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 at Port of Hull, where you will board Cruise and Maritime’s Astoria and sail onwards to Stavanger.
Day 3: Stavanger
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 4: Flam
Flam is a tiny village on the banks of Aurlandsfjord, and is set in beautiful surroundings. Visit the local church, one of the oldest in Norway, and enjoy the traditionally decorated walls. Cruise through the Naeroyfjord, a narrow but spectacular fjord surrounded by steep valleys and snow-covered peaks; Naeroyfjord has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. Along the way you'll see Gudvangen, an old Viking village, which will take your breath away with its dramatic and stunning scenery.
Day 5: Olden
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses.
Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Day 6: Andalsnes
Åndalsnes sits on the idyllic shores of the Romsdalsfjord. Natural attractions such as the Rauma River, the Vermafossen and Slettafossen waterfalls, Trollveggen (the Troll Wall), and the Trollstigen Road are just waiting to be discovered. Hike up to the Rampestreken view point for panoramic views of Andalsnes or take a ride on the Raumabanen railway to admire the dramatic scenery at a leisurely pace. Climb up one of Norway's highest indoor climbing walls at Norwegian Mountaineering Museum or explore the world of wool production at Rauma Ullvarefabrikk yarn factory.
Day 7: Bergen
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 9: Hull
The cruise returns to Port of Hull, where you disembark and make your way home.