Grand British Isles Discovery

Marco Polo

Grand British Isles Discovery Overview

Departs: 01 April 2019

11 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Bristol Avonmouth

What's included

Price Includes:

  • Cruise
  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • All port & passenger taxes
  • Baggage Allowance

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

Ports of call

Bristol Avonmouth • St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly ⚓ • Honfleur, France • Newcastle, England • Invergordon, Scotland • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands • Stornoway, Outer Hebrides ⚓ • Tobermory, Isle of Mull ⚓ • Belfast, N.Ireland • Douglas, Isle of Man ⚓ • Bristol Avonmouth

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  • Up to £120 FREE Excursion Voucher

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  • 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 (AM)

  

Day 2

St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly ⚓


Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

Day 3

Honfleur, France

Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

Day 4

At Sea

 

 

Day 5

Newcastle, England

 

Day 6

Invergordon, Scotland

Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. The small, yet modern town is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields featuring in optional excursions along with the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness. Other popular options include the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster.

Day 7

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands 


The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

 

 

Day 8

Stornoway, Outer Hebrides ⚓


Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The charming town is situated around a bustling harbour and has a range of local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The traditional ways of life are still very much in evidence and the beautiful Isle of Lewis is considered the heartland of the Gaelic culture. It is also home to some of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch.

Day 9

Tobermory, Isle of Mull ⚓


Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.

Day 10

Belfast, Northern Ireland


Samson and Goliath are much-loved landmarks soaring above Belfast’s skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Northern Ireland’s capital firmly on the map. Housed in an iconic, state-of-the-art, 6-storey building, Titanic Belfast relives the city’s golden era and traces the story of the ill-fated liner built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. The extraordinary Giant’s Causeway is a popular excursion from this city with omnipresent Irish charm.

Day 11

Douglas, Isle of Man ⚓

 


Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.

Day 12

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