Board Astoria to cruise north from Tilbury. Settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Relax on board the ship as Astoria cruises to the Scottish islands.
Today, Astoria cruises to Kirkwall, the historic capital of Orkney. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile away are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Astoria's next call is Toytown-like Torshavn, capital of the remote Faroe Islands. Here you might wander the confusion of lanes and narrow passages, or join an excursion to other parts of the islands, perhaps crossing the famous Bridge across the Atlantic (which connects main island Streymoy with the spectacular scenery of smaller Eysturoy).
After leaving Torshavn this morning, Astoria makes a rare call in Klaksvik, capital of the Nordoyar (the six northeasternmost Faroe Isles). Many of the inhabitants of this remote Danish outpost are direct descendants of the Vikings, and still speak an ancient Norse language. Sheltered by conical mountains, Klaksvik is surrounded by a birdwatcher's paradise of green meadows that you'll be able to explore on today's optional shore excursion.
Lerwick, the Shetland Islands' rugged capital, is another gateway to an ancient land of legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird life. Discover the town, or join the optional excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
This morning Astoria sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland's rugged East Coast. The ship ties up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, where you can step ashore to explore. You might choose to take a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, while whisky connoisseurs might head to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Astoria's final port of call will be Rosyth, from where you can join an optional excursion to Edinburgh. Wander along the beautiful, historic streets of Scotland's capital, and see the famous castle or Holyrood Palace.
Enjoy your last, relaxing day enjoying the ship's amenities as Astoria heads for home.
Arrive in Tilbury, and bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers before you disembark at the end of your cruise holiday.