AIDAcara

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AIDA Cruises

Current cruise:
35 nights / 36 days, one-way from Hamburg to San Antonio
17 Oct, 2017 - 21 Nov, 2017

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AIDAcara Review and Specifications

Specifications of AIDAcara

Year built 1996  /  Age : 21
Flag state Italy
Builder Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
Building cost DM 300 million (USD 190 million)
Owner Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator AIDA Kreuzfahrten (AIDA Cruises)
Speed 20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA) 193 m / 633 ft
Beam (width) 27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage 38557 gt
Passengers 1180 - 1339
Crew 360
Passengers-to-space ratio 33
Decks 11
Cabins 590
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Clubschiff
Christened by Christiane Herzog

Review of AIDAcara

Launched in 1996 as ms Clubschiff, AIDAcara is the oldest of all AIDA Cruises vessels, followed by AIDAvita and AIDAaura.

History - construction & ownership

AIDA Cruises is a German cruise line that is British-American owned and based in Rostock (Germany). Founded originally as Deutsche Seereederei, in the 1960s the company entered cruise industry. In 2000, AIDA Cruises was purchased by P&O Princess Cruises. After in 2003 Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess formed Carnival Corporation & plc, the executive control of AIDA was transferred to Costa Cruises, responsible for Carnival Group European brands.

AIDAcara cruise ship

The 38,557-ton, 1,186-passenger cruise ship AIDAcara is ready for fun and relax. She is a family-friendly resort-class ship and is among the smaller ones in the company (still large enough for amenities like a salon, SPA and mini-golf). AIDAcara is the first of its kind in AIDA Cruise Line fleet and very innovative about the “club ship” idea. She was built in 1996 in England and appeals mostly to passengers from Germany.

Shortly before her birthday on June 7, AIDAcara was given a beauty makeover, and is looking splendid for the big 20th anniversary. The cruise ship was christened on June 7, 1996 in Rostock, by Christiane Herzog. The first ship of AIDA Cruises fleet triggered a revolution in cruise market. Following the scheduled stay in dry dock January 26-February 6, 2016, at NAVANTIA Shiprepairs in Cadiz, AIDAcara is now back with even more appealing offers. Apart from routine maintenance work, various refurbishment work was carried out. The guest cabins are newly resplendent. 1,800 m² of new carpeting was laid in the public areas. 12,000 m² of the surface of the ship above and below the waterline was repainted. The new highlights on board include the newly designed Pool Bar (upper deck), and Calypso Bar with outdoor seating area on Deck 9. The Anytime Bar was also refurbished, with its dancefloor redesigned.

The Body & Soul area received new cardio equipment. March 7 will see the premiere of the “cardioscan” on board AIDAcara. The diagnosis tool allows passengers to analyze their cardiac system, metabolism and physical make-up. The cardioscan will also be phased in on the other ships of AIDA fleet. AIDA Store located on Deck 8 presents the popular brand GAASTRA in a new store concept. The jewelry area was redesigned and is now offering items from the Danish brand, Bering, for the first time. A height-adjustable photo kiosk was added to the existing digital photo stations at the Photoshop, and it can be operated with ease by kids and wheelchair-users.

Cruise itinerary program

AIDAcara itinerary program is based on round-trip Canary Islands cruises from Gran Canaria, Baltic and Norwegian sea voyages sailing out of Kiel, Germany.

Cabins

Most AIDAcara staterooms are 150-185-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (342). There are a total of 590 staterooms in 16 categories. The largest aboard AIDAcara are the Premium Suites (605 ft2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

AIDAcara restaurants are three: two main – the Calypso (named after a personage from Greek mythology - a nymph who occupied on the island of Ogygia, and detained Odysseus for several years) and Markt, offering open-seating buffet. The extra-tariff Rossini is a-la-carte choice and includes waiter service and near-gourmet food with good quality. There are no strict dress codes, or fixed dining times. Basic beverages, including house wines and beer, are free of charge during meals at the buffet restaurants. There are also several beverage packages that may be bought at reduced rates. 

Follows the complete list of AIDAcara restaurants and food bars.

  • Rossini (specialty, dinner-only restaurant at surcharge, reservations required; offers waiter service and 6-course a-la-carte menu)
  • Markt Restaurant (complimentary main dining room; self-service buffet restaurant with a variety of food stations and a small terrace)
  • Calypso Restaurant (the second main dining room; complimentary buffet restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

No casino is available onboard AIDAcara, but a swimming pool, Body & Soul SPA and Fit & Fun fitness are provided and they’re quite wide for this kind size of vessel. AIDAcara golf area with indoor putting green & golf simulator is a plus. The AIDAcara theatre (called Das Theater by Germans), the largest area onboard, and the full-width huge AIDA Bar & Anytime Disco will make you feel full of life. A lot of deck space is available for walkers, volleyball and basketball fans.

AIDAcara cruise ship

Follows the complete list of AIDAcara lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Kids Club (AIDA Cruises kids program is complimentary, with supervised, age appropriate activities: the 3 age groups include Seahorses for 3-6 yo, Dolphins for 7-9 yo and Sharks 10-11 yo; the Kids Club has outdoor area with a paddling pool)
  • Internet stations with printers (located in the Reception/Lobby area; Wi-Fi coverage is avaolable shipwide, including in all guests rooms)
  • The Theater (700-seat, 2-level main show venue for large-scale show productions; also hosts daily lectures, trivia games, Bingo)
  • Art Gallery (Kunstgalerie; sells original artworks of renowned art schools and German artists; hosts art auctions)
  • AIDA Bar (big-capacity lounge with panoramic windows)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (professional photo & video services, duty-free accessories and equipment; new feature are the photo kiosks with touch-screens /face-recognition system)
  • AIDA Shop (duty-free merchandise at discount prices; the shopping arcade has a general store selling liquor and tobaccos, as well as small boutiques for jewelry, luxury watches, perfumes, brand fashion clothing, AIDA logo goods)
  • Lambada Bar (adults-only cocktail bar & nightclub with panoramic windows and live music entertainment)
  • Beauty Salon (Friseur; provides hairdresser, barber services, professional manicure/pedicure)
  • Body & Soul Sport Fitness Centre (with a modern Gym and separate area for classes)
  • Mini Golf (indoor putting green area); Golf simulator (virtual golf courses)
  • Sunbathing area (Freibereich, served by the Pool Bar and the Pool Grill /American fast food fare)
  • The Library (Bibliotek; offers card and board games)
  • Anytime Bar (Diskothek; ship’s disco & nightclub with DJ program and themed dance parties; during the day hosts organized dance classes)
  • Cara Lounge (teens club with supervised activities in two age groups – Orcas for 12 -13 yo and Teens 14 -17 yo; complimentary; with Video Games Arcade and Playstation consoles)
  • Sports deck area (Sportaussendeck with a combined sports court for basketball/volleyball)
  • Pool deck (with one swimming pool, 3 whirlpools, Pool Shop for towels, deck games - Shuffleboard, Giant Chess, Table Tennis, Backgammon, sunbathing areas; a stage for live performances, bingo evenings, nightly pool parties, laser shows is also available)
  • Body & Soul SPA complex (with Beauty Salon & Spa Reception, massages /treatments rooms, indoor whirlpool, Aroma Sauna, Finish Sauna, Steam Room, relaxation room)
  • Sundeck / sunbathing area (Freibereich, located above the swimming pool; with loungers and 2 whirlpools; the ship’s Top Deck is dedicated to Freikorperkultur / FKK Bereich nudist area with sunloungers)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

AIDAcara wiki

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  • Passenger decks: 9
  • Cabin grades number: 16
  • Total number of cabins: 590 (of which 48 Balcony rooms, 342 Outside, 200 Inside)
  • Dining Rooms: No MDR (no assigned dining times, no traditional dining room).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Rossini (the only a la carte, waiter service restaurant; offers near-gourmet quality food), Markt and Calypso (both buffet, self-service).
  • Lounges & Bars: Anytime bar and disco, Calypso bar, Lambada bar, Pool bar, AIDA bar and lounge, Cara lounge.
  • Body & Soul Spa and Fitness, Beauty Salon, Library, Theater (two decks high), Kids' club, pool, jacuzzi, Internet station, Medical center, AIDA shop, photo gallery, sports court, golf simulator and putting green, jogging track, biking station, Sun deck area.
  • The AIDAcara cruise ship is the first ever ship of AIDA Kreutzfahrten. The vessel was built as "Club Ship" (Clubschiff in German) for Deutsche Seetouristik (Arkona Reisen), and was launched under its AIDA name in 1996. After P&O Cruises transferred the ship in 1999, it became part of AIDA Cruises, and was renamed "AIDAcara" (2001). In 2005, the ship underwent refurbishment in order to increase the number of passenger cabins.
  • Fun fact is, that AIDAcara is the first cruise ship in the world offering the innovative concept "club ship". As size, she is among the smallest in the fleet, very much family-friendly, and Das Theater is the largest area on board. AIDA Cruises Cara ship also offers a biking station and her own supply of bicycles for shore excursions in ports of call.
  • The onboard language is German, as most of AIDA cruise ship passengers are Germans and German-speaking Europeans (Austrians, Swiss).

AIDAcara World Cruise 2017

In 2017, AIDA Cruises had its ever first around the world voyage on AIDAcara.

  • The 116-days long World Cruise (itinerary October 17, 2017 through February 10, 2018) visited a total of 41 ports in 23 different countries on 5 continents. The route was westbound, featuring 1 Transatlantic crossing and 1 Suez Canal transit.
  • The unique voyage was roundtrip from hamburg Germany, and included the following ports of call: Hamburg (departure), Sea Day, Southampton, Sea Day, Lisbon, Sea Day, Funchal Madeira, Sea Day, Praia Cape Verde, Sea Day, Recife Brazil, Sea Day, Rio de Janeiro, Sea Day, Montevideo Uruguay, Buenos Aires Argentina, Sea Day, Puerto Madryn, Sea Day, Ushuaia, Sea Day, Punta Arenas, Sea Day, Puerto Montt, Sea Day, Valparaiso-Santiago Chile, Sea Day, Robinson Crusoe Island, Sea Day, Hangaroa, Sea Day, Bounty Bay, Sea Day, Papeete Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Sea Day, Waitangi, Auckland New Zealand, Sea Day, Sydney Australia, Sea Day, Cairns, Sea Day, Darwin, Sea Day, Komodo Island, Lembar, Bali, Sea Day, Singapore, Port Klang, Langkawi, Sea Day, Colombo Sri Lanka, Sea Day, Male Maldives, Sea Day, Salalah, Sea Day, Aqaba, Suez Canal, Limassol, Sea Day, Valletta Malta, Sea Day, Malaga, Sea Day, Leixões, Ferrol, Sea Day, Honfleur France, Sea Day, Hamburg (disembarkation).
  • AIDA's 2017 world cruise prices started from USD 15,580 pp (double occupancy inside cabin rates).
  • In 2018, AIDAaura became the company's second "world cruise ship" leaving from roundtrip Hamburg (itinerary October 8, 2018, through February 2, 2019).

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AIDAcara Itineraries 2018

The below listed AIDAcara cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest AIDA Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Singapore cruise port

07 January 2018 34 nights / 35 days, one-way from Singapore to Hamburg
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07 Jan      Departing from Singapore   
08 Jan 11:00 - 08 Jan     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
09 Jan 13:00 - 09 Jan     Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia   
13 Jan 08:00 - 13 Jan     Colombo, Sri Lanka   
15 Jan 06:00 - 15 Jan     Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives   
19 Jan 09:00 - 19 Jan     Salalah, Oman   
24 Jan 14:00 - 24 Jan     Aqaba, Jordan   
26 Jan 22:00 - 26 Jan     Suez Canal   
28 Jan 09:00 - 28 Jan     Limassol, Cyprus   
31 Jan 08:00 - 31 Jan     Valletta, Malta   
03 Feb 08:00 - 03 Feb     Malaga, Spain   
05 Feb 08:00 - 05 Feb     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
06 Feb 09:00 - 06 Feb     Ferrol, Spain   
08 Feb 08:00 - 08 Feb     Honfleur, France   
10 Feb      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

10 February 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Winter Im Hohen Norden
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10 Feb      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
12 Feb 08:00 - 12 Feb     Haugesund, Norway   
14 Feb 10:00 - 14 Feb     Bodo, Norway   
15 Feb 16:00 - 15 Feb     Tromso, Norway   
17 Feb 08:00 - 17 Feb     Alta, Norway   
19 Feb 08:00 - 19 Feb     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway   
21 Feb 08:00 - 21 Feb     Trondheim, Norway   
22 Feb 13:00 - 22 Feb     Bergen, Norway   
24 Feb      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

24 February 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Winter Im Hohen Norden
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24 Feb      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
26 Feb 08:00 - 26 Feb     Haugesund, Norway   
28 Feb 09:00 - 28 Feb     Bodo, Norway   
01 Mar 18:00 - 01 Mar     Alta, Norway   
03 Mar 09:00 - 03 Mar     Tromso, Norway   
05 Mar 08:00 - 05 Mar     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway   
07 Mar 08:00 - 07 Mar     Trondheim, Norway   
08 Mar 13:00 - 08 Mar     Bergen, Norway   
10 Mar      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

10 March 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Winter Im Hohen Norden
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10 Mar      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
12 Mar 08:00 - 12 Mar     Haugesund, Norway   
14 Mar 10:00 - 14 Mar     Bodo, Norway   
15 Mar 16:00 - 15 Mar     Tromso, Norway   
17 Mar 08:00 - 17 Mar     Alta, Norway   
19 Mar 08:00 - 19 Mar     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway   
21 Mar 08:00 - 21 Mar     Trondheim, Norway   
22 Mar 13:00 - 22 Mar     Bergen, Norway   
24 Mar      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

24 March 2018 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel
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24 Mar      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
26 Mar 08:00 - 26 Mar     Haugesund, Norway   
28 Mar 10:00 - 28 Mar     Bodo, Norway   
29 Mar 16:00 - 29 Mar     Tromso, Norway   
31 Mar 08:00 - 31 Mar     Alta, Norway   
02 Apr 08:00 - 02 Apr     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway   
04 Apr 08:00 - 04 Apr     Trondheim, Norway   
05 Apr 13:00 - 05 Apr     Bergen, Norway   
07 Apr 08:00 - 07 Apr     Aarhus, Denmark   
08 Apr      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

08 April 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Skandinavien Ab Kiel 2
Prices starting
from $749
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08 Apr      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
08 Apr 18:00 - 08 Apr     Kiel Canal, Germany   
10 Apr 08:00 - 10 Apr     Stavanger, Norway   
11 Apr 18:00 - 11 Apr     Oslo, Norway   
13 Apr 09:00 - 13 Apr     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
14 Apr 08:00 - 14 Apr     Copenhagen, Denmark   
15 Apr      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

15 April 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Skandinavien Ab Kiel 2
Prices starting
from $749
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15 Apr      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
15 Apr 18:00 - 15 Apr     Kiel Canal, Germany   
17 Apr 08:00 - 17 Apr     Stavanger, Norway   
18 Apr 18:00 - 18 Apr     Oslo, Norway   
20 Apr 09:00 - 20 Apr     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
21 Apr 08:00 - 21 Apr     Copenhagen, Denmark   
22 Apr      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

22 April 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Skandinavien Ab Kiel 2
Prices starting
from $799
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22 Apr      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
22 Apr 18:00 - 22 Apr     Kiel Canal, Germany   
24 Apr 08:00 - 24 Apr     Stavanger, Norway   
25 Apr 18:00 - 25 Apr     Oslo, Norway   
27 Apr 09:00 - 27 Apr     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
28 Apr 08:00 - 28 Apr     Copenhagen, Denmark   
29 Apr      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

29 April 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Kel14046
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29 Apr      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
01 May 09:00 - 01 May     Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden   
02 May 09:00 - 02 May     Stockholm, Sweden   
03 May 08:00 - 03 May     Mariehamn, Aland, Finland   
05 May 07:00 - 05 May     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
07 May 10:00 - 07 May     Tallinn, Estonia   
08 May 15:00 - 08 May     Riga, Latvia   
11 May 07:00 - 11 May     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
12 May 12:00 - 12 May     Copenhagen, Denmark   
13 May      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

13 May 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Grose Ostsee-Reise 3
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13 May      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
15 May 10:00 - 15 May     Stockholm, Sweden   
16 May 08:00 - 16 May     Mariehamn, Aland, Finland   
18 May 07:00 - 18 May     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
21 May 09:00 - 21 May     Tallinn, Estonia   
22 May 15:00 - 22 May     Riga, Latvia   
24 May 10:00 - 24 May     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
26 May 07:00 - 26 May     Copenhagen, Denmark   
27 May      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

27 May 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Schatze Der Ostsee 1
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27 May      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
29 May 10:00 - 29 May     Helsinki, Finland   
30 May 07:00 - 30 May     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
01 Jun 08:00 - 01 Jun     Tallinn, Estonia   
02 Jun 15:00 - 02 Jun     Riga, Latvia   
05 Jun 10:00 - 05 Jun     Copenhagen, Denmark   
06 Jun      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

17 June 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Grose Ostsee-Reise 3
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17 Jun      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
19 Jun 10:00 - 19 Jun     Stockholm, Sweden   
20 Jun 08:00 - 20 Jun     Mariehamn, Aland, Finland   
22 Jun 07:00 - 22 Jun     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
25 Jun 09:00 - 25 Jun     Tallinn, Estonia   
26 Jun 15:00 - 26 Jun     Riga, Latvia   
28 Jun 10:00 - 28 Jun     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
29 Jun 08:00 - 29 Jun     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
01 Jul      Arriving in Kiel, Germany   

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Kiel cruise port

01 July 2018 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg
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01 Jul      Departing from Kiel, Germany   
03 Jul 09:00 - 03 Jul     Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden   
04 Jul 09:00 - 04 Jul     Stockholm, Sweden   
05 Jul 08:00 - 05 Jul     Mariehamn, Aland, Finland   
07 Jul 07:00 - 07 Jul     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
09 Jul 10:00 - 09 Jul     Tallinn, Estonia   
10 Jul 15:00 - 10 Jul     Riga, Latvia   
12 Jul 10:00 - 12 Jul     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
13 Jul 08:00 - 13 Jul     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
15 Jul      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

15 July 2018 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Island & Gronland
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15 Jul      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
17 Jul 08:00 - 17 Jul     Invergordon, Scotland   
19 Jul 09:00 - 19 Jul     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
20 Jul 08:00 - 20 Jul     Akureyri, Iceland   
24 Jul 08:00 - 24 Jul     Nuuk, Greenland   
25 Jul 17:00 - 25 Jul     Ilulissat, Greenland   
28 Jul 08:00 - 28 Jul     Qaqortoq, Greenland   
30 Jul 20:00 - 30 Jul     Reykjavik, Iceland   
02 Aug 13:00 - 02 Aug     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
03 Aug 10:00 - 03 Aug     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
05 Aug      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

05 August 2018 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Island & Gronland
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05 Aug      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
07 Aug 08:00 - 07 Aug     Invergordon, Scotland   
09 Aug 09:00 - 09 Aug     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
10 Aug 08:00 - 10 Aug     Akureyri, Iceland   
14 Aug 08:00 - 14 Aug     Nuuk, Greenland   
15 Aug 17:00 - 15 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
18 Aug 08:00 - 18 Aug     Qaqortoq, Greenland   
20 Aug 20:00 - 20 Aug     Reykjavik, Iceland   
23 Aug 13:00 - 23 Aug     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
24 Aug 10:00 - 24 Aug     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
26 Aug      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

26 August 2018 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Island & Gronland
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26 Aug      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
28 Aug 08:00 - 28 Aug     Invergordon, Scotland   
30 Aug 09:00 - 30 Aug     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
31 Aug 08:00 - 31 Aug     Akureyri, Iceland   
04 Sep 08:00 - 04 Sep     Nuuk, Greenland   
05 Sep 17:00 - 05 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
08 Sep 08:00 - 08 Sep     Qaqortoq, Greenland   
10 Sep 20:00 - 10 Sep     Reykjavik, Iceland   
13 Sep 13:00 - 13 Sep     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
14 Sep 10:00 - 14 Sep     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
16 Sep      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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