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Icelandic wonders and the Northern Isles cruise - Marco Polo ex Leith
- 11 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
Join Marco Polo in Leith, and get to know your new, floating home and fellow passengers before we get underway this afternoon.
Shetland capital Lerwick is gateway to a land of ancient legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird-life. Spend time in the town, or join the excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof.
Tiny Torshavn is the capital of the remote Faroe Islands. A birdwatcher's paradise, the islands are home to countless species, and its inhabitants are guardians of a deep-rooted Norse tradition. Explore Torshavn's confusion of lanes and narrow passages, or join an excursion to other parts of the islands, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Our next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. The Maritime museum chronicles the region's long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the Icelandic Wartime museum.
Akureyri, on Iceland's rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a Botanical Garden. The area beyond is very scenic, and today's excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights. This evening, Marco Polo will briefly cross the Arctic Circle before turning south.
This morning Marco Polo arrives in Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords area. Visit the replica Viking farmstead at Eiriksstaoir, once home of Eirik the Red (who left it to settle Greenland) and birthplace of Leif the Lucky, who discovered America, and discover a treasure trove of natural wonders such as the glacier on Snaefellsjokull - Iceland's newest national park.
Days seven and eight
The fascinating city of Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital. Marco Polo will spend two days here, so you'll have lots of time to explore. Take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the Arbaer Folk museum and the Saga museum. Witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool, and at the original Geysir - after which all others are named.
At our next landfall, Heimaey, the brooding cone of Eldfell (Fire Mountain) looms above the tiny port of Vestmannaeyjar. The island is a haven for countless bird species, and the surrounding waters are home to several species of whale. Head up on deck to see if you can spot any of the giant mammals.Later, Marco Polo circumnavigates the fascinating 'new' island of Surtsey, created from a series of volcanic eruptions that began in 1963 and lasted three years.
Spend today at sea, relaxing, as Marco Polo steams south.
Today Marco Polo docks in Kirkwall. Explore the historic capital of Orkney, and visit its centrepiece, St Magnus cathedral. A mile away is the waters of Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sank in the second world war. Shore excursions will include the chance to discover highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Marco Polo arrives back in Leith.
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.