Land of the Northern Lights Cruise
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.
Discover life on board Astoria
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Note: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Cabin upgrades may be available at a supplement.
Prices can change at any time. Call reservations for up-to-date price and cabin availability.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
14 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
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.
Board Astoria in Portsmouth today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
This 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.
Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
This 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.
Astoria 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.
Relax on board as Astoria spends another day at sea.
Tromso'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.
Today 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.
Astoria'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.
Relax on board as Astoria spends another two days at sea.
Astoria'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.
The 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.
A final day is spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories your cruise holiday as Astoria heads for home.
Bid farewell to Astoria and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise from Portsmouth.
British 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.
*These offers apply to new bookings made between 1st June and 1st July 2017 (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. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. On cruises with a Buy One, Get One Free offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. These offers 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.