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Departure Date: 23rd March 2020

Duration: 14 nights

Cruise Line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise Ship: Marco Polo

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  • Award-Winning Cuisine
  • Casino
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa

Itinerary

  • 23rd March 2020

    Cobh

    Cork City’s nearby harbor district has seen plenty of history. Cork Harbour’s draws include Fota Island—with an arboretum, a wildlife park, and the Fota House ancestral estate—and the fishing port of Cobh.

  • 24th March 2020

    Avonmouth

  • 25th March 2020

    At Sea

  • 26th March 2020

    La Coruña

    La Coruña, the largest city in Spain’s Galicia region, is among the country’s busiest ports. The remote Galicia area is tucked into the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, surprising visitors with its green and misty countryside that is so much unlike other parts of Spain. The name “Galicia” is Celtic in origin, for it was the Celts who occupied the region around the 6th-century BC and erected fortifications. La Coruña was already considered an important port under the Romans. They were followed by an invasion of Suevians, Visigoths and, much later in 730, the Moors. It was after Galicia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Asturias that the epic saga of the Pilgrimage to Santiago (St. James) began. From the 15th century, overseas trade developed rapidly; in 1720, La Coruña was granted the privilege of trading with America – a right previously only held by Cadiz and Seville. This was the great era when adventurous men voyaged to the colonies and returned with vast riches. Today,

  • 27th March 2020

    At Sea

  • 28th March 2020

    At Sea

  • 29th March 2020

    Horta, Azores

    Set on the five-sided island of Faial, Horta is decorated with a colourful cacophony of artworks, which have been daubed across its concrete marina by visitors from around the globe. Left behind by sailors, they tell thrilling stories of life on the high seas. Sitting in the midst of the vast Atlantic, 1,100 miles away from the Portuguese mainland, Horta is the ideal pit-stop for yachts traversing the Atlantic, and one of the world’s most visited marinas. The tapered, imposing peak of the Pico volcano, on neighbouring Pico Island, provides a glorious backdrop to the jostling yacht masts of the marina. For the ultimate view, however, you’ll need to head up to Faial’s own volcanic treasure – Caldeira. Look out from this colossal crater, to absorb the extraordinary views, and a demonstration of a volcano’s ability to create as well as destroy. The crater is a natural reserve that blooms with wildflowers and lush green scenery, and scattered sky-blue hydrangeas. Flowers spread colour right

  • 30th March 2020

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Offering solace on the long journey across the Atlantic, Ponta Delgada is the Azores Islands’ largest city, and a welcome relief for any weary sailor. Located on an archipelago of Portuguese islands, some 1,100 miles from the mainland, you can explore humbling volcanic scenery, as well as Sao Miguel’s verdant landscape – which glows with colour when the hydrangeas that the Azores are known for bloom into life during the summer months. The striking black and white facade of the Church of Sao Jose welcomes you to the city itself, while you can head to the markets to pick up the pineapples, tea leaves and coffee beans that add a little flavour to the island. As the largest city of the Azores, Ponta Delgada is well stocked with places to eat delicious local seafood, or pick up a little shopping, as you enjoy setting your feet on dry land, following a long journey at sea. Volcanic firepower has carved these stunning islands, and a journey up to Caldeira das Sete Cidades is a must do, where

  • 31st March 2020

    At Sea

  • 1st April 2020

    Funchal, Madeira

    Formed by a volcanic eruption, Madeira lies in the Gulf Stream, about 500 miles due west of Casablanca. Discovered by Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco in 1419, this beautiful island became part of Portugal’s vast empire and was named for the dense forest which cloaked it – ‘Madeira’ means ‘wood’ in Portuguese. Sugar plantations first brought wealth here, and when King Charles II of England granted an exclusive franchise to sell wine to England and its colonies, many British emigrants were drawn to the capital, Funchal. Today’s travellers come to Madeira for the varied and luxuriant scenery, from mountain slopes covered with vines to picturesque villages and a profusion of wild flowers. The natural beauty of the island has earned it many pseudonyms such as ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, ‘The Island of Eternal Springtime’ and ‘God’s Botanical Gardens’ and our selection of excursions aim to show you why.

  • 2nd April 2020

    At Sea

  • 3rd April 2020

    Lisbon

    Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is a city famous for its majestic architecture, old wooden trams, Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history. Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio. Today there are distinct modern and ancient sections, combining great shopping with culture and sightseeing in the Old Town, built on the city’s terraced hillsides. The distance between the ship and your tour vehicle may vary. This distance is not included in the excursion grades.

  • 4th April 2020

    At Sea

  • 5th April 2020

    At Sea

  • 6th April 2020

    Cobh

    Cork City’s nearby harbor district has seen plenty of history. Cork Harbour’s draws include Fota Island—with an arboretum, a wildlife park, and the Fota House ancestral estate—and the fishing port of Cobh.

Ship Information

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Ship Facilities
Dining
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Launched
1965
Tonnage
22080
Length
176.0
Total Crew
356
Occupancy
800

Offering a wide range of public spaces and facilities, Marco Polo is perfect for those who want to experience traditional cruising. The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of public facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro.

There are five main lounge areas. The Magellan Deck offers the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge; the elegant Captain’s Club, a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist; relaxing Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views; and the stylish Columbus Lounge where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink. Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal spot for night owls.

The 22,080grt Bahamian flagged Marco Polo cruise ship with her handsome traditional profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull is a classic ocean liner. She can accommodate up to 800 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience. The ms Marco Polo is fully stabilised and air conditioned and has eight passenger decks serviced by three main lobbies and four lifts.

Standard Twin (Inner)

Located on Caribic and Baltic decks, these smaller have two lower beds, a bathroom with shower and WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

Standard Plus Twin (Inner)

Comprising two lower beds, there are four of these slightly larger cabins on Caribic Deck, whilst the majority are situated on Baltic & Atlantic Decks. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Six of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

Superior Twin (Inner)

Most cabins are located throughout Pacific Deck but there are six slightly smaller cabins situated on Amundsen Deck and they all comprise two lower beds, a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

Premium Twin (Inner)

The most spacious inner cabins can be found on the Pacific, Amundsen & Columbus Decks. They comprise of two lower beds but the majority of cabins in this grade can also offer accommodation for a third or fourth passenger in additional Pullman berths. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 631 and 655 on Amundsen Deck are specifically equipped for wheelchair passengers with mobility limitations and their compamions.

Single (Inner)

Two of these comfortable cabins are on Caribic Deck and three are located on the Columbus Deck. Each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. They are particularly well suited to the single traveller.

Standard Twin (Ocean View)

Facilities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

Standard Plus Twin (Ocean View)

This grade of cabins extends over three decks with larger cabins found on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, and the more compact located on the higher Atlantic Deck. Most cabins have two portholes although some have only one. and each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. A number of the lower deck cabins have additional berths for a third or fourth occupant.

Superior Twin (Ocean View)

These cabins are situated on the higher Amundsen & Columbus Decks and whilst they have windows rather than portholes, some, primarily on Columbus Deck, have obstructed sightlines and these are indicated by the circle symbol on the deckplan. In addition some of the cabins on Amundsen Deck have limited wardrobe space. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Two of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

Single (Ocean View)

Ten outside twin bed cabins, deemed as particularly suitable for sole occupancy, have been selected on Pacific and Amundsen Decks for single travellers. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 656 and 661 have partially obstructed views.

Superior Plus Twin (Ocean View)

There are six cabins situated forward on Amundsen Deck whilst the remainder of the Superior Plus accommodation is located in the forward and after sections of Pacific Deck. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

Premium Twin (Ocean View)

These spacious premium cabins are primarily located in the midships section of Pacific Deck and here most twin bed cabins (except 432 & 433) can convert to a Queen Size bed. Cabins 549, 605 and 606 have double beds only and cannot be converted to twins. There are also two forward cabins on Amundsen Deck and three forward cabins on Columbus Deck. The remaining cabins of this grade are on Navigator, the highest passenger deck, but have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats. Each cabin has a large window, in many cases two; as well as a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

De Luxe (Ocean View)

There are eight De Luxe cabins, two of which are situated on Pacific (twin bedded) and six located on Navigator Deck (Queen Size bed). They benefit from large windows and comprise an integral sitting area, a bathroom with bath, shower & WC, a refrigerator, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins on Navigator Deck (pictured) have partially obstructed views.

Junior Suite (Ocean View)

There are just four Junior Suites: two each on the Pacific & the Columbus decks. These delightful cabins have twin beds, which can convert to Queen Size, an integral sitting area, a marble bathroom with bath, shower and WC, a refrigerator, walk-in wardrobe and plenty of drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. All four Junior Suites have windows although cabins 811 and 812 have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats.

De Luxe Suite (Ocean View)

Pamper yourself with one of our two impressive De Luxe Suites that offer stylish accommodation and provide an elegant retreat in a prime position on the Columbus Deck. The bedroom offers a King size bed, a walk-in wardrobe, ample storage space and a mirrored dressing table, whilst the marble bathroom has a bath, shower and WC. In the separate living room there is comfortable seating, a TV and a DVD and other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Choose between the Mandarin Suite (706) on the port side or the Dynasty Suite (703) on the starboard side of Columbus Deck.

Caribic Deck 4
Caribic Deck 4
Baltic Deck 5
Baltic Deck 5
Atlantic Deck 6
Atlantic Deck 6
Pacific Deck 7
Pacific Deck 7
Magellan Deck 8
Magellan Deck 8
Amundsen Deck 9
Amundsen Deck 9
Columbus Deck 10
Columbus Deck 10
Navigator Deck 11
Navigator Deck 11

Entertainment

Marco Polo Lounge

After dinner the show team would enjoy the pleasure of your company in the comfortable theatre-style Marco Polo Lounge as their artists display their talents in a snappily choreographed revue or colourful floorshow – all you need to do is just sit back and enjoy.

Following the great success of many guest acts from the field of comedy Cruise & Maritime Voyages have launched ‘A Laugh on the Ocean Waves’ where, on selected cruises, you are invited to enjoy the talents of one of their guest comedians. Laughter is the best medicine so enjoy the talents of their comedy acts with their dedicated evening shows, hear them talk about their life experience and listen to their Comedy Corner interviews with the Cruise Director.

Boutiques

Browse through the shopping arcade and photo gallery for a few memories to take home of your time onboard Marco Polo.

Palm Garden and Columbus Lounge

Why not settle down and enjoy wonderful panoramic ocean views in the relaxing Palm Garden, or in a secluded corner of the delightful Columbus Lounge where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink.

Captain's Club

At the very heart of Marco Polo is the stylish Captain’s Club, a popular place to meet fellow passengers.

Scotts Bar

Scotts Bar is an ideal spot for evening entertainment and late night dancing for the night owls! Located on Amundsen Deck, Scotts has direct access to the outside and a view of the pool deck below.

Internet Cafe & Facilities

Internet connection is available from the terminals in the Internet Café, located near the Beauty Salon on Columbus Deck. A Wi-Fi system is available on Magellan Deck whereby there is a Wireless Hotspot access point in the Reception area and close to the lounges. Charges vary dependent on whether you choose to ‘pay as you go’ or purchase a package of so many minutes worth of connection time. This service is dependent on the ship’s satellite link and in areas such as the Fjords transmission is very intermittent.

Card Room

If you’d like to play bridge, backgammon, chess or another activity, simply have a word with the Librarian. After a brief sign-up session you are then put in touch with other passengers who share the same interests, allowing you to make the most of your time aboard. It’s never forced – just helpful.

Health & Fitness

Jade Wellness Centre

The beautifully appointed Jade Wellness Centre is nature’s secret of well being on the Marco Polo. It offers hairdressing & beauty treatments, fitness and exercise equipment, and sauna and massage facilities. Why not indulge yourself with life’s most perfect gifts: relaxation, invigoration and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a spa package and design your own special day. Treatments and prices are subject to change.

Swimming Pool and Promenade

There is an outdoor swimming pool plus three whirlpools and, in keeping with her heritage, the Amundsen Deck offers a traditional walk around promenade for that daily exercise or romantic stroll before you decide to call it a night.

Hair & Beauty

Hair styling for ladies and gentlemen, manicure, pedicure and a variety of relaxing massage therapies are available on board at the Jade Wellness Centre. It is recommended to book your appointments early to avoid disappointment. Meet the experienced personal for a complimentary consultation to select the services most suites to you. A list of services can be found in your cabin, opening hours are noted in the Daily Programme. All services are charged to your on board account.

Fitness Centre

There is an attractive Fitness Centre located on Columbus Deck, which offers a range of exercise machines and has nearby Sauna and Massage rooms. Passengers should take great care when utilising the various pieces of equipment, as participation is entirely at their own risk.

With attentive staff and beautiful cuisine, Marco Polo is a great platform to broaden your gastronomic tastes. From the Waldorf Restaurant to the Pool Deck, there’s plenty of choice including casual and fine dining options.

Waldorf Restaurant

Experience: complimentary

Food: varies

Our maitre’d and his attentive waiting staff will welcome you to the elegant Waldorf Restaurant where you can opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely five-course lunch and enjoy a delightful dinner every day of your cruise. Whilst breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the restaurant on an open seating basis, two fixed time sittings are operated for dinner in the evening.

Marco's Restaurant

Experience: complimentary

Food: buffet

As a casual alternative, the light and airy Marco’s Restaurant is open every day for buffet style breakfast, lunches and dinner. Here informality is the key and you can feel free to drop in without any ceremony.

The Pool Deck

Experience: complimentary

Food: buffet

The Pool Deck lends itself particularly well to al fresco meals so a buffet breakfast or lunch from Marco’s can be served up with a complimentary ocean view.

Dress Code

During the day, attitudes are very relaxed and informality is the key. Casual clothing is quite sufficient during the days at sea and for time spent ashore. On certain shore excursions and at some religious sites, discretion should be used so as not to cause inadvertent offence with inappropriate clothing. Advice will be given onboard in such cases. Every day, the Daily Programme suggests, as a guide, a mode of dress for that particular evening’s events. Generally there are two ‘formal’ or gala nights planned on each cruise when many gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, although a lounge suit is quite acceptable. The ladies on these occasions have a chance to dress up and often opt for evening or cocktail dresses. On evenings proposed as ‘informal’, a suit or smart jacket and trousers, with or without a tie, for the men is suggested and the ladies have further opportunities to look elegant in a cocktail dress, trouser suits and stylish coordinates. A ‘casual’ recommendation often covers evenings spent in port or when a special event such as a deck party is scheduled. In these cases, the choice of dress is left entirely to you.

Disabled Facilities

If you or one of your travelling companions has a mobility limitation or special needs, it is essential that you contact Cruise & Maritime Voyages' office to allow them to discuss your requirements before you make a booking. Firstly though, please read the panel headed ‘Maritime Passenger Rights’ within the Booking Conditions on page 65 as this contains important information. In the interests of safety, and in order to ascertain whether you or members of the party travelling with you have specific mobility or other special needs, you will be asked a series of questions. The answers to these will enable them to determine that you, any other person in your booking, and any equipment that you or they are intending to bring onboard can be carried safely for the duration of your cruise. This will then be confirmed in writing to you, and will enable your booking to proceed. A cruise is quite unlike a land based holiday and the ships the Cruise & Maritime fleet are not ideally suited to prospective passengers in wheelchairs or those who have limited mobility. It should be noted that the layout of the ship could considerably restrict such passengers’ movement around the vessel and indeed preclude access to some of the ports of call, where gangway conditions are not conducive or passengers are conveyed ashore by tender. At anchorage ports, access to or from the tenders or launches requires a certain level of mobility which is necessary to manage the steps to the tender platform and to physically board and disembark from the vessel. It should therefore be noted that, on safety grounds, those with restricted mobility may be unable to go ashore at such ports.

Special Dietary Requirements

If you, or a member of your party, have a particular dietary requirement, the restaurants are able to offer the following dietary options: Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Low Salt and Vegetarian Meals. If you have not done so at the time of booking, please advise any requirements no later than two weeks prior to departure. Kosher and Halal meals are available but only if requested at least 6 weeks prior to sailing.

Adult Only

Marco Polo is a child-free ship, although teenagers of 16 years of age and above that are accompanying adult passengers are welcome on board. However, it should be noted that there are no dedicated recreational facilities for teenagers.

Special Gift Packages

The Celebration Package (£179) includes

  • A Candlelit Dinner for Two - including a bottle of House Wine
  • A Cocktail in he Captain's Club for Two
  • A Champagne Breakfast
  • A £50 voucher for the boutique
  • A Portrait Photograph
The Wine Package (£85) includes
  • Two bottles of Pinot Griogio white wine
  • Two bottles of Montepulciano D'Ambruzzo red wine
  • One bottle of Bardolino Chiaretto rosé wine
  • Ten bottles of mineral water (still or sparkling)
The Captain's Collection (£75) includes 
  • Bottle of Henkel Trocken
  • Sparkling wine & fruits
  • Bottle of Pinot Grigio white wine & cheese
  • Bottle of Sancerre white wine & salmon canapés
  • Two mini Grand Marnier & petit fours
  • Chocolate fruits
  • Selection of canapés
  • Selection of vegetable sticks with dip

CMV Additions Packages

Take your pick from a selection of four superb onboard packages and enjoy some great pre-sail savings too! 

To enable you to budget for any extra costs, we are offering a selection of four superb value onboard package options that include service charges, gratuities and other additions. Savings are available on these packages when booked and paid for before your cruise, so we highly recommend that you take full advantage of these packages. 

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