Thinking about going on a cruise holiday? We preview 6 sensational cruises sailing from Aberdeen in 2020.
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1. Round Britain & River Seine Experience
The first Marco Polo cruise sailing from Aberdeen departs on August, 31, next year.
Across 12 days, this grand Round Britain cruise calls at a fantastic selection of ports following the British coastline before venturing over to France onto the River Seine.
First calling at two popular short break destinations, the cruise stops at Belfast and then Dublin.
Both cities have a strong identity and offer a variety of attractions.
Heading south in search of further memorable moments, the picturesque Channel Island of St. Marys is the next port of call.
Offering scenery that could have been lifted straight off a postcard, St Marys, sharing some characteristics with neighbouring Jersey, is a lovely island destination.
Hours can be spent following the scenic coastline and looking out across the Atlantic and the English Channel.
Then calling at St. Peter Port on Guernsey, there is plenty of time to enjoy an English cream tea whilst admiring the beauty of the island.
Why not travel further in-land and enjoy Guernsey’s lovely countryside? Alternatively, you may wish to explore the island’s history and period of German occupation during WWII.
Providing invaluable insight, La Valette Military Museum charts the island’s history during this turbulent chapter in world history.
Leaving the Channel Islands, Portsmouth is the next fascinating port of call.
Rich in maritime history, the city is handily placed for visitors to reach a number of great British attractions including the Eden Project (Cornwall), Powerdam Castle, Cotehele House and Dartmoor National Park.
Crossing the English Channel, the delights of the River Seine await.
Found in inspirational countryside, Rouen and Honfleur attract visitors from all over the world.
2. Baltic Treasures & St Petersburg
Sailing out to the memorable Baltic Sea, this highlight-filled 15-day epic cruise sails from Aberdeen on September, 11.
Including eight ports of call, cities visited include Copenhagen, Warnemünde (for Berlin), Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Nyashamn (for Stockholm) and Aalborg in Denmark.
A key attraction for first time cruisers and veterans alike, the mid-point of the Baltic itinerary sees Marco Polo arrive in the former Russian Imperial capital St. Petersburg.
Though no longer the country’s capital city, St Petersburg has lost none of its grandeur.
Famous for its selection of impressive palaces and respected Theatre, St Petersburg is fantastic cruising highlight.
Finland’s capital, visiting Helsinki will give holidaymakers a chance to experience a culture and way of life that leaves the population statistically amongst the happiest in the world.
Full of wonderful landmark buildings, Helsinki’s iconic 19th century cathedral and the other-worldly Temppeliaukion church (resting in excavated rock) are both extremely popular points of interest.
The ideal location for a spot of souvenir hunting, the city’s Market Square tends to draw the crowds.
Providing a gateway to the Swedish capital, Nynashamn is a convenient port of call.
Aalborg, rich in Viking heritage and located close to North Jutland, is final call before heading back to the British coast.
3. Autumn Fjordland
Sailing from Aberdeen on September, 25, this 7-night Autumn cruise sees Marco Polo visit the majestic Norwegian fjords when the landscape begins to transform into a dazzling selection of vibrant colours.
Visiting lovely towns, picturesque villages and the maritime city of Bergen, the cruise ship also sails along some of Norway’s most famous and beautiful stretches of water including Nordfjord and the ‘King of the fjords’ Sognefjord.
Long and narrow and surrounded by fabulous mountain landscapes, Sognefjord is a jaw-dropping sight, especially when enjoyed from the perfect vantage point on the decks of Marco Polo.
Olden, Flåm and Bergen are all included ports of call during this Norwegian autumn voyage, providing plenty of opportunity for holidaymakers to step ashore in search of exciting experiences.
4. Hidden Baltic Treasures
Setting off in pursuit of the treasures found around the Baltic Sea, this Hidden Baltic Treasures cruise blends culture, history and colourful cities each rich in their own history.
First arriving at the Danish capital, Copenhagen, once the home of the famous author Hans Christian Andersen (of Little Mermaid and Frozen fame), is a wonderful European capital providing holidaymakers with an almost fairy-tale holiday experience.
Following a call at Warnemünde, a variety of countries are quickly ticked off the holiday bucket list with stops at Ronne (Denmark), Visby on Gotland (Sweden), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Gdansk (Poland).
Poland’s oldest city, Gdansk is a stunning port city. Heavily damaged during WWII, the city was lovingly rebuilt.
Visiting Gdansk’s old Main Town, holidaymakers will be welcomed by the stretching Long Market and a 17th century fountain of the mythological Sea God Neptune commanding his trident with water falling all around him.
Medieval Visby is another wonderful port of call. Signs of the town’s fortress past can be found all around Visby.
Popular pastimes include enjoying bicycle tours or travelling further into central Gotland where holidaymakers can enjoy the scenic beauty of this small Swedish island.
Resting at the mouth of the great Dane River, the city of Klaipeda in Lithuania has strong ties to the UK.
Once a crucial trading port, the city has a number of centuries-old landmarks including Memel Castle and a fascinating Old Town.
An intriguing local attraction, the nearby resort of Palanga’s Amber Museum and Botanical Garden are two of the most popular attractions in the region.
5. Iceland & Northern Lights
An excellent voyage north to the famous ‘Land of Fire & Ice’ Iceland, this autumn cruise leaving Aberdeen on October, 13, 2020 is timed to give holidaymakers the chance of witnessing the amazing Aurora Borealis light phenomenon.
A fantastic natural light display showing off a range of different colours, Iceland’s climate and lay of the land make the country one of the best places on the planet to witness this dazzling magnetic effect.
Before arriving in Iceland, the Shetland Isles and Faroes ensure that cruise gets off to an excellent start before three days are spent at Reykjavik.
Perhaps the most famous tourist route in Europe, the Golden Circle is a collection of natural wonders found close to the capital including the might of Gullfoss Waterfall, the powerful Strokkur geyser and Thingvellir National Park.
The point where the American and European continental plates meet, visitors to Thingvellir can actually see the emerging plates up close and walk between them with a wander through Rift Valley.
Another major Icelandic landmark, the relaxing and therapeutic Blue Lagoon is also handily situated close to Reykjavik.
Then returning to the Faroes at Klaksvik with a final overseas visit to the beautiful Orkneys where visitors can enjoy the mythical wonders of the Ring of Brodgar and the ancient Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae.
6. South Norway Discovery & Oslo
Leaving Aberdeen on October, 24, this delightful cruise explores the south of Norway with a featured stop at the Norwegian capital Oslo and Stavanger that, like Aberdeen, has strong ties to the global oil industry.
First arriving in Oslo, key city attractions worth checking out include the sculptures of Vigeland Park, a museum housing ancient Viking longboats and historic landmarks like The Royal Palace and Akershus Fortress.
A modern architectural triumph, the general public can actually climb the roof of the stunning Oslo Opera House.
Travelling further south Kristiansand is one of Norway’s oldest towns where holidaymakers can wander through an eye-catching Old Town and admire sights including the gothic Kristiansand Cathedral.
Cruising along the vast and memorable Boknafjord, the cruise then calls at Stavanger.
Famed for its beauty, Stavanger is surrounded by wonderful Norwegian countryside with the dramatic Preikstolen rock found close to the city.
A perfect natural vantage point, Preisktolen provides fantastic views looking out across Lysefjord.
Closer to the ship, holidaymakers will be able to enjoy Norway’s oldest cathedral and the memorable Sverd I fjell monument.
Remembering an ancient battle, the monument is made up of three massive swords thrust into the ground on the city’s waterfront.
Leaving Stavanger, the cruise then heads north for a final call at Bergen where the UNESCO-listed waterfront Bryggen, a lively fish market and the views from Mount Floyen leave plenty of options for holidaymakers before the cruise departs Norway for the journey home.