Cruise Ships

Cruise Ships

There’s reasons why Andante choose small or mid-size cruise chips. Firstly, you can stop at smaller ports and there will never be too many people getting off ahead of you. Fewer lines and less crowds are always a benefit. This is especially relevant to our archaeological and historical cruises because the locations of the sites themselves often tend to be in remote places that are more challenging to reach, and when you add major ports with large ships stopping at them to the equation, you have the problem of thousands of other passengers disembarking at the same time.

Another highlight of taking a cruise on board a small to mid-sized vessel is the individualised attention and excellent service, something you can look forward to on our trips. With a smaller number of passengers to get to know, it’s easier to build rapport with members of staff, which inevitably enhances the overall experience of your river or ocean cruise. From special requests to how you like your morning coffee, a more personalised service is at the heart of this type of cruise.

Enjoying this type of holiday also comes with the bonus of beautiful scenery. Depending on the cabin you choose, the view can be admired from your window or while you relax on the top deck as you sail between stops, and there will be minimal unpacking – another relaxing element that makes cruising such a popular way to travel.

Imagine cruising along the Nile, stepping ashore to explore the legendary Valley of the Kings and the staggering Abu Simbel temple complex in Egypt, or discovering iconic sites associated with mythology in Greece. With Andante Travels, you can.

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Onboard Experience

Every day is different on a small to mid-sized cruise ship and you can be as busy or as relaxed as you choose to be. We have some full days of site visits, making the most of what there is to see, some more relaxed days with half-day excursions and some days spent sailing.

As we’ve mentioned, there are many benefits to taking a river or ocean cruise as opposed to a land-based tour. One of these must be the pleasure of not having to pay every time you want a glass of wine (and not having to remember whose round it is). The vast majority of our cruises are fully inclusive, with a wonderful variety of food on board, and some itineraries include welcome drinks receptions on the first day. More information about this can be found on each tour’s specific page within our brochure.

Life on board will be very comfortable, with fantastic standards of cleanliness upheld and great attention to detail shown at every turn. Small to mid-sized cruise ships also mean smaller passenger numbers, which in turn means there will always be somewhere to relax throughout your cruise – relaxation is at the heart of the experience! Cabins all have ensuite bathroom facilities in addition to TVs and other modern amenities, and our cruises typically have a selection of decks to choose from, meaning there is something on offer to suit every budget.

Our cruises are mostly led by renowned Andante Guide Lecturers, who are part of the group rather than simply a leader – someone with whom to converse and laugh with at mealtimes, as well as someone who is there to share their academic expertise.

The cruises on offer have a slower pace, allowing you to sit back and really take in your surroundings with everything taken care of, but they are still filled with fascinating visits, memorable experiences and all the elements that create lasting holiday memories.

Small and Mid-size Cruise Ships

Explore the small and mid-size cruise ships on our river and ocean cruises.

The Celestyal Journey

The restaurants included in our cruise package are The Taverna which is buffet style and the Thalassa Restaurant which is a la carte. There are plenty of bars and lounges on board to relax in and reflect on the day, including the Blue Bar and Lounge, the Martini Piano Bar and Lounges and the Ocean Bar and Lounge. The main area for entertainment is in the Amphitheatre Show Lounge. Other facilities onboard include a casino, small shops, a gym, a health & beauty spa, Jacuzzi, sauna and relaxation room. Wi-Fi is payable onboard.

The Celestyal Journey

MV La Belle De L’Adriatique

The MV La Belle de l’Adriatique is a premium rated ship, comparable to a 4* hotel, and sails along the maritime coasts of Croatia, Greek islands, Montenegro, Albania and the eastern Mediterranean. The ship comprises of 5 decks. The elegant restaurant is located on the Main Deck where all meals will be served throughout the cruise. Games, dancing and other forms of entertainment take place at the lounge bar, located at the front of the Embarkation Deck. The Upper Deck boasts a small relaxing terrace area and ‘Pianorama’ bar.

MV La Belle De L’Adriatique

MV La Belle Des Océans

A prestigious premium ship, the MV La Belle des Océans is designed to offer high-end comfort and provides the perfect setting from which to discover the extraordinary island of Corsica.

The ship comprises of seven decks. The main restaurant on Deck 3 serves contemporary, international cuisine in a warm and elegant atmosphere. Whilst breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, dinner is served at the table.

MV La Belle Des Océans

MS Renoir

The MS Renoir is a premium rated ship, comparable to a 4* hotel. Its design adopts the “French chic” spirit, inspired by the friendship between Coco Chanel and Auguste Renoir.

The Upper Deck has two main areas; the lounge and bar towards the bow of the ship, and the restaurant towards the stern. The lounge is tastefully decorated and offers panoramic views. Games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

MS Renoir

MS Van Gogh

The Upper Deck has two main areas; the lounge and bar towards the bow of the ship, and the restaurant towards the stern. The lounge is tastefully decorated and offers panoramic views. Games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here. The restaurant is where all meals are served during the cruise, also with panoramic views. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

MS Van Gogh

Ms La Belle De Cadix

The light and bright MS La Belle de Cadix, comparable to a 4* hotel, is the only Croisi ship that combines river-maritime routes. The Main Deck is where you will find the restaurant, where all meals are be served during the cruise. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

Ms La Belle De Cadix

MS Elbe Princesse

The ship comprises of two decks. The restaurant surrounded by large panoramic windows is located on the Main Deck where all meals will be served throughout the cruise. Games, dancing and other forms of entertainment take place at the lounge bar, located on the stern of the Upper Deck.

MS Elbe Princesse

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