Land Of The Northern Lights Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20478
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. October 2018. From £1089.00.
Spectacular skies and natural beauty
Cruise north along Norway's fjord and island-dotted coastline, in search of the mysterious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. This astonishing celestial phenomenon has bewitched, enchanted and entranced generations, and is one of the Earth's most awe-inspiring sights.
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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Ports of call
Day One - Depart Portsmouth, UK 1430 hrs
Day Two - Ijmuiden for Haarlem, Netherlands
Day Four - Bergen, Norway
Day Five - Andalsnes, Norway
Day Seven - Tromso, Norway
Day Eight - Honningsvaag for North Cape, Norway
Day Nine - Alta, Norway
Day 12 - Alesund, Norway
Day 13 - Stavanger, Norway
Day 15 - Arrive in Portsmouth, UK 1200 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. Please see the Full Itinerary for details.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions14 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 in Portsmouth today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day TwoThis morning, Astoria docks in IJmuiden, and you'll be able to head into nearby Haarlem to explore. Here, the gothic spire of the Grote Kirk van St Bavo cathedral watches over the patterned cobbles of the Grote Markt, and the surrounding streets are lined with medieval buildings. Visit the Frans Hals Museum, which houses a collection of over 760 paintings by Dutch artists from the 15th to 20th centuries.
Day ThreeSpend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day FourThis morning Astoria docks in Bergen. This ancient Hanseatic city of cobbled streets and medieval houses was the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the vibrant harbour and fish market, stroll past the wooden warehouses of Bryggen and take the Floibanen funicular to the summit of 'Mount' Floyen.
Day FiveAstoria cruises into beautiful Romsdalsfjord and up to Andalsnes, today. From here, there's the opportunity to enjoy an excursion through some of Norway's most spectacular mountain scenery, and perhaps a chance to visit the famous wooden Rodven stave church in its dreamy setting beside the fjord.
Day SixRelax on board as Astoria spends another day at sea.
Day SevenTromso's magnificent 'Arctic Cathedral' rises grandly from its bustling centre. Step ashore to explore the daily market and the fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen.
Day EightToday Astoria docks in the pretty, remote village of Honningsvaag. Join an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp, almost at Europe's northernmost point. You'll return to the ship, passing Europe's true north tip at Knivskjellodden, before Astoria continues south.
Day NineAstoria's next port of call is remote Alta. Sky-gaze at your leisure, here, where the Northern Lights are at their most astounding. Explore the Arctic region of Finnmark (which is home to the indigenous Sami people, the prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft and the famous Ice Hotel) on one of our exciting optional excursions.
Days 10-11Relax on board as Astoria spends another two days at sea.
Day 12Astoria's next port is Alesund. Here you'll find a beautiful natural harbour, a waterfront lined with tall, pastel-painted buildings, and insights into the history and heritage of the region on a visit to the fascinating Sunnmore Museum.
Day 13The former fishing capital of Stavanger greets Astoria today. Step ashore to wander through harbour-side Torget, and this afternoon enjoy the breathtaking passage though Lysefjord.
Day 14A final day is spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories your cruise holiday as Astoria heads for home.
Day 15Bid farewell to Astoria and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise from Portsmouth. 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. **This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. 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. This offer 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