British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife

British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife

British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife

British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife

Travel information 15 days MS Maud
June 27, 2022
July 25, 2022
Price from $ 7,846
$ 7,061
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore the coastal treasures of the British Isles and beyond. Discover the wildlife, natural wonders, and history of its most beautiful port towns and islands.

Explore the far-flung British Isles

Over 15 days and 5 countries, encounter amazing birdlife, geological wonders, remote havens, picturesque villages, incredible landscapes, and the distinct cultural identities of each destination.

From England’s southern coast in Dover, we’ll sail up the west coast to Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Hebrides. Then we’ll return to Dover via the Scottish Highlands, Waterford in Ireland, and the most scenic coastal ports in Cornwall and Dorset.

Nature, wildlife, and whisky

Birdwatching enthusiasts will be in awe of the birdlife on Rathlin Island and at the largest seabird colony in Europe on the UNESCO-listed archipelago of St. Kilda. Visit historic landmarks and isolated coves. Enjoy walks along spectacular coastal paths around Fishguard and Portland. And then marvel at the gorgeous Isles of Scilly and Fowey. Drink in the views of the whisky island of Islay, wild landscapes around Fort Willian, while the natural acoustics of Fingal’s Cave will have you singing on Staffa.

The true meaning of expedition cruising will become apparent as we head for rarely visited destinations and take you on nature landings, with our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Team always on hand to guide you.

British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands, and Wondrous Wildlife
  • Day 1
    Dover, England

    Your cruise begins

    Before embarking on the ship, take some time to explore the coastal town of Dover with its magnificent, medieval castle.

    Your comfortable expedition ship, MS Maud, will be ready and waiting for you in the port of Dover. Once you board the ship and check in, you’ll receive your complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket. As the weather is unpredictable, it may come in handy. Take time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before attending a mandatory pre-departure safety drill.

    With that, we’re off! MS Maud sets sail from Dover and makes its way along the southern coast. The adventure winds all the way up to Hebrides, around the diverse islands and coastline of the British Isles, and beyond.

    You’ll be greeted by your friendly and energetic Expedition Team. They will prepare you for the exciting days ahead, but their first priority is taking you through important health and safety protocols to make sure you and your fellow explorers are safe and healthy throughout the cruise.

    Stretch your sea legs on deck and further acquaint yourself with the different areas of the ship, your home away from home for the next 13 days. Enjoy your first dinner aboard the ship, one of many more delicious meals to come. Raise your glass and join the captain and crew in a toast to an enjoyable expedition.

    This is an expedition cruise, so please note that the order of stops may change, depending on local circumstances.

    Day 1
    Dover, England

    Your cruise begins

  • Day 2
    Sea Day

    Relax and learn

    Enjoy an idyllic day at sea. You’ll have time to unwind and find the perfect mindset for this expedition cruise. Admire the views from MS Maud’s expansive Observation Deck or settle into the Fredheim restaurant with a good book and a freshly baked pastry. Don’t forget to take full advantage of the gym and hot tubs!

    You’ll also be invited to talks hosted by the Expedition Team, experienced explorers who will enthusiastically share their extensive knowledge of the British Isles with you. Topics change each day and are often relevant to the area we are sailing in at the time. On this day, for example, you might learn about Welsh history or the Pembrokeshire coast. These added insights will enhance your experience, filling your sense of discovery with enticing details. The onboard professional photographer will also be available to give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos.

    Day 2
    Sea Day

    Relax and learn

  • Day 3
    Fishguard, Wales

    Quaint villages and prehistoric forts

    Our first port of call on our exploration of the British Isles is the charming fishing village of Fishguard, between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast. Split in two by a steep, winding hill, Lower Town is home to the original hamlet and harbor, while the ‘new’ town enjoys spectacular views from a clifftop.

    Fishguard is actually the infamous site of the ‘Britain’s Last Invasion’ by the French in 1797. The local library houses a 100-foot-long commemorative ‘Bayeux’-style tapestry depicting the invasion.

    From Lower Town, explore the ancient woodlands of the Gwaun Valley, which stretch toward the Preseli Hills. The walking trail winds past the River Gwaun, medieval Llanychllwydog pillar stones, St. Brynach’s Church and the Dyffryn Arms pub, run by local legend Bessie. Do you appreciate beautiful, landscaped gardens? Head toward the gardens at Dyffryn Fernant.

    On the outskirts of Fishguard, walk up the hill to Castle Point to see the ruins of Fishguard Fort and have incredible views over the harbor. From here, you can take a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

    Further west of Fishguard, you can take a walk along a stretch of the coastal path on the Pencaer Peninsula, looking out to the Strumble Head lighthouse. This is also a great place for spotting seabirds, seals, and porpoises.

    The area is also home to a number of Iron Age hillforts, settlements, and Neolithic burial mounds. The reconstructed roundhouses of Castell Henllys sit about 30 minutes from Fishguard, where costumed guides share the history of the local Demetae people, an indigenous Celtic tribe of the Iron Age and Roman periods.

    Day 3
    Fishguard, Wales

    Quaint villages and prehistoric forts

  • Day 4
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs, and corncrakes

    Just off the north coast of County Antrim, the rugged cliffs, lakes, and vast natural grasslands of Rathlin Island boasts Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony.

    At just six miles long and one mile wide, this L-shaped island, home to just 140 inhabitants, is ideal to explore by bike or on foot. Take a scenic clifftop walk or follow the many interesting trails with varied sections (typically of intermediate level of difficulty; consult with Expedition Team for more information), where you can admire the island’s natural beauty amid peace and tranquility. Stroll to Mill Bay, where you might see seals frolicking in the water or basking on the rocks.

    Visit the RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and the functioning ‘upside-down’ lighthouse perched on the cliffs. Here, you can also enjoy close-up views of the seabird colonies, as well as spectacular coastal panoramas.

    From late April through July, tens of thousands of seabirds congregate on the island to breed, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, and fulmars. Sadly, Rathlin Island is also home to Northern Ireland’s only pair of breeding choughs. But on the upside, the calls of the secretive corncrake have been heard here for the first time in 30 years.

    Pay a visit to the Rathlin Island Visitor’s Centre to learn about island life, local history, and the many historical shipwrecks that lie in the waters. Local legend has it that Robert the Bruce took refuge on the island in 1306, the sight of a spider inspired him to return to Scotland and fight for his crown.

    Just a short ferry ride and drive away is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s top attraction. It’s a mesmerizing sight: Over 60 million years ago, volcanic activity formed these 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns.

    Day 4
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs, and corncrakes

  • Day 5
    Isle of Iona, Scotland, and Staffa, Scotland

    Pilgrims and puffins

    Famed for its mystical Christian associations, Iona is a peaceful little island off the coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. The restored abbey here is a place of pilgrimage and peace. There’s much more to see here, though, including picturesque beaches, wonderful wildlife, and beautiful St. Columba’s Bay.

    Iona has been a center for Christian worship since the 6th century, but the abbey was sacked several times by Vikings between 795 and 825. Today you can explore this sacred site, including the restored church. Supposedly, 48 early Scottish kings are buried in the graveyard, alongside Irish and Norwegian kings—see if you can find them!

    From the abbey, take the popular hike uphill to Dun I (pronounced ‘Dun Eee’). At the top, you’ll be at Iona’s highest point, where you can see St. Columba’s Bay and the Treshnish Isles. While you’re up there, look for the ‘Well of Eternal Youth’ and splash your face with its allegedly miraculous waters. You can find it in a cleft between two rocks as you walk downhill, facing north.

    From here, it’s off to the remote beauty of the Treshnish Isles. This group of distinctive skerries are home to a wealth of wildlife, including nesting Atlantic Puffins, colonies of Black-legged Kittiwakes, razorbills, and Common Guillemots, as well as and Atlantic gray seals.

    Fingal’s Cave, immortalized through Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, is on the cave-riddled island of Staffa and is noted for its amazing natural acoustics. The basalt columns inside are a northern extension of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. On a calm, clear day, we might even be able to land and see the color of the water inside the cave, though its rising columns can also be viewed from the sea.

    Day 5
    Isle of Iona, Scotland, and Staffa, Scotland

    Pilgrims and puffins

  • Day 6
    St. Kilda, Hirta Island, Scotland

    A UNESCO treasure reclaimed by nature

    One word sums up the tiny, rocky St. Kilda: Wild. As such, our visit to this storm-tossed archipelago—its breathtaking sea cliffs, and the boiling seas that surround it—totally depends on the weather.

    Visiting St. Kilda is an unforgettable experience. This UNESCO double World Heritage Site is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the National Trust for Scotland The outlying stacks and islands, which are the remains of a volcanic crater, provide ledges for thousands of nesting seabirds. This region is also frequented by minke whales. If luck’s on your side, you may spot one in the swirling waters surrounding the rocky outcrop. Once home to Britain’s most remote island community, in 1930, after 4,000 years of continuous habitation, the people living on St Kilda’s Hirta Island were evacuated at their own request. The tiny museum that remains is a record of how hard life was on this exposed island.

    Once you set foot on St. Kilda, you’ll soon see that the island is far from deserted. It’s home to a multitude of seabirds, including over 60,000 pairs of Northern Gannets—the second largest gannet colony in the world! There are plenty of other seabirds to spot, including Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, Common Guillemots, and Black-legged Kittiwakes. St. Kilda is considered one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe.

    Birdlife aside, you might see other island inhabitants as well. An ancient breed of sheep, the Soay sheep, lives wild here, as do a number of other rare species, including the St. Kilda mouse and the St. Kilda Wren. See if you can spot them!

    Explore the abandoned village and see the distinctive ‘cleits’, circular stone buildings used to store peat, eggs and smoked puffins. Then head back to the ship and happily indulge in less primitive dining options.


    Day 6
    St. Kilda, Hirta Island, Scotland

    A UNESCO treasure reclaimed by nature

  • Day 7
    Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland

    The Capital of the Outer Hebrides

    Stornoway is the capital of the Isle of Lewis & Harris, famed for its pristine beaches, Neolithic sites, and tweed workshops. Step back in time as you investigate ancient ruins and gaze in wonder at the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones. Then explore the bustling waterfront and streets of the island’s main town.

    Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is the main town on Lewis & Harris—a single island with two names, denoting the north and south parts. It’s the largest and most northerly island in the Outer Hebrides—aka the Western Isles. Check out Lews Castle, with an impressive Gothic-revival style, overlooking Stornoway Harbor. You can visit the museum here, or simply wander the grounds for unbeatable views of the inky blue seas. Why not drop in for a ‘wee dram’ in the castle’s very own whisky bar?

    Harris is famed for its woolen tweed fabric. Peruse the tweed jackets, pants, and hats that are for sale in the shops all over the island—perfect for gifts or mementos. After visiting the castle and its museum, and visiting some shops, blow the cobwebs off with a walk.

    No visit to Lewis & Harris is complete without seeing the Callanish Standing Stones (Calanais in Gaelic), a magical ring of monoliths whose origins are shrouded in mystery. Another atmospheric site is the Blackhouse at Arnol, a completely restored thatched traditional dwelling which provides a fascinating glimpse into the past.

    If you feel like taking a nice walk, there are plenty of routes to choose from, with Lewis being less hilly. As you explore the island, look out for red deer, eagles, otters, gannets, and butterflies. No wonder why nature lovers from around the world flock to the wild side of this peaceful island.


    Day 7
    Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland

    The Capital of the Outer Hebrides

  • Day 8
    Fort William, Scotland

    Scottish Highlands

    We sail into Loch Linnhe and enjoy its gorgeous mountains, islets, estuaries, and lochs. We anchor at the highland town of Fort William, dominated by the views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, with some of the most spectacular Highlands scenery in Britain, it’s an ideal location for exploring the area.

    There are several local points of interest around Fort William High Street, including the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church, St. Mary’s Church, and the West Highland Museum. The museum may appear small, but hosts a fascinating archive of local history, crammed full of artifacts documenting the Jacobites, commandos stationed here in World War II and highland life. We can’t forget the local whisky distillery, offering its own take on the national drink.

    A short drive away is Glen Nevis, where you will find one of the best short walks in Scotland. This four-mile scenic loop starts in a secluded valley, opens up into the dramatic and beautiful Nevis Gorge, and takes in the raging rapids of the stunning Steall Falls.

    On the shores of Loch Shiel, you’ll find the village of Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains. It was the site of the second Jacobite Rising in 1745, where Bonnie Prince Charlies led 1,200 Highland clansmen to battle. See a more ‘recent’ icon: the arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct, which rise 100 feet off the ground. These were catapulted to fame in the Harry Potter movies, where the ‘Hogwarts Express’ steam train can be seen passing over the viaduct.

    Other attractions in the area include the 60-mile Caledonian Canal and Glen Coe, formed from volcanic activity, sculpted by glaciers, and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    Day 8
    Fort William, Scotland

    Scottish Highlands

  • Day 9
    Islay, Scotland

    Scottish island life, distilled

    Heighten your spirit of adventure on this island, famed for its whisky, wildlife, and woolen garments.

    Islay isn’t called ‘whisky island’ by coincidence. There are nine working distilleries here, and their peaty single malts are sold around the world. One of the larger Inner Hebrides islands, there are 130 miles of coastline here, along with numerous quiet, sandy beaches. Expect superb clifftop walks, and if you’re a golf fan, there’s a rather beautiful and famous yet difficult golf course on the Oa Peninsula.

    History abounds on Islay, with standing stones and a stone circle showing traces of inhabitants on the island in Neolithic times. Islay was later known as the Lordship of the Isles. Explore the enigmatic settlement at Finlaggan, the island’s most important archeological site, where you can even spot a number of Celtic crosses.

    Islay is also a wildlife paradise, with over 200 species of birds. These include oystercatchers, gannets, terns, and cormorants, as well as buzzards, Hen Harriers, and even White-tailed Eagles. You might spot dolphins and basking sharks from the beaches, and even the occasional otter, if you’re patient.

    Delight in the charming town of Bowmore, whose shops, interesting round church, and several cozy pubs and restaurants are worth a visit. It’s probably the only place in the world with ‘Hebridean pizza’—‘peat-za’—topped with crab and lobster.

    Bowmore is full of art and handicrafts, and you can visit potters, quilters, and artists in their workshops. Visit Islay Woolen Mill, near Bridgend, which made tartan clothes for Mel Gibson in Braveheart, and Liam Neeson’s kilt in Rob Roy.

    No trip to Islay would be complete without a visit to one of its famous distilleries. Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain, Ardbeg, and Bowmore are among the best known.

    Day 9
    Islay, Scotland

    Scottish island life, distilled

  • Day 10
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic island

    Grab your camera and head out on deck as we sail into Douglas. You won’t want to miss this scenic approach! Explore the capital of the Isle of Man, a quirky island full of character. Learn about the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage; trace its development as a Victorian tourist resort; and discover its stunning, rugged coastline.

    To conserve its diverse marine and coastal ecosystems, as well as its unique cultural heritage, the Isle of Man is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This indicates a unique environment and a population committed to keeping it that way through sustainable development and informed environmental awareness, to help ensure a healthy future for its economy, people, and natural environment. Discover the geology, marine life, and maritime history of its shorelines on the island’s three Blueways Trails.

    For railroad and motorcycle enthusiasts, this island is a treat. Motorcyclists flock to the island to attend its annual TT races. You can hop on board a historic steam train, vintage electric (cable car), or horse-drawn trolley. Or visit the local Motor and Motorcycle Museums.

    In Douglas, you can get an overview of the island’s history at the Manx Museum, then stroll through town and the local surroundings at your leisure. Pop into St. Thomas’ Church to see the unique and colorful Nicholson Murals.

    Nearby, the rocky Douglas Head overlooks the harbor and has some of the best views of the island. Look for the Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay, originally built as a sanctuary for shipwreck victims. Visit the unusual Grand Union Camera Obscura, a tourist attraction since 1892.

    Across the island from Douglas, visit the impressive Peel Castle. It was originally a stronghold of Viking King Magnus Barelegs in the 11th century, then later run by Christian missionaries. It’s rumored to be haunted. If you’re lucky, you might even see seals and basking sharks from the castle.

    Day 10
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic island

  • Day 11
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

    Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Set foot in Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century by a fjord on the River Suir. Waterford is a well preserved and walkable small city, famed for its production of beautiful crystal glass and its Norse roots. Don’t forget your camera—you’ll want to capture the incredible street art adorning the walls and houses of this city of culture.

    Walk the Viking Triangle, named for the three-sided shape made by the thousand-year-old walls that once surrounded the city. Enjoy the great views from the top of Reginald’s Tower and stop at the Bishop’s Palace Museum, an exquisite architectural jewel that houses treasures from Waterford’s colorful past.

    For an authentic taste of times past, enter the atmospheric ruins of a medieval monastery and visit the King of the Vikings museum, where you can experience an amazing virtual reality adventure featuring bearded warlords, battle axes, and dragon boats.

    Visit the nearby 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, one of the earliest Norman stone castles. Or take in the beautiful scenery with a bike ride along the Waterford Greenway. A visit to Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark offers spectacular scenery, as well as a ruined castle and an ancient dolmen.

    Waterford is home to some of the world’s finest crystal glass, so don’t forget to stop by the House of Waterford Crystal visitor’s center. Consider grabbing a pint at a traditional Irish pub like The Munster Bar or The Gingerman before heading back to the ship.

    Day 11
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

  • Day 12
    Isles of Scilly, England

    Beauty and history, brimming with wildlife

    This enchanting archipelago 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall is home to gorgeous, uncrowded, and unspoiled islands and islets. While many liken the Isles of Scilly a tropical paradise, the waters around it can be choppy. Sea and weather conditions permitting, we will spend the day here. Covered in heathland and with magnificent sand beaches, these islands are surrounded by turquoise waters and reefs and offer picturesque coastal walks.

    The island of Tresco is ideal for exploring on foot. It hosts the famed Tresco Abbey Gardens with its 20,000 plants, many of them subtropical species. Explore the castle ruins, the Valhalla Museum—which contains a quirky collection of ships’ figureheads, or stroll along the white-sand beaches. Should conditions allow, we aim to do a beach clean-up on this charming island.

    We will split our time in the area. You can also choose to visit St. Mary’s, the largest of the islands, which hosts rocky coves, archeological sites, and a charming Hugh Town. Explore the town and perhaps sample some freshly caught seafood while enjoying the island’s delightful views.

    Activities abound on St. Mary’s. You could visit the Phoenix Craft Studios, a cooperative of individual artists, and then check out the Tamarisk Gallery. Or, drop in to the Longstone Café for a cream tea or lunch.

    Alternatively, join one of our optional excursions for a trip around the islands. We will visit shipwreck sites, spy seals lying on the rocks, and cruise around the Annet bird sanctuary to check in on puffins and other breeding seabirds.

    Day 12
    Isles of Scilly, England

    Beauty and history, brimming with wildlife

  • Day 13
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

    Today, we drop anchor off Cornwall, home to Arthurian legends and ‘ye olde pirates of yore’. Delightful little Fowey is a historic harbor town nestled among the wooded slopes above the picturesque Fowey Estuary on Cornwall’s south coast.

    In this relaxing place, let a sense of peace flood over you as you watch fishing boats come and go and listen to the cries of gulls on the wind. Wander Cornwall’s crooked cobblestone streets and visit some of the many boutiques for gift shopping. Then try a clotted cream ice or sip a pint of local Cornish ale in one of its timeworn taverns.

    Feeling a bit more energetic? Wander by foot past woods, beaches, and small coves to the panoramic Gribbin Head. This is where author Daphne du Maurier set some of her famous novels. There are plenty possible routes, including the ‘Hall Walk’ along Pont Pill Creek or along the esplanade to the beach at Readymoney Cove and St. Catherine’s Castle.

    Or pay a visit to the nearby Eden Project. Feast your eyes on this immense eco-project, which features the world’s largest ‘captive’ tropical rainforest as well as a multitude of biomes, educational installations, and artworks.

    While in Cornwall, try the region’s most famous culinary export, the humble Cornish pasty. Try to find time to indulge in a cream tea at one of the picturesque harborside cafés—delicious!

    Day 13
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

  • Day 14
    Portland, England

    Beautiful Jurassic Coast

    Today, we visit the British Isle of Portland, which offers a very different atmosphere. Located at the southernmost point of the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast, an area renowned for its natural beauty and historical heritage. Portland is a tied island joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach, near the resort town of Weymouth.

    With nearly 300 bird species, over 30 butterfly species and 720 species of moth, the area is a wildlife haven. As a significant migrating point for birds, Portland provides bird watching enthusiasts with the prospect of spotting rare species.

    There’s plenty to see and do for such a small island. Wander among the 60-odd natural stone sculptures at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park, including one by Antony Gormley. This old Portland stone quarry is now a converted nature reserve, with fantastic views of Chesil beach and Portland.

    Portland Castle overlooks Portland Harbour, a fine example of a 16th-century coastal port. Learn about the castle’s history, stretching from the Tudors to the two World Wars. If you’re interested in the D-Day landings, spend some time at the Castletown D-Day Centre. This fascinating interactive museum tells the story of the US forces who sailed from Dorset to Normandy in June 1944.

    The more quaint Portland Museum provides insight into the history of this tiny island, from prehistoric times to Viking invasions and its pirate and seafaring heritage. Or head to Portland Bi and take a tour inside its distinctive red and white striped lighthouse.

    Or lose yourself on a walk among rugged cliffs and hidden coves on the 9.5-mile Portland Loop, part of the South West Coast Path, popular with hikers and cyclists.

    Day 14
    Portland, England

    Beautiful Jurassic Coast

  • Day 15
    Dover, England

    Back to Dover

    The White Cliffs of Dover signal the end of this fascinating exploration of the British Isles. As we dock at its harbor, bid a fond farewell to MS Maud and all those who made your expedition so memorable.

    Day 15
    Dover, England

    Back to Dover



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Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes, and samples
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an outdoor and indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing Activities

  • Landings using our small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographer to help configure your camera settings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Spa treatments


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected


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MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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