Grand British Isles Discovery

Marco Polo

Grand British Isles Discovery Overview

Departs: 19 May 2019

13 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Portsmouth

What's Included

Price Includes:

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

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

Ports of call

Portsmouth • Newcastle, England • Scrabster, Scotland • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (overnight) • Lerwick, Shetland Islands • Oban, Scotland • Belfast, N. Ireland • Douglas, Isle of Man • Dublin, Rep. of Ireland • Ringaskiddy for Cork, Rep. of Ireland • St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly • Portsmouth

EXCLUSIVE Added Value Offers

£80 per person Transport Allowance

OR

Service Charges & Gratuities Included plus welcome onboard bottle of bon voyage wine

Day 1

Depart Portsmouth PM)

 

 

Days 2 

At Sea

 

 

Day 3

Newcastle, England

 

Day 4

Scrabster, Scotland

 
The most northerly port on the Scottish mainland, Scrabster nestles in the shelter of the low, grass-covered cliffs of Holborn Head at the eastern end of Thurso Bay. Its large natural harbour was very attractive to Viking longships and the origins of the town date back to the Norse era. More recently Scrabster has been the port of choice for HM Queen Elizabeth II and her family when they disembarked the Royal Yacht Britannia to visit the late Queen Mother at her Highland home. The Castle of Mey features in optional excursions along with the famous coastal village of John O’Groats.

Day 4 - 5

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (overnight)


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 6

Lerwick, Shetland islands ⚓

Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour. Hay’s Dock, once the centre of Shetland’s fishing and boat building industries, is home to the marvellous Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland the extraordinary archaeological site of Jarlshof tells the story of some 4,000 years of human history on this remote archipelago with a wealth of wildlife.

Day 7

At Sea

 

 

Day 8

Oban, Scotland ⚓

Day 9

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 10

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 11

Dublin, Rep. of Ireland


The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 12

Ringaskiddy (for Cork), Rep. of Ireland



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.

Day 13

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 14

Arrive Portsmouth (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