Amber Mountain in Madagascar before island hopping through Hara, Mitsio, Komba, Sakatia, Iranji and Nosy Be isles. Aboard the 25-cabin Motor Yacht Harmony V, passengers on The Canary Islands Discovery will spend eight days encountering 10 archipelagos with stops in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Gomera among others. Offered from December 2015 to March 2016, temperatures are generally around 71-74 F with mostly calm winds.
In 2016, Variety will debut their Red Sea cruise on the 21-cabin Motor Yacht Harmony G by offering two different itineraries. Both are seven day journeys focused on showcasing the cultural diversity of Egypt and Jordan. The Kings and Pharaohs Cruise starts in Aqaba, Jordan to Suez, Egypt (or reverse) and travelers will experience sites like Sharm el Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula, the Karnak and Luxor temples, and Luxor, the ancient land of gods and pharaohs and home of the Valley of the Kings. On the Splendours of the Red Sea roundtrip voyage from Hurghada, Egypt, you’ll be afforded more time in Jordan and have extra time for swim stops in The Red Sea.
The last itinerary takes place in Greece and Turkey on the eight-day Aegean Mosaic Cruise on the 36-cabin Mega Yacht Variety Voyager. With four sailings in 2015 and nine in 2016, passengers will visit mainland port cities and islands, all the while venturing through the off-the-beaten track islands of Patmos, Samos and Arki, where large cruise ships cannot dock. From the fabled ancient cities of Troy to the glitzy Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, this voyage will showcase the best of the Mediterranean.