0822 GMT January 23, 2020
The first cruise, dubbed ‘Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic,’ will be a 10-day sojourn beginning in Athens and ending in Venice. Cruise ships are a point of contention in Venice, a city plagued by over tourism, and one such vessel collided with a tourist boat in the Italian city early last month, injuring five people. Banksy recently brought this topic to light when he crashed the Venice Biennale. Perhaps in acknowledgement of this issue, Ponant will deploy its comparatively small ship Le Lyrial, with 122 state rooms and suites, for the Adriatic cruise, artsy.net reported.
The second trip, ‘Treasures of the Persian Gulf,’ will be a nine-day outing beginning in Muscat, Oman, making stops that include Abu Dhabi – where passengers will be able to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi – and ending in Dubai. Both cruises will have curators and directors from the museum onboard who will offer talks throughout.