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British Isles Easter cruise 2015 - Marco Polo from Tilbury
- Nine 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 and the Marco Polo, which sails this afternoon. This evening, take your first dinner on board, get to know the staff and some of your fellow passengers.
Today is spent at sea, with a host of diversions and entertainment.
Our first port of call is Kirkwall, the historic capital of Orkney. Visit St Magnus cathedral, stroll the meandering streets, explore the museum, or enjoy a shore excursion, perhaps taking in the waters of Scapa Flow, the Italian chapel, the Neolithic stone settlement at Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar.
A historic fishing centre, the little port of Ullapool greets Marco Polo today. The Wester Ross town is a stepping stone to the Western Isles as well as the North West Highlands, where the sights include Torridon's granite massifs and dramatic, remote Ben Assynt.
The island of Mull offers scenery, abundant wildlife and coastline. The small town of Tobermory, familiar to many, with its multicoloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a great place to explore, as is nearby Duart castle, famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Today finds us in that city of culture and learning, Dublin. Home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, birthplace of Shaw, and one of Europe's most engaging capitals its streets teem with shoppers, and the famous bars and pubs buzz with the energy of locals and visitors alike.
This morning finds us in the Scilly Isles. Marco Polo anchors and you'll be able to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's and the flower-strewn byways beyond. Don't miss Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes Marco Polo this morning, and the day can be spent enjoying the pleasures of this beautiful Channel Isle. Don't miss 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter port, where countless shops and stalls offer tax-free gifts.
Honfleur, with its harbour surrounded by terraces of gabled houses, lies at the mouth of the Seine, and is the gateway to the Normandy countryside. Explore this favourite retreat of French Impressionists, or venture further afield, perhaps to the famous Normandy beaches or to the historic 'Joan of Arc' city of Rouen.
This morning Marco Polo makes her way home, and you'll disembark in Tilbury.
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.
I would just like to say what a wonderful cruise we have just had with you on the Marco Polo, sailing around the British Isles. Everything was just great, meals, staff, entertainment & trips ashore so well organised.