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An exploration from Boston of Canada’s East Coast & the St Lawrence River aboard the MV Victory II

  • 17 May 2019
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Kennebunkport

We are delighted to be working with Victory Cruise Lines who have made some cabins available to us for this fascinating voyage from Boston to Montreal aboard their charming vessel, the MV Victory II. This unusual itinerary offers a comfortable mix of sophisticated cities and towns combined with the great North American outdoors. We will see some stunning scenery, encounter marine-life including the famous whales in the Saguenay Fjord, and enjoy the interesting blend of cultures for which Eastern Canada is famous.

Before embarking, we have an overnight stay in Boston with time to enjoy what is surely America’s most beautiful and historic city. Once on board we set sail north to the city of Portland, Maine which is home to a wealth of architectural treasures and immortalised by Longfellow in My Lost Youth. Leaving New England behind us we head to Maritime Canada for an exploration where, amongst the many scenic highlights, will be a visit to the picturesque village of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, the region’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled on a hilly peninsula, this 19th century village is known for its shipbuilding, seafaring expertise and its natural beauty and we will also visit the bustling city of Halifax with its pretty waterfront area and centuries-old maritime heritage.

There will be included excursions on offer in each port of call with time to stroll along the docks or relax in the waterfront parks as well as ample time to enjoy life on board whilst cruising through some stunning scenery including a day sailing along the St Lawrence River. Where the St Lawrence meets the Saguenay Fjord the waters and the excellent natural conditions support a permanent colony of some 1000 whales and with the help of our onboard naturalist we hope to get as close as possible to many of the marine mammals including dolphins, whales and seals. Finally, to experience the unique culture and heritage of the region, the itinerary includes the cities of Quebec, that exudes old-world charm and French joie de vivre and Montreal with a modern style all of its own.

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Victory II

Victory II

Operated by our American associates, Victory Cruise Lines, the MV Victory II is a newly refurbished vessel that has been upgraded to the highest of standards. With a maximum of just 202 passengers, this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with expansive open deck space and spacious and stylish indoor areas. With her small size, she is agile enough to navigate the canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports which are inaccessible to the larger ships.

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Itinerary

  • Saguenay Fjord
  • Chedabucto Bay

Day 1 - London to Boston, USA.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Boston.

After breakfast in the hotel we explore Boston’s iconic institutions and roam its lively district with a guided city tour. Among the famous landmarks, see the Boston Common, the Trinity Church, the Old State House and the historic Boston North End with some free time to explore the Faneuil Hall Market Place. After lunch we will drive north to the coastal city of Gloucester where we embark the MV Victory ll and sail in the early evening.

Day 3 - Portland, Maine.

Arrive this morning into Portland. The Old Port waterfront combines active fishing wharves with warehouses converted into charming boutiques and quaint cafes, shops and museums. We will depart by coach to explore Portland. Drive through the elegant Victorian Mansion district, past the boyhood home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many of the former Sea Captain’s homes. Then drive out to see Casco Bay and the famous Portland Head light that guards the channel and access to this port. After lunch on board, depart via coach for a short ride to Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport’s Lower Village and Dock Square are located close to the ocean and the Kennebunkport River. Since the early 1600’s this community has been a shipbuilding mecca, with locally constructed fivemasted schooners sliding into the Atlantic to eventually work with every corner of the globe. The New England community has long been the summer residence of former President G.W. Bush and many others seeking to relax in this New England maritime atmosphere. We will have free time to visit this quaint community, after which we will tour past the architecturally significant homes of nearby Kennebunk.We will also visit the Franciscan Monastery and pause by the quirky ‘wedding cake house’.

Day 4 - At Sea.

Spend a day at sea aboard the casually elegant MV Victory ll as we cruise north. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers or join an engaging discussion with the onboard experts; who are well-versed in the history, peoples and natural wonders of The Great Lakes region.

Day 5 - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Old Town of Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered to be the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America, you can still see the tall ships moored off the port and hear the blacksmith’s hammer, while our local guide offers tales of lives lost on the ocean. This morning we will stroll and tour Lunenburg’s harborside streets, lined with unique shops and restaurants that blend with the well-preserved and colourfully painted historic homes, much like a living museum from the 18th century. Our day ashore includes a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, an exploration of wharfside vessels, the extraordinary aquarium, and the famous Bluenose ll, a replica of the original world-famous racing schooner. After lunch we embark on a scenic drive through Mahone Bay, famous for its picturesque natural beauty and a handsome collection of churches that line the shore. Lunenburg actually contains Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet and we are likely to see some of these vessels in action.

Day 6 - Halifax.

We depart for our day exploring Halifax. Our first visit is to picturesque Citadel, which was constructed in 1856 as an eight-pointed-star defence structure to defend Halifax from invading forces. It is populated by the 87th Highlander regiment, who regularly perform re-enactments inside the square. The Halifax Museum of the Atlantic offers an exceptional glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, with an emphasis on small craft and the massive allied World War ll convoys assembled in the inner Halifax harbour. On our way out of town, we drive past the Fairlawn Cemetery and hear the compelling story of how 100 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried in this city. We will then continue along the craggy shoreline for a 45-minute drive to Peggy’s Cove, one of the loveliest maritime villages in Nova Scotia. Located in St. Margaret’s Bay, this active coastal village retains the character and flavor of an active residential community, with a vibrant fishing fleet, quaint multi-coloured homes and the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. Lunch will be taken in one of the local restaurants, after which there will be ample time to stroll through the community, explore the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and shop for typical Nova Scotia souvenirs in the local stores.

Day 7 - Canso Canal.

As we sail toward Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, we will navigate through the Strait of Canso. This strait is located in the province of Nova Scotia and divides the Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island. It is a long thin channel approximately 16 and a half miles long and averaging almost two miles wide (0.62 miles at its narrowest). The strait connects the Chedabucto Bay on the Atlantic Ocean to St. George’s Bay on the Northumberland Strait, a sub-basin of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The strait is crossed by the Canso Causeway for the vehicular and rail traffic, opened in 1955. The Canso Canal allows ships to pass through the causeway, and this can accommodate any vessel capable of transiting the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Day 8 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiniest and most charming province, Charlottetown is famous for its red earth and white beaches. This morning our coaches leave the port and will initially follow the same historic trail through Charlottetown, which was walked by the delegates participating in the historic conference leading to the Confederation of Canada. We will then drive along the North Shore of Prince Edward Island to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Guests can tour the house as well as other settings from the book, including the Haunted Woods, Lover’s Lane and Balsam Hollow. Enjoy free time strolling along the shores of the bay or the charming city centre before we return to the ship for dinner.

Day 9 - St Lawrence River.

Enjoy a day of cruising as our ship navigates the Saint Lawrence River, formed from the world’s largest source of fresh water – The Great Lakes.

Day 10 - Whale Watching, Tadoussac.

Tadoussac, where the Saint Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, then become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the Saint Lawrence. These sea mammals include blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed. Here, a naturalist will join us on board to help navigate the Saguenay Fjord in search of different species of whales. This region of the Saint Lawrence River has also been the home of several indigenous tribes and at one time hunters from the far north travelled into the Saint Lawrence to augment their whale catch. Nowadays the region is committed to sustaining a safe and rich environment for these extraordinary creatures and the only catch one can make is through the lens of a camera.

Day 11 - Quebec City.

Quebec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. This morning we will depart by coach for the Plains of Abraham at the point where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed the upper city and captured the town. Then onward to pretty Place Royale in the lower-town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orleans. This afternoon, as the port is located close to the lower town, you may wish to explore independently and perhaps visit the Petit Champlain or take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac to stroll the magnificent Dufferin Terrace.

Day 12 - Montreal to London.

This morning arrive in the port in Montreal. Disembark after breakfast for a tour of this culturally diverse city. See Old Montreal’s rich architectural and historical legacy, visit the Notre-Dame Basilica and stop at the Mont- Royal for a panoramic view of the city. Enjoy lunch before transferring to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Day 13 - London.

Arrive today.

  • Boston
  • Kennebunkport
  • Prince Edward Island

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £500 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
17 to 29 May 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Deck 1 Categeory E On Request On Request
Deck 1 Categeory D £5995 £5495
Deck 2 & 3 Category C £6395 £5895
Deck 3 Category B £6795 £6295
Deck 3 Category A On Request On Request
Deck 4 Category AA £6995 £6495
Deck 3 Owner's Suite £7995 £7495
Deck 1 Category D for sole use £8995 £8495
Deck 2 & 3 Category C for sole use £9395 £8895

Tour Reference Code: SCVI170519

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Overnight hotel accommodation in Boston on a bed and breakfast basis • Lunch on days 2 & 12 • 10 nights aboard the MV Victory ll on a full board basis • Complimentary house wine, beer, spirits & soft drinks on board • Shore excursions • Noble Caledonia Tour Manager • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, dinner on days 1 & 12.

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Victory II

Operated by our American associates, Victory Cruise Lines, the MV Victory II is a newly refurbished vessel that has been upgraded to the highest of standards. With a maximum of just 202 passengers, this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with expansive open deck space and spacious and stylish indoor areas. With her small size, she is agile enough to navigate the canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports which are inaccessible to the larger ships.

 
  • Victory II
    Victory II
  • Dining Room
    Dining Room
  • Lighthouse Bar and Grille
    Lighthouse Bar and Grille
  • Cat B cabin
    Cat B cabin
  • Owners Suite
    Owners Suite
  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel’s spacious public areas provide panoramic views of the beautiful passing landscapes and include the Sea View Bar and Observation Deck where you can start the day with a morning coffee and snack or relax with a book in one of the outdoor lounge chairs. There are two restaurants on board, the Victory Dining Room and the Lighthouse Bar & Grille and, for a relaxed drink to catch up with newfound friends, find a spot in the English-style Whale of a Tail Tavern. The onboard team of experts will provide informative talks in the conform of Great Lakes Lounge and, for those looking for an opportunity to indulge, the Latitude Salon and Spa offers a range of treatments at an additional cost. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the vessel.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Enjoy delicious cuisine in the easy elegance of the Victory Dining Room where the professional waiting staff serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from the chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes. Alternatively, enjoy panoramic dining and fresh selections at the Lighthouse Bar & Grille which serves buffet breakfast, lunch and seated dinner (reservations required for dinner). ‘Hot rock’ cooking is the speciality of the day here: choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits are available on board throughout the day.

  • Life Onboard

    Life On Board

    The atmosphere on board is casual and relaxed, with the dress code reflecting this. The highly experienced crew will make you feel welcome with their warm, professional and attentive service and will delight in serving to your onboard needs. Return from the day’s excursion and enjoy an aperitif before or after dinner in the English-style tavern and unwind in the comfort of the spacious public areas or in your suite or stateroom with its generous window views. You will be travelling in the company of engaging specialists focusing on the regions you are travelling through, providing informative talks to complement the knowledgeable local guides that will accompany you on the included shore excursions.

  • Your Stateroom/Suite

    Your Stateroom/Suite

    There are a total of 101 staterooms and suites spread over four decks, all benefitting from large windows with outside views. The staterooms range in size from 146 to 184 square feet and all feature two windows, apart from the Category AA Staterooms on Deck 4 which feature three windows and offer direct access to the open-air promenade. The two Owner’s Suites on Deck 3 are considerably larger at 335 square feet and offer a semi-private terrace, queen sized bed, separate sitting area with a sofa bed, mini-bar and five windows allowing for spectacular views of the passing scenery. The staterooms and suites all feature a private en-suite bathroom with shower, climate control, flat screen TV with on-demand films, safety box and hairdryer. Most of the staterooms offer twin or double bed configuration though a small number have a fixed layout.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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

    We are delighted you have chosen the MV Victory ll for your upcoming voyage. The 202-passenger ship is a charming ocean-going coastal vessel that is small and agile enough to navigate the canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports which are inaccessible to the larger ships. Recently refurbished, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal and there are spacious public areas which provide wonderful panoramic views of the passing landscapes. Relax with a book in the Great Lakes Lounge or perhaps join newfound friends in the Whale of a Tail Tavern to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings. The highly experienced crew will make you feel welcome with their warm, professional and attentive service and you will be travelling with a team of specialists who will provide informative and engaging talks on the regions you will be travelling through. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The ship is air-conditioned throughout.

    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 Cruise Director will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all of the important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and outside the cabins. In case of emergency or drill announcements, the public address system will also be heard inside all cabins.

    CABINS

    There are seven grades of cabins and suites, all attractively designed for your comfort and convenience.

    Owner’s Suite: The suites measure approximately 335 square feet and feature panoramic views, interior and exterior entrances, a semi-private terrace, one queen bed and one sofa bed. They also benefit from a separate sitting area, minibar, evening canapes and a complimentary laundry service. They are located on Deck 3 and have five windows.

    Category AA Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 161 square feet and include direct access to the open-air promenade. They are located on Deck 4 and have two windows.

    Category A Stateroom: Category A cabins measure approximately 185 square feet. They are located on Deck 3 and have three windows.

    Category B Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 146 square feet. They are located on Deck 3 and have two windows.

    Category C Stateroom: Category C cabins measure approximately 152 square feet. They are located on Decks 2 & 3 and have two windows.

    Category D Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 158 square feet. They are located on Deck 1 and have two windows.

    Category E Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 160 square feet. They are located on Deck 1 and have two windows.

    Please note: the following staterooms have fixed twin beds and are not convertible into a queen-size bed: 103, 104, 320, 322, 345, 346, 347 and 348. Staterooms 101 and 102 have a fixed queen-size bed. All other cabins and suites can be configured either with twin beds or a queensize double bed.

    Suite & cabin facilities include:

    • Air conditioning

    • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower

    • Hairdryer

    • Bathroom amenities including shampoo, conditioner and body lotion

    • Dressing gown and slippers

    • Safe

    • Flat screen television (satellite) with on-demand films

    • Telephone (charges apply)

    • Wardrobe and chest of drawers

    • Turndown service

    • Fresh fruit daily

    COMMUNICATION

    In case you wish to contact the ship, please call +1 786 405 8661. This is a US telephone number so calls will be charged at an international rate. The ship can also be contacted by email: hoteldirector@mv-victory.com (please indicate passenger name and cabin number as the subject). The telephone system for ship to shore functions is via satellite and charges may apply for outgoing calls. Please check with reception once on board. Please be advised of the following for internal communications: Cabin to cabin: dial cabin number

    International line: dial 0 + code of the country + telephone number

    Reception: dial 0

    Doctor: dial 120

    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 during the turndown service.

    DINING, DRINKING & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    Enjoy delicious cuisine in the Victory Dining Room, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily from the chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes. Alternatively, to dine with panoramic views, visit the Lighthouse Bar & Grille where ‘hot rock’ cooking is the speciality of the day. Choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. A buffet breakfast and lunch are also served here. Dinner is seated and reservations are required. Complimentary (red and white) house wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks are available on board. Complimentary tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day at the tea and coffee station located in the lounge. Please advise any special dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, low salt, low cholesterol and gluten free to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance and we recommend that you also reconfirm these with your Cruise Director and Maitre D’ once on board.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a lift serving Decks 1 to 4. The lift does not service the Observation Lounge & Sun Deck. Guests who rely on the use of a wheelchair must bring their own collapsible chair. An accessible inside cabin may be available on request.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. shirt and trousers for gentlemen and skirt/trousers and blouse for ladies). Kindly note that shorts are not permitted in the dining room for evening dinner. Black tie is not required.

    DOCTOR

    A medical doctor is available on board 24 hours a day in case of emergency. A fee is charged for any consultations and medication prescribed. Please ensure you carry adequate supplies of any regular medications you may require. If you have any medication which must be kept cold, please contact Noble Caledonia in advance so the necessary arrangements can be made to store it in the fridge.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical current in the cabins is 110V and the sockets require a two-pin plug with a round grounding pin (US Current, Plug Type B). We recommend that you bring an international adaptor with you.

    EMERGENCIES

    In case of an emergency, please leave your cabin and follow the instructions given by the Captain and Hotel Manager. We request that you read the safety instructions on the back of your cabin door.

    FIELD STAFF

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    GOING ASHORE

    You will have a cabin key for your room that you must keep with you at all times.

    GOING ASHORE INDEPENDENTLY

    When you go ashore individually, please be back on board at least 30 minutes before the advertised departure time of the ship.

    GYM

    There is a gym on board with two bicycles, an elliptical machine and free weights.

    HEALTH & HYGIENE

    In order to maintain health standards you will find hand sanitisers at key positions around the ship, particularly at the entrance to the restaurant and main lounge. We kindly ask you to use these regularly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is laundry service available at an additional charge (excluding dry cleaning).

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within seven days of disembarkation. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MONEY

    The official currency on board the MV Victory ll is the US Dollar. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign for purchases and services throughout your cruise. The following payment methods are accepted for settlement of shipboard accounts:

    • Cash (US Dollars)

    • Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express)

    • Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)

    Please note that personal cheques and Travellers’ Cheques are not accepted.

    PASSPORTS

    Your passport will be kept securely at the Purser’s desk throughout the duration of the cruise, and you will be issued with a cabin key which we advise you carry with you at all times when ashore.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be sent on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstance can the ship be held liable for such occurrences.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Victory Dining Room (Deck 1). Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Open hours: 6:30 am to 8:30 pm (time can vary based on embarkation).

    Lighthouse Bar & Grille (Deck 4). Restaurant with panoramic views serving buffet breakfast, lunch and seated dinner (reservations required for dinner) daily. Open hours: 7:00 am till late (for mealtimes).

    Great Lakes Lounge (Deck 2). Enjoy presentations here by the onboard specialists or the sounds from the grand piano.

    Whale of a Tail Tavern (Deck 2). English-style cabin with bar and seating. Open hours: 7:30 am to 11:00 pm.

    Sea View Bar (Deck 5). Enjoy cocktails and sunsets from the Observation Deck bar. Open hours: during lunch and dinner.

    Salon & Spa: Latitude Salon and Spa (Deck 2). Massage and spa treatments available at additional cost. Open hours: by appointment.

    Observation Lounge & Sun Deck (Deck 5). Outside areas with sofas under the pergola or sun lounge chairs available.

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore, before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and in order to do this we request feedback from our guests. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire to your Cruise Director.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is open throughout the day. Overnight, the reception’s phone will be switched over to the Hotel Manager who will respond accordingly.

    SAFE

    Although there is a safe in your cabin, we recommend that you leave all extra valuables at home, and bring with you only what you consider necessary. Neither the ship, nor Noble Caledonia, are responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    SAFETY & LIFEBOAT DRILL

    The safety briefing will take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements. During the drill you will be instructed on how to wear and operate your life jacket. Emergency information can be found in your suite/cabin.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in the cabins or public areas. Smoking will only be permitted outside in the designated area (Deck 5 aft). We ask everyone to refrain from smoking while on excursions.

    TELEVISION

    The ship is equipped with a satellite TV system with on-demand films available. On certain occasions it may not be possible to receive a TV signal.

    WATER

    We recommend that you do not drink the tap water in your cabin. Complimentary filtered water will be placed in your cabin and replenished daily.

    ‘WHISPER’ AUDIO DEVICES

    During the excursions, we use a personal audio device or ‘whisper’ system. In your cabin there is a charging station with the device and earpiece. Please keep your device in the charging station (and the station plugged in) whilst you are not on an excursion. Bring the sets with you on excursions as your guides will speak to you through their microphone. The use of the equipment will be explained before the first excursion starts.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi access is complimentary and available in all public areas on board the MV Victory ll. Due to limitations with satellite bandwidth, internet access is best used for quick email communication and certain websites will be restricted. Internet access is only provided to one device per person. Please note that the connection is dependent on weather conditions and location.

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  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel’s spacious public areas provide panoramic views of the beautiful passing landscapes and include the Sea View Bar and Observation Deck where you can start the day with a morning coffee and snack or relax with a book in one of the outdoor lounge chairs. There are two restaurants on board, the Victory Dining Room and the Lighthouse Bar & Grille and, for a relaxed drink to catch up with newfound friends, find a spot in the English-style Whale of a Tail Tavern. The onboard team of experts will provide informative talks in the conform of Great Lakes Lounge and, for those looking for an opportunity to indulge, the Latitude Salon and Spa offers a range of treatments at an additional cost. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the vessel.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Enjoy delicious cuisine in the easy elegance of the Victory Dining Room where the professional waiting staff serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from the chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes. Alternatively, enjoy panoramic dining and fresh selections at the Lighthouse Bar & Grille which serves buffet breakfast, lunch and seated dinner (reservations required for dinner). ‘Hot rock’ cooking is the speciality of the day here: choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits are available on board throughout the day.

  • Life Onboard

    Life On Board

    The atmosphere on board is casual and relaxed, with the dress code reflecting this. The highly experienced crew will make you feel welcome with their warm, professional and attentive service and will delight in serving to your onboard needs. Return from the day’s excursion and enjoy an aperitif before or after dinner in the English-style tavern and unwind in the comfort of the spacious public areas or in your suite or stateroom with its generous window views. You will be travelling in the company of engaging specialists focusing on the regions you are travelling through, providing informative talks to complement the knowledgeable local guides that will accompany you on the included shore excursions.

  • Your Stateroom/Suite

    Your Stateroom/Suite

    There are a total of 101 staterooms and suites spread over four decks, all benefitting from large windows with outside views. The staterooms range in size from 146 to 184 square feet and all feature two windows, apart from the Category AA Staterooms on Deck 4 which feature three windows and offer direct access to the open-air promenade. The two Owner’s Suites on Deck 3 are considerably larger at 335 square feet and offer a semi-private terrace, queen sized bed, separate sitting area with a sofa bed, mini-bar and five windows allowing for spectacular views of the passing scenery. The staterooms and suites all feature a private en-suite bathroom with shower, climate control, flat screen TV with on-demand films, safety box and hairdryer. Most of the staterooms offer twin or double bed configuration though a small number have a fixed layout.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    Click to download pdf

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

    We are delighted you have chosen the MV Victory ll for your upcoming voyage. The 202-passenger ship is a charming ocean-going coastal vessel that is small and agile enough to navigate the canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports which are inaccessible to the larger ships. Recently refurbished, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal and there are spacious public areas which provide wonderful panoramic views of the passing landscapes. Relax with a book in the Great Lakes Lounge or perhaps join newfound friends in the Whale of a Tail Tavern to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings. The highly experienced crew will make you feel welcome with their warm, professional and attentive service and you will be travelling with a team of specialists who will provide informative and engaging talks on the regions you will be travelling through. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The ship is air-conditioned throughout.

    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 Cruise Director will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all of the important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and outside the cabins. In case of emergency or drill announcements, the public address system will also be heard inside all cabins.

    CABINS

    There are seven grades of cabins and suites, all attractively designed for your comfort and convenience.

    Owner’s Suite: The suites measure approximately 335 square feet and feature panoramic views, interior and exterior entrances, a semi-private terrace, one queen bed and one sofa bed. They also benefit from a separate sitting area, minibar, evening canapes and a complimentary laundry service. They are located on Deck 3 and have five windows.

    Category AA Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 161 square feet and include direct access to the open-air promenade. They are located on Deck 4 and have two windows.

    Category A Stateroom: Category A cabins measure approximately 185 square feet. They are located on Deck 3 and have three windows.

    Category B Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 146 square feet. They are located on Deck 3 and have two windows.

    Category C Stateroom: Category C cabins measure approximately 152 square feet. They are located on Decks 2 & 3 and have two windows.

    Category D Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 158 square feet. They are located on Deck 1 and have two windows.

    Category E Stateroom: These cabins measure approximately 160 square feet. They are located on Deck 1 and have two windows.

    Please note: the following staterooms have fixed twin beds and are not convertible into a queen-size bed: 103, 104, 320, 322, 345, 346, 347 and 348. Staterooms 101 and 102 have a fixed queen-size bed. All other cabins and suites can be configured either with twin beds or a queensize double bed.

    Suite & cabin facilities include:

    • Air conditioning

    • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower

    • Hairdryer

    • Bathroom amenities including shampoo, conditioner and body lotion

    • Dressing gown and slippers

    • Safe

    • Flat screen television (satellite) with on-demand films

    • Telephone (charges apply)

    • Wardrobe and chest of drawers

    • Turndown service

    • Fresh fruit daily

    COMMUNICATION

    In case you wish to contact the ship, please call +1 786 405 8661. This is a US telephone number so calls will be charged at an international rate. The ship can also be contacted by email: hoteldirector@mv-victory.com (please indicate passenger name and cabin number as the subject). The telephone system for ship to shore functions is via satellite and charges may apply for outgoing calls. Please check with reception once on board. Please be advised of the following for internal communications: Cabin to cabin: dial cabin number

    International line: dial 0 + code of the country + telephone number

    Reception: dial 0

    Doctor: dial 120

    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 during the turndown service.

    DINING, DRINKING & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    Enjoy delicious cuisine in the Victory Dining Room, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily from the chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes. Alternatively, to dine with panoramic views, visit the Lighthouse Bar & Grille where ‘hot rock’ cooking is the speciality of the day. Choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. A buffet breakfast and lunch are also served here. Dinner is seated and reservations are required. Complimentary (red and white) house wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks are available on board. Complimentary tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day at the tea and coffee station located in the lounge. Please advise any special dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, low salt, low cholesterol and gluten free to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance and we recommend that you also reconfirm these with your Cruise Director and Maitre D’ once on board.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a lift serving Decks 1 to 4. The lift does not service the Observation Lounge & Sun Deck. Guests who rely on the use of a wheelchair must bring their own collapsible chair. An accessible inside cabin may be available on request.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. shirt and trousers for gentlemen and skirt/trousers and blouse for ladies). Kindly note that shorts are not permitted in the dining room for evening dinner. Black tie is not required.

    DOCTOR

    A medical doctor is available on board 24 hours a day in case of emergency. A fee is charged for any consultations and medication prescribed. Please ensure you carry adequate supplies of any regular medications you may require. If you have any medication which must be kept cold, please contact Noble Caledonia in advance so the necessary arrangements can be made to store it in the fridge.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical current in the cabins is 110V and the sockets require a two-pin plug with a round grounding pin (US Current, Plug Type B). We recommend that you bring an international adaptor with you.

    EMERGENCIES

    In case of an emergency, please leave your cabin and follow the instructions given by the Captain and Hotel Manager. We request that you read the safety instructions on the back of your cabin door.

    FIELD STAFF

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    GOING ASHORE

    You will have a cabin key for your room that you must keep with you at all times.

    GOING ASHORE INDEPENDENTLY

    When you go ashore individually, please be back on board at least 30 minutes before the advertised departure time of the ship.

    GYM

    There is a gym on board with two bicycles, an elliptical machine and free weights.

    HEALTH & HYGIENE

    In order to maintain health standards you will find hand sanitisers at key positions around the ship, particularly at the entrance to the restaurant and main lounge. We kindly ask you to use these regularly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is laundry service available at an additional charge (excluding dry cleaning).

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within seven days of disembarkation. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MONEY

    The official currency on board the MV Victory ll is the US Dollar. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign for purchases and services throughout your cruise. The following payment methods are accepted for settlement of shipboard accounts:

    • Cash (US Dollars)

    • Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express)

    • Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)

    Please note that personal cheques and Travellers’ Cheques are not accepted.

    PASSPORTS

    Your passport will be kept securely at the Purser’s desk throughout the duration of the cruise, and you will be issued with a cabin key which we advise you carry with you at all times when ashore.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be sent on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstance can the ship be held liable for such occurrences.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Victory Dining Room (Deck 1). Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Open hours: 6:30 am to 8:30 pm (time can vary based on embarkation).

    Lighthouse Bar & Grille (Deck 4). Restaurant with panoramic views serving buffet breakfast, lunch and seated dinner (reservations required for dinner) daily. Open hours: 7:00 am till late (for mealtimes).

    Great Lakes Lounge (Deck 2). Enjoy presentations here by the onboard specialists or the sounds from the grand piano.

    Whale of a Tail Tavern (Deck 2). English-style cabin with bar and seating. Open hours: 7:30 am to 11:00 pm.

    Sea View Bar (Deck 5). Enjoy cocktails and sunsets from the Observation Deck bar. Open hours: during lunch and dinner.

    Salon & Spa: Latitude Salon and Spa (Deck 2). Massage and spa treatments available at additional cost. Open hours: by appointment.

    Observation Lounge & Sun Deck (Deck 5). Outside areas with sofas under the pergola or sun lounge chairs available.

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore, before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and in order to do this we request feedback from our guests. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire to your Cruise Director.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is open throughout the day. Overnight, the reception’s phone will be switched over to the Hotel Manager who will respond accordingly.

    SAFE

    Although there is a safe in your cabin, we recommend that you leave all extra valuables at home, and bring with you only what you consider necessary. Neither the ship, nor Noble Caledonia, are responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    SAFETY & LIFEBOAT DRILL

    The safety briefing will take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements. During the drill you will be instructed on how to wear and operate your life jacket. Emergency information can be found in your suite/cabin.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in the cabins or public areas. Smoking will only be permitted outside in the designated area (Deck 5 aft). We ask everyone to refrain from smoking while on excursions.

    TELEVISION

    The ship is equipped with a satellite TV system with on-demand films available. On certain occasions it may not be possible to receive a TV signal.

    WATER

    We recommend that you do not drink the tap water in your cabin. Complimentary filtered water will be placed in your cabin and replenished daily.

    ‘WHISPER’ AUDIO DEVICES

    During the excursions, we use a personal audio device or ‘whisper’ system. In your cabin there is a charging station with the device and earpiece. Please keep your device in the charging station (and the station plugged in) whilst you are not on an excursion. Bring the sets with you on excursions as your guides will speak to you through their microphone. The use of the equipment will be explained before the first excursion starts.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi access is complimentary and available in all public areas on board the MV Victory ll. Due to limitations with satellite bandwidth, internet access is best used for quick email communication and certain websites will be restricted. Internet access is only provided to one device per person. Please note that the connection is dependent on weather conditions and location.

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