Cruise Dialysis

Land of the Midnight Sun onboard Astor sailing from Bremerhaven, 19 June 2020, 12 nights from £1726

Carrying only 600 passengers, the Astor provides guests with an intimate environment ideal for relaxation.

Carrying only 600 passengers, the Astor provides guests with an intimate environment ideal for relaxation. With fine cuisine, high class entertainment, comfortable lounges and accommodation, the philosophy of the crew onboard is simply to ensure your voyage is an outstanding and memorable experience.

Please note that the Astor is sold primarily to the German market and therefore the majority of passengers onboard will be German.  The crew onboard the Astor speak German and English and you will be provided with English menus and a printed daily programme in English informing you of the days events onboard the ship and port information.  The onboard evening entertainment usually consists of various singing and dancing shows suitable for all nationalities.

Itinerary

DATE PORT ARRIVALS DEPARTURE
19/6/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 17:00
20/6/20 Rest at sea
21/6/20 Lerwick, Shetland Islands (United Kingdom) 07:00 18:00
First, the Norsemen settled in the 9th century, where later in the 17th Century Lerwick was founded as an unofficial trading post for the Dutch herring fleet. The city center is a labyrinth of narrow stone-paved streets in front of 18th-century sandstone buildings overlooking the bustling harbor. Hay’s Dock was once the center of fishing and boatbuilding on the Shetland Islands. Today it houses the wonderful Shetland Museum and Archive. At the southern tip of the island of Mainland reports the Jarlshof, an extraordinary archaeological site, from the approximately 4,000 years of human settlement history of this remote archipelago with their animal wealth.
22/6/20 Rest at sea
23/6/20 Country by launch or tenderDjupivogur (Iceland) 06:00 15:00
The small community Djúpivogur is located in Iceland’s east on a peninsula between the fjords Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður and lives mainly from fishing and tourism. The village with its colorful houses, including the old red-colored trading house Langabúð, is ​​considered one of the most beautiful islands. The landscape of the imposing Ostfjorde is characterized by towering mountains with bare rock walls, which are marked by wind and weather. Djúpivogur is dominated by the almost 1,000 m high mountain Búlandstindur. In the area you can visit a number of beautiful waterfalls. The combination of marshland, puddles and beaches near the village makes the area the ideal breeding ground for birds. Historically interesting is a visit to the island of Papey, which was inhabited by Irish monks before the arrival of the Vikings. A trip to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, where you circle the icebergs in an amphibious vehicle, will certainly remain in your memory.
24/6/20 Akureyri (Iceland) 08:30 20:00
Akureyri is located at the end of the 60 kilometer long Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. The capital of the north was founded as a trading post and today presents itself as an attractive city with colorful houses and manicured gardens. Here you will find both the northernmost botanical garden in the world and the northernmost golf course in the world. The focus of the excursions offered is on the extraordinary nature and landscape of Iceland, such as the pseudo craters of Skutastadir, the surreal lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the bird paradise Mývatn and the imposing, crescent-shaped waterfall Goðafoss. Visiting the Laufas open-air museum or the Mývatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest thermal spa, are relaxing alternatives.
25/6/20 Grundafjordur (Iceland) 15:00 21:00
Grundarfjörður is located on the north coast of the mystical peninsula Snæfellsness in western Iceland. A breathtakingly beautiful bay framed the fishing village over which the Kirkjufjell mountain lives. At the western end of Snæfellsnes, rises the 1,446m snow-covered stratovolcano Snæfellsjökull, which can even be seen from Reykjavik. He plays a major role in the Icelandic saga and myth world, and Jules Verne was inspired by him for his book “The Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
26/6/20 Reykjavík (Iceland) 07:00
The Icelandic capital has a very idiosyncratic character, partly Old Norse, partly very modern. Despite the fact that half of all Icelanders live in Reykjavík, it is one of the smallest capitals in the world. In the oldest part of the city, one encounters mosaics, murals and sculptures, and brightly colored houses with tin roofs are guarded by the towering Hallgrímskirche. The popular classic among the optional, varied and exciting excursions offers vast lava fields, a dramatic, historic gorge, bubbling mud springs, thunderous waterfalls and water-spouting geysers in one. Another, very nice trip, allows a relaxing dip in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
27/6/20 Reykjavík (Iceland) 18:00
The Icelandic capital has a very idiosyncratic character, partly Old Norse, partly very modern. Despite the fact that half of all Icelanders live in Reykjavík, it is one of the smallest capitals in the world. In the oldest part of the city, one encounters mosaics, murals and sculptures, and brightly colored houses with tin roofs are guarded by the towering Hallgrímskirche. The popular classic among the optional, varied and exciting excursions offers vast lava fields, a dramatic, historic gorge, bubbling mud springs, thunderous waterfalls and water-spouting geysers in one. Another, very nice trip, allows a relaxing dip in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
28/6/20 Country by launch or tenderHeimaey, Western Maenner Islands (Iceland) 06:00 12:00
Heimaey not only the largest among the 15 islands of the Westman archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, but also the only inhabited one. On January 23, without warning, a volcano erupted on the city boundary next to Mount Helgafell, forcing its residents to leave their homes and escape to the mainland. Fortunately, the entire fishing fleet was in the harbor to evacuate the islanders and, surprisingly, not a single death was to be lamented. Six months later, when the volcano was extinguished, most of the residents returned and started rebuilding their homes on an island that has gained one fifth of its original size from the lava flows.
29/6/20 Rest at sea
30/6/20 Rest at sea
07/01/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 11:00

Note: In case of bad weather or sea conditions that prevent the ship from reaching a planned port, alternative arrangements will be made as far as possible.

Anchor iconShip is at anchor, ashore by tender boat
* Technical stop, guests can not go ashore

 

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Testimonials

  • “I do wish to thank you, the Charge Nurse and the rest of your dialysis team. You’re doing a great service to those in need of it and who are keen to travel at the same time.  Your variety of ocean and river cruises gives all those who may be interested a wide choice of styles and destinations, while at the same time being able to rely on professional care and service in dialysis needs. Keep up the good work. Thank you once again”

    Mr Dominic Yau
  • Cruise was wonderful. We loved the Europa2  and Dr. Westerman was a delight to have do our dialysis sessions.

    Mrs S Pearl
  • We had a lovely holiday and have lots of pictures to remind us of where we went – they are on my screensaver already and are a very enjoyable reminder.  As you know I love these holidays. I am really grateful that I could have a holiday while on dialysis – it is so lovely to get away from home for more than a night!

    Mrs L Osborn
  • I’d just like to thank you and your professional Dialysis Team for making my first ever cruise experience so wonderful.  Starting from the time of booking, through the worst parts – waiting for the departure date to come around, right through until disembarkation.

    The paperwork, though comprehensive was clear and easy for myself and my home clinic nurses to complete, and your advice on what to pack for the expectations of the cruise liner took that stress away.

    It was good to meet everyone in your team and my compatriots for treatment so soon after embarkation and everything always felt like it was no problem and easily handled.  The dialysis team was totally professional at all times, but that was also complimented by their personalities which meant time on dialysis went quite quickly chatting etc.  The Nephrologist was extremely thorough at all times but was also quite amusing in her own way.  The Charge Nurse was a wealth of experience and definitely the glue bonding the team together and always available for everyone at all times.  The two nurses providing support were effective team players and knew their stuff.

    Being an accompanied cruise meant there was always someone about if you wanted a chat even on the excellent inclusive shore trips.  It was good to see the planning that went in to arranging dialysis sessions around these activities and the team were always looking to be flexible on start stop times.

    I will do this again in the future, need to save up a bit first, but would recommend it to anyone.  Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

    Mr K Summerhayes
  • I wanted to tell you that it was a wonderful cruise and thank you for all the efforts you have had in respect to the dialyses.  Everything was working at the full satisfaction.

    Mr J Steinmann