Join us aboard the MS Hebridean Sky as we mark 25 years since Noble Caledonia was

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a ceLebratOry cruise frOm maLta tO

sarDinia abOarD the ms hebriDean sky

with LOnDOn festiVaL Opera

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J

oin us aboard the MS Hebridean Sky as we mark 25 years since Noble Caledonia was

established and our very first cruise aboard the much loved, MS Caledonian Star. Since

that time well over one quarter of a million people have travelled with us on a myriad of

trips to every corner of the world, and by every means of transport known to man.

We hope to see many familiar faces onboard in order that we can express our thanks for

such marvellous continued support, that has allowed the company to progress to where we

are today. There will be interesting talks by our eminent guest speaker and London Festival

Opera’s Artistic Director, Philip Blake-Jones as well as wonderful recitals by London

Festival Opera and keeping good order will be our popular

cruise director Neil Horrocks, ably assisted by Chantal

Cookson who was onboard our very first cruise twenty-five

years ago, then travelling as Chantal Langley. There will of

course also be some added surprises along the way as we

celebrate in style whilst cruising from Malta, around Sicily

to Sardinia.

Our cruise will include visits to some of the most prominent

archaeological sites in Sicily, tastings of the local wines

in Sardinia and concerts by London Festival Opera in

private palazzos of Palermo and Syracuse as well as a gala

concert onboard. We have tried to ensure that our cruise

is educational but also relaxing with the chance to explore

independently as well as on included excursions. After

setting sail from Valletta’s Grand Harbour we will appreciate

Sicily’s rich artistic legacy of so many invading civilisations

from the comfort of the MS Hebridean Sky with the help

of knowledgeable local guides before spending a day in

Sardinia’s ancient city of Cagliari.

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We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow. Particular attention is given to the design and quality of their costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes are always of the highest quality and style. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world’s leading venues including as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

ITALY MALTA SICILY SARDINIA Cagliari Olbia Trapani SyracuseTaormina Licata Palermo

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Day 1 London Gatwick to Malta. Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky moored in the grand harbour of Valletta. Enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner as we set sail this evening to Sicily. Day 2 Licata, Sicily. Founded in 280 B.C by the Phintias, Licata has grown into an important commercial centre on the island of Sicily. It is our base today from where we begin our journey inland to what is regarded as the finest Roman site on Sicily, the Imperial Roman Villa of Casale, which is located close to Piazza Armerina amidst wooded rolling countryside. This huge villa was built in the 3rd century and features some

stunning floor mosaics. We will also explore the Medieval centre of Piazza Armerina with its Aragonese Castle and the Romanesque Church of Sant’ Andrea. Our return drive to the MS Hebridean Sky in Licata takes us through the province of Caltanissetta, which is recognised today as one of the best wine making regions in Italy thanks above all to its production of high quality, prestigious red wines including Nero D’Avalo. We will break our journey at one of these vineyards and enjoy a chance to sample wine over a Sicilian lunch. Return to the ship in the late afternoon and we will sail tonight. Day 3 Syracuse. Syracuse was founded by the Greeks in 734 B.C and by the 5th century was a political and military power

throughout the Mediterranean which rivalled Athens as the largest and most beautiful city in the Greek world. We will visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park to discover the well-preserved Greek theatre with seats carved from limestone. Paradise Quarry, now an attractive garden and orange grove, was the primary source of that limestone and is the site of the curious ‘Dionysus’ Ear’ - a vast grotto with an amplifying resonance. Our guided tour will continue with an orientation walk in the old quarter of the town on the island of Ortigia where we will see the Temple of Apollo, considered to be Sicily’s most ancient Doric temple and the Baroque cathedral which was erected over the remains of the Temple of Minerva. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and enjoy a leisurely afternoon ashore exploring independently from our central berth. This evening we will transfer to the beautiful Palazzo Beneventano, a stunning private 18th century palace, located in the central square near the cathedral where we will enjoy a concert by the London Festival Opera. Day 4 Taormina. We drop anchor this morning off Giardini Naxos, the oldest Greek settlement in Sicily which dates from 735 B.C and which will be our base for our visit to Taormina, a walled town

lying in the shadow of Mount Etna. Popular since the 19th century as a holiday resort it nevertheless has some truly impressive sites including the Greek Theatre from where there are marvellous views over the town and coast. After our guided tour you can choose to either return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch followed by an afternoon at lesiure in Giardini Naxos to explore the small town independently or remain in Taormina before joining our shuttle bus back to the vessel later in the afternoon. Please note that the vessel will be at anchor today and Zodiacs or local tenders will be used.

Day 5 Palermo. Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital of Palermo. After breakfast we will explore the city, famous for its jumbled and picturesque streets punctuated with ornate Baroque churches, domed Arab mosques and the glittering Byzantine mosaics that reveal a unique and diverse heritage. We visit the impressive 12th century cathedral which houses the royal tombs of Henri VI and Ruggiero as well as the recently restored Matorana Church with its stunning mosaics. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and this afternoon you can explore Palermo independently or join the guided excursion to see the remarkable Medieval mosaics in Trapani

Doric Temple, Segesta

The Itinerary

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Prices Per Person

Based on double occupancy

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, seven nights aboard the MS Hebridean Sky on a full board basis including wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all shore excursions, Noble Caledonia onboard team including guest speaker, transfers, port taxes, gratuities, private concerts and performances by London Festival Opera.

Not Included: Travel Insurance.

Combination Cruise: It is possible to combine this voyage with our ‘Beyond the Pillars of Hercules’ voyage from Olbia to Madeira. Prices available on request.

sPeciAL oFFer – sAVe £1000 Per Person

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Our sailing aboard the MS Hebridean Sky coincides with our ‘Music in Malta’ itinerary, a six night escorted tour staying at the wonderful Phoenecia Hotel in Valletta with guided tours and private concerts with London Festival Opera. We have chosen some very special venues for London Festival Opera to perform in such as the Relais & Chateaux property, the 17th century Xara Palace in the heart of the ‘Silent City’ of Mdina. The final opera gala in the magnificent setting of the Palazzo Parisio will be in period costume for an added visual impact. These stunning locations make truly magical settings for our week of music and this combined with a stay at one of the finest hotels in Malta makes for a very special week.

Full details of the itinerary can be viewed online at www.noble-caledonia.co.uk

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the cathedral at Monreale on the outskirts of the city. This evening we will enjoy a private concert with London Festival Opera in one of the city’s beautiful palaces. Day 6 Trapani. Trapani was the landing point for Peter of Aragon in 1282 to start the Spanish occupation of Sicily and is our base for a morning of exploration today. Choose to either travel inland to Segesta which was one of the most important towns of western Sicily and one of the island’s most magical ancient sites. Here we can see one of the grandest Doric monuments to survive, the unfinished temple dating from 424 B.C. which sits atop a hill with excellent views of the countryside and distant coastline. Alternatively, travel to the nearby town of Erice, famed in antiquity for its temple dedicated to the goddess of love, the Phoenician Astarte, Greek Aphrodite or Roman Venus. Our guided tour will take us to this stunning site high above the sea and to the beautifully preserved Medieval town. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at sea as we sail to Sardinia.

Day 7 Cagliari, Sardinia. This morning there will be a guided walking tour of Cagliari, an ancient city which dates back

to the Phoenicians and Romans. Rome left its mark in the grandiose amphitheatre, with its auditorium hewn out of the rock, Pisa left the splendid 13th century Elephant Tower and the Tower of San Pancrazio and the Aragonese and the Spaniards gave the town. After lunch, either relax onboard, return for free time in Cagliari or join an excursion which will take us inland to Serdiana where we enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local vineyards accompanied by traditional Sardinian bread, meats and cheeses. Tonight after dinner enjoy an onboard concert with London Festival Opera as we set sail.

Day 8 Olbia, Sardinia to London Gatwick. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London.

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MS Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island

Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy

at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest

small ships in the world. Currently known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel will undergo a

multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in April 2016 before being re-launched as

the MS Hebridean Sky and beginning her new life operating mostly in Northern Europe,

South America and Antarctica.

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he MS Hebridean Sky has an almost identical deck plan to that of the MS Island Sky and during the refurbishment, we will undertake numerous works, both technical and to the passenger and crew accommodation, public rooms and decks. When the MS Hebridean Sky emerges from her dry dock, we will have a vessel of which to be proud and designed especially for all our areas of operation. Your Cabin/Suite

Onboard there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords

considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. Your Space

The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Bryd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise

Director and talks from Guest Speakers and Expedition staff take place in the lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. In addition to the main Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station.

Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is the Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature onboard. A selection of games and two computers complete with internet access can also be found in the Library. The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and outside there is a rear Lido

deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area complete with sun loungers ideal for sun bathing, relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers onboard with appointments made on request. As part of our refurbishment of the vessel, we will be adding a boot room for passengers to store their wellington boots and heavy jackets whilst expedition cruising in cold waters.

Your Dining

With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine onboard the MS Hebridean Sky is of a consistent superior quality that befits such a vessel. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable.

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In keeping with the informal atmosphere onboard, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are an à la carte five course affair, with the menu often reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals. Your Comfort

The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimise the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer you the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessel’s progress by charts and learn more about your journey. Onboard you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks.

Your Life Onboard

The atmosphere onboard is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature in the

company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader and of course good food, all contribute to make any voyage aboard this wonderful vessel a memorable and joyful experience.

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