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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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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Newcastle, Newhaven ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      North Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Newcastle (England)
    • Day 4
      Newhaven
    • Day 5
      Kirkwall
    • Day 6
      Torshavn
    • Day 7
      North Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 9
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 10
      Dublin
    • Day 11
      Fishguard
    • Day 12
      Dartmouth
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Edinburgh, Kirkwall ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 4
      Kirkwall
    • Day 5
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 6
      Stavanger
    • Day 7
      Alesund
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Akureyri
    • Day 10
      Isafjord
    • Day 11
      Reykjavik
    • Day 12
      Reykjavik
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Bucket List Panama Canal Cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Brugge, Edinburgh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 5
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 6
      Kirkwall
    • Day 7
      Belfast
    • Day 8
      Dublin
    • Day 9
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 10
      Isle of Portland (England)
    • Day 11
      Southampton
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    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Dover
    Visiting:
    Belfast, Isle of Skye ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Dover
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Belfast
    • Day 4
      Isle of Skye
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Reykjavik
    • Day 7
      Grundarfjordur
    • Day 8
      Akureyri
    • Day 9
      Seydisfjordur
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Kirkwall
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Dover
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    Carnival Legend - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of fun activities, free food options, a thrilling water slide and adults-only deck

    Cons

    Outrageous decor is not to everybody's tastes

    Bottom Line

    Family-friendly ship with American touches but an Australian vibe

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    Carnival Legend Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Carnival Legend is the third ship in the Spirit Class, which introduced some significant firsts...

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    karelet
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Bads, Goods, and a Couple Greats
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Awesome time on the Legend!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Edinburgh, Invergordon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 4
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 5
      Kirkwall
    • Day 6
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 7
      Dublin
    • Day 8
      Holyhead
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Dover
    • Day 11
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    Ron4850
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Asia Norwegian Jade 6th February 2020
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    One of my least favorite cruise ships of 9 - food and logistics not good
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 30 Night
    Cruise to Kirkwall

    Leaving:
    Reykjavik
    Visiting:
    Eskifjordur, Torshavn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    30 Night Cruise to Kirkwall Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Reykjavik
    • Day 2
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Eskifjordur
    • Day 4
      Torshavn
    • Day 5
      Kirkwall
    • Day 6
      Isle of Skye
    • Day 7
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 8
      Belfast
    • Day 9
      Dublin
    • Day 10
      Dublin
    • Day 10
      Dun Laoghaire
    • Day 11
      Liverpool
    • Day 12
      Holyhead
    • Day 13
      Waterford
    • Day 14
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    • Day 16
      Dunkerque
    • Day 17
      Antwerp
    • Day 18
      Amsterdam
    • Day 19
      Amsterdam
    • Day 20
      Kiel Canal
    • Day 21
      Wismar
    • Day 22
      Ronne
    • Day 23
      Visby
    • Day 24
      Stockholm
    • Day 25
      Stockholm
    • Day 26
      Helsinki
    • Day 27
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 28
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 29
      Tallinn
    • Day 30
      Baltic Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 31
      Copenhagen
    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