Grand Expedition Cruise (Hebridean Sky)

Grand Expedition Cruise (Hebridean Sky)

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Enjoy 27 day adventure discovering Scandinavia & Baltic aboard Hebridean Sky. Experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises.

Trip Name
Grand Expedition Cruise (Hebridean Sky)
Days
27
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 90.6 metres Passenger Capacity: 118 Built / Refurbished: 1992 / 2016 The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky. Your Suite. On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a minifridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Refillable water bottles, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds. The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additional benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry. Your Space. The spacious and finely decorated public rooms on board the MS Hebridean Sky include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. In addition to the Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library which is well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads. A collection of games and devices to access the internet via the ship’s satellite can also be found in the library. Access to the ship’s satellite Wi-Fi via your own device is complimentary on board (signal strength varies depending on location and demand). The Dining Room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board. Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Whilst heaters and blankets make dining al fresco comfortable in cooler climates. Further to this, on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. You will also find a clinic and Doctor on board and a lift that serves all decks. Additionally there is a small hairdressers with appointments made on request. Your Dining. It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our Sky vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well-stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice. In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose. The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations. For Your Comfort. The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck. Life Onboard. If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels. When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship. The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Arrive Tromsø, Embark Ship
We meet you on arrival and whisk you to your ship. Kick things off with a glass of bubbly before your first meal on board.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Lofoten Islands (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Visit the world’s largest Viking longhouse, and stroll beneath the midnight sun.Norway’s west coast is without question one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, with the Lofoten Islands taking the cake. Cruising into the archipelago, jagged peaks jut from mirror-like fjord waters and red cottages are clustered on green banks. Today, enjoy your first Signature Experience.
Day 3 - DAY 3 Brønnøysund, Torghatten
You might like to walk through the tunnel at Mt Torghatten. Or, explore the town with your expedition team.Spot the Arctic Circle monument on deck before arriving at Brønnøysund. In the distance, you might even be able to see the sun shining through the tunnel at the centre of Mt Torghatten. Here, you’ll choose your sightseeing.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Trondheim
For a change of pace, today you’ll explore a larger city, Trondheim. Wander the open-air museum, which is more like a village. Explore its collection of over 80 vintage buildings, including a stave church and Sami huts.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Nordfjord, Olden
Your ship sails into Nordfjord to the icefields of Jostedal. Step ashore at Olden and head to the viewing point of Briksdal Glacier.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Florø (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Florø is simply picture-perfect. Visit the Sunnfjord open-air museum before a drive along the Waterfall Road.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Naerøyfjord, Flåm (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Today, cruise the region’s majestic fjords, from Sognefjord to World Heritage-listed Naerøyfjord. Later you’ll arrive in Flåm, where you'll board the Flåm Railway.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Flåm, Undredal
Farewell Flåm this morning and head to the remote village of Undredal on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, a small fjord village that's famous for its production of goat's cheese.
Day 9 - DAY 9 Bergen (Evening Departure/Overnight)
We’ve organised a private recital at the home of famous composer Edvard Grieg.In Bergen, visit the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, where you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. Your ship remains docked here overnight.
Day 10 - DAY 10 Rosendal, Hardangerfjord (Evening Departure/Overnight)
In Sunndal, set out on a walk to Bondhus Lake. Or, perhaps visit the historic Baroniet Estate Manor and Gardens.Dock in Rosendal to travel to the village of Sunndal. From here, choose your sightseeing.
Day 11 - DAY 11 Pulpit Rock, Stavanger
You might like to hike to the Pulpit Rock viewpoint, or choose to cruise through the fjord and a walk through Stavanger.Shape your day with your choice of sightseeing.
Day 12 - DAY 12 Kragerø
At Kragerø, jump into a boat for a journey along the Telemark Canal, carved into rock over a century ago.
Day 13 - DAY 13 Oslo
Reach Norway's capital. Walk through Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Viking Ship Museum. Visit the open-air Norsk Folkemuseum.
Day 14 - DAY 14 Marstrand, Skagen
In Marstrand, perhaps walk to Carlstens Fortress or enjoy a spot of kayaking.In Skagen, travel to the northernmost reaches or explore the peninsula on a guided bike tour.Stop at Sweden's fishing village of Marstrand. Here, choose your sightseeing. Later it’s onto Skagen in Denmark where you can further explore with a choice of sightseeing.
Day 15 - DAY 15 Copenhagen
With your ship in dock for the day, you have plenty of time to explore however you like.
Day 16 - DAY 16 Copenhagen
A city tour includes the Little Mermaid sculpture, Amalienborg Palace, the Tivoli Gardens and the Glyptotek Art Museum.
Day 17 - DAY 17 Bornholm Island, Christiansø Island
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCETaste your way across Bornholm Island, nibbling classic Nordic fare as well as some more contemporary offerings.FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingAt Christiansø Island choose from three guided walks.On Bornholm Island, enjoy a Signature Experience. At Christiansø Island choose your sightseeing.
Day 18 - DAY 18 Gdańsk
You might like to go kayaking. Or, keep dry with a wander through the old quarter.In Gdańsk, explore further with your choice of sightseeing.
Day 19 - DAY 19 Visby
Wander through the walled town of Visby. Or, spend the morning at a farm, where you'll get an idea of how the local people live.Shape you day how you like with your own choice of sightseeing.
Day 20 - DAY 20 Riga
Wander the historic centre and perhaps climb to the observation platform at St Peter’s Church. There’s also the option to explore the city by boat along its network of canals.Experience your own discovery of Rīga with a choice of sightseeing.
Day 21 - DAY 21 Pärnu
Perhaps join a guided tour to visit the Pärnu Museum and the old town. Or, drop in at a Nordic cider mill and truffle workshop and sample cider before trying your hand at making the truffles yourself.How you spend today is completely up to you with your choice of sightseeing.
Day 22 - DAY 22 Tallinn
Visit Dome Hill, the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Rotermann Quarter and Freedom Square. Otherwise, enjoy a stroll or pedal through the city on a fun discovery by bicycle.Tour the Estonian capital today. Here, you’ll enjoy your own choice of sightseeing.
Day 23 - DAY 23 St Petersburg (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Watch a private Russian ballet performance at the Hermitage Museum.Visit the State Hermitage Museum then head to Catherine's Palace for a walk through the gardens. After, a Signature Experience is sure to be a highlight of your day.
Day 24 - DAY 24 St Petersburg
Head to Peter and Paul Cathedral and onto St Isaac’s Cathedral before spending an afternoon at Peterhof Palace and Park.
Day 25 - DAY 25 Helsinki
Visit Senate Square and the Sibelius Monument or Suomenlinna.Arrive at Helsinki and choose your sightseeing.
Day 26 - DAY 26 Stockholm (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Take a tour around the Old Town, Gamla Stan. Discover the medieval Royal Palace and visit the Vasa Museum. Afterwards, sit down for afternoon tea in the historic town of Sigtuna. Your ship docks overnight in Stockholm.
Day 27 - DAY 27 Disembark Ship, Depart Stockholm
We'll transfer you to the airport this morning for your onward flight.
Day 28 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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Inclusions

    • Explore The Lofoten Islands. Enjoy a full day to explore the fascinating islands of the picturesque Lofoten Archipelago.
    • Ride Flåm Railway. Step aboard the Flåm Railway for a journey on one of Europe’s most scenic railways.
    • A Night Of Russian Ballet. Be treated to an elegant evening at the Russian ballet in the prestigious Hermitage Theatre.

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