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Under the Northern Lights

A tour of Iceland in search of the Northern Lights & whales including a three night cruise aboard the Ocean Diamond

  • 22 September 2019
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Humpback whale breaching

Iceland is a truly exceptional country and with majestic The Itinerary waterfalls, volcanoes, thermal pools, hot springs and geological formations, nature here reigns supreme. Due to its location on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is also well placed to view another of Mother Nature’s amazing phenomena, the Aurora Borealis, a magnificent display of the Northern Lights forming spectacular arcs of colour in the sky. Witnessing the phenomena is of course dependent on weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed but having timed our visit for after the equinox when the nights are fully dark should increase our chances of seeing the auroras. In addition to our three nights spent in hotels, we have the added advantage of spending three nights at sea when we can retreat from any light pollution to enhance the odds even further.

Whilst we hope to view the Northern Lights during our six night visit to Iceland, there is much else included in our new tour to occupy us and by combining three nights of overland touring with a three night cruise, we will be able to discover both the interior and coastline. We will explore Reykjavik, experience Lake Myvatn’s volcanic craters, ash cones, lava fields and boiling mud pools and spend time in Husavik, the whale capital of Iceland where during a local boat trip we have excellent chances of viewing some of the many species of whale in the region. After embarking the Ocean Diamond which we have chartered for three nights, we travel to the Westfjords, the least visited, wonderfully wild and relatively inaccessible region of Iceland before sailing around the west coast to access the ruggedly beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond

The 224 passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is perfect for our exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The vessel is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable stabilisers for smooth sailing. The vessel is ice strengthened and features 18 Zodiacs for our forays ashore.

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Itinerary

  • Reykjavik
  • Husavik

Day 1 - London to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Fly by scheduled flight and on arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to explore independently.

Day 2 - Reykjavik & West Iceland.

After breakfast in the hotel we will take a city tour of Reykjavik seeing the Hallgrimmskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, the Solfar sculpture and the historic Hofdi House where the summit between Reagan and Gorbachev was held in 1986. Leaving the city we will visit Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament and will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before admiring the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. We will continue to our hotel for an overnight stay in West Iceland and will meet for dinner this evening. Hopefully we may have our first view of the Northern Lights this evening.

Day 3 - Lake Myvatn & Husavik.

After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to the imposing Godafoss, known as the “waterfall of the Gods” before continuing to Lake Myvatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools and steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself, with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs, is also a unique ecosystem. See the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the craters at Skuutustadir before driving to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Continue to our hotel in Husavik for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Husavik.

Husavik is often referred to as the whale capital of Iceland. Using local RIB boats we will explore the bays looking for one of the 15 species of whales that can be found here as well as dolphins. Returning to Husavik we will enjoy lunch and an opportunity to explore the pretty town at leisure, perhaps spend time at the excellent whale museum, the exploration museum and the quaint local church. In the late afternoon we will embark the Ocean Diamond and sail tonight. Sailing off the coast of Iceland, away from light pollution, we hope to improve our chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

Day 5 - Isafjordur.

Awake this morning in the idyllic town of Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land and even by Icelandic standards can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape is characterised by mesas and dramatic fjords that cut deep into the landscape. Today a scenic drive will take us to the small village of Thingeyri with only 260 residents. This is one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords and the location of the area’s first trading post. We return to the Ocean Diamond via the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest waterfall in the Westfjords. Be on deck tonight when, if weather permits, we hope for further Northern Light viewings.

Day 6 - Stykkisholmur.

Arrive this morning at Stykissholmur located in Breidafjordur Bay and surrounded by an archipelago of islands. The town is famed for its beautiful and well preserved old houses and is also the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as “Iceland in miniature” since this region contains nearly all different kinds of Icelandic scenery and is dominated by the Snæfellsjokull volcano. This is regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland and known as the setting for Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. Today we will drive through the lava landscape to the glacier visiting pretty fishing ports and beaches along the way as well as the Londrangar Rock pinnacles and Bjarnhofn shark museum. Return to the ship this evening and spend a final evening at sea as we sail to Reykjavik

Day 7 - Reykjavik to London.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight to London.

  • Dynjandi Waterfall
  • Snaefellsjökull National Park
  • Lake Myvatn

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £300 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
22 to 28 September 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category H Triple Cabin Lower Deck £3095 £2795
Category G Twin Cabin with restricted Views Upper Deck £3195 £2895
Category F Twin Cabin with restricted views Captains Deck £3295 £2995
Category E Twin Cabin with portholes Lower Deck £3395 £3095
Category D Twin Cabin with window Main Deck £3495 £3195
Category C Twin cabin with window Upper /Captains Deck £3595 £3295
Category B Suite with two windows Main Deck £3895 £3595
Category A Balcony Suite Observation Deck £4295 £3995
Category F For sole use Captains Deck £3995 £3695
Category E For sole use Lower £4095 £3795

Tour Reference Code: SCOD220919

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Three nights hotel accommodation as described with breakfast • Lunch & dinner on days 2 & 3 • Three nights accommodation aboard the Ocean Diamond on a full board basis • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner on board • Shore excursions • Expedition Team & Tour Managers • Gratuities • Transfers • Lunch on day 4 • Port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, dinner on day 1.

NB. Ports & itinerary are subject to change. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon so sightings cannot be guaranteed and sightings are weather dependent.

  • Ocean Diamond

    Deckplan

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Ocean Diamond

The 224 passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is perfect for our exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The vessel is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable stabilisers for smooth sailing. The vessel is ice strengthened and features 18 Zodiacs for our forays ashore.

 
  • Balcony Suite
    Ocean Diamond - Balcony Suite
  • Outside Cabin Porthole
    Ocean Diamond - Outside Cabin Porthole Cat P
  • Suite Deck 4
    Suite Deck 4
  • Restaurant
    Ocean Diamond - Restaurant
  • Observation Lounge
    Ocean Diamond - Observation Lounge
  • Pool deck
    Ocean Diamond - Pool deck
  • Main Lounge
    Ocean Diamond - Main Lounge
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    With a maximum of 224 passengers, the Ocean Diamond offers cabins across its five decks. There is a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole, window or balcony), full private en-suite bathrooms, a writing desk, individual temperature control, refrigerator, satellite phone access, hairdryer and flat-screen television and DVD player. Cabins range in size from 17 square metres to 30 square metres.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The Ocean Diamond features spacious public areas and ample deck space from where you can admire the beautiful passing landscapes. Public areas and facilities include an observation lounge with bar, a fitness centre, pool with bar, sun deck, lecture threatre with state of the art audio visual equipment, library and lounge. The restaurant serves all passengers in one, open seating and cuisine onboard is international. There is also a gift shop, clinic and a spa onboard.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The single sitting restaurant is located on the Lower Deck and is both spacious and light. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and dinner is served to your table. All meals include a vegetarian option. Afternoon tea also served daily around the afternoon excursions and coffee, tea and water are available complimentary around the clock. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to dine outside on occasion.

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is focused on exploration and discovery with all the creature comforts you would expect from a vessel of this calibre. The onboard crew offer excellent service and in addition the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere. A fleet of Zodiacs are used for landings and nature cruises, and during your voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to learn more about your journey, further fostering the expeditionary nature of our voyage.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the Ocean Diamond for your upcoming voyage. The 224-passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is large enough to provide stability and speed, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas, making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. The atmosphere on board is welcoming and informal and the public areas are spacious and dedicated to discovery and relaxation. Relax with a book in the Observation Lounge or perhaps join new found friends in the bar to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings.

    The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 14 Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers and crew offer a first-class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The entire ship is air conditioned and is set to an average temperature. Please feel free to change the temperature in your cabin to suit your preference using the individual thermostat.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Expedition Leader will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Expedition Leader. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BRIDGE

    During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge where you can observe how the Captain and Officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available so that you can see exactly where you have been. As the Bridge is an important working area on the ship, we ask that you keep noise to a minimum during your visits to avoid distracting the officers from doing their jobs efficiently.

    CABINS

    Outside Cabins: (Category C-H) Outside cabins measure between 17-19 square metres. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access (telephone deposit can be purchased at reception), hairdryer and picture window or porthole. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Balcony Suites: (Category A) Balcony suites are approximately 30 square metres and are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, full-size window with sliding glass doors and balcony. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Family Cabin (Category B): These cabins are approximately 37 square metres and are equipped with two private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer and a picture window. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    CABIN SERVICE

    Your cabin is serviced daily including a turndown service. If you are feeling unwell and not able to join the meals in the restaurant, food and drinks can be served in the cabin during dining hours. There is a a special menu for this service in your cabin.

    COMMUNICATION

    The vessel has a wireless network accessible from your personal computer, smartphone or tablet from virtually anywhere on board. A pre-paid “Pin Card” will need to be purchased on board in order to gain access to the Wi-Fi network. In some areas, signal strength and availability may vary and so access may not always be available and cannot be guaranteed. Ship to shore calls via satellite phone can be made from the ship but a pre-paid pin card will also be required to make calls. Please note that mobile phone reception coverage, should be possible, however due to the remote areas we may sail, signal may sometimes be difficult due to weak satellite signals or poor weather.

    CRUISE CARD

    Upon embarkation you will receive your personal cruise card which you should keep with you at all times. This card is used on board for payments (except in the onboard shop) and as an identity card.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager on your first night onboard to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Restaurant and there is open seating at all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style whereas dinner is à la carte with table service. House wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner on board and drinks outside of mealtimes can be purchased at the bar. In the afternoon tea and coffee is available in the Lounge on Deck 4. A midnight snack is also served between 22:00 and 24:00 hours.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a lift on board the vessel but there are no facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is casual. You may leave ties, jackets and evening dresses at home. It is rather more important to wear the right clothes in order to adapt to the different weather conditions. We recommend comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof clothing as well as a pair of gloves and sturdy footwear. For the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell cocktail we recommend smart casual attire.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical current on board is 220 volts (European Standard) and requires a 2-pin plug. We recommend you bring an international adaptor.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, including Naturalists and Zodiac Drivers, who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.

    HEALTH/MEDICAL

    The vessel is equipped with a Medical Centre. A Doctor is on call 24-hours when at sea. When docked, emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. The Medical Centre is not intended or designed to provide ongoing treatment for pre-existing conditions or for extended critical care. If you have mobility issues or walk with assistance devices, please carefully consider your participation on this expedition. Getting in and out of Zodiacs and walking on sometimes rocky terrain can be challenging. The expedition team members can help you into the Zodiac and on to shore, but cannot escort you once on shore as they have other duties. The Expedition Leader and Captain reserve the right to limit the landing participation of people with limited mobility.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available at additional charge (prices available in your cabin). Laundry will be collected in the morning and will be returned to you in approximately two days. Ironing facilities are also available for a fee, however please note there is no dry cleaning on board.

    LIBRARY

    The onboard library offers a wide range of books in English and German from fiction to travel literature.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MONEY

    The currency on board is US Dollars. You will have your own “ship account” which allows you to sign a chit for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted on board. Your onboard account can be settled by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) • Cash (US Dollars) • Travellers’ Cheques (US Dollars)

    OBSERVATION LOUNGE

    The picture windows in the Observation Lounge offer an excellent view of the passing scenery. The lounge is an ideal place to relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.

    PASSPORT/VISA

    Passports will be collected for clearing formalities at the beginning of the voyage. The passports will be kept safely by the crew during the whole voyage and will be handed back on the last day. We therefore recommend preparing copies of all documents before your trip starts.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed from 06:00 until 23:00 hours and you will be able to contact a member of the crew 24 hours a day.

    SEA SICKNESS/STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with stabilisers in order to reduce the ship’s roll. If you suffer from sea sickness please consult your doctor before the trip for helpful pharmaceuticals in case of sickness. You can also purchase pills to prevent against seasickness at the reception on board.

    SECURITY

    Prior to the ship’s departure all guests are instructed on the security operations on board. You will be informed where the safety equipment is located and how it is used. Each cabin is equipped with lifejackets. Furthermore you should become familiar with the emergency evacuation plan of the ship.

    SMOKING

    For safety reasons and to protect the health of our guests and employees, smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area on the outside deck. Smokers are asked to use extreme care when smoking on the outer decks and to use the ashtrays provided. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all cabins, on balconies and in all other locations on the ship.

    SPA

    There is a range of spa services on board including massages and aromatherapies. Appointments for spa treatments can be made directly with the spa on Deck 3 and charges apply.

    SUNDECK/POOL

    Guests may enjoy spending time on the sundeck where there is a pool for swimming and deckchairs are available for relaxation. The pool bar offers refreshments.

    VALUABLES

    As there are no safes in your cabin, we urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. We are not responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    WATER

    The tap water on board is completely safe and drinkable.

    ZODIACS

    Much of the success we enjoy on our expeditions is due to the proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft. These rubber boats, of which there are 14 on board, are ideal for our operations; they have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE: The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    With a maximum of 224 passengers, the Ocean Diamond offers cabins across its five decks. There is a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole, window or balcony), full private en-suite bathrooms, a writing desk, individual temperature control, refrigerator, satellite phone access, hairdryer and flat-screen television and DVD player. Cabins range in size from 17 square metres to 30 square metres.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The Ocean Diamond features spacious public areas and ample deck space from where you can admire the beautiful passing landscapes. Public areas and facilities include an observation lounge with bar, a fitness centre, pool with bar, sun deck, lecture threatre with state of the art audio visual equipment, library and lounge. The restaurant serves all passengers in one, open seating and cuisine onboard is international. There is also a gift shop, clinic and a spa onboard.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The single sitting restaurant is located on the Lower Deck and is both spacious and light. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and dinner is served to your table. All meals include a vegetarian option. Afternoon tea also served daily around the afternoon excursions and coffee, tea and water are available complimentary around the clock. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to dine outside on occasion.

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is focused on exploration and discovery with all the creature comforts you would expect from a vessel of this calibre. The onboard crew offer excellent service and in addition the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere. A fleet of Zodiacs are used for landings and nature cruises, and during your voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to learn more about your journey, further fostering the expeditionary nature of our voyage.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the Ocean Diamond for your upcoming voyage. The 224-passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is large enough to provide stability and speed, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas, making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. The atmosphere on board is welcoming and informal and the public areas are spacious and dedicated to discovery and relaxation. Relax with a book in the Observation Lounge or perhaps join new found friends in the bar to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings.

    The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 14 Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers and crew offer a first-class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The entire ship is air conditioned and is set to an average temperature. Please feel free to change the temperature in your cabin to suit your preference using the individual thermostat.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Expedition Leader will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Expedition Leader. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BRIDGE

    During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge where you can observe how the Captain and Officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available so that you can see exactly where you have been. As the Bridge is an important working area on the ship, we ask that you keep noise to a minimum during your visits to avoid distracting the officers from doing their jobs efficiently.

    CABINS

    Outside Cabins: (Category C-H) Outside cabins measure between 17-19 square metres. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access (telephone deposit can be purchased at reception), hairdryer and picture window or porthole. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Balcony Suites: (Category A) Balcony suites are approximately 30 square metres and are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, full-size window with sliding glass doors and balcony. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Family Cabin (Category B): These cabins are approximately 37 square metres and are equipped with two private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer and a picture window. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    CABIN SERVICE

    Your cabin is serviced daily including a turndown service. If you are feeling unwell and not able to join the meals in the restaurant, food and drinks can be served in the cabin during dining hours. There is a a special menu for this service in your cabin.

    COMMUNICATION

    The vessel has a wireless network accessible from your personal computer, smartphone or tablet from virtually anywhere on board. A pre-paid “Pin Card” will need to be purchased on board in order to gain access to the Wi-Fi network. In some areas, signal strength and availability may vary and so access may not always be available and cannot be guaranteed. Ship to shore calls via satellite phone can be made from the ship but a pre-paid pin card will also be required to make calls. Please note that mobile phone reception coverage, should be possible, however due to the remote areas we may sail, signal may sometimes be difficult due to weak satellite signals or poor weather.

    CRUISE CARD

    Upon embarkation you will receive your personal cruise card which you should keep with you at all times. This card is used on board for payments (except in the onboard shop) and as an identity card.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager on your first night onboard to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Restaurant and there is open seating at all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style whereas dinner is à la carte with table service. House wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner on board and drinks outside of mealtimes can be purchased at the bar. In the afternoon tea and coffee is available in the Lounge on Deck 4. A midnight snack is also served between 22:00 and 24:00 hours.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a lift on board the vessel but there are no facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is casual. You may leave ties, jackets and evening dresses at home. It is rather more important to wear the right clothes in order to adapt to the different weather conditions. We recommend comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof clothing as well as a pair of gloves and sturdy footwear. For the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell cocktail we recommend smart casual attire.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical current on board is 220 volts (European Standard) and requires a 2-pin plug. We recommend you bring an international adaptor.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, including Naturalists and Zodiac Drivers, who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.

    HEALTH/MEDICAL

    The vessel is equipped with a Medical Centre. A Doctor is on call 24-hours when at sea. When docked, emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. The Medical Centre is not intended or designed to provide ongoing treatment for pre-existing conditions or for extended critical care. If you have mobility issues or walk with assistance devices, please carefully consider your participation on this expedition. Getting in and out of Zodiacs and walking on sometimes rocky terrain can be challenging. The expedition team members can help you into the Zodiac and on to shore, but cannot escort you once on shore as they have other duties. The Expedition Leader and Captain reserve the right to limit the landing participation of people with limited mobility.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available at additional charge (prices available in your cabin). Laundry will be collected in the morning and will be returned to you in approximately two days. Ironing facilities are also available for a fee, however please note there is no dry cleaning on board.

    LIBRARY

    The onboard library offers a wide range of books in English and German from fiction to travel literature.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MONEY

    The currency on board is US Dollars. You will have your own “ship account” which allows you to sign a chit for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted on board. Your onboard account can be settled by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) • Cash (US Dollars) • Travellers’ Cheques (US Dollars)

    OBSERVATION LOUNGE

    The picture windows in the Observation Lounge offer an excellent view of the passing scenery. The lounge is an ideal place to relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.

    PASSPORT/VISA

    Passports will be collected for clearing formalities at the beginning of the voyage. The passports will be kept safely by the crew during the whole voyage and will be handed back on the last day. We therefore recommend preparing copies of all documents before your trip starts.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed from 06:00 until 23:00 hours and you will be able to contact a member of the crew 24 hours a day.

    SEA SICKNESS/STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with stabilisers in order to reduce the ship’s roll. If you suffer from sea sickness please consult your doctor before the trip for helpful pharmaceuticals in case of sickness. You can also purchase pills to prevent against seasickness at the reception on board.

    SECURITY

    Prior to the ship’s departure all guests are instructed on the security operations on board. You will be informed where the safety equipment is located and how it is used. Each cabin is equipped with lifejackets. Furthermore you should become familiar with the emergency evacuation plan of the ship.

    SMOKING

    For safety reasons and to protect the health of our guests and employees, smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area on the outside deck. Smokers are asked to use extreme care when smoking on the outer decks and to use the ashtrays provided. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all cabins, on balconies and in all other locations on the ship.

    SPA

    There is a range of spa services on board including massages and aromatherapies. Appointments for spa treatments can be made directly with the spa on Deck 3 and charges apply.

    SUNDECK/POOL

    Guests may enjoy spending time on the sundeck where there is a pool for swimming and deckchairs are available for relaxation. The pool bar offers refreshments.

    VALUABLES

    As there are no safes in your cabin, we urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. We are not responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    WATER

    The tap water on board is completely safe and drinkable.

    ZODIACS

    Much of the success we enjoy on our expeditions is due to the proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft. These rubber boats, of which there are 14 on board, are ideal for our operations; they have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE: The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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