Grand Scottish Highlights, Islands & Faroes Cruise
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20352
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
9 nights. April 2018. From £549.00.
Spring Getaway Offer: Save up to 60%*
Explore the Orkneys, the Shetlands, the Faroes and Scotland
Join us on board Astoria for a cruise full of northern delights. You'll sail to remote outposts, full of enchanting natural and fascinating legends. Calls are made at a quintet of contrasting and scenic Scottish Isles, as well as in the Danish Faroes.
Beautiful, 550-passenger Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1500 hrs
Day Three - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Four - Torshavn, Faroes
Day Five - Klaksvik, Faroes
Day Six - *Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Day Seven - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Eight - Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Scotland
Day 10 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0700 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes8 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneBoard Astoria to cruise north from Tilbury. Settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Day TwoRelax on board the ship as Astoria cruises to the Scottish islands.
Day ThreeToday, Astoria cruises to Kirkwall, the historic capital of Orkney. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile away are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day FourAstoria's next call is Toytown-like Torshavn, capital of the remote Faroe Islands. Here you might wander the confusion of lanes and narrow passages, or join an excursion to other parts of the islands, perhaps crossing the famous Bridge across the Atlantic (which connects main island Streymoy with the spectacular scenery of smaller Eysturoy).
Day FiveAfter leaving Torshavn this morning, Astoria makes a rare call in Klaksvik, capital of the Nordoyar (the six northeasternmost Faroe Isles). Many of the inhabitants of this remote Danish outpost are direct descendants of the Vikings, and still speak an ancient Norse language. Sheltered by conical mountains, Klaksvik is surrounded by a birdwatcher's paradise of green meadows that you'll be able to explore on today's optional shore excursion.
Day SixLerwick, the Shetland Islands' rugged capital, is another gateway to an ancient land of legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird life. Discover the town, or join the optional excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day SevenThis morning Astoria sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland's rugged East Coast. The ship ties up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, where you can step ashore to explore. You might choose to take a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, while whisky connoisseurs might head to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Day EightAstoria's final port of call will be Rosyth, from where you can join an optional excursion to Edinburgh. Wander along the beautiful, historic streets of Scotland's capital, and see the famous castle or Holyrood Palace.
Day NineEnjoy your last, relaxing day enjoying the ship's amenities as Astoria heads for home.
Day 10Arrive in Tilbury, and bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers before you disembark at the end of your cruise holiday. Back to top
Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
The cabins on board Astoria offer accommodation to suit a range of pockets and preferences. Each passenger cabin offers private facilities with shower and bath, a TV, a hairdryer and personal safe. Superior and Deluxe cabins and Suites offer extra touches such as mini-bars fridges, bathrobes and slippers and even champagne to toast your arrival on board. Outside cabins offer picture windows and portholes. Passengers who book a Junior Suite will also enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, and a special 'At Your Leisure' disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper on the day they disembark. In addition, passengers who choose to book Astoria's Owners Presidential Suite will receive a complimentary laundry service, will be served pre-dinner hors-d'oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship's library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship's restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations (on tours with at least 40 participants).Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. *The Spring Getaways offer of up to 60% applies to new bookings made from 19th January 2018 and is subject to availability on Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins on selected cruises. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories.
All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top