Variety Cruises Launches Glories of Spain & Portugal cruises Summer 2017

posted on Monday 16 May 2016
 
VARIETY CRUISES LAUNCHES SPAIN & PORTUGAL CRUISES FOR SUMMER 2017 

 
 
8-Day Cruise aboard the Panorama II to Launch in May 2017
 
Athens, GREECE -- Variety Cruises will launch Glories of Spain & Portugal, an eight day cruise aboard the 25-cabin Panorama II, in May 2017.  Sailing on Saturdays between May 13 and October 21, 2017, the cruise takes passengers between Malaga, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal (or reverse), with excursions in Grenada, Ronda, Gibraltar, Seville and Jerez de la Frontera.  Along the way, travelers see UNESCO-classified monuments and architectural jewels like the Alhambra Palace, taste fine sherry and experience the region's rich mix Spanish, Moorish and Portuguese cultural heritage.  The cruise marks Variety Cruises' first ever season in Spain & Portugal.
 
In Motril. travelers have the option to visit Grenada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. Here they visit the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th Century.  Sailing to Porto Banus, travelers can visit Ronda, a city which retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and the nearby 18th century Puente Nuevo. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today witnessed once a year at the occasion of the spectacular Feria Goyesca.
 
Continuing to Gibraltar, tour goers have the option of visiting the Rock for a breathtaking view of this British colony.  In Seville, the optional excursion takes travelers to the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the quaint and elegant district of Santa Cruz. Later in the journey, the group visits Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its  wines, horse breeding and flamenco music.
 
In Silves, largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake, travelers will marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir,  a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque and a 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. Next travelling to the picturesque city of Monchique, travelers will walk through its cobbled streets with small doorways housing various artisan trades. and see a 17th century Franciscan monastery overlooking the town. The group sets sail for the grand city of Lisbon the next day.
 
 
 
 
 
 About VARIETY CRUISES 
VARIETY CRUISES owns and operates 8 premium Mega Yachts and Motor Sailers, accommodating just 34 to 72 guests. Since 1968, the Variety Cruises concept and passion remains unchanged to deliver cruise experiences that focus on the destination, while guests enjoy the comforts and unique benefits of the size of our small ships sailing the seas.
Variety Cruises’ ships currently serve handpicked cruise destinations worldwide including Greece, the Adriatic Sea, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands, the Seychelles, Costa Rica & the Panama, Cuba, Madagascar, Spain & Portugal, and Iceland. Family owned and operated, Variety Cruises is proud to have been recognized with top honors. In 2016, Variety Cruises is voted Best Boutique Cruise Line Worldwide by USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Awards.  In 2015, Variety Cruises is recognized by CruiseCritic.Com, as one of The 15 Best Cruise Ship Lines - Best For Yacht Cruises category, by CruiseCritic.Com.

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We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasos sailing on 17th November. The ship was not full so there was plenty of space although there was a bit of scrapping over sunbeds by some of the Germans on board! There was a group of Germans whose leader was a bit over bearing but other than that the rest of the passengers consisting of Brits, French, French Canadians and Belgians and one lone German couple not part of the group got on well. We had a class C cabin which was comfortable, a little on the small size but we spent very little time there other than sleeping and changing so it was not an issue - it did give us very easy access to the sundeck so that was a bonus although it meant we had to keep our curtains shut at all times!! As this is not the most modern ship the bathroom was also quite small and the fittings are a little dated and there was a knack to making sure the shower doors did not roll back and forth when there was a slight swell! The food however was very good throughout with a decent choice and the fish and especially the beef tenderloin were all excellent and presented beautifully. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and George who was in charge of Hotel operations. Our Entertainment host was a little distracted and perhaps not quite up to the same standard as the other staff, which was a shame. We enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin (beware of the mosquitos here though) and Aride islands particularly, which are basically nature reserves with not many other tourists or facilities which we liked. For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. There were several excellent snorkelling trips and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last as we enjoyed our small ship cruise - we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations.
We cruised the Galileo August 17, 2018 and it was fantastic! I absolutely loved the ship! The entire crew went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. The rooms are nice and the food is very good. The views from the ship are beautiful and each island is different. I loved the intimacy of the smaller ship. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this cruise!
It is one thing to be able to cruise and enjoy the wonders of the Greek Islands. However so much more impor ant is know that your Captain has the experience to know how to ensure the safety of passengers. This past week we have been fortunate enough to undertake the Classical Greek Cruise and we were very pleased to find Captain Andreas when we boarded. With his experience he watched the weather patterns and made an early call to change the route. Yes there was some initial disappointment that we would not get to Crete. But we had a fantastic voyage and saw such interesting places that we never expected. Furthermore we enjoyed a thoroughly comfortable trip and look forward to our next visit. Thank you to captain Andreas and all the crew of Harmony V