State-of-the-Art Design
The deluxe M.S. L’AUSTRAL features unprecedented design, technology and standards in comfort and elegance.

120 Exceptionally Spacious, Deluxe Suites and Staterooms
The large Staterooms and Suites range in size from 200 to 484 square feet. Ninety-five percent of the accommodations feature private balconies. All Suites and most Staterooms feature two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed, a private bathroom with shower (some with bathtub), international direct dial telephone, satellite flat screen television, DVD/CD, iPod dock with speakers, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closets, writing desk/dressing table, hair dryer, duvet and plush terry cloth robes.

Elegant Dining Experience
International and local cuisines are served in the stylish, spacious Dining Room in single, unassigned seatings, alfresco in the casual indoor-outdoor Grill Restaurant or from 24-hour Room Service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a three-course dinner and a late-evening snack are served daily. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner. Bar service is available on the Sun Deck.

Spacious Public Areas and World-Class Recreational Facilities
Inviting and spacious public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, beauty salon, elevator, infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse, Sun Deck, swimming pool, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room and full range of
fitness equipment.

Passenger- and Eco-Friendly
The ship’s propulsion system creates little vibration and significantly less engine noise to provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. The ship meets the latest “Cleanship” standards and is designed to prevent contact with environmentally sensitive seabeds.  

The highly trained, English-speaking international crew provides attentive service. Laundry services are available.

Island Life in Ancient Greece


Island Life in Ancient Greece & Turkey
  October 11 - 19, 2011

This enlightening voyage aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. L’AUSTRAL, launching in 2011, cruises from the mythical relics of Athens, Delos and Troy, across the glistening waters of the Aegean, to the bustling bazaars and sparkling mosques of Istanbul. Set your own pace in each port by choosing from the attractively priced shore excursions or spending time at leisure. Visit Greece’s history-rich islands—Pátmos, where monks carry on spiritual traditions traced directly to St. John; medieval Rhodes, to walk in the footsteps of crusading knights; Delos, mythical birthplace of Olympian deities; and Santorini, renowned for its dramatic black cliffs. Along Turkey’s enchanting coast, stroll the marble-paved boulevards of Ephesus. The exclusive “C’est Bon! Culinary Traditions” program led by a renowned culinary expert celebrates the local cuisines and wines of our ports of call through culinary lectures, demonstrations and tastings. Enrich your appreciation of the flavors and gastronomic traditions of these regions by choosing from a selection of specially arranged optional shore excursions accompanied by our culinary expert. Extend your journey with a Pre-Cruise Option in Athens and a Post-Cruise Option in Istanbul or Cappadocia.






Relive the ancient tales of Homer and the glories of mythical heroes and gods on this seven-night cruise from Athens to Istanbul.

Enjoy deluxe accommodations as you cruise across the heart of the Aegean board the exclusively chartered M.S. L’AUSTRAL, a splendid new vessel whose innovative design and state-of-the-art amenities promise to raise the small ship cruise experience to new heights.

Meet with residents of Pátmos at an exclusive VILLAGE FORUMTM, learn some Greek phrases and pronunciation and enjoy exclusive lectures on Greek mythology and Turkish history.

Choose among attractively priced optional excursions featuring the sacred Byzantine treasures of Pátmos; the spectacular ruins of Delos; the sights and sounds of sun-splashed Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini; the ruins of ancient Troy; and the marble-paved thoroughfares of Ephesus.

Explore the local flavors through the “C’est Bon! Culinary Traditions” program—optional excursions with an emphasis on fine regional cuisine, informative lectures by a professional culinary writer and cooking demonstrations by master chefs.

Cost  Special Tulane pricing is from approximately $3195 per person, plus airfare and based on double occupancy.

Booking  For booking information please contact Thomas P. Gohagan at 800-922-3088, or  Tulane Alumni Travel at 877-488-5263.

Specific trip details (itinerary, meals, sightseeing & accommodations) will be published in the brochure.

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