Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira

Marco Polo

Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Overview

Departs: 22 December 2019

15 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Bristol Avonmouth

What's Included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Cruise
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Exclusive Offer

*Please Note: Gratuities are £7 per person per night debited to your onboard account.*

Ports of call

Bristol • Christmas Day at sea • Gibraltar • Arrecife, Lanzarote • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria • Funchal, Madeira (overnight) Land by launch or tender • Lisbon, Portugal • Cobh for Cork, Rep. of Ireland • Bristol Avonmouth

EXCLUSIVE Added Value Offers

Choose from:

  • Up to £180 pp FREE Excursion Voucher

OR

  • Up to £180 pp David Urquhart Sky Travel Voucher OR Transport Allowance

OR

  • Premium Upgrade from £10pppn - Premium Upgrade Includes: • All Inclusive bar drinks • Service charges & gratuities • Confirmed seating in restaurant • Priority cabin upgrade option** • Welcome bottle of Bon Voyage wine • Up to 50% off premium beverages

**Cabin upgrade subject to availability

Day 1

Depart Bristol Avonmouth (PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 4

At Sea (including Christmas Day)

 

 

Days 5

Gibraltar

Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea.
In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain.
A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, Gibraltar was named Jebel al-Tarik by the Moorish General Tarik who landed there in 711 AD.
See the famous Barbary apes that occupy the island as well as St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels or admire the view to Africa from a cable car.

Day 6

At Sea

 

 

Day 7

Arrecife, Lanzarote

A city with maritime roots, Arrecife first appeared on maps in the 15th century as a small fishing harbour. It has since 1852 been the capital of Lanzarote, the northernmost and fourth largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Lanzarote, which lies just four degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, is volcanic in origin. Arrecife’s Calle Leon y Castila has a wealth of shops and is an opportunity for duty free shopping.

Day 8

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide in the central mountain range and several spectacular valleys covered with lush landscape, banana plantations and pinewoods. Santa Cruz, the island's capital, offers a number of museums, and churches to explore together with tempting shops and restaurants. The exotic gardens of Garcia Sanabria Park are worth a visit as is Loro Parque, with its tropical gardens, collection of parrots, and an aquarium with sharks, sealions and penguins.

 

Day 9

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

With its sub-tropical climate, coastal valleys, beautiful sandy beaches and mountainous peaks, Gran Canaria is a firm favourite with visitors from all over Europe. Head to the historic centre of Vegueta, steeped in traditional architecture and historical buildings which have been standing for over 500 years. 

Days 10 - 11

Funchal, Madeira (overnight) Anchor Icon

Set in a magnificent natural amphitheatre overlooking a wide bay, Funchal is the delightful capital of the beautiful and dramatic island of Madeira. The harbour is right in the centre of town and as you approach the sight of whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountain is spectacular. A modern cable car soars above the bustling city to Monte, which is the start of Madeira’s famous wicker toboggan ride. Wicker baskets, embroidery and the famous Madeira wine are popular souvenirs from the striking island often described as the ‘floating garden of the Atlantic’.

Day 12

At Sea

 

 

Day 13

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, is home to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, 25th April Bridge and Monument of the Discoveries. Wander through the maze of narrow streets in the delightful Alfama district and ride one of the famous old trams.

Days 14 - 15

At Sea 

 

Day 16

Arrive Bristol Avonmouth (AM)

 

Welcome aboard Marco Polo

At a glance....

  • 2 restaurants
  • 5 bars and lounges
  • wellness centre
  • card room and library
  • swimming pool
  • 3 whirlpools

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.

There is a good selection of comfortable cabin accommodation ranging from standard to deluxe with 70% of cabins on board the Marco Polo cruise ship having an ocean view. Category options are priced generally according to position, size and facilities.

For the enjoyment of our adult passengers Marco Polo cruises operate as ‘child free’. This means that even during school holiday times you can enjoy the pleasures of cruising in the company of adult passengers only. We will however accept teenagers who are 16 years old or above at the time of sailing but they must be accompanied by adult passengers. Families will however be welcome to cruise aboard Discovery although it should be noted that there are no dedicated recreation facilities for children.

Restaurants

  • Waldorf Restaurant: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: 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 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!

Bars and Lounges

  • Palm Garden: Settle down and enjoy wonderful panoramic ocean views in the relaxing Palm Garden
  • Columbus Lounge: Relax 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. To start your evening you might opt for a pre-dinner drink here and enjoy a few of your favourite melodies played by our resident pianist.
  • Marco Polo Lounge: After dinner the show team would enjoy the pleasure of your company in the comfortable theatre-style Marco Polo Lounge as our artists display their talents in a snappily choreographed revue or colourful floorshow – all you need to do is just sit back and enjoy.
  • 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.

Entertainment

Our ships have some great entertainment on board, from show teams to pianists to disco. Why not start your evening with a pre-dinner drink and enjoy some of your favourite melodies? Our resident musicians invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy conversation with new friends about another wonderful day ashore.

Leisure Facilities

Marco Polo offers a traditional maritime experience in cosy surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Watch Marco Polo on The Travel Channel's Cruise Today and see for yourself.

Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering two sitting dining or the more informal Marco’s Restaurant. There are five lounge areas including the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities. Out on deck, there’s a swimming pool, three whirlpools and a traditional walk around promenade.

Other Facilities

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. How about a few hands of cards in the Nansen Card Room? Or immerse yourself in a good book from the well stocked Livingston Library. Then, browse through the shopping arcade and photo gallery for a few memories to take home of your time on board Marco Polo.

Out on Deck

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.

 

 

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 20,080 GRT
Length 176.3 m
Beam (width) 77.4 m
Speed 16.5 knots
Decks 8
Lifts 4
Cabins 425
Cruise passengers 800
Crew and staff International
Electrical current 110v/220v
Registry Bahamas