Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands & Scotland Cruise

20
Nights
2019
JUN 12
From
$9290
MS
Rotterdam
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

The Senior newspaper and Travelrite International invites you to join us on board MS Rotterdam for the Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands and Scotland Fully escorted Cruise

Visiting Amsterdam, Bergen, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Shetland Islands, Inverness and Edinburgh

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, Bergen, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Shetland Islands, Inverness and Edinburgh
  • A city canal cruise with fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals Amsterdam
  • The Akureyri Botanical gardens which specialise in Artic plants
  • Buná Tunguá River and the waterfall in Tunguskogur
  • Spectacular Gullfoss waterfall
  • The world-famous high-temperature Geysir geothermal area with spouting springs of various formations
  • See the famous Shetland ponies
  • Visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MS Rotterdam
Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands and Scotland Cruise Map

Includes

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth
  • to Amsterdam
  • 15 days/14 nights on the luxurious MS Rotterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Rotterdam
  • 2 nights’ in 4-star, centrally located accommodation in Amsterdam including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, Bergen, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Shetland Islands, Inverness and Edinburgh
  • Tour management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges and cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities and air taxes
MS Rotterdam Deck plans

MS Rotterdam

The MS Rotterdam is the standard-bearer for the Holland America fleet of ships. Signature of Excellence enhancements were completed in December 2009 and your on-board experience will be enhanced by spacious public areas. stylish. Guests aboard will enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs. The stateroom enhancements include expanded stateroom choices and a complete update to all stateroom furnishings. MS Rotterdam provides the ultimate on-board experience with a graceful combination of classic cruise ship features and state-of-the-art amenities. A voyage on MS Rotterdam is an experience to be savoured and remembered.

Clothing on board

You will need the following types of clothing on board: casual shipboard attire or day wear, and evening wear. Casual nights on board may be sports shirt and slacks and equivalent for ladies. During the evening on formal nights a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is recommended. There is usually two formal nights on the cruise. The self-service restaurants are casual.

Don’t worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you. There will be group activities almost every day.

Day 1 Wednesday 12 June, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 Thursday 13 June, 2019 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This morning we arrive at Amsterdam airport. After clearing Customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to Amsterdam for our sightseeing tour where we will enjoy a city canal cruise with fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals. We will then transfer to our hotel.

Day 3 Friday 14 June, 2019 Amsterdam
A free day in Amsterdam. You may want to visit the wonderful Van Gogh museum or the famous Rijksmuseum.

Day 4 Saturday 15 June, 2019 Embarkation
We will have free time this morning for last minute sightseeing and shopping. Early afternoon we transfer to the port in Rotterdam to board MS Rotterdam for our voyage to Iceland, Norway, the Faroe and Shetland Islands and Scotland.

Day 5 Sunday 16 June, 2019 At sea
The morning will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun group game of bingo, with prizes for the winners.

Day 6 Monday 17 June, 2019 Eidfjord, Norway
The village of Eidfjord has only around 1,000 inhabitants; however, due to its production of hydroelectric power, it is one of Norway’s wealthiest communities. Our tour today starts with a drive through the spectacular and steep Måbødalen Valley. The road takes us to the huge Hardanger Mountain Plateau located in of Norway’s largest National Park – the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. We will stop at the Vøringsfossen Waterfall, which cascades almost 600 feet into the wild Måbø Valley below. We will also visit the Sysen Dam, the main reservoir for the Sima Power Station and one of Norway’s largest embankment dams.

Day 7 Tuesday 18 June, 2019 Alesund, Norway
Today we arrive at Alesund, probably the most beautiful city in Norway, situated on islands and a peninsula, and with a unique architecture. Alesund is a beautiful traditional fishing town with an Art Nouveau influence. Built on a string of islands towards the Atlantic from the Norwegian mainland, Alesund underwent a dramatic transformation following a fire in the early twentieth century. We have a tour of this unique town to see its architecture. There will also be some free time for exploration and shopping.

Day 8 Wednesday 19 June, 2019 Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger is a small village in western Norway, at the head of the spectacular Geirangerfjord. Upon arrival we will enjoy a coach tour to some of Geiranger’s famous viewpoints, including Flydalsjuvet, one of the most popular photo motifes of Norway, and Eagle Bend with view to the waterfall “The Seven Sisters”.

Day 9 Thursday 20 June, 2019 Bergen, Norway
Today we arrive in Bergen, a city surrounded by mountains and known as “The City of Seven Mountains”. We have a guided tour of the picturesque Hanseatic Quarter and walk through the alleyways and colourful, picturesque warehouses lining the street and waterfront of Bergen. These once housed German merchants belonging to the Hanseatic League who settled in Bergen around 1350. We will also ride the funicular from the city centre up to the top of Mount Floyen providing us with magnificent views of the surrounding islands from 320 metres above sea level.

Day 10 Friday 21 June, 2019 At sea
Today will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship.

Day 11 Saturday 22 June, 2019 Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Today we arrive in Seydisfjordur, which lies at the head of a narrow fjord flanked by high mountains and is considered the cultural capital of Eastern Iceland with many well preserved 19th century buildings. We will enjoy a walking sightseeing tour of Seydisfjordur with a local guide, visit the Skatfell Cultural Centre and see one of Iceland’s tallest and most beautiful waterfalls, Hengifoss Waterfall.

Day 12 Sunday 23 June, 2019 Akureyri, Iceland
This morning we arrive in Akureyri, the unofficial capital of northern Iceland. On our tour today we will visit one of Iceland’s most famous turf houses at Laufás. This 19th-century turf farmhouse was built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf, and it is now one of the last turf farms in the country. It is an interesting regional museum and has the original implements and equipment so essential to life in past centuries, and a beautiful country church (1865). Returning to Akureyri, we will notice the many contrasts in the town’s interesting and varied architecture. We visit the Akureyri Botanical gardens which specialise in Artic plants before spending some time in the centre of the town.

Day 13 Monday 24 June, 2019 Isafjordur, Iceland
After arriving in Isafjordur, our tour heads through the centre of town with a stop at the Ósvör 19th-century fisherman’s hut, restored in 1988. We drive through Bolungarvík village and back to Ísafjördur with views of the magnificent mountains and Westfjord – a beautiful but sometimes harsh landscape. We will also see Buná Tunguá River and the waterfall in Tunguskogur, and sip fresh mountain water that flows down the stream. We will also experience the awesome beauty of the fjords on the north western coast of Iceland. Mountains rising from the sea with breath-taking scenery make this a memorable day. Make sure you have your camera ready!

Day 14 Tuesday 25 June, 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland
This morning we arrive at Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland, and the gateway to Iceland’s stunning natural wonders, which range from ice fields to boiling thermal pools. After docking we will board our coach for a tour of the Golden Circle visiting the world-famous high-temperature Geysir geothermal area with spouting springs of various formations. This is where the name Geyser originated. We see the nearby spectacular Gullfoss waterfall (Golden Falls), where you can watch enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. We also see the site of Iceland´s ancient parliament and the place where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart at the rate of a few centimetres per year.

Day 15 Wednesday 26 June, 2019 At sea
This morning, enjoy the facilities and activities available on the ship. This afternoon, test your knowledge with other group members as we play Trivia.

Day 16 Thursday 27 June, 2019 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands lay north-west of Scotland midway between Iceland and Norway. They constitute a self-governing island territory of Denmark with a language and culture of their own. With their volcanic origin, the 18 islands are rugged and rocky. The islands are renowned for their incredible natural scenery, and their bountiful bird life. The Faroe Islands turn extraordinarily green during the summertime. We will have a boat cruise exploration of the extraordinary Vestermanna cliffs. We will see these dramatic formations and the puffin birds that the inhabitants used to climb the cliffs to capture eggs. One of the highlights of the tour! We then have some time in the capital city Torshavn.

Day 17 Friday 28 June, 2019 Lerwick, Shetland Islands
This morning we arrive in Lerwick, the only town in Shetland and we begin our tour with a brief panoramic orientation drive of this tiny capital dating from the 1600s. From there, we’ll head to the Central and West Mainland visiting Scalloway, the former Shetland capital. Here we will visit Scalloway Castle built in 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart, using forced labour. We will also visit the Scalloway Museum, which houses a special Shetland Bus exhibit, depicting the village’s unique role in World War II when German occupation of Norway resulted in a stream of refugees heading to Shetland. We continue through the Tingwall Valley with its Norse heritage and we will stop and see the famous Shetland ponies.

Day 18 Saturday 29 June, 2019 Inverness, Scotland
Today we arrive at Inverness, near the famous Loch Ness. It is the largest Scottish loch by volume, indeed experts say that it contains more freshwater than all the lakes of England and Wales combined! On our tour today we first visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit. Next we make the short journey into bonnie Glen Urquhart, famous for its native woodlands and wide variety of wildlife that they support. Urquhart Castle is a magnificent castle that dates from the 14th century and was one of a chain of garrisons that controlled the Great Glen. Nowadays it’s a popular place with “Nessie” spotters who scan the waters of the loch that are deeper here than the North Sea!

Day 19 Sunday 30 June, 2019 At sea
Today we will continue to enjoy the facilities and activities available on the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun group game of bingo, with prizes for the winners.

Day 20 Monday 1 July, 2019 Departure
Early this morning we arrive back in Amsterdam. After breakfast and clearing customs we are transferred to Amsterdam Airport for our flights back to Australia.

Day 21 Tuesday 2 July, 2019 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
L Interior 2,3 $9,290 $12,190
I Interior 3,6 $9,790 $12,590
FF Ocean View  1 $10,190 $13,190
C Ocean View  2 $11,090 $14,790
BB Verandah Balcony 7 $13,790 $21,190
A Verandah Balcony 6 $14,590 $22,790
SB Verandah Suite 7 $16,990 $27,590
Included port & handling charges and cruise taxes $902 $1,247
Included air taxes as at 1/8/18 $170 $170
Included on-board gratuities $240 $240

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth
  • to Amsterdam
  • 15 days/14 nights on the luxurious MS Rotterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Rotterdam
  • 2 nights’ in 4-star, centrally located accommodation in Amsterdam including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, Bergen, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Shetland Islands, Inverness and Edinburgh
  • Tour management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges and cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities and air taxes

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser MS Rotterdam is operated by Holland America Line Cruises and the MS Rotterdam fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America Line 2019 brochure. All passengers must complete the Holland America Line on line check in and complete a Travelrite International booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the Holland America Line on line check in. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the MS Rotterdam fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or MasterCard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recom-mended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 30kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS No A1038) is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/ cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the state of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of Holland America Line detailed on their website. If you do not have these details please contact Travelrite International and we will send them to you

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll free: 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 32 years. It has two fully licensed (ATAS No A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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