Volcanic Islands and Hidden Gems of Portugal with Fred. Olsen Cruises and Go Stargazing

Volcanic Islands and Hidden Gems of Portugal with Fred. Olsen Cruises and Go Stargazing

Saturday 6th July 2024 to Friday 19th July 2024

Departing from Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Princes Parade, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DL

Embark on a remarkable cruise through Portugal’s diverse landscapes and maritime legacy. Explore Sete Cidades crater lakes from Ponta Delgada. Discover Angra do Heroísmo’s UNESCO heritage from Praia da Vitória. Search for whales from Bolette with the help of conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA, cruise by Belém Tower, and relive Lisbon’s Age of Discovery at Maritime Museum and Jerónimos Monastery.

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.

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.
  • At the beginning of the cruise, we should be treated to a beautiful sky just after sunset. The elusive planet Mercury – the closest to the Sun – and Venus may be glimpsed in the west, with a crescent-shaped ‘new’ moon nearby.
  • We will be able to observe how the Moon progresses through its series of phases as the cruise progresses – it will be close to the full Moon by the end of the cruise.
  • Early in the cruise, after the Moon has set, we should be treated to a fantastic view of the summer milky way.
  • The ringed planet Saturn will rise in the east late at night – through a pair of binoculars, we may glimpse the famous rings.
  • Just before sunrise, we should be treated to a beautiful sky with bright planets Mars and Jupiter, both visible with the faint outer planet Uranus very close to Mars in direction (binoculars required to see Uranus) – all amongst an excellent star field in the constellation of Taurus.
  • As we travel south, the stars in a southerly direction will get higher up in the sky – eventually being able to see some stars that are not visible from the UK’s skies.
  • Shooting stars or meteors are always a possibility if the sky is clear!
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.

Cruise organiser

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is organising this cruise

Please contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines directly for more details regarding this cruise.

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