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Top 5 Small Ship Adventures Opening in 2021

Posted on 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

The red sandstone monuments of Petra, Jordan, are among the many iconic Middle Eastern locales featured on our #1 Small Ship Adventure.

The safety of our travelers is always our #1 priority. We have worked with our regional teams and listened to government guidance and traveler feedback to update our health and safety protocols for our Small Ship Adventures. In addition, all travelers and staff aboard our small ships must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to departure.

With these guidelines in place, we are excited to resume travel on select Small Ship Adventures in 2021. Keep reading to find out our top five most popular Small Ship Adventures operating this year.

1. Suez Canal Crossing: Israel, Egypt, Jordan & the Red Sea —18-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
6 nights aboard the privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio

Our most popular independent film: Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Planet Food - Israel & The Palestinian Territories

Experience a melting pot of cultures and flavors and uncover the history that seasons the culinary traditions of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Operating Months: November-December 2021

Journey to lands traversed by prophets, pilgrims, and pharaohs since the dawn of civilization—and discover the rich cultural, religious, and historic tapestries that await. At the heart of your adventure is a six-night cruise aboard the 89-passenger M/V Clio.

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2. Grand Baltic Sea Voyage —14-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
10 nights aboard the privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian

Our most popular independent film: Rudy Maxa’s World: St. Petersburg, Russia

Rudy Maxa's World: St. Petersburg, Russia

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa as he explores St. Petersburg, from its enchanting canals to the famed Hermitage Museum.

Operating Months: August-September 2021

Set out across the sable waters of the Baltic Sea and discover enchanting castles, whimsical villages, and medieval squares on a Baltic and Scandinavian voyage. Explore seven countries and immerse yourself in the distinct and unique cultures of each region, with a Trip Experience Leader and local guides fostering authentic experiences along the way. Because of our ship's small size, you'll not only be able to witness the Baltics' iconic highlights—like lavish St. Petersburg and bustling Stockholm—but also delve into the region's more remote gems—like colorful Visby and historic Riga, small ports only accessible by small ship.

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3. Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona —15-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
10 nights aboard the privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian

Our most popular independent film: Metropolis: Barcelona

Metropolis: Barcelona

Witness Barcelona's ancient neighborhoods and modern highlights—and learn the history that shaped them.


Operating Months: September-October 2021

Ply the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your ship navigates Iberia's welcoming coast. This trip is book-ended by stays in two iconic cities: Barcelona, where you'll soak in the surreal skyline and the city's lively ambiance and Lisbon, including its colorful medieval neighborhoods. Along the way, you'll also uncover relics of the region's eclectic cultural heritage in Cartagena ... enjoy a taste of North African tradition in Tangier ... behold the legendary Rock of Gibraltar, and savor a traditional meal with a local family.

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4. Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
11 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Athena

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast—including its crown jewel of Dubrovnik—with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.


Operating Months: August-November 2021

During this comprehensive adventure, visit destinations that have enchanted travelers for more than a millennium. You’ll not only discover the Dalmatian Coast's iconic cities, but also travel off the beaten path to smaller ports, like Hvar, aboard our privately owned, 50-passenger small ship. Accompanied by a local Trip Experience Leader, you’ll walk in an emperor’s footsteps in Split. Journey to the island that gave Marco Polo his wanderlust. And soak up the medieval beauty of Dubrovnik.

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5. The Aegean Islands, Athens & Istanbul —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
7 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Athena or M/V Arethusa

Our most popular independent film: Santorini: Flavors of a Volcano

My Greek Table: Santorini: Flavors of a Volcano

Venture to the volcano-studded island of Santorini, and pick fresh ingredients with host Diane Kochilas as she learns to cook traditional Greek dishes. 

Operating Months: August 2021

In Greece, the cradle of Western civilization beckons to you with its proud monuments, sun-drenched isles, and friendly people. Journey to Greece on this Small Ship Adventure, and discover the enduring treasures of antiquity, from the Parthenon in Athens to the Temple of Apollo and the monasteries of Meteora. Then enjoy a Greek island cruise aboard O.A.T.'s private small ship and explore millennia-old settlements layered deeply in myth and history. Plus, spend two nights in Istanbul, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, where East meets West and ancient culture enlivens modern life.

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