Join Astoria in Poole, and settle in for a first evening on board as the ship sails around the coast of the Isle of Wight.
The sight of the soaring Spinnaker Tower marks Astoria's arrival into Portsmouth this morning, where more passengers will join the cruise. Step ashore to explore the shops and restaurants of modern Gunwharf Keys, and return to the ship during the afternoon as she begins sailing north.
During the early afternoon Astoria calls at the port of IJmuiden, where a short coach transfer will take you to the nearby city of Harleem. Stroll along its cobbled streets and past its pretty canals to discover elegant churches, museums and friendly cafes.
Astoria spends the day cruising north, giving you time to relax and to get to know your fellow passengers and the friendly crew.
Enjoy spectacular scenery as Astoria cruises through the 100km-long Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord. Here you can go ashore to enjoy an optional excursion through the beautiful surrounding countryside, perhaps taking in the famous Voringfossen waterfalls.
The ship continues on her journey and navigates through the narrow fingers of mighty Sognefjord. She'll call at the village of Flam, which has a stunning setting in one of the fjord's remotest corners. Here you might board the world-famous Flamsbana Mountain Railway, for the unforgettable journey to Myrdal.
Geirangerfjord's twists and turns are marked by several crashing waterfalls. Step ashore at the ancient and beguiling village of Geiranger this afternoon. Perhaps visit the fascinating Norsk Fjordsenter, which chronicles life in this beautiful place, or take an optional excursion through the scenery of this glorious fjord.
This morning Astoria arrives in Bergen, one of the most beautifully located cities in the world. This ancient fishing and trading port, spectacularly set amid hills and fjords, is also one of Northern Europe's most enjoyable destinations. Step ashore to explore the harbour and fish market, discover Bryggen's historic wooden warehouses or ride the funicular to the top of 'Mount' Floyen.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as Astoria cruises south towards the Netherlands.
Astoria makes one final call in the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam, home to world-class museums, the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshavn's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves, before returning to the ship during the afternoon for a leisurely cruise along the River Nieuwe Maas.
Astoria arrives in Portsmouth this morning, where you'll disembark and make your way home. A coach transfer back to Poole is available.
British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since certain 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.
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