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Amazon & West Indies Cruise 2014 Marco Polo ex Tilbury
Escape the cold and grey, and enjoy this winter-warming six-week cruise to the mighty Amazon river and some sun-kissed Caribbean isles. With calls in Madeira, the Cape Verde Islands and the Azores, as well as Amsterdam and Lisbon, this is a transatlantic cruise you won't want to miss.
- 42 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 the London Cruise Terminal for embarkation, and enjoy your first night on board Marco Polo.
A call at Amsterdam - city of Rembrandt, 'brown bars', bicycles, flower markets and canals - where some fellow adventurers come aboard.
Days 3 to 5
The first leg of your cruise will give you the chance to acquaint yourselves with Marco Polo's many facilities, as you steam south and west.
A call is made at the Portuguese capital Lisbon, from where - as you are about to do - adventurers set out from the River Tagus in search of the New World, during the great Age of Discovery.
Another day is spent relaxing at sea.
Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands - a sun-blessed, lush, green sub-tropical paradise, home to one of the most vibrant and profound collections of exotic, colourful, flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a relaxing and captivating port of call. Don't miss the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte to Livramento!
Days 9 and 10
Marco Polo steams into the Atlantic, heading for even warmer climes, as you rest and relax on board.
The volcanic isles of Cape Verde archipelago in the mid-Atlantic are fast becoming a popular holiday haven. Marco Polo calls at the island of Sao Vicente, with its pretty capital Mindelo. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost with its pretty houses, or perhaps take a trip inland.
Relax and enjoy some more leisurely days at sea as Marco Polo heads further south, towards Brazil and equatorial waters.
Relax and enjoy the extraordinary journey up - and down - this fabled river, as Marco Polo makes her stately way towards Manaus. There will be opportunities aplenty to head ashore by tender to discover a world surrounded by the equatorial forests. Highlights include the traditional 'stilted' villages of Alter do Chao and Boca da Valeria, the monumental Teatro Amazonas Opera House in Manaus, and Santarem, the Amazon's third largest city. Head ashore, or take advantage of optional excursions that may include a visit to the giant hardwood trees of the region's fiercely protected primary forests, before Marco Polo turns around once more to cruise toward the ocean.
Another day spent at sea, enjoying life on board Marco Polo.
Today's call is French Guiana's Iles du Salut, some 18 treacherous kilometres from the mainland and - until 1947 - a French penal colony. Ile du Diable, 'Devil's Island', as it was known, was made famous by serial escapee Henri Charriere's 'Papillon'. Explore the island, or visit the beautiful white-sand beach.
All the delights of cruising are yours to savour, as Marco Polo continues her journey north.
The gorgeous 'Spice Island' of Grenada - famed for its nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger - welcomes Marco Polo this afternoon. Wander the maze-like streets and visit the horseshoe harbour of the island's British Colonial capital, St George's, or perhaps join a shore excursion to discover the scenic coastline.
Mountainous St Vincent is the principal island of the Grenadines archipelago, dominated in the north by the brooding hulk of La Soufriere, a still-active volcano. Discover charming Kingstown, the island's bustling capital, where life is lived at an unusually hectic pace for this beautiful part of the world.Enjoy some Caribbean hospitality before Marco Polo sails in the evening.
The tropical island paradise of mountainous St Lucia combines the vibrant Creole atmosphere and hustle and bustle of its capital Castries, with the idyllic scenery of the west coast, where the twin peaks of the 'Pitons' are amongst the Caribbean's most famous landmarks.
Barbados' bustling, colourful capital Bridgetown is a gateway to exquisite beaches, swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants, and today ranks amongst the highlights of this wonderful cruise.
Enjoy all the delights of Marco Polo as she steams homeward.
Today we'll reach the Azores, and tie up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabecao Gordo, which boasts breathtaking views of the entire archipelago.
The second Azores call is made at Ponta Delgada, principal port city of Sao Miguel, the largest of the islands in the Azores. There'll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping off point of transatlantic adventurers for centuries.
Enjoy the final leg of your journey, as Marco Polo steams back into the Western Approaches and the English Channel.
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and your fellow travellers, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful voyage of many discoveries, and even more happy memories.
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.