Athena to Call at New Cruise Port in Victoria

Posted November 2nd, 2011

Athena will return to Adelaide in the 2012/13 cruise season, and make maiden calls in Portland, Victoria; Asia and Europe. Classic International Cruises has announced details of the next season for its classic liner, Athena, featuring new destinations, an inaugural Easter voyage and a Rock 'n Roll cruise.

The 550-passenger ship will be the first to visit Australia's newest cruise destination, Portland, in western Victoria, and the second to ever visit Robe in South Australia. The two historic towns form part of a new five-night round-trip itinerary from Adelaide, which also includes a call to Melbourne, in February 2013.

Portland is close to the famous Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road and was once home to the nation's first saint, Mary Mackillop.

In total, Athenais set to offer 17 cruises, departing Fremantle and Adelaide, between November 2012 and May 2013. Fares start at $470 per person for two nights, and children under 18 cruise for free on nine selected cruises, with only nominal taxes to pay. Single supplements for solo travellers in selected cabins are as low as 25% instead of double.

Departures from Fremantle include Classic International Cruises' first Easter cruise to Esperance and Albany, and a four-night rock 'n roll music cruise to Albany and Bunbury. Other local highlights include round-trip itineraries from Adelaide to Tasmania, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.

Internationally, Athenawill make maiden calls to Kagoshima (Japan), Keelung (Taiwan), Busan (South Korea) and Manila (Philippines) as part of a 38-night Far East voyage from Fremantle in February 2013.

Maiden calls are also planned for Dubai, Livorno (Florence), Kotor in Montenegro, Durres in Albania and Muscat in Oman, as part of the ship's two traditional line-voyages between Europe and Australia. Christmas and January holiday cruises will be offered to Bali, Lombok and Broome.

Grant Hunter, Classic International Cruises'managing director for Australia, said the new Australian program underscores the company's ongoing commitment to the growing Australian cruise market, particularly in WA and SA.

"This coming summer and in 2012/13 we will again offer our successful formula of traditional cruising on a real ocean liner, affordable fares, attractive itineraries, fine cuisine, friendly and personal service, and a warm and relaxed atmosphere that you only get on a smaller vessel," he said.

Source: Cruise Weekly, 1 November 2011

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