Hidden Gems Highlight Seabourn Mediterranean Voyage

Unique Cruise Combines Unexpected Surprises With Popular Ports

MIAMI, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Linking famous and fawned-over ports with fabulous, but yet-to-be-discovered ones is the particular genius of a 14-day “Splendors of the Mediterranean” cruise being offered this summer aboard the intimate, all-suite cruise ship Seabourn Legend. The voyage departs July 22nd, sailing round trip from Monte Carlo.

Malta’s history and medieval heritage attract cruise ships to its picturesque port of Valletta. Its sister-island Gozo offers abundant rewards of its own, but the cruise ships sail right by its charming harbor at Xlendi, which hosts only fishermen and a few yachts.

The steep volcanic cliffs of Santorini grace posters and brochures of the Greek Isles, drawing visitors from around the globe. Mylos, by contrast, is barely recognized, except by the few familiar with the marble goddess discovered there.

Along with Malta and Santorini, Seabourn Legend will visit several other celebrated destinations, taking advantage of its intimate proportions to bring its guests closer to the main attractions. At Taormina on Sicily, Seabourn Legend is able to anchor right off of the town and its famous ruins, rather than at Messina down the coast. Likewise at Amalfi, the ship will anchor right in the harbor, rather than transferring guests from Naples or Salerno. The sleek, yacht-like Seabourn Legend can slip between the high walls of the narrow Corinth Canal, which is a thrilling experience in its own right, and one which allows the ship to call at the Greek port of Itea, close by the ruins of Delphi.

But what is truly exceptional about this cruise are the lesser-known “Seabourn Discoveries” that will supply even seasoned travelers with delightful surprises to add to their stores of memorable experiences. Take Gozo, for instance. According to local lore, it is the very island of Ogygia, where the nymph Calypso rescued Odysseus and enslaved him as her lover. The island is dotted with mysterious megalithic ruins and tall, stone cathedrals, many of which tower over the humble villages where they were built, tributes to the faith, and the craftsmanship, of the local Gozitan masons.

Mylos fulfills all the requisite components of a perfect Cyclades isle: fantastic rock formations; beaches varying from broad strands to secluded slivers; villages of sugar-cube houses clinging to steep slopes; whitewashed windmills and glowing azure coves. Plus, in 1820, the exquisite marble statue of Aphrodite of Mylos, later re-named Venus de Milo, was discovered here.

Sousse, on Tunisia’s northeast coast, was an important town in classical times, and the Sousse Museum holds a large collection of archeological artifacts. Guests can explore the town’s medieval medina, or venture out to the charming blue-and-white resort village of El Kantaoui, which offers beaches, a yacht marina and a golf course.

Even at a “celebrity” cruise port such as Santorini, Seabourn puts its own stylish signature on the visit, in this case providing its guests with a complimentary private reception at a winery, with local entertainment and a breathtaking view of the caldera.

With Early Booking Savings of up to 25%, fares start from $7,998 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. Travelers who have previously cruised with Seabourn, or any of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines, (Carnival, Cunard, Costa, Holland America, Princess, Windstar), are eligible for VIP Club Signature Value Savings of 50% and fares starting from $5,333 per person, double occupancy. For information, contact your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit http://www.seabourn.com/ .

The Yachts of Seabourn provides the ultimate in ultra luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Yachts of Seabourn is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations. The Yachts of Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) and (NYSE:CUK) , and supports the Ocean Conservation & Tourism Alliance, dedicated to education and promotion of best practices for protecting the marine environment.

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