Summer 2014
Europe and Scandinavia
Voyage Overview

Europe and Scandinavia

66 Days, 10 Countries, 11 Cities

Visiting Europe and Scandinavia, this voyage gives participants a truly European experience as the ship explores various cultures around the region.

Embark: Jun 16, Southhampton (London), England Disembark: Aug 21, Southhampton (London), England

Itinerary: Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Poland
Embark Jun 16 Southhampton (London), England
Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal
Jun 20 - Jun 25
Portugal
Port of Lisbon

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.

Park-Guell-in-Barcelona-Spain
Spain
Jun 27 - Jul 1
Spain
Port of Bilbao

Spain’s diverse landscape, architecture, art, and cuisine make the country rich in culture and charm. We will dock in Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports, where you can explore the spectacular architecture of the Catalan capital, including Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Camp Nou, Barcelona’s soccer stadium and home to the Barca team. On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find the Montserrat mountain range as well as beautiful beaches.

Scotland
Jul 5 - Jul 8
Scotland
Greenock Ocean Terminal

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also famous for golf, the game first played at the Old Course at St Andrews in the 1400s.

SAS field lab in Ireland
Ireland
Jul 9 - Jul 13
Ireland
Deblin Port

The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer. The 9th-century Book of Kells and other illustrated manuscripts are on show in Dublin’s Trinity College Library. Dubbed the "Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted with castles like medieval Cahir Castle.

Independent travel in Norway
Norway
Jul 16 - Jul 20
Norway
Port of Bergen: Jul 16 - 17, Port of Oslo: Jul 19 - 30

Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.

Russia
Jul 24 - Jul 29
Russia
Port of St. Petersburg

Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow's Bolshoi and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.

Sweedish Lapland
Sweden
Jul 31 - Aug 4
Sweden
Port of Stockholm

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

Finland
Aug 5 - Aug 9
Finland
Port of Helsinki

Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country's Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.

SAS field lab in Poland
Poland
Aug 11 - Aug 17
Poland
Port of Gdansk

Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. In the city of Kraków, 14th-century Wawel Castle rises above the medieval old town, home to Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny (market square). Nearby is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial, and vast Wieliczka Salt Mine, with underground halls and tunnels.

Disembark Aug 21 Southhampton (London), England
Summer 2014: Europe and Scandinavia