Immersive European Combo Cruises

When a week simply is not enough for a luxury cruise, set sail on Seabourn’s combination cruises, which run longer and deliver more fascinating destinations with back-to-back sailings. These cruises last anywhere from seven to 45 days and give travelers the opportunity to discover all Europe has to offer, without the hassles of returning to airports, going through security and driving along busy highways.

Imagine departing from the beauty of the British Isles onboard one of the most luxurious ships at sea. Then, journey up the coast to Norway and Sweden followed by three magical days in St. Petersburg. Or, cruise from Ireland to Northern France before heading to the French Riviera. Not only do these combination cruises give you the opportunity to explore the world with longer sailings, but Seabourn also rewards guests with more in-depth itineraries and discounted fares.

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Four ultra-luxury vessels – Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Odyssey – visit more than 200 different destinations. From marquee itineraries to little known gems, you’ll experience an immersion into the customs and cultures thanks to Seabourn’s partnership with UNESCO World Heritage.  Here is a sampling of a selection of voyages on Seabourn Ovation:

21-Day Northern Gems & Baltic

Depart Copenhagen and head to Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, and St. Petersburg. The last stop includes a UNESCO Partner Tour within the historic city center and a boat ride right by Yakupov Palace, Stroganov Palace, and Michael’s Castle. Guests will even touch down in Helsinki, Finland before winding up the trip in Stockholm, Sweden. Scheduled August 3-24, 2019.

28-Day British Isles & Western Europe

This nearly month-long Europe Combination Cruise will travel the length of the British Isles with ports of call in Ireland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Highlights include Dublin, Holyhead, Liverpool, Belfast, Oban, Greenock (Glasgow), and Bristol (Bath). Then it will be onto destinations in northern France and Spain before departing in Lisbon, Portugal. Scheduled September 14-October 12, 2019.

 18-Day Moroccan Magic & Spanish Isles

Enjoy the golden season along the coasts of Spain and Morocco followed by the relaxed ambiance of the Balearics Islands and the Rivieras. You’ll with depart from Lisbon and spend time in Tangier, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, to name a few. You’ll then end your trip back in Monte Carlo. Scheduled October 12-30, 2019.

14-Day Gems of the Riviera & Mediterranean Isles

Spend a golden autumn fortnight exploring the picturesque treasures of the Mediterranean from the Cote d’Azur and Rome to the Aegean Isles. The two-week journey departs Monte Carlo to take in La Joliette (Marseille), St. Tropez, Syracuse and more before winding its way to the Aegean.  You’ll then explore Nafplion, Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos, and finally Piraeus (Athens). Scheduled October 30-November 13, 2019.

Expand Your Horizons with a Cruise on the Baltic Sea

If you are intrigued by world policy, foreign affairs, and current events, imagine taking a luxury vacation with leading thinkers and policymakers. Now envision sailing to some of the most historical cities in the world with your new friends. All of this is possible with PONANT’s World Affair Cruise. Sail the soon-to-launch luxury EXPLORER yacht, Le Dumont d’Urville in August 2020, for an up-close look through history.

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The Baltic cruise begins in Stockholm and sails along historical cities that edge the Baltic Sea. Matching the captivating itinerary is equally fascinating onboard experiences featuring lectures and discussions. You’ll hear from former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis; former Ambassador to Russia and current President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, William Burns; and journalist and author Robin Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of more than half a dozen award-winning books on international security matters.

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These dynamic speakers add an abundance of insight into cultural destinations like St. Petersburg, where most of the city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Journey to other important ports of calls such as Helsinki, brimming with modern architecture and Tallinn in Estonia, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Venture on to Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea where you will explore the medieval town of Visby, once a stronghold of the Hanseatic League.  That is then followed by a private choral performance and reception at the St. Clemens Church Ruin. Before concluding in Copenhagen, you’ll visit Szczecin, the city in Poland that was nearly destroyed during World War II but has since been completely rebuilt.

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The excitement of amazing ports extends onboard the fourth ship in PONANT’s new EXPLORER series, Le Dumont d’Urville. The 92 room luxury yacht,  embodies elegance. Blending refinement and comfort, staterooms feature balconies and spacious living accommodations. Lounge areas open to the outside, for a full immersion into your beautiful surroundings.

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If the August sailing date doesn’t fit into your schedule, PONANT offers another option. Le Bougainville’s World Affairs cruise takes place from October 11 to 18, 2019. This ship travels to the heart of the ancient Greek World.  Fareed Zakaria, CNN Host, and Washington Post columnist; Michael V. Hayden, retired US Air Force general and former Director of the CIA; and Daniel Mendelsohn, internationally best-selling author, and classicist will accompany the cruise for in-depth discussions and personal interactions.

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