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Hebridean Island Odyssey

An exploration of the Hebrides aboard the MS Serenissima

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Words do not do justice to the spectacular beauty, rich wildlife and fascinating history of the Inner and Outer Hebrides which we will explore during this expedition aboard the MS Serenissima. One of Europe’s true last remaining wilderness areas affords the traveller a marvellous island hopping journey through stunning scenery accompanied by spectacular sunsets and prolific wildlife. With our naturalists and local guides we will explore the length and breadth of the isles, and with our nimble Zodiac craft be able to reach some of the most remote and untouched places.

Having arranged hundreds of small ship cruises around Scotland, we have learned that everyone takes something different from the experience. In the northern summer, when the sun barely shrinks below the horizon, there is a stillness and an almost wistful feeling in the air. This is the time when the enchanted visitor will be moved and seduced by the majesty and untamed wilderness of the islands, lochs and seascapes. We are indeed fortunate in having such marvellous places so close to home. Now, more than ever there is a great appreciation for the peace, beauty and culture of this special corner of the UK. Whether your interest lies in horticulture or the natural world, history or bird watching or simply being there to witness the timeless beauty of the islands, this trip will lift the spirits and gladden the heart.

Learn something of the island’s history, see their abundant bird and marine life, but above all revel in the timeless enchantment that these islands exude to all those who appreciate the natural world. We will be joined by our Expedition Team, who are all experienced naturalists, ornithologists and marine biologists and along with the wonderful crew and combined with the comfort aboard the MS Serenissima, this carefully planned but flexible itinerary will be a voyage to remember.


Serenissima

Serenissima

The handsome 107-passenger MS Serenissima began her career as Harald Jarl, cruising the Norwegian coastline and fjords. Extensively renovated in 2003 she was rechristened MS Andrea and began her career as a classic cruise ship, and was chartered by Noble Caledonia for a number of years. In spring 2012 MS Andrea was purchased by our long-standing associates Volga Dream and renamed the MS Serenissima. After a thorough renovation and upgrading, the charming MS Serenissima commenced cruise operations in April 2013 and we have chartered her for multiple voyages in 2014 and 2015. With her small size she can navigate into small, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships. She appears an impressive sight when moored, and is capable of both destination and expedition cruising.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fairlie.

Embark this afternoon in the port of Fairlie. Transfers will be provided from Glasgow Central Station and International Airport. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Gigha & Jura.

Today we visit the gardens of Achamore House on the small island of Gigha. The Horlick family, better known for the eponymous milk drink, have created a stunning garden with their collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and exotic plants. Gigha is a place apart; heather covered hills, deserted beaches and a single lane verged with wild flowers that meander for some six miles between cottages and farms. Privately owned by its 120 inhabitants, it is a gem of a place and somewhere not easily forgotten. Return to the vessel for lunch as we sail over to Jura, arriving in the late afternoon. Dominating the views of Jura are the three hills called “The Paps of Jura”, the highest being Beinn an Oir at 785 metres. We will go ashore at Craighouse and will be welcomed in the cooperage where we will be given an introduction to the Jura Distillery and an opportunity to taste the local product. Alternatively, join one of our naturalists on a walk along the shore to look for otters, seals and birds or join the local bus for a short drive around the island.

Day 3 - Colonsay & Oronsay.

Lying between Mull and Islay, we will spend the day exploring these Islands, with their craggy, heather-backed hills, sparse woodland yet with an impressive array of plant and birdlife. Near Colonsay House, built in 1722 by Malcolm MacNeil and bought by Lord Strathcona in 1904, we will visit the attractively dilapidated wooded gardens, which protect the tiny, enigmatic 8th century St Oran’s Cross. Oronsay is separated from Colonsay by a wide expanse of shell sand, ‘The Strand’ that can be crossed by foot when the tide is out. The ruins of a fine Augustinian Priory built in 1380 contain the tall Oronsay Cross, a superb example of late Medieval artistry from Iona. This island is owned by Mrs. Frances Colburn and managed by the RSPB who run a trim, environmentally friendly farm.

Day 4 - Iona, Staffa & Lunga.

Iona has been occupied for thousands of years, but also a place of pilgrimage and Christian worship for several centuries. It was to this flat, Hebridean Island that St Columba fled from Ireland in 563 and established a monastery. Here his followers were responsible for the conversion of much of pagan Scotland and Northern England. No less than 62 Scottish Kings are buried in the Abbey. Visit the Abbey or perhaps walk along the white sandy beaches or go in search of the corncrake amongst the irises. As we sail towards the Treshnish Isles we will drop anchor off Staffa, the south side where the perpendicular rock face feature an imposing series of black basalt columns, known as the Colonnade, which have been cut by the sea into cathedralesque caverns, most notably Fingal’s Cave. Weather permitting we will land to walk around to the highest point or take a walk to the northern part of the island where Puffins nest. Northwest of Staffa lie the Treshnish Isles, an archipelago of uninhabited volcanic islets. The most distinctive, and where we would hope to land, is Lunga, the largest island and summer nesting-place for hundreds of sea birds, in particular kittiwakes, shags, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills and puffins. This island is often described as a ‘green jewel in a peacock sea’.

Day 5 - Barra & Mingulay.

This morning we will land on Barra which is near the southern tip of the Outer Hebrides and visit Castlebay, which curves around the barren rocky hills of a beautiful wide bay. Kisimul Castle lies in the bay, the ancestral home of the MacNeil chief. During lunch, we will sail the short distance to Mingulay, which is nearly 1600 acres and the largest of the group of islands south of Barra. Its towering cliffs and stacks face the Atlantic while the east side slopes gradually down to the sandy beach of Mingulay Bay. Despite there being a continuous population on the island for at least two thousand years, evacuation began in 1907 and the island was completely abandoned in 1912. Ruins of the village remain close to the shore which we will explore on a guided walk.

Day 6 - St Kilda.

Arrive at first light in St Kilda, a remarkable uninhabited archipelago some fifty miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. The largest island, Hirta, once supported a population of over 200 but the last islanders left in the 1930s. The Medieval village has been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and offers a marvellous link with the past. The islands are also an important breeding ground for many seabirds including Atlantic puffins and northern fulmars. Later, cruise past two of the largest gannetries in the world at Stac Lee and Boreray. These impressive stacs rise 170 metres from the sea and are home to up to 60,000 breeding pairs of northern gannet.

Day 7 - Lochmaddy & Dunvegan.

This morning sail into Lochmaddy for a visit to the famous bird reserve of Balranald on North Uist. Listen for the call of the rare corncrake over the machair and enjoy a walk amongst the dramatic scenery of sandy beaches, dunes and marshy loch where we hope to see corn buntings, skylarks and breeding waders such as lapwing and oystercatchers. Over lunch we sail to the MacLeod stronghold of Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. Remarkably, the castle has been almost continuously occupied by the MacLeods for nearly eight centuries. Tour the castle, a fascinating place that contains work of at least ten building periods. Then explore the gardens, following paths through woodland glades past pools and burns fed by a waterfall. The formal gardens were laid out in the 18th century and make a wonderful contrast to the moorland hills and sea. Look out for seal colony on the adjoining rocks as we return to the ship.

Day 8 - Stornoway & Shiants.

On leaving the island capital of Stornoway, today’s tour takes you across the island to the beautiful west coast of the island and to Callanish. Described as Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000BC. There are a total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Visit the excellent visitor centre to learn more about the site and venture out amongst the stones themselves to experience their mysterious atmosphere. Continue around the west coast to the site of Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built sometime in the last century BC, it would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family complete with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area. We then head north to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a reconstructed settlement of traditional black houses where people and animals lived in close proximity. The houses are made using dry stone masonry and have thatched roofs, distinctively weighted down with rocks. Visit the small museum, enjoy a display of a typical crofting activity such as weaving and take in the views at this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast. This afternoon we will board the Zodiacs for a cruise around the spectacular basalt cliffs of the Shiant Islands, a group of little islands located a few miles off the shores of Lewis. This is an excellent place to spot puffins, razorbills, guillemots, seals and hopefully White Tailed Eagles.

Day 9 - Canna & Rum.

Today, we will visit the Small Isles. Spend the morning on Canna , owned by the National Trust for Scotland and with a population of only 20 but a fertile and prosperous farm. We will enjoy a guided walk along the shore and through the woods and fields to where there is a chance of seeing both golden and sea eagles. Sail during lunch to the adjoining island of Rum which is a nature reserve. We will walk the nature trail, a beautiful area of wild flowers and typical Scottish island scenery.

Day 10 - Oban.

Disembark after breakfast. Transfers will be provided to Glasgow Central Station and International Airport.

Oban to Fairlie

Day 1 - Oban.

Embark this afternoon in the port of Oban. Transfers will be provided from Glasgow Central Station and International Airport. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Rum & Canna.

Today, we will visit the Small Isles. Spend the morning on the island of Rum which is a nature reserve. We will walk the nature trail, a beautiful area of wild flowers and typical Scottish island scenery. Sail during lunch to Canna which has a tiny agricultural and cattle-rearing population. From a walk along the cliff top we may see golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons. At the cliff edge the rare loose-flowered orchids grow.

Day 3 - Stornoway & Shiants.

On leaving the island capital of Stornoway, today’s tour takes you across the island to the beautiful west coast of the island and to Callanish. Described as Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000BC. There are a total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Visit the excellent visitor centre to learn more about the site and venture out amongst the stones themselves to experience their mysterious atmosphere. Continue around the west coast to the site of Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built sometime in the last century BC, it would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family complete with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area. We then head north to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a reconstructed settlement of traditional black houses where people and animals lived in close proximity. The houses are made using dry stone masonry and have thatched roofs, distinctively weighted down with rocks. Visit the small museum, enjoy a display of a typical crofting activity such as weaving and take in the views at this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast. This afternoon we will board the Zodiacs for a cruise around the Shiant Islands, a group of little islands located a few miles off the shores of Lewis. This is an excellent place to spot seals and hopefully White Tailed Eagles.

Day 4 - Lochmaddy & Dunvegan.

This morning sail into Lochmaddy for a visit to the famous bird reserve of Balranald. Listen for the call of the rare corncrake over the machair and enjoy a walk amongst the dramatic scenery of sandy beaches, dunes and marshy loch where we hope to see turnstones, purple sandpipers and sanderlings. Over lunch we sail to the MacLeod stronghold of Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. Remarkably, the castle has been almost continuously occupied by the MacLeods for nearly eight centuries. Tour the castle, a fascinating place that contains work of at least ten building periods. Then explore the gardens, following paths through woodland glades past pools and burns fed by a waterfall. The formal gardens were laid out in the 18th century and make a wonderful contrast to the moorland hills and sea. Look out for seal colony on the adjoining rocks as we return to the ship.

Day 5 - St Kilda.

Arrive at first light in St Kilda, a remarkable uninhabited archipelago some fifty miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. The largest island, Hirta, once supported a population of over 200 but the last islanders left in the 1930s. The Medieval village has been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and offers a marvellous link with the past. The islands are also an important breeding ground for many seabirds including Atlantic puffins and northern fulmars. Later, cruise past two of the largest gannetries in the world at Stac Lee and Boreray. These impressive stacs rise 170 metres from the sea and are home to up to 60,000 breeding pairs of northern gannet.

Day 6 - Mingulay & Barra.

This morning we will call to Mingulay, which is nearly 1600 acres and the largest of the group of islands south of Barra. Its towering cliffs and stacks face the Atlantic while the east side slopes gradually down to the sandy beach of Mingulay Bay. Despite there being a continuous population on the island for at least two thousand years, evacuation began in 1907 and the island was completely abandoned in 1912. Ruins of the village remain close to the shore which we will explore on a guided walk. During lunch, we will sail the short distance to Barra at the tip of the Outer Hebrides and visit the only settlement of any size, Castlebay, which curves around the barren rocky hills of a beautiful wide bay on the south side of the island. Kisimul Castle lies in the bay, the ancestral home of the MacNeil chief.

Day 7 - Lunga, Staffa & Iona.

Arrive this morning at the Treshnish Isles, an archipelago of uninhabited volcanic islets. The most distinctive, and where we would hope to land, is Lunga, the largest island and summer nesting-place for hundreds of sea birds, in particular kittiwakes, shags, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills and puffins. This island is often described as a ‘green jewel in a peacock sea’. Later we will drop anchor off Staffa, the south side where the perpendicular rock face feature an imposing series of black basalt columns, known as the Colonnade, which have been cut by the sea into cathedralesque caverns, most notably Fingal’s Cave. Weather permitting we will land to walk around to the highest point or take a walk to the northern part of the island where Puffins nest. This afternoon we will visit Iona which has been occupied for thousands of years, but has also been a place of pilgrimage and Christian worship for several centuries. It was to this flat Hebridean Island that St Columba fled from Ireland in 563 and established a monastery. Here his followers were responsible for the conversion of much of pagan Scotland and Northern England. No less than 62 Scottish Kings are buried in the Abbey. Visit the Abbey or perhaps walk along the white sandy beaches or go in search of the corncrake amongst the irises.

Day 8 - Colonsay & Oronsay.

Lying between Mull and Islay, we will spend the day exploring these Islands, with their craggy, heather-backed hills, sparse woodland yet with an impressive array of plant and birdlife. Near Colonsay House, built in 1722 by Malcolm MacNeil and bought by Lord Strathcona in 1904, we will visit the attractively dilapidated wooded gardens, which protect the tiny, enigmatic 8th century St Oran’s Cross. Oronsay is separated from Colonsay by a wide expanse of shell sand, ‘The Strand’ that can be crossed by foot when the tide is out. The ruins of a fine Augustinian Priory built in 1380 contain the tall Oronsay Cross, a superb example of late Medieval artistry from Iona. This island is owned by Mrs. Frances Colburn and managed by the RSPB who run a trim, environmentally friendly farm

Day 9 - Gigha & Jura.

Today we visit the gardens of Achamore House on the small island of Gigha. The Horlick family, better known for the eponymous milk drink, have created a stunning garden with their collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and exotic plants. Gigha is a place apart; heather covered hills, deserted beaches and a single lane verged with wild flowers that meander for some six miles between cottages and farms. Privately owned by its 120 inhabitants, it is a gem of a place and somewhere not easily forgotten. Return to the vessel for lunch as we sail over to Jura, arriving in the late afternoon. Dominating the views of Jura are the three hills called “The Paps of Jura”, the highest being Beinn an Oir at 785 metres. We will go ashore at Craighouse and will be welcomed in the cooperage where we will be given an introduction to the Jura Distillery and an opportunity to taste the local product. Alternatively join one of our naturalists on a walk or join the local bus for a short drive around the island.

Day 10 - Fairlie.

Disembark after breakfast. Transfers will be provided to Glasgow Central Station and International Airport.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
27 June 2016 to 6 July 2016
Category Price
Category 1 Inside cabin £2895
Category 2 Standard Stateroom £3295
Category 3 Superior Stateroom £3495
Category 4 Deluxe Stateroom £3895
Category 5 Junior Suite £4295
Category 6 Executive Suite £4695
Category 7 Owner's Suite £4695
Category 8 Standard Single £3295
Category 9 - Inside Single £2895
Category 2 for Sole use £3995
Category 3 for Sole use £3995

Oban to Fairlie

Prices per person based on double occupancy
18 to 27 June 2016
Category Price
Category 1 Inside cabin £2895
Category 2 Standard Stateroom £3295
Category 3 Superior Stateroom £3495
Category 4 Deluxe Stateroom £3895
Category 5 Junior Suite £4295
Category 6 Executive Suite £4695
Category 7 Owner's Suite £4695
Category 8 Standard Single £3295
Category 9 - Inside Single £2895
Category 2 for Sole use £3995
Category 3 for Sole use £3995

Tour Reference Code: SCSEHEBRIDEAN

Price Includes: 9 nights aboard the MS Serenissima on a full board basis with house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard, Noble Caledonia onboard team, shore excursions, gratuities to crew and on excursions, transfers, port taxes.
Not Included: Travel Insurance.

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    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England's southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England's Lake District. True British wilderness remains - stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland. Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon's jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland's countryside is green and rolling.

    • Key Facts

      Capital:

      London.

      Geography:

      The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain - highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

      The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

      The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

      Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

      The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

      More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

      Government:

      Constitutional monarchy.

      Head Of State:

      HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952.

      Head Of Government:

      Prime Minister David Cameron since 2010.

      Electricity:

      230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

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    • Money

      Currency Information:

      See the individual Money sections within the Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland sections for information on currency specific to these regions.

      Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

      Credit Cards:

      American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all widely accepted. Cash can be obtained from a multitude of ATMs available across the country.

      ATMs:

      Cash can be obtained from a multitude of ATMs available across the country.

      Travellers Cheques:

      Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling.

      Banking Hours:

      Mon-Fri 0930-1630 (there may be some variations in closing times). Some banks are open Saturday morning; some all day Saturday.

      Currency Restrictions:

      There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

      Currency Exchange:

      Money can be exchanged in banks, exchange bureaux, some post offices and many hotels. The exchange bureaux are often open outside banking hours but charge higher commission rates. All major currencies can be exchanged.

      Currencies: Exchange Rates:

      • 1 AUD = 0.58 GBP
      • 1 EUR = 0.78 GBP
      • 1 GBP = 1.00 GBP
      • 1 USD = 0.62 GBP

    • Climate

      Best Time To Visit:

      Owing to it being an island, the UK is subject to very changeable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heatwaves can occur. For detailed descriptions, see Climate in the respective country sections.

      Required Clothing:

      Waterproofing throughout the year. Warm clothing is advisable at all times, and is essential for any visits to upland areas.

Serenissima

The handsome 107-passenger MS Serenissima began her career as Harald Jarl, cruising the Norwegian coastline and fjords. Extensively renovated in 2003 she was rechristened MS Andrea and began her career as a classic cruise ship, and was chartered by Noble Caledonia for a number of years. In spring 2012 MS Andrea was purchased by our long-standing associates Volga Dream and renamed the MS Serenissima. After a thorough renovation and upgrading, the charming MS Serenissima commenced cruise operations in April 2013 and we have chartered her for multiple voyages in 2014 and 2015. With her small size she can navigate into small, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships. She appears an impressive sight when moored, and is capable of both destination and expedition cruising.

 
  • Jacuzzi - On Deck
  • MS Serenissima
  • On Deck
  • Venice Restaurant
  • Deluxe Stateroom
  • Executive Suite
  • Your Cabin/Suite

    Accommodating a maximum of 107 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks, and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Because of the very nature of the ship, the cabins do vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm. Choose from the cosy inside cabins of approx 10 square metres, to the sumptuous newly built executive suites of 25 square metres boasting private balconies, minibar and all the mod cons. The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. And the owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. The dedicated inside single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 11.52 square metres, and the dedicated standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres.

  • Your Space

    The facilities onboard include two lounges – the larger Andrea Lounge is comfortable and spacious and the smaller Harald Lounge is more intimate. There is also a small library with a computer for internet access and Wi-Fi is available at an extra cost throughout the vessel. The outside areas really are something special. A spacious observation deck allows 360 degree views of the passing scenery. From here, step down to the lido area with fitness room, Jacuzzi and outside bar. The newly built covered seating area at the back of deck 6 isideal for relaxing with a drink in hand.

    Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

  • Your Dining

    The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. Being on deck 5, it has great views from all tables. The picture windows mean the restaurant is light and airy. Breakfast is served buffet-style with cooked dishes available and eggs to order by the ship’s accomplished chef. Lunch is also served buffet-style with hot and cold dishes available. Dinner is served a la carte and is 4 courses, except for at the Captain’s Dinner, which is a 6 course affair. Where possible, local produce is sourced for an authentic dining experience. A choice of red or white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water are included at lunch and dinner. In good weather there are al fresco dining facilities available and tea and coffee is available from 7am to 11pm in the Andrea Lounge.

  • Life Onboard

    The European captain, officers, expedition staff and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere onboard is warm and welcoming, and the emphasis is not on around the clock entertainment and dining, but instead on well-thought out itineraries, relaxation, time spent with like-minded passengers and discovery.

    After a day of adventure and exploration, returning to the comfort of your sophisticated ship and its friendly crew will be a pleasure.

  • For your comfort

    There are so few ships of this generation still cruising and MS Serenissima is a great testament to her present and previous owners that they have seen fit to invest considerable sums over the years to keep her in top form and complying with the stringent health and safety requirements. For added comfort, the vessel features stabilisers. The ship has an open bridge policy so during your voyage you will have the chance to visit the Captain and Officers. There is a doctor onboard, and staff are trained in first aid.

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