Majestic Norwegian Fjords (Hebridean Sky)

Majestic Norwegian Fjords (Hebridean Sky)

From NZD $21,345

Description

Majestic Norwegian Fjords 16 day Smal Ship Cruise aboard Hebridean Sky.

Trip Name
Majestic Norwegian Fjords (Hebridean Sky)
Days
16
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
Excitement builds as we meet you on arrival and whisk you to your ship. Kick things off with a glass of bubbly before the first of many memorable meals on board.Stay: 15 Nights, MS Hebridean Sky
Day 2 - Day 2 Hammerfest
Wake in the world’s northernmost town. Norway’s city of Hammerfest is the launch pad for Arctic adventure, lying at the gateway to the Barents Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Set on a natural harbour, Hammerfest has long been inhabited by the Sámi people, the indigenous people of the north. Today is your opportunity to learn about Sámi culture and glimpse into their way of life as reindeer herders.
Day 3 - Day 3 Lofoten Islands
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingArrive in the Lofoten Islands to see the world’s largest Viking longhouse.Norway’s west coast is unquestionably one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, and when it comes to scenery, the Lofoten Islands takes the cake. Cruising into the archipelago, jagged peaks jut from mirror-like fjord waters and red cottages are clustered on green banks. Enjoy a Signature Experience.
Day 4 - Day 4 Brønnøysund, Torghatten
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingWalk through the tunnel or explore the town of Brønnøysund with your expedition team.Head to the deck to spot the Arctic Circle Monument before arriving at the town of Brønnøysund. In the distance, you might even be able to see the sun shining through the tunnel at the centre of Mount Torghatten. It’s here you’ll choose your sightseeing.
Day 5 - Day 5 Trondheim
For a change of pace, today you’ll explore a larger city, Trondheim. As part of your discovery, wander around the open-air museum, which is more like a village. Explore its collection of over 80 vintage buildings, including a stave church and Samí huts.
Day 6 - Day 6 Nordfjord, Olden
Stake your claim on deck as your ship sails into Nordfjord to the icefields of Jostedal. Mountains tower on both sides, along with glaciers, and deep valleys in shades of green. Step ashore at the village of Olden, passing beautiful lakes on your way to the viewing point of Briksdal Glacier.
Day 7 - Day 7 Florø
The archipelagos surrounding Florø add to the idyllic scenery of this quaint port town. First, visit the open-air Sunnfjord Museum, made up of 25 historical buildings transported from throughout the region. Many have traditional turf roofs. After stopping to explore, drive to Norway’s Waterfall Road with many easily accessible cascades.
Day 8 - Day 8 Flåm, Undredal
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEHead to the remote village of Undredal on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, where you’ll find pine forests spilling over cliffs and steep ravines fringed with storybook houses. Not to mention the deep-blue fjord waters surrounding this picturesque village.Today, you’ll arrive in Flåm, to journey aboard the Flåm Railway through countryside more than 850 metres above sea level. Then enjoy a Signature Experience.
Day 9 - Day 9 Flåm, Naerøyfjord
Say goodbye to Flåm as you continue to cruise the region’s majestic fjords. All you have to do is sit back on board your ship and take it all in. Discover World Heritage-listed Naerøyfjord, hemmed in on either side by mountains, tumbling waterfalls and emerald valleys.
Day 10 - Day 10 Bergen
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEWe’ve arranged a private recital here, featuring a selection of Grieg’s well-known classical masterpieces. There’s plenty of time to explore later, with the ship remaining docked in Bergen for a late departure.Discover Bergen, including the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg, where you’re invited to enjoy a Signature Experience.
Day 11 - Day 11 Rosendal, Hardangerfjord
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingFrom here, you’ll set out on a walk to Bondhus Lake, which is encircled by fjords and mountains. Alternatively, you might like to visit the historic Baroniet Rosendal Manor House and Gardens.Dock in the town of Rosendal and travel to the village of Sunndal for a choice of sightseeing.
Day 12 - Day 12 Pulpit Rock, Stavanger
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingPerhaps don your walking shoes for a hike to the Pulpit Rock viewpoint. On a 604-metre high cliff, it’s one of the country’s most iconic lookouts with views right over the Lysefjord. A less strenuous option is a cruise through the fjord and a walk through Stavanger.Explore through a choice of sightseeing today.
Day 13 - Day 13 Kragerø
At Kragerø, jump into a boat for a journey along the Telemark Canal, which was carved into rock over a century ago.
Day 14 - Day 14 Oslo
Today reach Norway’s capital. Among many highlights, visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, and the open-air Norsk Folkemuseum. It’s then time to farewell Norway as your ship sails through the night.
Day 15 - Day 15 Marstrand, Skagen
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingDip into Sweden with a stop at the fishing village of Marstrand. Here, you might like to walk to Carlstens Fortress or enjoy a spot of kayaking. Later it’s on to Denmark where a visit to Skagen offers the chance to either travel to the country’s northernmost reaches or explore the peninsula on a guided bike tour.There are an abundance of sightseeing options on offer today.
Day 16 - Day 16 Disembark Ship, Depart Copenhagen
Arrive at your final stop, Copenhagen. We say our farewells and transfer you to the airport.
Day 17 - Please Note:
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $21,345Amundsen Deck Standard Suite
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $26,245Shackleton Deck Owner's Balcony Suite
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $23,095Byrd Deck Superior Suite
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $24,195Mawson Deck Premium Suite
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $25,245Mawson Deck Corner Suite
19-06-202103-07-2021NZD $25,795Scott Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite

Inclusions

    • Arrive in the Lofoten Islands to see the world’s largest Viking longhouse
    • Enjoy the lush Norwegian countryside on the way to the village of Undredal
    • Visit the home of Edvard Grieg for a private recital of classical masterpieces

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