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Spring Gardens Cruise 2014
Board Marco Polo as she heads across the Channel to the colourful Dutch capital Amsterdam. Spend two days in the 'Joan of Arc' city of Rouen, gateway to Monet's beloved Giverny and the Normandy countryside, and call at Antwerp, the 'Diamond Capital of the World', on this excellent-value springtime cruise.
- Five nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
- On-board entertainment as arranged
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
- Port charges and taxes
- Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this afternoon's sailing.
Welcome to Amsterdam - city of canals, flower markets and renowned museums. Spend the day wandering the cobbled streets by the canals, and perhaps take to the water on a canal cruise or a self-pedalled canal 'bike'. You'll also have the opportunity to join our optional excursion to the gardens at Keukenhof before you return to Marco Polo.
Days Three and Four
On our third day, Marco Polo navigates her way into the heart of Normandy, sailing under the three dramatic spans of the Pont de Normandie, the Pont de Tarcanville and the Pont de Brotonne to medieval Rouen. Marco Polo will spend the night here, giving you the opportunity to step ashore to explore this beautifully restored ancient city. See the site of Joan of Arc's martyrdom in the Place du Vieux-Marche, the famous one-handed clock and its truly stunning Gothic cathedral. Other optional excursions will include a trip to Monet's lovingly preserved house and garden at Giverny.
The ancient trading port of Antwerp - Belgium's second city - offers a wealth of interest, including several world-class museums housing works by Flemish Masters, a fine Gothic cathedral and a bustling cafe life. Known as the 'diamond capital of the world', Antwerp is also home to innumerable gem dealers and jewellers ready to sell that special something as a memento of your trip.
Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury at the end of the cruise.
MV Marco Polo
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne 'Marco Polo', her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, 'Marco Polo' will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.
Fully stabilised and air-conditioned, 'Marco Polo' boasts eight passenger decks, which are serviced by four lifts and three wide stairwells. Out on deck a vast amount of space ensures plenty of viewing opportunities when cruising through scenic waters, and more-than-ample room for sunbathers to top up their tans, while belowdecks you'll find facilities to cater to all your cruising pleasures by day and night. In addition to the comfortable lounges and bars, beautiful main dining room and light and airy bistro there's a shopping arcade, a library, a card room and an internet room. The Spa, Beauty and Fitness Centre spoils the body-conscious with a gym, a hair and beauty salon, a table-tennis room, a massage and sauna area, and even deck-top Jacuzzis.'Marco Polo"s 15 categories of cabins and suites all offer private facilities with showers or bath/showers, TV with satellite, 'view from the bridge' and in-house movie channels, telephones, hairdryers and personal safes. Cabins have a variety of twin and double beds, with upper berths for third and fourth sharing passengers. Outside cabins offer porthole or larger windows. Your cabin will be looked after your steward/stewardess and housekeeper, who will ensure that beds are made, towels are changed and toiletries replenished. All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket. Even in the most economical cabins, the standard features are impressive.