After a successful first summer in Greece, easyCruise has announced that a second ship named easyCruise Life will join the easyCruise fleet on a new 7 day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey.

From April 2008, easyCruise Life will be cruising to 6 different Greek Islands, from laid back Syros and Samos to lively Kalymnos, Kos, Paros and Mykonos for a 24 hour stay. easyCruise will visit Turkey for the first time with a full day and night in Bodrum. Customers can choose where to join the cruise – in Athens on Saturday or in Bodrum on Monday.

easyCruise chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou commented: “The popularity of our 2007 season has proved that people are very keen to visit Greece and the surrounding islands and easyCruise Life will certainly cater for this demand.”

easyCruiseOne will also remain in Greece with its established weekend ‘Aegean Escape’ cruise featuring Poros, Mykonos, Paros and Sifnos. A new itinerary ‘Around the Ionian Sea’ will cruise through the Corinth Canal to the islands of Ithaki, Paxos, Corfu, Kefallonia and Zakynothos. Both ancient and modern cultures can be enjoyed with calls in Corinth, Itea (for Delphi) Preveza and, in another first for easyCruise, Agioi Saranta in Albania.

Stelios added: “Since easyCruise launched two years ago we have consistently provided our customers with interesting itineraries giving them the chance to see places that they would never normally have the opportunity to visit on one trip. We are able to take passengers to destinations that are difficult to reach, except by boat, such as the Ionian Islands, and our inclusion of a day in Albania opens up the opportunity to see a place you would normally not travel to but which offers such a great experience. Albania is starting to arouse people’s interest. It’s an exceptional country and from the port of Agioi Saranta we will offer tours to Butrint which is a superb world heritage site.”

Unlike traditional cruising, easyCruise sails for just a few hours each morning arriving at each destination at around lunchtime so that you can enjoy the rest of the day and night (until the next morning) having fun ashore and enjoying each destination to the full. Prices vary according to season and demand and like easyJet they generally rise as the ship fills up, so to get the best price the advice is to book early.