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SUMMER IN THE ARCTIC

Board Amy Johnson at London Tilbury, as she prepares to embark on an exciting Arctic cruise. Your first port-of-call is Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital. Heading further west across the North Atlantic, Amy Johnson will make six fascinating stops around Greenland, before returning to the UK via the remote Orkney Isles and Rotterdam.

Join Amy Johnson as she sails through waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World, as you discover the ancient (and modern) history of Iceland, and its lively, colourful capital, Reykjavík. Head west and skirt the extraordinary, rugged western coast of Greenland, the world’s largest island. Keep an eye out for whales as you make several fascinating stops, including overnight at Qaqortoq, a picturesque rock-bound colourful fishing village, and overnight at Ilulissat, famed for its dramatic icefjords and huge icebergs. Return to the UK via the Orkney Islands and the Netherlands, calling at historic capital Kirkwall and maritime gem Rotterdam.

What does this price include?

  • 22 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
  • Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
  • Luggage porterage from port to cabin
  • Port taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1600hrs

    Your cruise holiday begins as you head to Tilbury Cruise Terminal, ready to embark and set sail this afternoon.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Today Amy Johnson docks in Reykjavík, the world's northernmost capital. Sitting on a promontory jutting into crystal clear waters and framed by majestic Mount Ejsa, the city's brightly painted wooden buildings stand in sharp contrast to the stunning beauty of its setting. Take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum. Witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon, and at the original Geysir – after which all others are named.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Early this morning Amy Johnson rounds Cape Farewell, the southern tip of the Greenland archipelago. The day will be spent at anchor off pretty Qaqortoq, and you’ll have the chance to step ashore and explore Southern Greenland’s largest settlement – of only 3000 inhabitants.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs

    Depart: 1400hrs

    Amy Johnson arrives in Narsarsuaq, one of Greenland's most popular towns for visitors thanks to its diverse wildlife and geology, today. The waters here teem with trout, and are home to humpback and minke whales. As you sail out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.

  • Arrive: 0930hrs (Day 11)

    Depart: 2300hrs (Day 12)

    Appropriately, given that its name means "icebergs", Ilulissat is a great place to watch these frozen masses, and search the seas for the whales and other marine mammals that live among them. The town was also the birthplace of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, and his life is celebrated there in the museum that bears his name. Make the most of this astounding place as Amy Johnson spends two days here.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs

    Depart: 1300hrs

    Qeqertarsuaq, on rugged Disko Island (the second largest island in Greenland after Greenland itself) is home to the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station. A day here offers the unusual experience of dog-sledding in summer, and the chance to kayak past the beautiful icebergs in the bay.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs

    Depart: 1300hrs

    Sisimiut, 40 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, is a hunting and fishing paradise, and a centre of Inuit culture. Join a shore excursion to learn about this place, whose name translates as "the people at the fox burrows".

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1430hrs

    As you enjoy breakfast, today, Amy Johnson will arrive at Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. Nanortalik means "place of polar bears" but despite this association it was of the first places settled by the Norsemen on their way across from Iceland, and is now the country's 10th largest settlement. It's also the closest town to Greenland's only natural forest, which grows in the shelter of the Quinngua Valley just 25 miles away.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Amy Johnson calls in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital, today, and you'll have the chance to explore. Discover the islands' unique history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife, wander Kirkwall's meandering streets, marvel at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral or join optional excursions to Scapa Flow, Churchill’s famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.

  • Arrive: 0930hrs

    Depart: 1730hrs

    After a few relaxed days cruising south, you'll reach your final port, today, the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable inverted 'U' of the Markthal food market. Browse the world-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

    Today, the CMV fleet will meet in Rotterdam to celebrate 25 years of cruising from Cruise Port Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Regatta will celebrate this special cruising milestone, with celebrations and event planned through the day, culminating in the CMV Fleet Parade at around 5pm, when all seven CMV ships, in their new livery and led by the iconic Marco Polo will sail in convoy up and down the Meuse River for 28 nautical miles, in what promises to be a truly unique cruising spectacle!

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Say goodbye to Amy Johnson, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise to Greenland.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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