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About Kirkwall

Situated on what's known as the "Mainland" of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall is the capital of a group of about 70 islands north of Scotland. The town was founded around 1035, and was declared a Royal Burgh in 1486 by King James III. Kirkwall's most famous landmark is nearly the 900-year old St. Magnus Cathedral, built from beautiful pink and yellow sandstone. Its towering spire dominates the town, even from the water.

Settlements on Orkney's mainland go back to 3000 BC. You can see remains of that civilization at Skara Brae, as well as cairns (man-made piles of stone), Bronze Age stone circles and Iron Age roundhouses, at different sites around the island. The richness of the Orkney's Neolithic past has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

Vikings arrived in the eighth and ninth centuries and left their mark, too. The name Kirkwall is derived from the old Norse name Kirkjuvagr, which means "Church Bay." The original town is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of an ancient Norse settlement.

Follow the streets, which snake around this town built of gray stone, and you'll find shopping, dining, banks and more, as well as a museum and historic sites.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Qaqortoq ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 7
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Reykjavik
    • Day 10
      Reykjavik
    • Day 11
      Akureyri
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Kirkwall
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
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    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    jshape
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic Ship/Great Cruise
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time on the summit since the redo - very impressed!!
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  • 29 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven) ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    29 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cape Cod
    • Day 2
      Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven)
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
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      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 7
      Corner Brook
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Labrador Sea)
    • Day 9
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
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      Nuuk
    • Day 11
      Paamiut
    • Day 12
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 13
      Cruising (Denmark Strait)
    • Day 14
      Isafjord
    • Day 15
      Reykjavik
    • Day 16
      Reykjavik
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Torshavn
    • Day 19
      Kirkwall
    • Day 20
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 21
      Rosyth
    • Day 22
      Newcastle (England)
    • Day 23
      North Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 24
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 25
      Le Havre
    • Day 26
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 27
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 28
      Holyhead
    • Day 29
      Belfast
    • Day 30
      Dublin
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Navigator - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Lovely public spaces, excellent cuisine, free tours, drinks and tips

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited and offerings could use a refresh

    Bottom Line

    Intimate, all-inclusive ship is a comfortable home base for exploration

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    Seven Seas Navigator Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    These days, the 33,000-ton, 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator feels so elegant and contemporar...

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    The Shadow
    Sail Date Feb 2018
    Brown water in bath
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Fine Dining every night with endless cocktails
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Kirkwall, Akureyri ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kirkwall
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Akureyri
    • Day 6
      Reykjavik
    • Day 7
      Reykjavik
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 10
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Halifax
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Boston
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    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    SeahorseDreams
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A little disappointed.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great cruise with lots to see
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    • Basic Drinks
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 4
      Dublin
    • Day 5
      Belfast
    • Day 6
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Kirkwall
    • Day 9
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 10
      South Queensferry
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Paris
    • Day 13
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

    Cons

    Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

    Bottom Line

    A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance

    Reviews

    Crown Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enrich...

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    kikiz
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Never Again
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Dublin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Dublin
    • Day 5
      Belfast
    • Day 6
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Kirkwall
    • Day 9
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 10
      South Queensferry
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Paris
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining options abound

    Cons

    Small cabins and balconies feel tight

    Bottom Line

    Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining

    Reviews

    Regal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasio...

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    Cozumel Jim
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    9 day back to back Feb. 1st to the 10th
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    GriffenSunshine
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Find Sanctuary, Peace and Luxury
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Dublin
    Visiting:
    Dublin, Douglas, Isle Of Man ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    14 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Dublin
    • Day 2
      Dublin
    • Day 3
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 4
      Belfast
    • Day 5
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Kirkwall
    • Day 8
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 9
      Dundee
    • Day 10
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 11
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Dover
    • Day 14
      Dover
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    ImaFrugalCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent Food and Service on a Great Ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed with the experience on Azamara Pursuit
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