Azores, Madeira and Portuguese Highlights

Marco Polo

Azores, Madeira and Portuguese Highlights Overview

Departs: 24 March 2020

14 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 • La Coruña (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain • Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal • Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal • Funchal, Madeira • Lisbon, Portugal • Cobh (for Cork), Rep. of Ireland • Bristol Avonmouth

EXCLUSIVE Added Value Offers

Choose from:

£55 per person Transport Allowance

OR

Gratuities Included

Gratuities included option includes:
• Services charges and gratuities for the duration of your cruise 
• Confirmed Seating in the restaurant (first come first served) 
• Priority cabin upgrade option (if available) 
• Welcome Bottle Bon Voyage Wine (per cabin)

Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights

Day 1

Depart Bristol Avonmouth PM) 

Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

La Coruña (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

A charming mix of both modern city and old town, La Coruña is capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name in the rugged and beautiful region of Galicia. The symbol of La Coruña, nicknamed the ‘Crystal City’ for the glass-fronted buildings along its attractive seafront promenade, is the 2nd century lighthouse Torre del Hercules. Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants.

Days 4 - 5

At Sea

Day 6

Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal

Horta is a colourful small port on Faial Island, one of the nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores.
Taking its name from the Dutch explorer Josse van Huerter who first settled there in 1467, Horta became a convenient stop over for transatlantic journeys thanks to its location in the North Atlantic.
Spanish and Portuguese governance over the years has left a European influence on Horta with many fine examples of ornate and beautiful churches scattered around the area. Other remnants of Horta’s colourful past include the Torre do Relógio Clock Tower and the 16th century Forte de Santa Cruz. 

Day 7

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Since 1546 Ponta Delgada has been capital of São Miguel, which is the largest of the nine islands in the Azores archipelago. In the last twenty-five years the cosmopolitan little town has seen rapid expansion bringing the archipelago its first university, shopping mall and dual carriageway. Yet, it still has a small town charm with squares paved with black and white tiles, beautiful churches, and public buildings with white-painted facades and dark volcanic stone trim. Volcanic activity has produced spectacular scenery on the islands and this extraordinary natural beauty is a highlight of optional excursions.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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 10

At Sea

Day 11

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 12 - 13

At Sea

 

Day 14

Cobh, Rep. of Ireland


Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic. The ‘Queenstown Story’ is a wonderful exhibition telling of this rich maritime history. From Cobh’s waterfront, streets lined with brightly coloured houses climb the steep slope of a hill, which is crowned with the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral. A charming little town, Cobh is a gateway to the city of Cork and excursions to Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle.

Day 15

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