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CruisesOn Board Marco Polo
& Disc...
Ocean
Cruises 2013-15
Welcome to the latest brochure featuring
holidays on board elegant Marco Polo much-
loved Discovery,...
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Marco Polo and Discovery 2013-2015
The Wonder of Cruising 4-5
Marco Polo – Life on board 6-9
Marco Polo Cruises
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WELCOME
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Each of our cruises on board these two
wonderful ships – whether a one-night
‘mini-cruise’ or a six-week journey...
WELCOME
These cruise holidays are brought to you by some
of the foremost experts in the field, and you are
assured of a fi...
Life on Board Marco Polo
Welcome Aboard!
Marco Polo, already well known to British cruise
holidaymakers, will continue to ...
Cabin
Accommodation
Marco Polo’s passenger cabins all offer private
facilities with shower or bath/shower, TV with
satelli...
day starts well, and both luncheon, (where
hot and cold dishes are offered) and dinner
(both à la carte) can be taken in t...
Daytime & Evening
Entertainment
There’s always something happening on board
Marco Polo, by day or by night.
During the day...
North Cape &
the Land of the Midnight Sun
Departing July 14th 2013 – 13 Days
This unforgettable summertime voyage to Weste...
11For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59
Sailing from
Tilbury
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Summer in the Fjords
Departing August 16th 2013, July 29th 2014 – 9 Days
Catch the breath-taking fjords of
Western Norway ...
Autumn Fjordland
Departing September 15th 2013 – 7 Days
Enjoy the glories of Western Norway
at a very special time of year...
Day One
Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation.
Marco Polo sails early this evening, and
you enjoy your first dinner on ...
and a spectacular coastline. The small
town of Tobermory, familiar to many, with
its picturesque, multi-coloured houses
en...
Day One
Welcome Aboard!
Make your way to the London Cruise
Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your
first night on board.
...
Day Seven ~ Alta
Marco Polo calls at remote Alta, gateway
to the Arctic region of Finnmark, home
to the indigenous Sami pe...
Day One ~ Sunday November 3rd
Welcome Aboard!
Make your way to the London Cruise
Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your
...
Day 15 ~ St Kitts
St Kitts, which together with its tiny sister
Nevis forms one of the world’s smallest
nations is as laid...
Christmas  New Year Canaries
Departing December 22nd 2013, December 22nd 2014 – 15 Days
What better way to spend the festi...
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21For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59
MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY
Christmas  New Year
Canaries
Cr...
Christmas Markets 2013
Ghent  Amsterdam
Departing December 15th
– 4 Days
A call for Marco Polo in the Port of
Ghent brings...
The Amazon  West Indies
A World Away from Winter
Departing January 5th 2014, January 5th 2015 – 43 Days
This truly extraor...
To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet24
MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY
Days Nine  Ten
Marco Polo ste...
25For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59
MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY
treacherous kilometres from the mainl...
To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet26
MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY
The Amazon
 West Indies
Cruis...
The Northern Lights
Departing February 16th, March 2nd  16th 2014, February 16th  March 2nd 2015 – 15 Days
Marco Polo crui...
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
Newmarket holidays - On board elegant Marco Polo
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  1. 1. Crafted with Care Excellent Service, Quality & Value Book Your Ocean Cruise Today! Ocean CruisesOn Board Marco Polo & Discovery 2013-15 Cruise direct from • London Tilbury • Newcastle • Edinburgh Leith • Greenock • Harwich • Liverpool • Bristol Avonmouth • Hull • Rosyth Plus… Mediterranean Fly-Cruises BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­1 04/06/2013­­­14:30
  2. 2. Ocean Cruises 2013-15 Welcome to the latest brochure featuring holidays on board elegant Marco Polo much- loved Discovery, two delightful, smaller and more intimate vessels that have built an enviable reputation for providing traditional cruise experiences at exceptional value-for-money prices. The following pages offer some wonderful opportunities to enjoy unforgettable ‘No-Flying’ cruises from a selection of UK ports, as well as ‘Fly-Cruises’ featuring some exciting destinations in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The popularity of cruising continues to grow, especially on ships that combine all the magic of fascinating ports of call with an on-board ambience that is perfectly conducive to rest and relaxation – with fine dining, first-class entertainment and interesting guest speakers, comfortable accommodation and a host of amenities and activities to enjoy, but without the crowds and the overbearing razzamatazz of larger ships. Join Marco Polo at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, to journey to the winter warmth of the Amazon and Caribbean, go in search of the Northern Lights, discover the British Isles, the glorious Norwegian Fjords or Baltic cities and more. Sail from Edinburgh’s port of Leith to the North Cape or Iceland, or – in 2014 – from Newcastle to destinations that include the Majestic Fjordlands and the Scottish Isles. Discovery offers 2013 sailings from Harwich or Newcastle or, and 2014 voyages from Bristol Avonmouth, Liverpool, Greenock, Leith, Hull or Rosyth to an equally wonderful selection of fascinating destinations. The ship’s 2013 ‘south to the sun’ fly-cruises feature return flights from London, Manchester and a selection of regional airports. We know that wherever you choose to join us, you can look forward to a marvellous value, memorable cruise holiday on Marco Polo or Discovery, and we look forward to the pleasure of your company! Andy Jones – Ocean Cruise Director Join our Facebook Group Incredible Cruise Sale Book before 31st July 2013* Take advantage of some extraordinary savings by booking your 2013-15 cruise today! We’re offering discounts of up to 25% on selected cruises on specific cabin types on all 2013-15 sailings, for bookings made before midnight on Wednesday 31st July 2013. Simply look out for our “Saver Fares” on your chosen cruise. These tremendous value prices make it so much easier to join us for the cruise you’ve always wanted to take, to enjoy a longer voyage than you’d hoped, or to treat yourself to a higher category cabin. Or of course, use the saving to spend on board or ashore! *Terms & Conditions: Discount applies to bookings on all 2013-15 cruises made by midnight Wednesday 31st July 2013 and are based on passengers sharing a twin cabin. All fares exclude gratuities. Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Voyager Fares These truly incredible offers make these already great value ‘no-flying’ cruises even more affordable, with a limited number of ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’ cabins available at low, low, ‘Voyager’ fares. Choose a ‘Standard Twin Inner’ or ‘Standard Ocean View’ and you will be accommodated in at least the minimum lowest priced standard twin cabin category on board your chosen ship. “This was our first cruise, but not our last! Thank you all very much for making this a fantastic holiday. ”Mr K, Keelby Springtime Fjordland Cruise “We have enjoyed a holiday of a lifetime! ”Mr & Mrs H, Birmingham Baltic Treasures Cruise 2 To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet WELCOME BOOK NOW& SAVE UP TO 25%! BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­2 04/06/2013­­­14:30
  3. 3. y a ” d Marco Polo and Discovery 2013-2015 The Wonder of Cruising 4-5 Marco Polo – Life on board 6-9 Marco Polo Cruises from Tilbury 2013-2014 10-39 North Cape & the Land of the Midnight Sun 13 Days – 14 Jul 2013 10-11 Summer in the Fjords 9 Days – 16 Aug 2013, 29 Jul 2014 12 Autumn Fjordland 7 Days – 15 Sep 2013 13 Treasures of the British Isles 11 Days – 5 Sep 2013; 19 Jul 2014 14-15 The Northern Lights 15 Days – 6 Oct 2013; 27 Oct 2014 16-17 The Glorious Caribbean 31 Days – 3 Nov 2013 18-19 Christmas 2013 Marco Polo cruises from Tilbury 20-22 Christmas & New Year Canaries 15 Days – 22 Dec 2013 & 22 Dec 2014 20-21 Christmas Markets Ghent & Amsterdam Ghent 4 Days – 15 Dec 2013; Antwerp – 3 Days 18 Dec 2013 22 The Amazon & West Indies 43 Days – 5 Jan 2014 & 5 Jan 2015 23-26 The Northern Lights 15 Days – 16 Feb, 2 & 16 Mar 2014, 16 Feb & 2 Mar 2015 27-28 Springtime Break 6 Days – 30 Mar 2014 29 British Isles Discovery 10 Days – 4 Apr, 24 May & 2 Sep 2014 30-31 Majestic Fjordland 8 Days – 25 Apr & 11 Sep 2014 32 Springtime Fjordland 7 Days – 13 & 19 Apr & 18 May 2014 33 Bank Holiday Treat 5 Days – 2 May 2014 34 Scandinavian Cities 9 Days – 7 Oct 2014 35 Baltic Cities & St Petersburg 13 Days – 6 May, 21 Aug, 21 Sep & 15 Oct 2014 36-37 Icelandic Wonders & the Northern Isles 13 Days – 9 Aug 2014 38-39 Marco Polo – Cruises from Leith 40-42 North Cape & Spitsbergen 14 Days – 30 Jun 2013 40-41 Icelandic Wonders 12 Days – 19 Jun 2013 42 Marco Polo – Cruises from Newcastle 43-48 Scottish Islands & Faroes 7 Days – 9 Jun 2014 43 Baltic Cities & St Petersburg 13 Days – 15 Jun 2014 44-45 North Cape & Land of the Midnight Sun 15 Days – 4 July 2014 46-47 Majestic Fjordland 8 Days – 27 Jun 2014 48 Marco Polo Taster Cruises 49 Marco Polo – Profile 50-51 Marco Polo – Deck Plan & Fares 52-53 Marco Polo – Cabin Information 54-55 Discovery – Life on board 56-59 Discovery – Cruises from Newcastle 60-63 North Cape & the Land of the Midnight Sun 12 Days – 24 Jul 2013 60-61 Icelandic Wonders & the Northern Isles 12 Days – 4 Aug 2013 62-63 Discovery – Cruises from Bristol 64-77 The Northern Lights 16 Days – 24 Feb, 6 Oct 2014 64-65 Scottish Highlands & Isles 9 Days – 10 May 2014 66 Springtime Gardens 7 Days – 18 May 2014 67 Whitsun Fjordland 9 Days – 24 May 2014 68 D-Day 70th Anniversary Cruise 7 Days – 1 June 2014 69 Iceland & the Northern Isles 12 Days – 7 June 2014 70-71 Azores & Madeira 15 Days – 7 Sep 2014 72-73 Autumn Colours Cruise 7 Days – 21 Sep 2014 74 Spain & Portugal 10 Days – 27 Sep 2014 75 Madeira, Cape Verde & Canaries 19 Days – 21 Oct 2014 76-77 Discovery – Cruises from Liverpool 78-83 The Northern Lights 15 Days – 12 March 2014 78-79 Fjordland Splendour 11 Days – 18 Jun 2014 10 Days – 24 Aug 2014 80 Celtic Explorer 5 Days – 2 Sep 2014 81 Iceland & Northern Isles 11 Days – 8 Jun 2014 82-83 Discovery – Cruises from Greenock 84-87 Scottish Isles & Faroes 6 Days – 29 Jun 2014 84 Majestic Fjordland 8 Days – 4 July 2014 85 Iceland & Northern Isles 11 Days – 11 Jul 2014 86-87 Discovery – Cruises from Leith 88-92 Baltic Cities & St Petersburg 13 Days – 21 Jul 2014 88-89 North Cape & the Land of the Midnight Sun 11 Days – 2 Aug 2014 90 Majestic Fjordland 8 Days – 12 Aug 2014 91 Scottish Islands & Faroes 5 Days – 19 Aug 2014 92 Discovery – Cruises from Hull or Rosyth 93-99 Scottish Isles & Faroes 8 Days – 3 May 2014 93 Grand British Isles 11 Days – 26 Mar 2014 94-95 Majestic Fjordland 8 Days – 5 April 2014 96 Easter Fjordland 9 Days – 12 April 2014 97 Baltic Cities & St Petersburg 14 Days – 20 April 2014 98-99 Discovery Taster Cruises 100 Discovery – 2013 Fly Cruises Introduction 101 Discovery – 2013 Fly Cruises 102-109 Spain & Portugal 11 Days – 15 Sep 2013 102-103 Mediterranean Odyssey 13 Days – 25 Sep 2013 104-105 Black Sea Discovery 11 Days – 7 Oct 2013 106-107 Treasures of the Black Sea 12 Days – 17 Oct 2013 108-109 Discovery – Profile 110-111 Discovery – Deck Plan & Fares 112-113 Discovery – Cabin Information 114-115 General Information 116-117 Booking Conditions & Travel Insurance 118-119 3To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet CONTENTS BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­3 04/06/2013­­­14:30
  4. 4. WELCOME 3 Each of our cruises on board these two wonderful ships – whether a one-night ‘mini-cruise’ or a six-week journey of discovery – offers everything you could wish for in a memorable holiday. Wake refreshed from a night’s sleep in your comfortable cabin (or perhaps a little bleary from the previous evening), and contemplate the waiting day. Head for an exercise class or the fitness centre to ward off the guilt pangs at the calorie intake… then head for breakfast! Join in a daily quiz or attend an informative lecture to learn about the next fascinating port of call. Competitive types might sign up for deck games, enthusiasts for dance classes – 5, 6, 7, 8! – while like-minded folk might meet in the card room for a hand or two of bridge, or others retire to a quiet corner of a lounge or library to curl up with a good book. Of course, on fine days, a deckchair or sun-lounger might be the place in which to pass a few hours, as you take in the views. On most cruises, guest speakers will give informative talks about upcoming ports and nearby places of interest, as well as the bird, aquatic, or wildlife that you might expect to encounter. Your cabin – you can choose from a range of categories – will be looked after by your steward and housekeeper, who will ensure that beds are made, towels are changed and toiletries replenished. The Cruise Director and the staff ensure that there’s always something going on, for those that are interested, and publish a daily newsletter to keep you updated. When evening comes, with the sun setting over the sea or on another port of call, enjoy a wonderful meal in relaxed company, and then be royally entertained. If the stars are out, take a turn on the deck, or perhaps enjoy a nightcap in a comfortable lounge, before turning in with memories of the day just gone and dreams of what awaits tomorrow. The beauty of a cruising holiday is that you can choose exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it, and we’ll do the rest for you. Our great value cruises on board Marco Polo and Discovery will bring you all this and more, and we know that you’re going to enjoy every minute of your time with us! Your cruise price includes all on-board activities and entertainment, and Sterling is the on-board currency on both vessels. The Ever-changing Wonder of Cruising The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there’ll be a new adventure to discover, a new experience to enjoy, a new vista to savour, new plans to be made. From the moment you rise, until you retire to your cabin, wherever you find yourself, at sea or in port, there’s a vast array of things to do or not to do. It’s entirely up to you! “A wonderful trip... the food, entertainment and friendly crew were all excellent. ”Mrs S, South Devon Spring Gardens Cruise 4 THENEWMARKETDIFFERENCE To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­4 04/06/2013­­­14:30
  5. 5. WELCOME These cruise holidays are brought to you by some of the foremost experts in the field, and you are assured of a first-class experience every step of the way, whichever of these wonderful cruises – on either of these wonderful ships – you decide to join. Newmarket Holidays is part of the Newmarket Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned tour operators, established in 1983. Over the course of the last 30 years, we have had the pleasure of introducing thousands of happy customers to the joys of cruising, and we are looking forward to continuing our long association with Marco Polo and to sailing on Discovery for the first time. Marco Polo and Discovery are operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, whose experience of organising cruises for UK cruise holidaymakers stretches back over a quarter century. Cruise & Maritime, together with the operational expertise of vastly experienced Global Maritime Group, the ships’ manager, will ensure that guests on board both these wonderful ships will enjoy unforgettable holidays. Both Newmarket Holidays and Cruise & Maritime Voyages share the same philosophy – to provide outstanding cruise experiences at genuine value-for-money prices. Exciting Shore Excursions For many the highlight of a cruise holiday is the chance, on arrival in each new port of call, to go ashore and explore new surroundings. No sooner will your ship have tied up – or dropped anchor when the shore transfer is to be by ship’s tender – than the excitement will mount. Coaches will be waiting on the quayside ready to take you off on an organised optional shore excursion, in the company of friendly, knowledgeable guides. Fascinating Guest Speakers A much-loved cruising tradition is the opportunity, whilst on board, to attend light-hearted, but absorbing lectures given by an expert in a particular subject field, someone whose experience and insight, or specific sphere of interest – sometimes linked with the cruise itinerary – offers the chance to peek behind the subject’s invariably fascinating curtains. On Marco Polo and Discovery, this tradition is carried on during longer cruises, and guest speakers will offer informative talks on a wide range of fascinating topics. ‘Super Craft’ Cruises, and ‘A Laugh on the Ocean Wave!’ On a number of cruises featured in this brochure, in addition to all the enjoyment of the ship’s amenities, and the fascinating ports of call, there’ll be the chance to learn a new skill – e.g. millinery, calligraphy, decorative card art and so on – from an on-board expert. Please note that the craftsperson may make a small charge for materials. A number of cruises will feature the presence of guest comedians, who will not only add to the evenings’ entertainment programme, but will appear in ‘Comedy Corner’ interviews with the on-board Cruise Director during the voyage. Look out for these special cruises on the following pages! Newmarket, Marco Polo and Discovery – a perfect combination “The excursions were top class, and the entertainment and facilities on board were great! We had a wonderful time! ”Mr & Mrs J, Scarborough Baltic Cities Cruise de. All Our Cruise Prices include: l Excellent service from an attentive crew l Full-board arrangements – including excellent British and International cuisine, afternoon tea and late-night snacks l A comfortable cabin l First-class daytime and evening entertainment l Guest Speakers (except on shorter cruises) l A wide range of on-board amenities l Exciting itineraries and fascinating ports of call l Port Taxes 5 THENEWMARKETDIFFERENCE To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­5 04/06/2013­­­14:30
  6. 6. Life on Board Marco Polo Welcome Aboard! Marco Polo, already well known to British cruise holidaymakers, will continue to sail from Tilbury in 2013 and 2014, as well as offering sailings from Edinburgh’s Port of Leith in 2013, and Newcastle in 2014. Fully stabilised and air-conditioned, Marco Polo boasts eight passenger decks, which are serviced by four lifts and three wide stairwells. A vast amount of deck space, especially in the stylishly raked aft-section of the ship, gathered around the pool and Pool Bar, ensures plenty of viewing opportunities, more-than-ample room for sunbathers to top up their tans, as well as space for the energetic to enjoy deck games. A turn around Amundsen Deck, or the complete circuit round Columbus Deck, which includes a ‘jogging’ section, balances out the calorie intake. From the moment you step aboard on the spacious, stylish Magellan Deck, where you’ll find the attractive lobby area, you are aware that here is an impressive vessel. A range of comfortable lounges and bars, a beautiful main dining room and a light and airy bistro adjacent to the pool, a large, eye-catching shopping arcade, the Livingston library, the Nansen card room and an internet room all cater to your cruising pleasures by day and night. The Jade Wellness Centre is well equipped for the body- conscious, with a gym, a hair and beauty salon, massage and sauna area, as well as adjacent deck-top Jacuzzis. The Cruise Director and the team will provide a full programme of entertainment in which you can join if you wish, light-hearted quizzes to port lectures, exercise classes to dance instruction – while of course there’s always the ever-changing view to savour, and new ports of call to explore. In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance even before you’ve stepped aboard, is a beautiful ocean liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining in stylish surrounds, and a genuinely warm welcome from a crew who go out of their way to place your enjoyment of your holiday above everything else, Marco Polo will offer everything you might expect of such a vessel, from the minute you first glimpse her, until the time you bid her “Adieu”. “ ” We would tell anyone to go with you. Mr B, Southampton LIFEONBOARDMARCOPOLO 6 To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet Ship’s Profile Cruise Line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Gross Tonnage: 22,080grt Registry: Bahamas Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas Passenger Capacity: 425 cabins (Max 850 passengers) Re-built: Greece 1993 Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots Passenger Decks: 8 Lifts: 4 Electric Current: 110/220V AC Stabilised and air-conditioned Officers & Crew: International Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International Dimensions Length: 578.4ft (176.3m) Beam: 77.4ft (23.6m) Draft: 26.9ft (8.2m) BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­6 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  7. 7. Cabin Accommodation Marco Polo’s passenger cabins all offer private facilities with shower or bath/shower, TV with satellite channels and a ‘Bridge Cam’ channel and in-house movies, telephone and music channels, hairdryer and personal safe. Cabins have a variety of twin and double beds, with upper berths for three- and ‘friendly four’ -sharing passengers. Outside cabins offer porthole or larger windows. Cabins are looked after by an attentive steward, who can also arrange Cabin Breakfast Service, Room Service (10.00-midnight) and Laundry and Ironing services, for an additional charge. ” ne mpton For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 LIFEONBOARDMARCOPOLO 7 Upgraded Cabins on Marco Polo — where little touches mean a lot Passengers looking to mark a special occasion, or to treat themselves to a little more luxury, can choose the added comforts and benefits of a De Luxe Twin or Double Cabin, Junior Suite or De Luxe Suite. Each of these upgraded cabins comes with several additional benefits designed to enhance the enjoyment of your holiday, and which will make a cruise on board Marco Polo an all-the-more-memorable experience. Additional benefits in all upgraded cabins include tea/coffee-making facilities, larger Flat Screen TV screen, complimentary bathrobes and slippers, mini-bar (charge), enhanced bathroom amenity pack, Cabin Breakfast Service, fresh fruit bowl replenished throughout the cruise, use of a golfing umbrella for taking ashore, a complimentary cotton tote bag and a welcome bottle of wine and mineral water on arrival. Passengers who choose to book Marco Polo’s well appointed Junior Suites will, in addition to all the above benefits, enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, a special ‘At Your Leisure’ disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper delivered on disembarkation day. In addition to all the above benefits and services, passengers who choose to book Marco Polo’s De Luxe Suite accommodation will receive complimentary laundry service throughout their cruise, will be served pre- dinner hors-d’oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship’s library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship’s restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations. All Marco Polo’s De Luxe cabins, Junior Suites and De Luxe Suites are located in prime positions on board the ship. Please consult the Deck Plan for details, or call our cruise specialists to discuss your requirements. Spotlight on Marco Polo • Exclusively for adults – Marco Polo is a ‘child-free’ ship, although bookings are accepted from family members who are aged 16 and over • Elegant, classic lines and fittings create a traditional cruising environment • Marco Polo’s friendly, attentive crew exudes the warmest of welcomes • Excellent dining in the stylish restaurant and first-class entertainment bring each day to a memorable close “ ” The whole experience exceeded my expectations. The food was excellent and the staff were exceptional in their attentiveness and professionalism. Mrs T, Essex Fjordland Splendour BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­7 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  8. 8. day starts well, and both luncheon, (where hot and cold dishes are offered) and dinner (both à la carte) can be taken in these elegant surroundings. The Waldorf is proud of its status as a ‘proper’ formal dining room, and is the perfect backdrop to some memorable mealtimes. Dining in the Waldorf is a two-sitting arrangement. As an alternative restaurant venue, pool-side Marco’s, the ship’s more casual location, is every bit as enjoyable, whether it’s for an early breakfast or relaxed lunch – perhaps taken al fresco – or for a less formal evening, does not suffer by comparison. Wherever you choose to eat, you can accompany your meal with a selection from the ship’s extensive and reasonably priced wine list. During each cruise (of 6 nights or more) there will be a Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Party, as well as other themed dinners. Of course, all meals on board Marco Polo, including morning coffee and afternoon tea and cakes and late night snacks, are included in the great value cruise prices. Dining is always a pleasure! There are plenty of options when it comes to mealtimes on board Marco Polo, and as is invariably the case on board ship, calorie- counters and the diet-conscious will have difficulties resisting temptation, as sumptuous meals balance out any time spent in the fitness centre, or any number of turns round Amundsen Deck! The ship’s main dining room, the Waldorf, situated low on Atlantic Deck, is a haven of understated elegance, where friendly and attentive waiters ensure that each meal is a special experience. Marco Polo’s chefs do their level best to ensure that diets are forgotten, although there is always the ‘Healthy Choice’ option for the guilty, or saintly, to choose. Full continental and cooked breakfasts ensure each LIFEONBOARDMARCOPOLO 8 To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet “ ” All staff and crew of the Marco Polo were nothing but efficient, helpful, courteous and friendly. They were a credit to their professions and to the ship. Mrs C & Miss E, Hertfordshire Springtime Fjordland BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­8 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  9. 9. Daytime & Evening Entertainment There’s always something happening on board Marco Polo, by day or by night. During the day, if you haven’t taken a shore excursion or headed off to explore under your own steam – and especially on the days at sea that for some are the most enjoyable of all – the Cruise Director and the team will always have something planned – look out for the Daily Programme in your cabin. After dinner the curtain goes up in the Marco Polo theatre lounge on a glittering nightly show. Sit back as the talented team of singers and dancers entertains you with some first class performances in excellent surroundings. Marco Polo’s wide range of other lounges are relaxed and convivial, perfect for enjoying the company of new-found friends, and whether its for a nightcap in the piano bar, or dancing in Scott’s, the ship really does offer something for all tastes until you turn in, perhaps after a final ‘turn on the deck’. Making Life Easy! Long Term Port Parking Secure port parking at Tilbury or Leith is available for £11.00 per car per night. NB The Newmarket Group act as agents only for car parking reservations and bookings are subject to the Ports’ Car Parking Conditions. National Express Coach Network For a cost of £32.00 per person, travel via the National Express coaches’ nationwide network of over 1200 pick-up points for return services to London Victoria. Cruise-Coach Service from London Victoria to Tilbury We offer a special coach transfer service between London Victoria and Tilbury at a cost of £25.00 per person for the return journey. Reserve your places To reserve a port car-parking space, please indicate your requirements on the Booking Form. The cost will be added to your final invoice and full details sent with your Joining Instructions. For National Express reservations a special reference number will be sent to you with your Confirmation of Reservation. To check availability and suitability of departure point and timings before booking, call National Express on 08717 81 8181 or visit www.nationalexpress.com Passengers travelling by rail to London will be able to take advantage of the return transfer service to Tilbury. Please indicate if this is your preference on the Booking Form. Rail to Tilbury There is a railway station at Tilbury Town and C2C operate regular services from London Fenchurch Street Station in the City of London. Services may be more infrequent during weekends and bank holidays so check with National Rail Enquiries on 0845 748 4950. Tilbury Town is about one mile from the cruise terminal and taxis are available for the short transfer. Hotel Accommodation If you prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace and would like to stay overnight in the Tilbury area, we have negotiated special discounted rates at the following hotels. To make a booking at either of the hotels directly simply call the number below, quoting reference Marco Polo. Park Inn Lakeside, North Stifford: 01708 719900 Thurrock Hotel, Purfleet: 01708 860222 , a ded in For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 9 LIFEONBOARDMARCOPOLO ly. o d rdshire rdland BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­9 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  10. 10. North Cape & the Land of the Midnight Sun Departing July 14th 2013 – 13 Days This unforgettable summertime voyage to Western Norway – a breath- taking region of fjords, glaciers and offshore islands – is crammed full of unforgettable natural wonders and fascinating ports of call, with long days to enjoy cruising past one of the world’s most stunning coastlines. It also offers the chance to enjoy a ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ with special celebrity guest comedians. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet10 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day by day itinerary Day One Travel to Tilbury to board Marco Polo, enjoying your first dinner on board before she sails later this evening. Day Two Today is spent at sea, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers. A special feature of this cruise will be performances from guest comedians who will not only entertain in the evening’s ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ spot, but will also take part in light-hearted ‘Comedy Corner’ interviews with the Cruise Director. Day Three ~ Bergen A first call is made in Bergen, gateway to the fjords. Join the crowds on the harbourside, and wander through the narrow cobbled streets of this important Hanseatic city, birthplace of Grieg and royal residence. Don’t miss the ancient Bryggen area, and perhaps take the Fløibanen funicular to the heights above. Day Four ~ Olden Today’s call brings the opportunity of an unforgettable shore excursion to the famous Briksdal Glacier, part of the vast mass of the Jostedalsbreen ice-pack, which broods over the fjord. Day Five Today is spent at sea, as Marco Polo cruises northwards along the beautiful Norwegian Coast, following the ancient route plied by the famous steamers that to this day bring supplies and news of the outside world to astonishingly remote settlements. Day Six ~ Leknes Early this morning Marco Polo will cross the Arctic Circle, as she steams into some of Europe’s most spectacular waters. Rising up out of the sea like miniature Alps, the wild and beautiful Lofoten Islands, amongst which Marco Polo arrives this morning, offer almost unsurpassed scenic splendour, with breathtakingly beautiful, tiny fishing villages (with even tinier names like ‘Å’ ) set beneath the towering peaks, sheer cliffs and jagged rock formations, hemmed in by the sea. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the island waters are the spawning ground for Arctic cod, and everywhere the fishing industry is in evidence. Marco Polo calls at Leknes, nestled at the foot of stunning, Alpine-like scenery, and there’ll be an opportunity to explore this most beautiful corner of the world on a shore excursion. This evening, one of the undoubted highlights of the holiday begins, with a wonderful cruise in the evening light through the Inside Passage, passing the stunning scenery of Solbergfjord, Gisund and Grøtsund. Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 23:59 2 Relaxing Day At Sea 3 Bergen, Norway 14:30 21:00 4 Olden, Norway 09:30 18:00 5 At Sea 6 Leknes, Lofoten Islands 09:00 18:00 7 Honningsvåg, Norway 20:00 01:30 8 Tromsø, Norway 14:00 19:00 9 At sea 10 Åndalsnes, Norway 08:45 17:00 11 Stavanger, Norway 14:30 22:00 12 At Sea 13 London, Tilbury, UK 07:30 England Tunisia Sweden Spain Portugal Poland Norway Netherlands Morocco Malta Italy Ireland Iceland Greece Germany France Finland Estonia Denmark Algeria Wales Scotland Russia l l l l Åndalsnes Leknes Tromsø Honningsvåg To London lBergen lStavanger lOlden BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­10 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  11. 11. 11For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 Sailing from Tilbury MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURYCat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe 4379 3289 JS Junior Suite 3889 2919 DL De Luxe 3309 2489 12 Premium Twin 2729 2049 11 Superior Plus Twin 2529 1899 10 Single 3799 2849 9 Superior Twin 2339 1759 8 Standard Plus Twin 2089 1569 7 Standard Twin 1999 1499 6 Standard Twin 1949 1469 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 1919 1439 5 Single (Inner) 2919 2189 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 1949 1469 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 1749 1319 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 1559 1169 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 1409 1059 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 1389 1039 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 359 Deposit per person 200 INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 25%! Prices per person £ Sterling North Cape the Land of the Midnight Sun Cruise Highlights • Visit Bergen, ancient trading city and ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ • Take an excursion to the famous Briksdal Glacier • The breath-taking Lofoten Isles, rising up out of the water • Visit remote Honningsvåg, at the northern tip of Norway • Take an excursion to the visitor centre at North Cape • Tromsø, home to Norway’s ‘Arctic Cathedral’ and Polarmuseum • Discover magnificent Romsdalsfjord • Call at Stavanger, historic fishing port • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Learn about Criminology Serial Killers from our on-board lecturers • Enjoy a ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ with guest comedians Day Seven ~ Honningsvåg Marco Polo cruises way beyond the Arctic Circle hopefully in summer sunlight, close to the coast of Finnmark, where the indigenous Sami people still lead nomadic lives herding reindeer. Perhaps the high point (in more senses than one) of the cruise will come this evening, as Marco Polo docks in the pretty, remote ‘village’ of Honningsvåg, and you can make you way on an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp, or North Cape, almost at Europe’s northernmost point, where the sun will sink below the horizon only to rise again shortly afterwards. You’ll return to the ship, passing Knivskjellodden, Europe’s true north tip, before Marco Polo turns south once more on her Norwegian coastal voyage. Day Eight ~ Tromsø The largest settlement beyond the Arctic Circle, Tromsø, with its magnificent cathedral rising grandly from its bustling centre, is our port of call this afternoon. Step ashore to explore the market, held daily in the main square, and enjoy the sight of fresh Arctic fish being landed on the busy quayside. The city’s Polarmuseum pays tribute to intrepid Arctic pioneers, trappers and explorers, including Norwegian heroes Amundsen and Nansen. East of the city centre is the stunning, strikingly modern ‘Arctic Cathedral’, or Ishavskatedralen, with its amazing stained glass window and organ built in the shape of a ship just two of its memorable features. Close by, a cable car climbs to the summit of Mt Storsteinen for unsurpassed views of Tromsø and its surrounds. Day Nine Today is spent at sea. Day Ten ~ Åndalsnes Cruise into beautiful Romsdalsfjord and call at the delightful port town of Åndalsnes, for the opportunity to enjoy another shore excursion, through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery, including the vertiginous Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder), a breath-taking road at the head of the Valldal valley. There may be a chance to visit the famous Rødven stave church in its dreamy fjord-side setting, before Marco Polo cruises on through Romsdalsfjord. Day 11 ~ Stavanger The prosperous former fishing capital of Stavanger, its sleek modern buildings contrasting with the 19th-century white- painted clapboard houses of Gamle Stavanger, is Marco Polo’s first Norwegian landfall. Step ashore to wander, taking in the fresh fish and flower market of the harbour- side square Torget, and this afternoon enjoy the breathtaking passage though Lysefjord, where the overlooking towering Preikestolen rock formation is one of Norway’s most photographed landmarks. Day 12 Today is spent at sea, reliving the memories of a wonderful holiday. Day 13 Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a simply wonderful cruise. Please note: The viewing of the Midnight Sun is entirely dependent on weather and atmospheric conditions and whilst very likely, is not guaranteed. epart 3:59 1:00 8:00 8:00 1:30 :00 :00 :00 BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­11 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  12. 12. Summer in the Fjords Departing August 16th 2013, July 29th 2014 – 9 Days Catch the breath-taking fjords of Western Norway at their glorious best, on a cruise that combines the picture-postcard-perfect tranquillity of this majestic region– including a rare call at idyllic Fjaerland – with opportunities to enjoy several wonderful excursions. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet12 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 15%! Cat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 2919 2489 JS Junior Suite 2599 2209 DL De Luxe 2209 1879 12 Premium Twin 1819 1549 11 Superior Plus Twin 1689 1439 10 Single 2529 2149 9 Superior Twin 1559 1329 8 Standard Plus Twin 1399 1189 7 Standard Twin 1329 1129 6 Standard Twin 1299 1109 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 1269 1079 5 Single (Inner) 1949 1659 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 1299 1109 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 1169 999 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 1039 889 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 939 799 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 919 779 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 239 Deposit per person 150 Day One Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation, as Marco Polo sails early this evening. Day Two Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board. Day Three - Eidford Marco Polo makes her way into Hardangerfjord, stretching into the Norwegian interior, and calls at Eidfjord. Go ashore, perhaps to enjoy an overland excursion through the almost unimaginably beautiful surrounding countryside. Day Four – Flåm The remote village of Flåm is set in one of mighty Sognefjord’s remotest corners. From here, you might enjoy an unforgettable ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ excursion, boarding the world famous Flåmsbana Mountain Railway, for the beautiful journey to Myrdal, before joining a coach to travel through yet more breath-taking scenery. Day Five – Fjaerland and Balestrand A rare call is made at the ‘book village’ of Mundal, or Fjaerland, so called for its antiquarian bookshops housed in ancient wooden buildings, and beautifully set on stunning Fjaerlandsfjord. A shore excursion can be taken to the fascinating Glacier Museum at the edge of the vast Jostedalsbreen glacier, before you re-join the ship at idyllic Balestrand. Day Six – Olden Today Marco Polo calls at Olden, the stopping off point for a shore excursion through more almost unimaginably beautiful countryside to the famous Briksdal Glacier, part of the vast icy mass of the Jostedalsbreen glacier, which broods over the eastern reaches of the fjord. Day Seven - Bergen This morning Marco Polo docks in the ancient Hanseatic city of Bergen, with its narrow cobbled streets, medieval houses and vibrant harbour area with its open-air Fish Market. Former residence of medieval kings and queens and seat of a university, Bergen was also the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Don’t miss the chance to stroll through the ancient Bryggen area, nor the wonderful view of the city from the summit of ‘Mount’ Fløyen, reached by the taking the quaint Fløibanen funicular railway. Day Eight – At Sea A final day is spent cruising under hopefully sunny skies. Day Nine Bid farewell to Marco Polo at the end of a marvellous summertime cruise. Summer in the Fjords Cruise Highlights • Cruise spectacular Hardangerfjord to pretty Eidfjord • Flåm lies at the head of mighty Sognefjord • Enjoy a rare call in Fjaerland – Norway’s ‘Book Village’ • Discover idyllic Balestrand • A call at Olden offers the chance to journey to the awe-inspiring Briksdal Glacier • Visit Bergen – Fjordland gateway Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 16:00 2 Relaxing Day At Sea 3 Eidfjord, Norway 09:30 16:00 4 Flåm, Norway 09:00 21:00 5 Fjaerland, Norway Œ 08:00 12:00 Balestrand, Norway Œ 14:00 20:00 6 Olden, Norway 08:30 19:00 7 Bergen, Norway 07:30 18:00 8 At Sea 9 London, Tilbury, UK 07:00 Œ Indicates ports where shore arrangements will be made by ship’s tender. Day by day itinerary England Turkey Tunisia Egypt Syria Sweden Spain Kazakhstan l Poland Norway Netherlands Malta Lebanon Kuwait Jordan Saudi Arabia Italy Israel Ireland Iraq Iran Iceland Greece Germany Georgia France Finland Estonia Denmark Cyprus Azerbaijan Armenia Algeria Wales Scotland Russia Eidfjord l l l London l l Flåm Olden lFjaerland Balestrand Bergen BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­12 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  13. 13. Autumn Fjordland Departing September 15th 2013 – 7 Days Enjoy the glories of Western Norway at a very special time of year, on this tremendous value cruise that includes visits to some breathtaking fjords, calls at some wonderful places, and the chance to enjoy a ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ with celebrity guest comedians. 13For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury Cat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 0,000 0,000 JS Junior Suite 0,000 0,000 DL De Luxe Twin 0,000 0,000 12 Premium Twin 0,000 0,000 11 Superior Plus Twin 0,000 0,000 10 Single 0,000 0,000 9 Superior Twin 0,000 0,000 8 Standard Plus Twin 0,000 0,000 7 Standard Twin 0,000 0,000 6 Standard Twin 0,000 0,000 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 000 000 5 Single (Inner) 0,000 0,000 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 0,000 0,000 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 0,000 0,000 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 0,000 0,000 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 0,000 0,000 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 000 000 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 000 Deposit per person 000 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURYCat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 2069 1759 JS Junior Suite 1839 1569 DL De Luxe 1569 1339 12 Premium Twin 1289 1099 11 Superior Plus Twin 1199 1019 10 Single 1799 1529 9 Superior Twin 1109 949 8 Standard Plus Twin 989 849 7 Standard Twin 949 809 6 Standard Twin 919 789 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 899 759 5 Single (Inner) 1379 1179 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 919 789 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 829 709 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 739 629 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 669 569 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 649 549 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 179 Deposit per person 150 Autumn Fjordland Cruise Highlights • Cruise the length of stunning Hardangerfjord over 100kms into the Norwegian interior • Take a shore excursion into the pristine hinterland • Discover Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest • Take the optional excursion on the world famous Flåmsbana Mountain Railway • Cruise exquisite Naeroyfjord • Visit Bergen, ancient trading city and ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Learn about Norse Folk Lands from our on-board lecturers • Enjoy a ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ with guest comedians Day One Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this evening’s sailing. Day Two Enjoy the atmosphere on board and get to know Marco Polo’s wonderful range of on- board amenities. A special feature of this Autumn cruise will be performances from two or three guest comedians who will not only entertain in the evening’s ‘Laugh on the Ocean Wave’ spot, but will also take part in light-hearted ‘Comedy Corner’ interviews with the Cruise Director. Day Three ~ Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord Marco Polo makes her way into stunning Hardangerfjord, stretching into the Norwegian interior. Be on deck early to get your first glimpse of this stunning landscape, where sheer mountainsides plunge into the still waters. Our first Norwegian call is at Eidfjord, at the eastern end of the fjord. Here, you can go ashore to enjoy an overland excursion through the almost unimaginably beautiful surrounding countryside, perhaps including a visit to the famous Vøringfossen waterfalls. Day Four ~ Flåm, Sognefjord Awake as Marco Polo navigates through the narrow fingers of mighty Sognefjord, the world’s largest and deepest to Flåm, set in one of the fjord’s remotest corners. From here, you might board the world famous Flåmsbana Mountain Railway for the unforgettable six-mile climb down to Myrdal. Later this evening, enjoy another breathtaking cruise through wondrously scenic Naeroyfjord. Day Five ~ Bergen, Norway Marco Polo arrives in Bergen, with its narrow cobbled streets, medieval houses and vibrant harbour area. Former Royal residence and university seat, Bergen was also the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Don’t miss the chance to stroll through the ancient Bryggen area, and perhaps view the city from the summit of ‘Mount’ Fløyen, reached by taking the quaint Fløibanen funicular railway. Day Six Today is spent at sea, no doubt swapping memories with fellow passengers, and enjoying a last evening’s entertainment on board. Day Seven Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury at the end of the memorable voyage. INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 15%! Day by day itinerary Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 16:00 2 Relaxing Day At Sea 3 Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway 09:00 16:00 4 Flåm, Sognefjord, Norway 08:00 18:00 5 Bergen, Norway 09:00 18:00 6 At Sea 7 London, Tilbury, UK 07:30 England Tunisia Sweden Spain Portugal Poland Norway Netherlands Morocco Malta Italy Ireland Iceland Germany France Denmark Algeria Wales Scotland Flåm Eidfjord Londonl ll lBergen BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­13 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  14. 14. Day One Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation. Marco Polo sails early this evening, and you enjoy your first dinner on board. Get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers, and look forward to the exciting days ahead before you retire to your comfortable cabin. Day Two Today is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time. Day Three ~ Invergordon This morning Marco Polo sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland’s rugged East Coast, tying up in Invergordon, one of Britain’s greatest natural harbours, and gateway to the Highlands. Step ashore to explore, or take an excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world’s finest courses, just an hour away, while whisky connoisseurs might make a pilgrimage of a different kind, to celebrated Ord Distillery! Day Four ~ Kirkwall A day of Orcadian delights, as Marco Polo docks in Kirkwall, historic ‘Royal Burgh’ and capital of Orkney, with magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, its glorious centrepiece. Kirkwall, with its meandering streets and excellent museum, is gateway to east and west mainland, and lies a mile from the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where the German Fleet was scuttled in 1919, and HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2, prompting Churchill to order construction of the famous Barriers. Shore excursions will include highlights of the island, where history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife all play their part. Day Five ~ Stornoway By morning Marco Polo will have arrived in the Western Isles, as she anchors off Stornoway, the capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Perched on the very edge of Britain, these beautiful, unspoiled islands have been inhabited continuously for over 6000 years and are guardians of a rich culture with its roots in the mists of time. Explore the town, or take the excursion to the mysterious and ancient Standing Stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly four thousand years old. Day Six ~ Tobermory The beautiful island of Mull offers breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife Treasures of the British Isles Departing September 5th 2013, July 19th 2014 – 11 Days Stornoway, in the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, historic Orkney capital Kirkwall and pretty Tobermory, on Mull, as well as the Scillies, are amongst the highlights of this truly wonderful cruise, which also features Invergordon – Highland gateway – Dublin, Guernsey and Honfleur. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet14 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day by day itinerary Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 17:30 2 Relaxing Day At Sea 3 Invergordon, UK 07:30 22:00 4 Kirkwall, Orkney Isles, UK 08:00 18:00 5 Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, UK Œ 07:30 20:00 6 Tobermory, Mull, UK Œ 07:30 16:00 7 Dublin, Ireland 08:00 17:45 8 St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly, UK Œ 09:00 18:00 9 St Peter Port, Guernsey, UK Œ 07:30 18:00 10 Honfleur, France 09:00 17:00 11 London, Tilbury, UK 08:00 Œ Indicates ports where shore arrangements will be made by ship’s tender. Times based on Sept 5th departure. England Tunisia Spain Portugal No Netherlands Morocco M Ireland Iceland Germa France Denmark Algeria Wales Scotland l l l l l l l l London Honfleur Tobermory Dublin St Mary’s Stornoway St Peter Port Invergordon l Kirkwall 2014 dateavailable BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­14 04/06/2013­­­14:31
  15. 15. and a spectacular coastline. The small town of Tobermory, familiar to many, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby famous Duart Castle, seat of Clan Maclean. Day Seven ~ Dublin Today finds Marco Polo in Dublin, the incomparable Irish capital. Great city of culture, home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, birthplace of Shaw, with – at its heart – the great seat of learning which is Trinity College, Dublin is also one of Europe’s most engaging, vibrant cities, with Grafton and O’Connell Streets thronged with shoppers, and the cafés and coffee shops, and of course the famous bars and pubs, are popular meeting places for locals and visitors alike. Day Eight ~ St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly This morning finds us in the fabled Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore by tender to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary’s, and the flower-strewn byways beyond, and the chance to take an excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world famous Abbey Gardens house Britain’s finest sub-tropical plant collection. Day Nine ~ St Peter Port, Guernsey Guernsey’s delightful St Peter Port welcomes Marco Polo today, and the morning can be spent enjoying the pleasures of this beautiful Channel Isle. Don’t miss 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, where countless shops and colourful stalls offer tax-free gifts. Day Ten ~ Honfleur, France Honfleur lies at the mouth of the River Seine, and is gateway to the glorious Normandy countryside. Explore this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, with its picture-book harbour surrounded by gabled houses, or venture further afield, perhaps on an excursion to Monet’s idyllic house and garden at Giverny, or to fashionable Deauville. Day 11 Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury, at the end of a wonderful cruise around our glorious, ‘sceptred isle’. 15For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 25%! Cat 5 Sep 2013 Saver Fare 19 July 2014 Saver Fare DS 3719 3169 3799 2849 JS 3299 2809 3369 2529 DL 2809 2389 2869 2159 12 2309 1969 2359 1769 11 2149 1829 2199 1649 10 3219 2739 3289 2469 9 1979 1689 2029 1529 8 1779 1519 1819 1369 7 1699 1449 1729 1299 6 1649 1409 1689 1269 VF 1839 1379 1649 1239 5 2479 2109 2529 1899 4 1649 1409 1689 1269 3 1489 1269 1519 1139 2 1319 1129 1349 1019 1 1199 1019 1229 929 VF 1329 999 1199 899 Supps. 299 299 Deposit 175 175 Treasures of the British Isles Cruise Highlights • Invergordon offers opportunities to discover some Scottish beauty • Rugged Kirkwall is gateway to a fascinating island landscape • Explore remote Stornoway • Magnificent Duart Castle can be discovered from pretty Tobermory • Dublin is the world’s friendliest capital • The stunning Isles of Scilly are one of Britain’s most beautiful locations • Guernsey – beautiful island and tax- free shopping! • Discover the Impressionists’ retreat of Honfleur, in Normandy • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Learn about English Country Gardens from our on-board lecturers epart 7:30 2:00 8:00 0:00 6:00 7:45 :00 :00 :00 ure. 014able BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­15 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  16. 16. Day One Welcome Aboard! Make your way to the London Cruise Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your first night on board. Day Two Enjoy the atmosphere on board, and get to know Marco Polo and your fellow passengers. A special feature of this cruise is the chance to learn a new skill from an expert in one of our ‘Super Craft’ sessions, which will take place throughout the voyage. Day Three ~ Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord Marco Polo makes her way into stunning Hardangerfjord, stretching into the Norwegian interior. Be on deck early to get your first glimpse of this stunning landscape, where sheer mountainsides plunge into the still waters. Our first Norwegian call is at Eidfjord, at the eastern end of the fjord. Here, you can go ashore to enjoy an overland excursion through the almost unimaginably beautiful surrounding countryside, perhaps including a visit to the famous Vøringfossen waterfalls. Day Four ~ Olden Today’s call brings the opportunity to take and unforgettable excursion to the famous Briksdal Glacier, part of the vast mass of the Jostedalsbreen ice-pack, which broods over the fjord. Day Five Marco Polo cruises further north along the stunning Norwegian coast. Day Six ~ Leknes, Lofoten Islands Early this morning Marco Polo will cross the Arctic Circle, as she steams into some of Europe’s most spectacular waters. Rising up out of the sea like miniature Alps, the wild and beautiful Lofoten Islands, amongst which Marco Polo arrives this morning, offer almost unsurpassed scenic splendour, with breathtakingly beautiful, tiny fishing villages (with even tinier names like ‘Å’) set beneath the towering peaks, sheer cliffs and jagged rock formations, hemmed in by the sea. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the island waters are the spawning ground for Arctic cod, and everywhere the fishing industry is in evidence. Marco Polo calls at Leknes, nestled at the foot of stunning, Alpine-like scenery, and there’ll be an opportunity to explore this most beautiful corner of the world on a shore excursion. This evening, one of the undoubted highlights of the holiday begins, with a wonderful cruise in the evening light through the Inside Passage, passing the stunning scenery of Solbergfjord, Gisund and Grøtsund. The Northern Lights Departing October 6th 2013, October 27th 2014 – 15 Days Marco Polo makes an autumn visit to Norway’s fjord- and island-dotted coastline, in search of the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, the celestial phenomenon that has bewitched and entranced generations. In addition to the chance to experience one of Earth’s truly most awe-inspiring sights, this enchanting cruise includes the opportunity to learn a new skill from one of our ‘Super Craft’ experts. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet16 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day by day itinerary Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 16:00 2 At Sea 3 Eidfjord, Norway 09:00 14:30 4 Olden, Norway 09:00 18:00 5 At Sea 6 Leknes, Lofoten Islands, Norway 08:00 17:00 7 Alta, Norway 13:30 22:00 8 Honningsvåg, Norway 08:00 17:00 9 Tromsø, Norway 08:00 20:00 10 Narvik, Norway 08:00 18:00 11 At Sea 12 Åndalsnes, Norway 08:00 17:00 13 Bergen, Norway 09:00 17:00 14 At Sea 15 London, Tilbury, UK 07:30 England Tunisia Sweden Spain Portugal Poland Norway Netherlands Morocco Malta Italy Ireland Iceland Greece Germany France Finland Estonia Denmark Algeria Wales Scotland Russia l l l l l Bergen Åndalsnes Narvik Tromsø Alta l London l Leknes l Eidfjord lOlden lHonningsvåg 2014 dateavailable BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­16 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  17. 17. Day Seven ~ Alta Marco Polo calls at remote Alta, gateway to the Arctic region of Finnmark, home to the indigenous Sami people, to herds of reindeer, and to the nearby Ice Hotel, where guests famously sleep in frozen accommodation on reindeer skins. Alta is also close to the UNESCO-World Heritage site of the Hjemmeluft prehistoric rock carvings, northern Europe’s most extensively preserved examples, dating from between 2500 and 6000 years old. Marco Polo sails late this evening, enabling you to make the most of your stay in Alta. In this remote region, the awe-inspiring nature of the Northern Lights – should you be fortunate enough to see them – is more acutely felt. Day Eight ~ Honningsvåg Marco Polo cruises way beyond the Arctic Circle, and the high point will come today, as Marco Polo docks in the pretty, remote ‘village’ of Honningsvåg, and you can make you way on an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp, or North Cape, almost at Europe’s northernmost point. You’ll return to the ship, passing Knivskjellodden, Europe’s true north tip, before Marco Polo turns south once more on her Norwegian coastal voyage. Day Nine ~ Tromsø The city of Tromsø, with its daily market and fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen, is today’s port of call. Go ashore to explore, and don’t miss the magnificent ‘Arctic Cathedral’, with its stained glass and unique, ‘ship-shaped’ organ. Day Ten ~ Narvik The friendly port and ski-resort (it is possible to ski down almost to the water’s edge) of Narvik, which is also a legendary rail terminus, and was the site of fierce WWII battles on land and at sea, welcomes Marco Polo today. Take the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to catch the cable car to the heights of Fagernesfjellet mountain for some truly spectacular views. Day 11 Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board, as Marco Polo steams back across the Arctic Circle, heading south. Day 12 ~ Åndalsnes Cruise into beautiful Romsdalsfjord for the opportunity to enjoy another shore excursion, through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. There may be a chance to visit the famous Rødven stave church in its dreamy setting, before Marco Polo cruises on through Romsdalsfjord. Day 13 ~ Bergen A final call is made in Bergen, gateway to the fjords. Join the crowds at the morning fish market on the harbourside, and wander through the narrow cobbled streets of this important Hanseatic city, birthplace of Grieg and royal residence. Don’t miss the ancient Bryggen area, and perhaps take the Fløibanen funicular to the heights above. This evening Marco Polo slips her moorings and heads for home. Day 14 At sea, reliving the memories of a wonderful holiday. Day 15 Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury at the end of the cruise. Please note: The viewing of the Northern Lights is entirely dependent on weather and atmospheric conditions and whilst very likely, is not guaranteed. 17For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 20%! The Northern Lights Cruise Highlights • Cruise the length of stunning Hardangerfjord over 100kms into the Norwegian interior • Take a shore excursion into the pristine hinterland • The breathtaking Lofoten Isles, rising up out of the water • A call in Alta brings opportunities to discover the remote Finnmark region • Remote Honningsvåg is close to Europe’s northern most point • Narvik, remote, friendly port and winter resort • Tromsø, home to Norway’s ‘Arctic Cathedral’ and Polarmuseum • Clear nights bring chances to view the stunning Aurora Borealis – the fabled Northern Lights • Call in Åndalsnes on beautiful Romsdalfjord • Historic Bergen, delightful ‘Gateway to the Fjords’. • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Learn about Norway Tall Ships History from our on-board lecturers • Discover a new skill from an expert on this Super Craft cruise Cat 6 Oct 2013 Saver Fare 27 Oct 2014 Saver Fare DS 4819 4099 5149 4119 JS 4289 3649 4579 3669 DL 3649 3109 3889 3119 12 2999 2549 3209 2569 11 2789 2379 2979 2389 10 4179 3559 4459 3569 9 2579 2199 2749 2199 8 2309 1969 2459 1969 7 2199 1869 2349 1879 6 2149 1829 2289 1839 VF 2249 1799 2249 1799 5 3219 2739 3429 2749 4 2149 1829 2289 1839 3 1929 1639 2059 1649 2 1719 1469 1829 1469 1 1559 1329 1659 1329 VF 1639 1309 1619 1299 Supps. 419 419 Deposit 200 200 epart 6:00 4:30 8:00 7:00 2:00 :00 :00 :00 :00 :00 014able BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­17 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  18. 18. Day One ~ Sunday November 3rd Welcome Aboard! Make your way to the London Cruise Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your first night on board. Days Two ~ Five Marco Polo cruises south, making her way into warmer waters and across towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Make the most of the ship’s many amenities and get to know your fellow passengers. Day Six ~ Ponta Delgada The nine volcanic islands of the Azores archipelago provide a welcome landfall for Marco Polo. The largest of the group is Sao Miguel, with its principal port city of Ponta Delgada. Magnificent architecture, 16th and 17th century artwork, and an array of fine churches are among the highlights of this pretty and very friendly island. Days Seven ~ 12 Atlantic Crossing! Enjoy life on board Marco Polo as your elegant floating home steams towards the Caribbean. Day 13 ~ Antigua Tiny Antigua boasts wonderful scenery, powder-white sandy beaches and warm azure seas – Paradise! St John’s is the thriving main town, its main attractions gathered round the Redcliffe Quay. Elsewhere, the restored naval dockyard and the colonial forts of English Harbour and Shirley Heights provide interesting alternatives to the beach. Day 14 ~ St Barts/Saint Martin This morning Marco Polo finds herself in the idyllic French playground of St Barts, or St Bartélemy, one of the chic-est corners of the Caribbean. Marco Polo will anchor in the natural harbour of Gustavia, where a pleasant hour can be spent relaxing in a quayside café or perhaps lazing on a picture-postcard-perfect beach. It’s a short crossing this afternoon to the shared island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, respectively the Dutch south, and French north of a tiny island celebrated as much for its duty-free shopping opportunities as for its wonderful beaches. The choice – to spend or to tan – will be yours! The Glorious Caribbean Departing November 3rd 2013 – 31 Days Escape November’s gloom and chill and sail away on Marco Polo from London Tilbury to the blue seas and even bluer skies of the sun-kissed West Indies. As well as calls at nine exquisite, idyllic isles, you’ll also bookend your Atlantic crossings with calls at the remote, verdant Azores, and spend some unforgettable days at sea. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet18 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day by day itinerary Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London Tilbury, UK 17:00 2-5 Relaxing Days At Sea 6 Ponta Delgrada, Azores 08:00 17:00 7-12 Atlantic Crossing 13 St John’s, Antigua 09:00 22:00 14 Gustavia, St Barthelemy Œ St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles 07:00 15:00 12:30 20:00 15 Basseterre, St Kitts 07:00 17:00 16 Castries, St Lucia 09:30 23:30 17 Kingstown, St Vincent 07:00 12:30 Bequia, St Vincent Œ 14:30 24:00 18 Mayreau, St Vincent Œ 07:00 20:00 19 Bridgetown, Barbados 07:00 18:00 20-25Atlantic Crossing 26 Horta, Faial, Azores 08:00 18:00 27-30At Sea 31 London Tilbury, UK 08:00 Œ Indicates ports where shore arrangements will be made by ship’s tender. Vietnam Somoa Vanuatu United States United Kingdom Tunisia Tonga Thailand Sweden Spain Solomon Islands Russia Portugal Philippines Papua New Guinea Palau Norway New Zealand Neth. Morocco Mongolia Mexico Malta Malaysia Lux. Laos S. Korea N. Korea Japan Italy Ireland Indonesia Iceland Greenland Greece Germany France Finland Fiji Denmark Cyprus China Canada Cambodia Brunei Bel. Bahamas Australia Algeria Timor Leste (East Timor) Myanmar (Burma) l l London lAvonmouth lll Horta Ponta Delgado St John’s St Maarten Basseterre Castries Kingstown Mayreau Barbados Newfor 2013! BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­18 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  19. 19. Day 15 ~ St Kitts St Kitts, which together with its tiny sister Nevis forms one of the world’s smallest nations is as laid back and traditionally West Indian a place as anywhere in the Caribbean, with restored plantation inns dotting the lush landscape, and the views from the UNESCO-World Heritage site of Brimstone Hill Fortress, known as ‘The Gibraltar of the West Indies’, are simply breathtaking. Day 16 ~ St Lucia Today Marco Polo visits the tropical island paradise that is mountainous St Lucia, calling first at the thriving capital, Castries. Enjoy the vibrant Creole atmosphere and hustle and bustle of this typically West Indian settlement, or venture further afield to explore this scenic wonderland. This afternoon, Marco Polo sails down the island’s west coast to Soufrière (pronounced Souf -RAY), which sits in its idyllic bay beneath where the twin peaks of the ‘Pitons’, amongst the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. Day 17 ~ St Vincent/Bequia St Vincent, the principal island of the Grenadines group, is dominated in the north by La Soufrière, a still-active volcano, and in charming Kingstown, has a bustling capital where life is lived at an unusually hectic pace for this beautiful part of the world. Visitors of course are much more relaxed! After a morning’s exploration, it’s a short crossing to idyllic Bequia – pronounced ‘Beck-way’ – where enchanting Port Elizabeth attracts sailors from across the globe. Marco Polo anchors in serene Admiralty Bay, and you can go ashore by tender to join in the fun, or take a water taxi to a remote beach, before spending the evening in Port Elizabeth. Day 18 ~ Mayreau None of our island calls can be more fittingly described as a tropical paradise than tiny Mayreau, with truly stunning beaches - this is Heaven on Earth! Spend a lazy day just dipping in and out of the blue water, enjoying a beach-barbecue courtesy of the ship’s chefs, or spend just a little more energy on a half- or full-day optional catamaran excursion to the stunning Tobago Cays. Day 19 ~ Barbados Discover Barbados, the most British of the Caribbean isles. The bustling, colourful capital Bridgetown lies close to exquisite beaches, backed by some famously swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore- side restaurants. With the laid back Bajan emphasis on enjoying life to the full, Barbados ranks high on the list of highlights of this wonderful cruise. Day 20 ~ 25 Atlantic Crossing! Relive the magical moments of the last three weeks, as Marco Polo sails on, homeward- bound. Day 26 ~ Faial Landfall is made at the island of Faial, the westernmost of the central group of the Azores, and known as the ‘blue island’ because of its profusion of hydrangeas. Marco Polo ties up in the sheltered harbour of Horta, Faial’s cosmopolitan principal settlement, and there are opportunities to explore this remote outpost, for centuries a refuge for passing sailors. Head inland to discover the vast extinct Caldeira, the volcano’s floor covered in colourful flowers and plants, and don’t miss the paintings on the harbour wall, created by departing sailors for good luck. Marco Polo sails later this evening. Days 27 ~ 30 Marco Polo steams back towards the Western Approaches and into the Channel once more, at the end of the journey home. Day 31 ~ Tuesday December 3rd Bid farewell to Marco Polo, as you disembark at the end of a simply wonderful cruise. 19For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 Sailing from Tilbury MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Prices per person £ Sterling Cat Cabin Type Price* Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 8549 6419 JS Junior Suite 7599 5699 DL De Luxe 6459 4849 12 Premium Twin 5319 3989 11 Superior Plus Twin 4939 3709 10 Single 7409 5559 9 Superior Twin 4559 3419 8 Standard Plus Twin 4089 3069 7 Standard Twin 3899 2929 6 Standard Twin 3799 2849 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 3729 2799 5 Single (Inner) 5699 4279 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 3799 2849 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 3419 2569 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 3039 2279 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 2759 2069 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 2669 1999 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 899 Deposit per person 525 The Glorious Caribbean Cruise Highlights • Escape the gloom of November and sail to the sun • In the mid-Atlantic, the nine beautiful islands of the Azores have been stopping-off points for sailors down the centuries, and an important communications link between continents • Ponta Delgada is the archipelago’s largest settlement • Discover and explore nine Caribbean idylls, from stunning Antigua to shared island St Maarten, and from tiny Mayreau with its stunning beaches, to cricket-mad Barbados • See Faial’s giant volcanic crater on your second Azores’ call • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Enjoy fascinating on-board lectures and port talks epart 7:00 7:00 2:00 2:30 0:00 7:00 3:30 2:30 4:00 0:00 8:00 8:00 don l ew 3! INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 25%! BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­19 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  20. 20. Christmas New Year Canaries Departing December 22nd 2013, December 22nd 2014 – 15 Days What better way to spend the festive season than by being looked after by Marco Polo’s attentive crew and being royally entertained by a team dedicated to ensuring you have a truly unforgettable Christmas, and welcome in 2014 in style, as you leave behind the grey of winter and head ‘south to the sun’ to the ‘Fortunate Isles’ and the glorious ‘Floating Garden’ of Madeira? Newfor 2013! To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet20 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day by day itinerary Day One Welcome Aboard! Make your way to the London Cruise Terminal today for embarkation. Marco Polo sails early this evening from Tilbury. Get to know the ship, and enjoy your first festive night on board. Days Two-Four Three days are spent at sea, enjoying life on board, resting, relaxing and making use of the ship’s amenities, but most of all soaking up the festive atmosphere that will culminate in a memorable Christmas Day spent at sea, with a feast of festive celebrations conducted by the Captain and crew of Marco Polo. Day Five ~ Gibraltar Boxing Day morning sees Marco Polo arriving in the very British outpost of Gibraltar, beneath the mighty Rock marking the point where the Atlantic joins the Mediterranean. Step ashore to explore bustling Main Street, with its familiar shops and stores, or take the cable-car to the heights above where, on clear days, the views stretch from the Straits to North Africa and the mountains of North Africa beyond, and where the famous Barbary Apes make friendly approaches. Re-board the ship later this afternoon for another evening of festive entertainment and celebration. Day Six Rest and relax on board as Marco Polo steams towards the warmth of the Canary Isles. Day Seven ~ Lanzarote No doubt you’ll be glad to step ashore to walk off a few of those Christmas calories as Marco Polo makes the first of her Canaries’ calls in Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy the warmth and – hopefully – sunshine of this famous holiday isle, and perhaps the opportunity to head to ‘fire mountain’ and the chance – for the brave – to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano! Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London Tilbury, UK 18:00 2-3Relaxing Days at Sea 4 Christmas Day at Sea 5 Gibraltar 07:00 17:00 6 At Sea 7 Arrecife, Lanzarote 12:00 20:00 8 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife 08:00 22:00 9 Santa Cruz, La Palma 07:00 14:00 10 Funchal, Madeira Œ 09:00 02:00 11 At Sea 12 Leixoes, Portugal 08:00 17:00 13 - 14 At Sea 15 London Tilbuy, UK 07:30 Œ Indicates ports where shore arrangements will be made by ship’s tender. B Is Canary Islands Madeira Islands United Kingdom Spain Portugal Morocco Ireland Fran Algeria To London lGibraltar l Leixoes l lSanta Cruz l Arrecifel La Palma Funchal BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­20 04/06/2013­­­14:32
  21. 21. ew 3! 21For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Christmas New Year Canaries Cruise Highlights • Sail ‘south to the sun’ for celebrations – Marco Polo -style • A very special Christmas Day is spent at sea • Boxing Day visit to ‘more-British- than-Britain’ Gibraltar, beneath the famous Rock • Arrecife is Lanzarote’s colourful capital • The Canary Isle of Tenerife boasts the ‘whole world in one day’ • Tiny La Palma is an enticing island idyll • Spend New Year’s Eve in the floral paradise of Funchal, capital of Madeira • Visit ancient Oporto and its wine lodges from Leixoes • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Enjoy fascinating on-board lectures and port talks Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 25%! Cat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 5149 4119 JS Junior Suite 4579 3669 DL De Luxe 3889 3119 12 Premium Twin 3209 2569 11 Superior Plus Twin 2979 2389 10 Single 4459 3569 9 Superior Twin 2749 2199 8 Standard Plus Twin 2459 1969 7 Standard Twin 2349 1879 6 Standard Twin 2289 1839 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 2399 1799 5 Single (Inner) 3429 2749 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 2289 1839 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 2059 1649 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 1829 1469 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 1659 1329 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 1729 1299 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 419 Deposit per person 200 Day Eight ~ Santa Cruz deTenerife A full day is spent in the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, with Marco Polo tying up in the principal port of Santa Cruz, gateway to a place that boasts ‘the whole world in one day’ – from the chance to swim in warm waters to throwing snowballs on the slopes of Spain’s highest peak, Mt Teide, to the glitz of the capital’s shopping malls to some stunning gardens, banana plantations and forest of giant pines and eucalyptus trees. A range of optional shore excursions will be offered to enable you to make the most of your stay, and with Marco Polo not sailing until later this evening, there’s a chance to catch some of the local flavour. Day Nine ~ Santa Cruz, La Palma One of the world’s most beautiful islands, La Palma, waits to greet Marco Polo this morning, with its central mountain rising nearly 8,000 feet from the coast, and its main town Santa Cruz gateway to a rugged countryside dominated by the towering peak. Step ashore to explore this, one of the lesser- known corners of the Canary Island group. Day Ten ~ New Year’s Eve ~ Funchal Early this morning Marco Polo arrives off the volcanic island of Porto Santo, the second largest of the Madeiran archipelago, and a popular holiday retreat in its own right, chiefly due to its spectacular beach and delightful principal town Vila Baleira, which was once the home of Christopher Columbus. Spend an hour or two exploring, before reboarding Marco Polo for the short cruise to Madeira’s verdant capital Funchal. The ship will anchor just off the harbour, giving the opportunity to go ashore by tender and explore the flower-decked streets, perhaps visit the famous Botanical Gardens or to take a shore excursion inland, no doubt to include the famous ‘toboggan ride’ from Monte down to Livramento. The highlight of the day will come at midnight, when as well as ringing in 2014 in style on board Marco Polo, you will be in a perfect position to watch Funchal’s famous fireworks display. Day 11 ~ New Year’s Day No doubt today will be a quieter one, as Marco Polo turns for home. Day 12 ~ Leixoes This Portuguese port of Leixoes gives you the chance to step ashore, perhaps to join this afternoon’s excursion, to the historic city of Oporto, in its picture-postcard setting on the River Douro. The excursion will also include a visit to one of the Port wine lodges, and time for personal sightseeing which may include a cruise along the Douro, before you return to the ship. Days 13 14 A last two days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving memories of the cruise as you head back into the English Channel. Day 15 Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful festive cruise. epart :00 :00 :00 :00 :00 :00 :00 e by Sardinia Balearic Islands Sicily United Kingdom Russia Turkey Tunisia Switz. Neth. o Malta Lux. Italy d Greece Germany France Bel. Algeria BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­21 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  22. 22. Christmas Markets 2013 Ghent Amsterdam Departing December 15th – 4 Days A call for Marco Polo in the Port of Ghent brings the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of Belgium’s famously festive city, before the colourful sights of the Dutch capital complete a wonderful Yuletide break. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet22 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Christmas Markets 2013 Cruise Highlights • Two or Three nights to enjoy the first-class cuisine, entertainment and on-board amenities of Marco Polo, and to enjoy a taste of the joys of cruising at a very festive time of year • Visit some of Europe’s most colourful Christmas Markets, choosing between Ghent and Amsterdam or the “Diamond City” of Antwerp INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 25%! Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury Day One It’s a festive atmosphere all the way as Marco Polo sails from Tilbury. Day Two ~ Ghent Marco Polo calls at the port of Ghent, gateway to the exquisite city. Transfer into the city centre to the wonderful Christmas Market on the Baafsplein. Wander amongst the stalls and pick up a last-minute Christmas gift, before returning to the ship to enjoy dinner and entertainment till late. Day Three ~ Amsterdam Marco Polo arrives in Amsterdam, great city of canals, alive with festive cheer, from Museumplein’s ‘Christmas Square’ complete with ice-rink, to Dam Square’s illuminated tree and the shops and houses of the ancient Jordaan district. Soak up the Yuletide atmosphere, and of course the other attractions – the famous Rijksmuseum included - are open. Enjoy a final evening on board, as Marco Polo heads for home. Day Four Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury. Antwerp Departing December 18th – 3 Days This tremendous value break will be the perfect way to kick off the festive season, with a wonderful atmosphere on board Marco Polo, and a visit to one of northern Europe’s most sparkling gems. Day One Welcome Aboard! Enjoy all the festive magic of Marco Polo, as she sails from Tilbury late this afternoon. Day Two ~ Antwerp Belgium’s great port-city of Antwerp, the ‘Diamond Capital of the World’, truly sparkles at Christmas time, with the vast Grote Markt, the city’s main square, home to the largest of the Christmas markets with colourful stalls selling all manner of special treats – including of course delicious Belgian chocs. Don’t miss the giant Christmas trees that add to the wonderful atmosphere, and watch the skaters perfecting their turns on the rink next to the famous Brabo fountain. After a marvellous day, enjoy another evening’s festive entertainment and dinner on board. Day Three Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury. Cat 15 Dec 2013 Saver Fare 18 Dec 2013 Saver Fare DS 999 749 669 509 JS 889 669 599 449 DL 759 569 509 389 12 629 479 419 319 11 579 439 389 299 10 869 659 579 439 9 539 409 359 269 8 479 359 319 239 7 459 349 309 239 6 449 339 299 229 VF 399 299 269 199 5 669 509 449 339 4 449 339 299 229 3 399 299 269 209 2 359 269 239 179 1 329 249 219 169 VF 309 229 199 149 Supps 89 59 Deposit 100 75 Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London Tilbury, UK 17:00 2 Port of Ghent, Belgium 08:00 18:00 3 Amsterdam, Holland 08:00 17:00 4 London Tilbury, UK 08:00 Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London Tilbury, UK 17:00 2 Antwerp, Belgium 08:00 17:00 3 London Tilbury, UK 08:00 England Turkey Tunisia Egypt Syria Sweden n Poland Norway Netherlands Malta Lebanon Jordan Saud Italy Israel Ireland Ir Iceland Greece Germany Georgia France Finland Estonia Denmark Cyprus Armenia Algeria Wales Scotland Russia l l London Amsterdam l Antwerpl Ghent Day by day itinerary Day by day itinerary BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­22 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  23. 23. The Amazon West Indies A World Away from Winter Departing January 5th 2014, January 5th 2015 – 43 Days This truly extraordinary value, six-week voyage of discovery will take you from the grey of British winter into the heart of the vibrant, colourful Amazonian rainforest, and to some balmy, sun-kissed Caribbean isles. With calls in glorious Madeira, the fascinating Cape Verde Islands and the Azores, as well as learning a new skill, at this sensational price, this is a not- to-be-missed adventure of a lifetime. 23For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Day One Make your way to the London Cruise Terminal for embarkation today. Marco Polo sails early this evening as you get to know your new surroundings and enjoy your first night on board. Day Two ~ Amsterdam A call at Amsterdam – city of Rembrandt, ‘brown bars’ and canals – where some fellow adventurers come aboard. Days Three to Five The first leg of your cruise will give you the chance to acquaint yourselves with the Marco Polo’s many amenities, as you steam south and west. A special feature of this cruise is the chance learn a new skill from an expert in one of our ‘Super Craft’ sessions, which will take place throughout the voyage. Day Six ~ Lisbon A call is made at the historic Portuguese capital Lisbon, from where, as you are about to do, adventurers set out from the River Tagus in search of the New World, during the great Age of Discovery. A shore excursion today will introduce the city including the Alfarma district, where time seems to stand still. Day Seven A relaxing day is spent at sea, as Marco Polo cruises into the Atlantic. Day Eight ~ Funchal Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, a sun-blessed, lush, green sub- tropical paradise, home to one of the most vibrant and profound collections of exotic, colourful, flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a perfect, relaxing, captivating port of call. Don’t miss the truly wonderful Botanical Gardens, or the exhilaration of a traditional wickerwork ‘toboggan’ ride from Monte to Livramento! Day by day itinerary Vietnam Somoa Vanuatu United States United Kingdom Turkey Tunisia Tonga Thailand Sweden Spain Solomon Islands Russia Portugal Philippines Papua New Guinea Palau Norway New Zealand Neth. Morocco Mongolia Mexico Malta Malaysia Lux. Laos S. Korea N. Korea Japan Italy Ireland Indonesia Iceland Greenland Greece Germany France Finland Fiji Denmark Cyprus China Canada Cambodia Brunei Bel. Bahamas Australia Algeria Timor Leste (East Timor) Myanmar (Burma) l l l ll ll l l London Funchal MindeloCastries Santarem ll Lisbon Macapa Horta Ponta Delgado Amsterdam lManaus St Georges Bridgetown Parintins l îles du Salut Kingstown BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­23 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  24. 24. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet24 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY Days Nine Ten Marco Polo steams further into the Atlantic, heading for even warmer climes, as you rest and relax on board. Day 11 ~ Mindelo The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position in the mid-Atlantic. Marco Polo calls at the island of Sao Vicente, with its pretty capital Mindelo. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost, with its pretty houses, or perhaps take a trip inland. Days 12 to 16 ~ Crossing the Line! Relax and enjoy some more leisurely days at sea as Marco Polo heads further south towards Brazil and equatorial waters. Cross the equator, as excitement mounts with the ship’s imminent arrival in South America. Days 17 to 24 ~ Cruising the Amazon Relax and enjoy the extraordinary journey up – and down – this fabled lazy river, enjoying the comfort of the ship’s air- conditioned lounges and the on-board amenities as Marco Polo makes her stately way towards Manaus, before turning round once more to cruise toward the ocean. Throughout this fascinating journey, there will be opportunities to head ashore by tender to discover a world surrounded by the equatorial forests, perhaps catching glimpses of colourful bird-life in the canopy, and learning about the harsh lives of the Amazonian populace or the startling – by contrast – sophistication of some of the larger settlements. Fast-growing Santarém, the Amazon’s third largest city, lies at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Tapajós, and from the city’s waterfront promenade the rivers’ different coloured waters merging is a memorable sight. Head ashore, or take advantage of the optional excursions, which may include a visit to the giant hardwood trees of the region’s fiercely protected primary forests. Highlights of the journey will also include the traditional ‘stilted’ villages of Alter do Chão and Boca da Valeria, with its stalls selling local handicrafts, and a fascinating counter to Marco Polo’s gleaming luxuries. In Manaus, where Marco Polo will moor overnight, in stark contrast to a river-scape of thick vegetation and occasional Indian villages, you’ll discover a city of some 1.7 million inhabitants, the greatest glory of which is the monumental Teatro Amazonas Opera House, built with the riches of the rubber industry. The capital of the delta region of Amapá, Santana for Macapá, lies on the equator, and there’s an opportunity to stand astride the imaginary line at the Zero Line Monument, which lies just a couple of miles from the fortified, Portuguese city. The increasing – and pleasantly reviving – sea breezes of the vast delta hint at the proximity of the Ocean, and soon after leaving Macapa in her wake, Marco Polo heads out into the Atlantic, turning north, leaving you with memories of a wonderful few days that will stay with you forever. Day 25 Another day is spent at sea, enjoying life on board and hopefully sunny skies. Day 26 ~ îles du Salut A call is made at French Guiana’s Île du Diable, or ‘Devil’s Island’ some 18 Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London Tilbury 17:00 2 Amsterdam, Holland 09:30 18:00 3-5 At Sea 6 Lisbon, Portugal 07:30 20:00 7 At Sea 8 Funchal, Madeira 07:30 14:00 9-10 At Sea 11 Mindelo, C. Verde 08:00 18:00 12-16At Sea 17 Santarem, Brazil 09:00 18:00 18 Boca da Valeria, Brazil Œ 09:00 18:00 19 Manaus, Brazil 13:00 20 Manaus, Brazil 17:30 21 Parintins, Brazil Œ 12:00 18:00 22 Alter do Cháo, Brazil Œ 09:00 17:00 23 Almeirim, Brazil Œ 12:00 19:00 24 Santana/Macapa, Brazil 08:00 18:00 25 At Sea 26 îles du Salut, French Guiana 08:00 14:00 27 At Sea 28 St George’s, Grenada 13:00 22:00 29 Kingstown, St Vincent 07:00 22:00 30 Castries, St Lucia 07:00 22:00 31 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00 20:00 32-36At Sea 37 Horta, Azores 13:30 20:30 38 Ponta Delgada, Azores 08:00 39-42At Sea 02:00 43 London, Tilbury, UK 07:00 Œ Indicates ports where shore arrangements will be made by ship’s tender. BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­24 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  25. 25. 25For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY treacherous kilometres from the mainland, and – until 1947 – a French penal colony made infamous by serial escapee Henri Charrière’s Papillon. Spend some time exploring this barren place, with its cells converted into a rudimentary hotel, or visit the beautiful white-sand beach – a taste of Caribbean pleasures to come that were denied the island’s previous inhabitants. Day 27 All the delights of cruising are yours to savour, as Marco Polo continues her journey north. Day 28 ~ St George’s The gorgeous ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada is famed for its nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, as well as countless other flavourings. Marco Polo’s call here this afternoon will give you the opportunity to stroll off some calories in the attractive British colonial capital St George’s, as you explore the maze of streets that leads from the horseshoe-shaped harbour, the Carenage. Other excursions will offer chances to discover the island’s rain-forested interior and its two – Windward and Leeward – scenic coasts. Day 29 ~ Kingstown St Vincent, the principal island of the Grenadines group, is dominated in the north by La Soufrière, a still-active volcano, and in charming Kingstown has a bustling capital, where life is lived at an unusually hectic pace for this beautiful part of the world. Visitors of course are much more relaxed! After a day’s exploration, there’s a chance to enjoy some Caribbean hospitality before Marco Polo sails this evening. Day 30 ~ Castries Today Marco Polo visits the tropical island paradise that is mountainous St Lucia, where the twin peaks of the ‘Pitons’ are amongst the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks, calling at the thriving capital, Castries. Enjoy the vibrant Creole atmosphere and hustle and bustle of this typically West Indian settlement, or venture further afield to explore this scenic wonderland. Day 31 ~ Bridgetown Discover Barbados, the most British of the Caribbean isles. The bustling, colourful capital Bridgetown, with its colourful markets and famous Kensington Oval cricket ground, lies close to exquisite beaches, backed by some famously swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore- side restaurants. With the laid back Bajan emphasis on enjoying life to the full, Barbados ranks high on the list of highlights of this wonderful cruise, and is a fitting final Caribbean port of call before Marco Polo begins her homeward journey. Day 32 – 36 ~ Atlantic Crossing! Enjoy all the delights of life on board Marco Polo as she steams back east towards the ‘Old World’. BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­25 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  26. 26. To book please call 0843 316 1160 or see the enclosed leaflet26 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY The Amazon West Indies Cruise Highlights • Escape the grey of the British winter and sail to the sun! • Enjoy two Atlantic crossings and plenty of time to rest and relax on board! • Call at historic Lisbon, starting point for many a voyage to the New World • Discover the Cape Verde Isles on your outbound transatlantic leg • Cruise the magnificent River Amazon, a colourful world away • Visit Papillon’s remote and forbidding ‘Devil’s Island’ • Discover and explore four gorgeous Caribbean idylls – the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada, bustling St Vincent, tropical paradise St Lucia and cricket-mad Barbados • Enjoy calls at two islands in the Azores archipelago on your homeward journey • First-class cuisine, entertainment and all the amenities of Marco Polo to enjoy throughout the cruise • Learn about Amazon, Journalism Maritime History from our on-board lecturers • Discover a new skill from an expert on this Super Craft cruise INCREDIBLE CRUISE SALE! Book by 31st July 2013 to take advantage of our tremendous value ‘Saver Fares’ BOOK NOWAND SAVE UP TO 20%! Prices per person £ Sterling Sailing from Tilbury Day 37 ~ Horta, Azores Marco Polo makes landfall once again in the tiny mid-Atlantic outpost of the Azores, tying up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabeçao Gordo, from where the views of the island and the surrounding archipelago are truly breathtaking. Day 38 ~ Ponta Delgada The second of Marco Polo’s Azores calls is in Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of Sao Miguel, the largest of the island group. There’ll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic sailors for centuries. Day 39 to 42 The final leg of this wonderful adventure begins, as Marco Polo steams back into the Western Approaches and the familiar waters of the English Channel. Cat Cabin Type Price Saver Fare DS De Luxe Suite 12089 9679 JS Junior Suite 10749 8599 DL De Luxe 9139 7319 12 Premium Twin 7529 6029 11 Superior Plus Twin 6989 5599 10 Single 10479 8389 9 Superior Twin 6449 5159 8 Standard Plus Twin 5779 4629 7 Standard Twin 5509 4409 6 Standard Twin 5379 4309 Voyager Fare Standard Twin 5369 4299 5 Single (Inner) 8059 6449 4 Premium Twin (Inner) 5379 4309 3 Superior Twin (Inner) 4839 3879 2 Standard Plus Twin (Inner) 4299 3439 1 Standard Twin (Inner) 3899 3119 Voyager Fare Standard Twin (Inner) 3749 2999 Supplements (3rd 4th Berth) 1259 Deposit per person 525 Day 43 Marco Polo arrives home this morning. Bid farewell to the ship and your fellow travellers, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of a simply enthralling voyage of many discoveries, and even more happy memories. BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­26 04/06/2013­­­14:33
  27. 27. The Northern Lights Departing February 16th, March 2nd 16th 2014, February 16th March 2nd 2015 – 15 Days Marco Polo cruises north along Norway’s fjord- and island-dotted coastline, in search of the mysterious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, the celestial phenomenon that has bewitched, enchanted and entranced generations, and which is truly one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring sights. 27For cabin information and a deck plan see pages 54-59 MARCOPOLO–SAILINgFROMTILBURY he y ries. Day One Welcome Aboard! Make your way to the London Cruise Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your first night on board. Day Two ~ Amsterdam The morning is spent in Amsterdam, with its canals, flower markets and famous museums. Step ashore to explore the bustling Dutch city, or perhaps take an excursion into the surrounding reclaimed ‘polderland’ of windmills and low-lying farms. Day Three Enjoying the atmosphere on board, and get to know Marco Polo and your fellow passengers, as the ship begins her journey north. Day Four ~ Ålesund You’ll arrive today in the port of Ålesund, with its natural harbours lined by pastel- painted, gabled and turreted buildings, resembling more of a fantasy movie-set rather than a working town. Colourful Art Deco houses are a feature of the main pedestrianised street, Kongens gate, while close by the Sunnmøre Museum is a truly impressive heritage centre, with some sixty timber-framed buildings giving a detailed insight into life in this part of the world through the ages, and a fine collection of ancient and replica boats, from Viking long- ships to kayaks. This evening Marco Polo threads her way through the islands that dot this beautiful coastline. Day Five ~ Svartisen Glacier Another very special day awaits, as Marco Polo heads into magnificent Holandsfjord, just above the Arctic Circle, cruising gently across still waters to the unforgettable sight of the mighty Svartisen Glacier, whose tentacles reach down to just 20 metres above sea level. The sight of the blue-white ice moving imperceptibly down the valley is one of the most arresting of the whole trip. As Marco Polo steams further north, there’s the ever-increasing chance that the night sky might provide a first glimpse of celestial wonders, and that, weather- permitting, the phenomenon that has been witnessed by millions down the ages – actually a bombardment of the earth’s polar atmosphere by electrons carried on ‘solar winds’, and producing fantastical green and bluish displays – might be viewed from late afternoon. Day Six ~ Narvik The friendly port and ski-resort (it is possible to ski down almost to the water’s edge) of Narvik, which is also a legendary rail terminus, and was the site of fierce WWII battles on land and at sea, welcomes Marco Polo today. Take the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to catch the cable car to the heights of Fagernesfjellet mountain for some truly spectacular views. Days Seven Eight ~ Alta Marco Polo spends two days at our northernmost port of call at remote Alta, with the opportunity not only to sky-gaze at your leisure, but also to explore the Arctic Day by day itinerary Cruise itinerary Day Port Arrive Depart 1 London, Tilbury, UK 17:00 2 Amsterdam, Holland 09:30 14:00 3 Relaxing Day At Sea 4 Ålesund, Norway 12:00 17:00 5 Svartisen Glacier 6 Narvik, Norway 08:00 18:00 7 Alta, Norway 12:00 8 Alta, Norway 18:00 9 Tromsø, Norway 08:00 17:00 10 Sortland, Norway 09:30 20:00 11 At Sea 12 Åndalsnes, Norway 09:00 17:00 13 Bergen, Norway 09:00 18:00 14 At Sea 15 London, Tilbury, UK 08:00 Svartisen Glacier is ‘viewing only’and timings are approximate. Times based on March 2 16 departure. England Tunisia Egypt Sweden Spain Portugal Poland Norway Netherlands Morocco Malta Italy Ireland Iceland Greece Germany France Finland Estonia Denmark Algeria Wales Scotland Russia l l l l l l l Bergen Amsterdam Ålsesund Åndalsnes Sortland Narvik Tromsø Alta l l London BOOK_OCEAN­CRUISE­MAY13.indb­­­27 04/06/2013­­­14:33

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