Atlantis returns to the Med in style on the most popular mid-size ship we’ve ever sailed with an extraordinary journey to some of the Med’s most alluring destinations as we sail from Venice to Athens on the magnificent Oceania Riviera. It’s our most deluxe cruise in years, designed for pure indulgence with 1200 friends from around the world with more exciting options than ever.
Immerse yourself in a journey that takes you from the wonders of Venice to the cliffs of Santorini to the majesty of Istanbul and so much more. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine in five sophisticated restaurants, served in casual elegance and with no extra charges. And let Atlantis entertain you throughout with our stellar signature performers, friendly hosts, and a few perfectly timed parties. It’s the ultimate combination of exploration – in pure luxury on the boldest and most fabulous ship Atlantis has ever chartered.
- July 9 Venice, Italy 5:00 pm
- July 10 Split, Croatia 11:00 am 6:00 pm
- July 11 Relaxing Day at Sea
- July 12 Santorini, Greece 8:00 am 10:00 pm
- July 13 Patmos, Greece 9:00 am 6:00 pm
- July 14 Kusadasi, Turkey 7:00 am 4:00 pm
- July 15 Istanbul, Turkey 12:00 pm Overnight
- July 16 Istanbul, Turkey 5:00 pm
- July 17 Mykonos, Greece 10:00 am 2:00 am
- July 18 Athens, Greece 8:00 am
Comprised of over 120 islands in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is one of the world’s most unusual cities. Here, canals replace streets, and residents use water taxis to navigate their city. The bustling square around St. Mark’s Basilica, is certainly one of the world’s best known examples of Byzantine architecture, a still-impressive relic from the days when Venice was the world’s leading maritime power. Arriving early in Venice allows you time to explore, enjoy and get lost a bit in the world’s most fascinating city.
The largest city on the Adriatic Coast, seaside delight Split has been influenced by being under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav control. There is an abundance of culinary delights throughout its restaurants and wine cellars. Sites such as Diocletian's Palace and Mausoleum, the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius justify its position as a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The city's coves offer several lovely beaches, including central Bacvice.
Relaxing Day at Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with everything from T-dances to pool games to brunch with friends. The Mediterranean sunshine is all yours today!
The island’s capital of Thira is a maze of whitewashed buildings and narrow cobblestone streets atop a cliff hundreds of feet above the island’s main port, where yachts and cruise ships anchor. Small, family-owned vineyards dot the center of the island. And for a romantic moment, head to the tiny town of Oia and watch the sky turn a dozen shades of pink and orange as the sun slowly drops over the horizon.
Nature lovers rejoice in idyllic Patmos, encompassed by pristine blue waters, sheer cliffs and volcanic soil. Stumble upon popular stunning beaches and dive into warm waters of the Aegean Sea. Adventure to the Cave of the Apocalypse or fire up your taste buds with a culinary adventure at Patmos’ top restaurants and tavernas.
Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archeologist’s dream with easy access to the ancient city of Ephessus. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
In addition to being the cultural and financial center of Turkey, Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents. There are more exciting restaurants, bars, galleries and clubs around town than exquisite Ottoman mosques, although Istanbul's history and exotic culture are present everywhere. At night you’ll be immersed in one of the worlds’ most exciting scenes, with something for everyone including friendly gay bars & nightclubs.
Spend a day strolling through the Grand Bazaar, explore the famous Blue Mosque, or wander through the majestic Topkapi Palace, with its gardens, libraries and 400-room harem.
Quaint, whitewashed villages contrast with sexy, international beach crowds and a pulsing nightlife in Mykonos, one of the world's hottest gay destinations. Chora, the island's main town, is a tangle of twisted, cobblestone alleys that reveal a surprising range of interesting boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Work on your tan and enjoy the scene at the super gay Super Paradise Beach before heading back into town for a sunset dinner then enjoying the vibrant nightlife that has made Mykonos a true international hotspot.
Athens has been the center of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. The capital of modern Greece, it’s still dominated by 5th-century-B.C.E. landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings such as the colonnaded Parthenon temple, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum. In recent years, a lively gay scene has emerged in Gazi district. The area is populated with many chic restaurants, art galleries, bars and boutique shops.
Disembarkation begins at approximately 8 AM, and we do not recommend flights earlier than 11 AM.
What better place to start a cruise than the fascinating canal city of Venice, one of the true treasures of the modern world. Spend a day or two getting lost in the labyrinth of streets and discover extraordinary sites and cultural wonders everywhere you turn. After a breathtaking sailaway, we’ll arrive in the heart of vibrant Croatia, where Split offers a unique blend of stunning Adriatic beaches surrounding an ancient city.
Spend a relaxing day at sea with Oceania’s legendary service and gorgeous cuisine before the cliffs of Santorini rise up before you. Our extended stay gives you plenty of time to visit the volcanic beaches, stroll the whitewashed streets of Oia, and take in the world’s most famous sunset ritual.
Our first-ever visit to the beautiful Greek island of Patmos takes you to one of the true hidden gems in the Dodecanese islands. An 11th century monastery overlooks the main town, where unspoiled beaches and inviting restaurants beckon.
During our three days exploring Turkey, you’ll discover two distinctively different sides of this fascinating country. The bustling port city of Kusadasi offers a glimpse into the bustling merchant culture with effortless access to the ancient city of Ephessus – one of the world’s most treasured cultural sites.
Make sure you’re on deck as we head up through the Bosporus as the towers of Istanbul rise into view. We’ll spend a full day and night in the cultural heart of Turkey so you have plenty of time to explore the wonders of the world’s only city spanning two continents.
Our last stop takes you to the island playground of Mykonos, known the world over for its vibrant gay scene, relaxed beach culture, indulgent shopping, and delectable cuisine. We’re staying until 2 am, so you have ample time to hit the beaches, explore the whitewashed streets of Chora, sample the local food, and even have a drink or two at Jackie O’s!
And if you plan on staying in Mykonos after the cruise, it’s easy to disembark late in the evening and still make the most of your time onboard.
The luxurious mid-size Oceania Riviera is your home for this extraordinary journey, recently upgraded in 2019. With 1200 guests she’s the perfect size for our intimate voyage, yet filled with features found on much larger ships. She’s a masterpiece of contemporary casual elegance and design, from the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home. Six tantalizing restaurants offer an unmatched variety of culinary delights, while nine welcoming bars and lounges provide the perfect spot to recap each day’s explorations with friends old and new.
Take a splash in the large heated pool or three inviting whirlpools. Spacious teak decks create the perfect setting for soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine or joining us for a festive poolside tropical t-dance or two.
At the end of each brilliant day, there’s no better way to wind down than at the Aquamar Spa, where signature treatments abound and a state-of-the-art fitness center makes it easy to keep moving.
Six open seating restaurants offer some of the finest dining at sea, each with a distinctive experience – and all included with no surcharges. Thrill to creations in the sumptuous Grand Dining Room or enjoy the cozy elegance of Polo Grill’s classic steakhouse. Enjoy authentic Italian at Toscana or step into an authentic Parisian bistro at Jacques. Contemporary Asian cuisine at Red Ginger never fails to impress and of course there’s almost always an informal meal at the relaxed Terrace Cafe.
La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. And the Culinary Center features the only hands-on cooking school at sea, with a range of enriching cooking classes by master chefs. Options abound, and of course there’s never a dress code or assigned seating on Atlantis cruises. We’ll make sure you get to try them all, with friends old and new.
The stars come out in our spacious theater, featuring Atlantis signature entertainers and maybe a surprise or two. Our cabaret stars will thrill you in the intimate Horizons lounge on the top deck. Try your luck in the intimate casino or meet friends over drinks and music at our classic Atlantis piano bar.
In keeping with this cruise’s theme of exploration, relaxation, and friendship we’ll produce a few special t-dances and some unique nighttime parties. All perfectly designed to complement days of exploration.
We’re celebrating 30 years of gay vacations in style with a distinctive experience designed for our most loyal alumni. Intimate, original, and unique in every way, yet with all the fun you’ve come to expect from our vacations.
Our initial rates are actually lower than Oceania’s published fares but are only being offered for a limited time only.
We invite you to explore the best of the Mediterranean in the company of great friends next year as we return to Oceania for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.