In Search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen and Go Stargazing

In Search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen and Go Stargazing

Tuesday 19th November 2024 to Friday 29th November 2024

Departing from Newcastle Cruise Terminal
Port of Tyne, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6EE

Embark on a meticulously curated cruise, masterfully crafted by our team, to capture the enchanting beauty of northern Norway during the Northern Lights season. This journey is a symphony of natural wonders, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences that will resonate in your heart.

As you step aboard Balmoral, you’ll be greeted by an air of excitement and anticipation. The Northern Lights, a celestial ballet of dancing lights, become your companions as you navigate the Arctic waters. From the comfort of the ship and during an extended stay in Alta, you’ll witness this mesmerising phenomenon, a sight that leaves an indelible mark on the soul.

This cruise is an exploration of nature’s splendours and humanity’s connections. Join us as we venture into the Arctic’s embrace, where Northern Lights illuminate the night sky and a world of wonders awaits your discovery. Let this journey unfold as a chapter in your own Arctic story.

On this Northern Lights Cruise, you’ll be joined by an experienced astronomer from Go Stargazing for guided night sky tours under light pollution-free skies as part of Fred. Olsen’s Sky at Sea signature experience.

Stargazing highlights for this cruise
  • Explore the night skies on deck with an astronomer from Go Stargazing.
  • Learn how our ancestors interpreted the sky with a laser-guided tour of the constellations.
  • Given the current high activity of the Sun (close to the ‘solar maximum’), it’s the best time to see the Northern Lights for several years. Displays may be intense and bright, especially if the skies are cloud-free!
  • We should notice that the stars in the northern part of the sky get higher up as we cruise north – by observing the famous pole star (which would be directly overhead at the north pole), we can work out our latitude!
  • Saturn will be visible as soon as the skies darken until it sets in the West around midnight. Binoculars may allow viewing some of the planet’s Moons and famous ring system.
  • Jupiter will shine bright and can be observed as soon as darkness falls. See the Moons of Jupiter using binoculars and watch how they change position in relation to the giant planet during the cruise.
  • Mars will rise from the Eastern horizon later in the evening, its bright colour making it unmistakable. On 20th November, the red planet will be joined by the Moon close to the Beehive cluster, a conjunction that will look splendid in binoculars!
  • There are lots to see in the autumn skies, including the constellations of Cygnus, Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Perseus and Taurus, all well placed.
  • Later in the night, the recognisable constellation of Orion will rise from the East, signalling the coming of the Winter constellations.
  • View the most distant object that can be seen with just your eyes — the Andromeda Galaxy. Our astronomer will show you how to find it using binoculars, a trick you can take home!
  • Shooting stars or meteors are always a possibility if the sky is clear! On the first night of the cruise, you may even glimpse some Leonids meteors after the shower peaks on 18th November.
Sail away from light pollution

The map plots the course of this cruise. As you travel away from light pollution, a breathtaking canvas of stars unfolds above. The sky becomes a sanctuary of twinkling constellations, captivating stargazers with its celestial wonders. Guided by a Go Stargazing astronomer, you'll learn to navigate the skies and immerse yourself in their beauty.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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