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 Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .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. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.