Cruise Dialysis

Iceland & Greenland onboard Astor sailing from Bremerhaven, 1 July 2020, 23 nights from £3453

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
07/01/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 17:00
07/02/20 Rest at sea
07/03/20 Rest at sea
07/04/20 Country by launch or tenderDjupivogur (Iceland) 08:00 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.
07/05/20 Country by launch or tenderHusavik (Norway) 08:30 20:00
07/06/20 Rest at sea
07/07/20 Country by launch or tenderTasiilaq (Greenland) 06:30 11:00
Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik, is a town in the district of Sermersooq in southeastern Greenland. With its approximately 2,000 inhabitants, it is the most populated settlement on the Greenland east coast.
Not far below the Arctic Circle, Tasiilaq presents itself as a picturesque and idyllic place, with houses in traditionally bright colors and a magnificent backdrop of babbling streams and mountains with snow-capped peaks.
The region has a unique flora and fauna as well as beautiful scenery that can be discovered in the summer months on a variety of trails and trails. On the way there are always fantastic views, especially from Tasiilaqs Cairn, which was inaugurated in 1944 for the 50th birthday of the city.
08/07/20 Passage Cataracts & Iron Gate
09/07/20 Nuuk (Greenland) 17:15 21:00
The capital Nuuk is surrounded by a fantastic fjord area, the second largest in the world, where there are a variety of whales depending on the season.
Nature and cultural diversity, old and new, shopping and art, whale watching and whaling, dapper, small wooden houses and huge blocks of flats face each other here. Buildings, such as the Katuaq Cultural Center, which has been architecturally inspired by northern lights, are reminiscent of the fact that nature is an omnipresent part of life in the city. The National Museum of Greenland with its unique collections is worth a visit, as well as the old colonial harbor and the small fish hall.
10/7/20 Sisimiut (Greenland) 12:30 17:30
Sisimiut is located 40 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle on the eastern shore of Davisstraße. The bustling, colorful settlement stretches along a series of rocks at the western end of a large peninsula framed to the north by the Kangerluarsuk Tulleq Fjord and to the south by the broad Amerloq Fjord. The city name literally means “people living in fox-houses”. Sisimiut is the largest business center north of the capital Nuuk and one of the fastest growing cities in Greenland. The city is a mix of traditional family homes, social housing and blocks built in the 1960s.
There are walks along the coast, as well as sled dogs, local museums and craft shops. For stone lovers worth a visit to the slightly out of the way house of Bjarne Ljungdahl, a former, renowned geologist. Tuttupit, Nuummit, Greenlandite and Unakit can be seen as raw stones as well as polished or already processed into jewelery.
11/7/20 Country by launch or tenderUummannaq (Greenland) 14:00 20:00
Nearly 600 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle is the “Seal Heart-shaped”, as the name of the place Uummannaq translated means, on a 12 km ² island in the same fjord. The description refers to the imposing 1.175 meter high Herzberg, which dominates the island.
The waters are rich in fish, seals and whales, of which the native population lives. The fjord landscape with the many icebergs attracts many kayak tourists.
The city dates back to the foundation of the Danes in 1763, and there are preserved colonial buildings, next to a peat stone house, which gives an insight into the traditional way of life of the Inuit. Close to Uummannaq, you will find the deserted settlement of Qilakitsoq, a significant archaeological site, which caused a stir with the discovery of eight human mummies from the 15th century. They give important information about the Inuit culture at that time and can be seen in the museum in Nuuk.
12/7/20 Passage Cataracts & Iron Gate
13/7/20 Country by launch or tenderIlulissat (Greenland) 23:59
In Ilulissat you can pay a visit to the fantastic ice fjord. The glacier Sermeq Kujalleq pushes itself here with much pressure and big noise towards the sea. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is considered one of the most prolific glaciers on Earth and ensures that in the Disko Bay constantly huge icebergs drift. Add to that the unbelievable natural spectacle of the white giants, when they run aground on a flat spot at the end of the ice fjord and pile up. You can approach the icebergs and the ice fjord in different ways, on a scenic flight, by boat or on a hike. Through the different perspectives, new, different, fascinating sensory perceptions arise time and again.
14/7/20 Country by launch or tenderQeqertarsuaq, Disko Island (Greenland) 05:30 18:00
15/7/20 Rest at sea
16/7/20 Country by launch or tenderQaqortoq (Greenland) 11:30 20:00
Qaqortoq, the largest city in South Greenland, was founded in 1775 by the Norwegian merchant Anders Olsen. However, the area was permanently settled long before. The trail goes back to the Saqqaq tribe, whose tools and artefacts found there are estimated to be over 4,300 years old. Qaqortoq used to call the name Julianehåb in honor of Queen Juliana Maria of Denmark. Even today, the city still has some examples of architecture from the Danish colonial era. Qaqortoq is considered to be the most charming city in Greenland with a beautiful center and a small square adorned by the country’s oldest fountain. Inspired by the famous Greenlandic artist Aka Hoegh, several artists have created the project “Stone and Man” here. Sculptures of ram’s heads,
17/7/20 Rest at sea
18/7/20 Rest at sea
19/7/20 Ísafjoerður (Iceland) 06:00 16:00
Located just below the Arctic Circle, Ísafjörður is the largest city in the Icelandic region of Westfjords. It is located on a pebble headland that feeds the Skutulsfjörður fjord and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Only three roads lead out of the city and all three pass through tunnels. The Maritime Museum traces the life and history of the settlement back to its beginnings. Fishing was and is the main source of income in the region. The Westfjords are a nature lover’s paradise, and a popular excursion leads to the magical island of Vigur, home to a large colony of eider ducks, alongside a huge population of other birds.
20/7/20 Reykjavík (Iceland) 06:00 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.
21/7/20 Country by launch or tenderHeimaey, Western Maenner Islands (Iceland) 06:00 11:45
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.
22/7/20 Rest at sea
23/7/20 Rest at sea
24/7/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 11:30

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

  • Thank you and your team for everything on our cruise. We enjoyed it and the dialysis was first class. And the social side with you all was a pleasure.

    Mr J Evans
  • I would just like to place on record my appreciation for the wonderful service and attention I received on my dialysis cruise round the Greek Islands.  I hope to book with you soon for another trip soon.

    Mr J Redfern
  • Just a quick note to thank you, the Charge Nurse and the rest of the team, including the Doctor, for the wonderful cruise we just enjoyed. As usual everything went well and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

    Mr K Best
  • Just wanted to say thank you, the ladies really enjoyed their holiday in fact one was crying and did not want to come home. They had a great time. Thank you for your help and patience .

    Ms J Mitchell
  • Thank you for planning an excellent holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed – wish it was for another 3 days. The dialysis worked very well as we were a bit apprehensive for the first time Celebrity was great, our first time.

    Mrs N Rahim
  • Just a note to say how enjoyable the Rhine cruise was. The dialysis was both caring and sociable.

    Mr R Ward
  • Just wanted to say many thanks for the Cruise. We had a fantastic time.

    Mr P McGouran
  • “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
  • Just a quick email to thank you very much for all your help with organising our Canary Island Cruise and dialysis on board for my mum.  Everything ran smoothly and the dialysis staff were excellent, friendly, professional and a pleasure to meet.  Hopefully we will be able to travel again using your excellent dialysis at sea service.

    Ms C Sharratt
  • I want to let you know we really enjoyed the holiday, the ship was very good and the dialysis went well.

    Mrs S Platt
  • I just wanted to send you an email and say THANK YOU so much for all your help with organising the cruise for my mum and me!  Anoop had a really good time on the cruise.  It was definitely an experience, we managed to go on the organised day trips and see new places.  Many thanks once again, I really appreciate all the help you gave me.

    Mrs A Chandhock
  • My father asked me to contact you upon his return from his recent cruise which we booked with you.  He wanted me to pass on what a great trip he had and a fantastic break.  On a personal note I would also like to thank you for your service throughout the booking and my endless enquiries.

    S Lupton
  • Trip was great and dialysis team work excellently together. Nephrologist and Charge Nurse were top notch.  Again thanks you did a great job.

    Mr R Gray
  • We arrived home safe, well and happy. You might like to know we were delighted with the whole Cruise Dialysis adventure. Apart from the impressively competent and conscientious attention of the dialysis team we both very much enjoyed their company and hope to be able to have future involvement. Rae’s health stood up very well, and she came home better than for years.

    The AmaWaterways river cruise itself was also a great pleasure, at just the right level of comfort, interest and variety without opulence. Just about everything was well suited to our needs and desires – as experienced travellers and critical customers. You would be welcome to let others who might be interested contact us in case they have any questions about customers’ experience with your system.

    R Kennedy & R Bogner
  • Just returned from a fantastic cruise. Everything was excellent and dialysis was 1st class . Have no hesitation in recommending you to others. Thanks for all your help. Hope to book again as soon as unit allows. Thanks again.

    Mrs E Adrain
  • Recently my husband and I were fortunate to holiday with AmaWaterways. It was ‘The Enchanting Rhine’ cruise travelling from Basel in Switzerland to Amsterdam.  The whole holiday from start to finish was fantastic. The staff on-board couldn’t do enough to ensure we were well looked after.  The food was lovely and plentiful. The excursions were very well organised and catered for everyone. My husband had dialysis on-board which was also very well organised and arranged so no excursions were missed. The medical team were lovely and looked after my husband well.  I would thoroughly recommend this cruise and hope future travellers enjoy it as much as we did.

    Mr & Mrs K Setchfield
  • Enchanting Rhine Cruise.  This was our first cruise with AmaWaterways on Dialysis. Unbelievable staff with impeccable service and attention to every detail from beginning to the end of our cruise. Well organised excursions for all passengers from the very fit to those who needed a slower pace.  The Dialysis team was amazing – professional, efficient, caring and friendly. Thank you Lisa for all your help and support.  This cruise exceeded all our expectations.

    Mr & Mrs M Coogan
  • “We had a wonderful cruise and having dialysis on board was not a problem it worked out for all the shore trips, I had the early morning session which gave us breakfast at normal time and the rest of the day to ourselves, would have no hesitation in recommending Dialysis at Sea.”

    Mr I Dougall
  • “We returned from the Celebrity Eclipse cruise to the Western Med and wanted to let you know how smoothly the dialysis and arrangements on board went.  The dialysis staff were so attentive and friendly with back up from the cruise staff. I appreciated being able to spend some time on shore whilst my husband was well looked after.  Thank you for help and personal approach in coordinating the cruise arrangements.”

    Mr & Mrs W Banner
  • “For someone who had never been on a Sea Cruise and also being a Dialysis patient this venture was viewed with excitement but also with some degree of trepidation and worry.- Well we are back and what’s more are already looking to plan the next one. All our fears and worries quickly evaporated. The dialysis ran seamlessly.  The service provided by the caring and considerate staff and the facilities were second to none, in my opinion they were 6 star. Through out the whole journey everyone had the Can Do attitude.  It was a holiday of a lifetime. Thank you Lisa for all your help and support.  We will be back”

    Mr B Porter
  • “We had a lovely time the trips at port were just long enough for us before we had to go back onboard for dialysis.  The nurses were friendly and it was all really organised and relaxing.  Thank you”.

    Mrs R Thwaite
  • “We went on the 14 night Celebrity Eclipse cruise departing Southampton on 3rd September 2017 to Gibraltar, Lisbon etc and it was brilliant.  Everything about the trip was superb. Without exception the staff was helpful, cheerful and friendly.  The dialysis unit under Dr Dale was very efficient.  Will definitely book another cruise with you from Southampton”.

    Mr & Mrs D Tarrant
  • “An e-mail to say that we really enjoyed the Rhine cruise. The boat was good, the food nice, the company great. The dialysis went OK.  Thank you for all the arrangements and making the holiday very enjoyable.”

    Mr A Richardson
  • “Jack and I would like to thank you for organizing our very interesting holiday.  The service from the start was amazing everything went according to plan and those who were supposed to meet us were there, it made the holiday for me.  The staff on board Belvedere were always polite and pleasant.  Jack was very happy with the way the dialysis was dealt with and the doctors and nurses were very professional.  We look forward to having more holidays with you in the future.”

    Mrs A Allen
  • “As my father cannot travel around for holidays easily and enjoys going abroad we decided to try a cruise.  We would never have thought to take a wheel chair if it not been for your recommendation. Armed with a lightweight wheel chair for trips ashore we were on our way.  Father was then able to go ashore even on treatment day, and save energy for pottering around the ship later in the day.  The wheelchair has been a real boon, it features as a Zimmer frame and was so useful going round the airport, it has transformed our view on what is possible for holidays and day trips.  Dialysis treatment on board is easy and is usually fitted in for time in port.  All your booking is taken care of including treatment with medical reports sent by your unit. We have done several with another next year. It’s well worth a try.”

    Miss Y Schofield
  • “First of all  –  thank you for all your help both before and during the cruise.  We enjoyed it very much  – the Belvedere was very comfortable and the food was good.  We were also lucky with the weather  – the only rain was at Nuremberg on the last day !  The dialysis sessions worked well also.”

    Mr R Rowe