Sailing from Newcastle
*Please Note: Gratuities are £7 per person per night debited to your onboard account.*
Newcastle • Aberdeen • Belfast, N. Ireland • Ringaskiddy for Cork, Ireland • St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly ⚓ • St. Peter Port, Guernsey ⚓ • Portsmouth • Cruising River Seine • Rouen, France • Honfleur, France • Newcastle, England
Up to £60 per person Transport Allowance
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.
Ringaskiddy is a port in County Cork, in the south of Ireland, and is a gateway to the Republic of Ireland’s second city - Cork, located approximately 10 miles away. Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s most fashionable cities. Cork has become the shopping, commercial and cultural capital of the south with a unique character and agreeable continental air. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, Cork still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town.
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.
For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.
A dynamic and vibrant waterfront city, Portsmouth is an irresistible mix of history and heritage. The city is home to one of the most important naval bases in the United Kingdom and the Historic Dockyard reveals 800 years of naval history. The Mary Rose Museum, and the famous warships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior further illustrate Portsmouth’s rich maritime history. On June 6th 1944 a massive military task force set out from England to the shores of Normandy. Find out more about the invasion that marked the beginning of the end in the marvellous D-Day Museum.
Lying some 75 miles from the Seine estuary, Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy. Victor Hugo called Rouen ‘the city of a hundred spires’. Its Old Town is a delightful maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with fine half-timbered houses and wonderful gothic churches including the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou. Rouen’s Place du Vieux-Marche is famous as the site where Joan of arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Further upriver is the village of Giverny and the home of Claude Monet, who captured the beauty of Rouen in many of his paintings.
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.
At a glance....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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