Iceland & Northern Lights Cruise
- Duration: 14 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99934
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
13 nights. March 2019. From £999.00.
6 FREE BOTTLES OF WINE WHEN YOU BOOK BY 28th FEBRUARY - QUOTE: FREEWINE
Travel north to the stunning land of fire and ice on this superb springtime cruise, calling at its wonderful capital Reykjavik. Enjoy two full days exploring this quaint city packed with colourful houses and trendy shops and cafes, and go in search of the mesmerising Northern Lights. Then, as you make the journey back south, you'll have the chance to explore the remote Faroes, the Shetland Islands and the historic French port city of Dunkirk.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions13 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
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 1Board Astoria in Poole today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 3A first call in Belfast brings chances to explore both this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.
Days 4 and 5Relax on board as Astoria spends two more days at sea.
Days 6 and 7Today we’ll arrive in Reykjavik, where the brightly painted wooden buildings contrast sharply with the stunning beauty of the city's setting beneath Mount Ejsa. Step ashore to explore; take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum. During the evening, perhaps head out on a Northern Lights tour in the hope of catching sight of this ethereal phenomenon.
Day 8Spend another day at sea as Astoria turns south towards the Faroe Islands.
Day 9Tiny, Toytown-like Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands. Explore its confusion of lanes, narrow passages and black-tarred houses with green turf on the roofs, or join an excursion, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Day 10Our next port is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day 11Today Astoria arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney’s historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill’s famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.
Day 12Enjoy a last full day at sea.
Day 13Our final day is spent at the French port of Dunkirk, scene of the great rescue of World War Two. Spend your time here exploring the evacuation beaches, the Operation Dynamo Museum or the Dunkirk Memorial.
Day 14Astoria arrives back in Poole this morning, concluding this wonderful cruise to Iceland. 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 certain 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.*Offer applies to new bookings made from 5th July 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. The applicable percentage discount will be applied first, and the second passenger in the cabin will pay half that discounted price. Single cabin fares will be discounted by a further 25 per cent once the initial percentage discount has been applied. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
Where an extra 5% booking discount is available, this can not be redeemed online – please call.
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 Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.