Malta coastline with boats anchored.

Cruise The Mediterranean In Luxury On A Small Ship

15 November 2019
Read Time: 3.5 mins

Australian tour company APT continues to lead in the luxury tourism industry with its all-inclusive itineraries across the globe. Since 2005, APT has continued to commission new ships, meaning guests can explore new destinations in luxury. 

For 2020, APT welcomes the newly built small ship Le Bougainville, which will take guests on an unforgettable journey throughout Greece, Italy and beyond. We uncover everything you need to know about APT’s new addition and why a small-ship cruise in the Mediterranean is just the ticket.  

The Ship

The restaurant on board Le Boungainville The luxurious small ship, Le Bougainville. Image: APT

Cruise Greece and Italy in unprecedented luxury on board the newly built Le Bougainville. It features 92 spacious staterooms and suites, each with a private balcony. Book a suite on deck six and enjoy the indulgent benefits of having your own dedicated butler. 

The privately chartered ship has all the trimmings you would expect from an APT cruise vessel and more, including two gourmet restaurants, a theatre, multiple Zodiac vessels, spa and fitness facilities and a pool offering panoramic views. The most notable feature is the world’s first underwater lounge, offering a unique experience while relaxing on board.  

The adjustable hydraulic platform ensures guests have direct access to the sea for water-based activities and also to the Zodiac vessels, which will take you from Le Bougainville to your port of call. 

The Itineraries

White stone buildings in greece with ship in the distance cruising the ocean Find luxury in the Mediterranean. Image: APT

You’ll find luxury small ship Le Bougainville cruising the waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean in 2020, via major cities including Athens, Istanbul and Rome. Book the 12-day Glistening Wonders Of The Aegean With Athens, which includes island hopping to Crete, Paros, Nexos and Milos plus a visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula and the Museum of Olive Oil production on the isle of Lesbos where you’ll enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal. 

The cruise is not without once- in-a-lifetime moments, which you can experience via APT inclusions such as  Signature Experience and Freedom of Choice, which are designed exclusively for APT guests. On the island of Crete, for example, choose between visiting the palace of Knossos and learning about ancient Minoan culture, or retrace parts of the Battle of Crete, learning about the soldiers who fought against the forces of Axis. 

Perhaps you’d prefer to start the 12-day Shores Of The Mediterranean, starting in Athens and cruising from Greece to Malta, Sicily, Sadinia and Corsica before reaching Rome. Wonder at the icons of Athens, head to Ambelonas Farm on the island of Corfu for a farm to table lunch and explore the best islands in the region. 

The Luxury

Wooden sauna interior of the spa, a view of an island out the window The kind of luxury you can only find with APT. Image: APT

Everything is taken care of once you’ve booked with APT. It’s fully inclusive, so you can live fully. Included in your journey with APT are experiences in all destinations, all meals which are locally inspired, the expert services of the cruise and tour director, transfers, porterage, port charges, taxes and gratuities, Freedom of Choice inclusions and a wide range of beverages on board Le Bougainville.  

On a luxury small ship, you’ll enjoy the added luxury of privileged access to smaller ports for longer and at times, stay overnight, allowing for a truly in-depth experience. In port, enjoy APT’s Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice inclusions. With no more than 184 passengers on board, it won’t be long before the attentive staff will memorise your name and favourite cocktail. 

If ever you needed a reason to holiday in the Mediterranean, with everything taken care of, this is it. 

Learn more about cruising with APT here


Sheridan Murphy

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Community and Content Coordinator Sheridan Murphy doesn’t just love travel, she lives it. If you want to work in Canada, volunteer in Fiji, stay with monks in Mount Emei, fly along the New York skyline, ride a camel in Abu Dhabi, trek the Great Wall of China, cruise the South Pacific or be kissed by a Greek in Corfu (on both cheeks)... be sure to follow along on Instagram @sheridanleemurphy.