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British Isles/Western EuropeAmsterdam, Brugge, Dublin, Edinburgh, London (Dover, Harwich, Southampton)
I fell in love with the Orkney Islands on a cruise with Princess on the old Royal Princess. I am unable to find any cruises now that dock in Kirkwall, Scotland....does anyone know of a cruise with it on it's itinerary! Thanks.
I've been hoping to get back there too. In 2010 I hope to do a northern TA out of GB. Like you, while looking around at 2009 itineraries, I noticed
Kirkwall wasn't anywhere I could find this year. It is a tender port.
If no one chimes in with an itinerary for 2009, maybe email Caz Mamwell at email@example.com. 8 of us used her guiding services in 2007. She was wonderful, full of the whole 5000 years of history that are the Orkneys! She seemed to know all the other guides we passed along the way. For sure, those guides know every ship/pax load headed their way in 2009.
Sapphire -Alaska 08/04
Amsterdam-Panama Canal 12/06
Grand-British Isles 08/07
Brilliance-Spain/Morocco/Canary Is. 01/09
Brilliance-Greece/Egypt/ East. Med. 01/09
Splendour-Greek Isles/Croatia/Turkey 05/09
Ruby-"RUBY STARS"-Venice-FLL TA 10/09
Jewel- "ICY JEWELS" Harwich-Boston TA 09/10
Independence-Ultimate Med 01/11
Diamond-Singapore to Beijing 10/11
Eurodam-Western Med & Tunisia 05/12
Viking Odin-Amsterdam to Budapest 08/13
Amazing information. Cruise ships that I am finding that are still tendering in Kirkwall are Costa, Seabourn and Orient lines. Most of their itineraries involve Iceland or the Fiords. I guess I am looking for a cruise that mirrors the 2005 trip that included Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
We may just have to combine a land trip with a cruise to get back to the wonderful Orkneys and this time I would like to learn more about them with a guide .So thank you Martha and Globilizer for the info.
If I find out anymore re the major lines I will pass it along. Karen.
Karen, overall we were well pleased with the Marco Polo cruise & it was the Celtic Explorer that we did. Ship is old but very well maintained & good 3* ship. Food was quite good & to our taste but some people find that subjective, one meal of salmon with red onion marmalade was well up to Celebrity standards. We were not very keen on the buffet arrangements (it is an older ship when most people dined in dining room) therefor we ate as much as possible in the dining room. Entertainment was better than expected with a tallented troupe from the states of the former Soviet union doing all the shows in perfect English. We did not land in Jersey but arrived in Cork early (12-14 hrs early). This also meant we went round Lands End in daylight instead of night time. Hope this helps.
Northlink Ferries - I can recommend the fish and chips!
You may have to combine a trip with a land tour if ships are no longer offering it as part of an itinerary.
P&O Arcadia Feb 2000
Golden Princess Feb 2002
Disney Wonder Feb 2004
Mariner OTS Oct 2007
Grand Princess July 2009
P&O Aurora Oct 2009
Celebrity Eclipse April 2010
Celebrity Eclipse October 2010
P&O Azura Oct 2011
P&O Oceana Oct 2013