Departing from Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Princes Parade, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DL
Step into a meticulously designed cruise that unveils the natural splendors and historical marvels of Portugal. This journey is a symphony of discovery, where every port of call is a doorway to hidden gems waiting to be unveiled.
In the embrace of the Azores archipelago, you’ll uncover treasures that lie off the beaten path. The Sete Cidades crater lakes paint a surreal landscape, a realm where the earth’s history is etched in serene waters. Angra do Heroísmo, a haven for navigators crossing the Atlantic, stands as a testament to seafaring heritage, offering you a glimpse into a bygone era.
This cruise is more than a journey; it’s an exploration of Portugal’s heart and soul. Join us as we venture through natural wonders and historical legacies, creating memories that will forever be etched in your heart.
In addition, you’ll be joined aboard 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.
- 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.
- This cruise encompasses a new Moon period; with no bright Moon in the sky and no light pollution, it’s the best time and place to stargaze.
- Once darkness falls, witness the incredible view of the Autumn Milky Way arching across the sky.
- As we travel south, the stars in a southerly direction will get higher up in the sky. We can see some stars that are not visible from the UK’s skies.
- Saturn will be visible as soon as the skies darken and through the night. Binoculars may allow viewing some of the planet’s Moons and famous ring system.
- Mars and Jupiter will be shining brightly and can be observed rising from the East late evening.
- There are lots to see in the autumn skies, including the constellations of Cygnus, Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Perseus and Taurus, all well placed.
- 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.
- Shooting stars or meteors are always a possibility if the sky is clear! You may even glimpse some Taurids meteors as the shower peaks on the 4th of November.
- Later in the night, the recognisable constellation of Orion will rise from the East, with Mars well placed near the twin stars of Gemini.
- This cruise through the dark skies of the North Atlantic at New Moon will be a stargazer’s paradise!
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.
For full details on how to attend this cruise, including how to book, please see the cruise's official website.Visit cruise website
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this cruise. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.