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British Isles cruise Marco Polo ex Tilbury
Stornoway, on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, and Tobermory, on Mull, as well as the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies, are among the highlights of this cruise, which also features Invergordon, Dublin, Guernsey and Honfleur.
- 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 Marco Polo, which sails this evening. Enjoy the atmosphere and your first dinner on board.
Today is spent at sea, with a host of diversions and entertainment.
This morning we'll tie up in the natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland's rugged East Coast. Step ashore to explore, or join a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
After cruising the waters of Scotland's Western Isles, we'll arrive in Stornoway, capital of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. These, unspoilt islands, inhabited continuously for over 6,000 years, retain a rich culture. Explore, or join the excursion to the mysterious and ancient standing stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.
The island of Mull offers scenery, abundant wildlife and coastline. The small town of Tobermory, with its multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a great place to explore, as is nearby famous Duart castle, seat of Clan Maclean.
Today finds us in Dublin, home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, birthplace of Shaw and one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell 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 Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's - and the flower-strewn byways beyond - and 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 taking in the pleasures of this 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 shops and stalls offer tax-free gifts.
Honfleur, 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. Excursions on offer may include Monet's house and garden at Giverny or fashionable Deauville.
This morning Marco Polo makes her way back up the Thames, 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.