Astoria (formerly Azores) is a welcome addition to the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. This adult-only small-size ship boasts a traditional-style exterior and a stunning Murano glass atrium that leads up to the main Calypso Deck. Astoria sets sail with 550 passengers on board her eight passenger decks; home to 227 stylish cabins and a range of restaurants, bars, sports and leisure facilities.
Days at sea are your chance to unwind and make the most of the on-board amenities. Relax by the pool or indulge in a hot-stone massage in the Wellness Centre. Listen to a visiting guest lecturer or get creative with a jewellery making class. Lose yourself in a book in the library or shape up in the well-equipped fitness centre. Days in port take you to the heart of destinations inaccessible by many of today's super-liners; bringing you closer to famous sights, elegant water-side towns, and the local culture.
There are both formal and casual dining options on board Astoria. The two-sectioned Olissipo Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with culinary delights and fine wines served to your table. The casual-style Lotus Buffet is open throughout the day serving light bites, salads and international cuisine to savour in the open-air.
Astoria has a bar to match your every mood. Elphior Bar is close at hand for refreshments as you chill-out in the sunshine on the Pool Deck. Sip cocktails to your favourite tunes in the chic environs of Sirenes Bar. Savour a quiet drink and chat with new-found friends in Aelos Bar or the chic Captain's Club.
The entertainment on Astoria suits all tastes. Calypso Show Lounge hosts nightly shows with speciality acts, singers and comedians. Settle down with popcorn and a film in the cinema or test your luck at the slot machines in Circe's Casino. End your evening in style with a romantic stroll around the Promenade Deck or join the night owls in the Muses Night Club.
Day 1: Hull, UK
Arrive in Hull and embark on board Astoria.
Day 3: Kollafjørður, Faroe Islands
The village of Kollafjørður is located on the island of Streymoyis in the Faroe Islands. Centred along the northern shore line of the Kollafjørður Fjord; there are plentiful trails to hike and admire the picturesque views of the nearby towns. View the Faroese 1837 wooden church that has a turf roof, immerse yourself in the Faroese daily life at the fishing port and fish factory, or grab a bite to eat at the local café. If you have more time, why not travel to see Sørvágsvatn, the largest Lake on the Islands that boasts a beautiful waterfall out to sea?
Day 5: Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside. Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 7: Akureyri, Iceland
Just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts some of the best summer weather in Iceland. This diverse town in north-east Iceland sits at the foot of snow-topped mountains soaring 1,500ft and is the second largest urban area in the country. This resort flourishes in the warmer months with its picturesque parkland and Botanical Garden presenting beautiful plant life. Winter brings vibrant festivals and some of Iceland's most popular ski destinations making it an ideal year-round port of call. Stroll through 'Arts Alley' in the centre of town for a taste of the local culture or join a whale-watching tour and admire the rare humpback and sei whales.
Day 10: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, UK
Kirkwall is both the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. This vibrant and busy port town was granted Royal Burgh status by James III of Scotland in 1486 and is the main transport and port hub in the Orkneys. The medieval St Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline, with the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces close by. Step back in time at Orkney Museum in Tankerness House before strolling around its delightful walled gardens. Explore the art of whisky making at Scapa Distillery or shop for souvenirs at the niche shops and boutiques in the town centre.
Day 12: Hull, UK
Disembark in Hull and make your way home.