Amazon, Cape Verde, West Indies & Azores Cruise
- Duration: 43 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99412
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
42 nights. January 2021. From £5999.00.
Cruise the Caribbean
Marco Polo’s first cruise in 2021 is this extraordinary, excellent value, six-week voyage of discovery. Sail far away from the grey and gloom of the British winter, to the wild heart of the Amazon rainforest, the balmy, sun-kissed Caribbean islands and the dramatic Azores. Departing from Bristol Avonmouth, Marco Polo calls first at Irish maritime gateway, Cobh, and then at Vigo and Lisbon before beginning her outbound journey across the Atlantic. Four relaxing days at sea enjoying the pleasures of life on board Marco Polo are followed by a day on the volcanic Cape Verde island of São Vicente. Rest and relax on board as Marco Polo continues her voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil and the majestic Amazon. Enjoy a fascinating journey up – and down – that iconic river, discovering a world of equatorial forests, colourful bird life, remote villages on stilts, and remarkable ports-of-call like Santarém and Manaus. After a call at French Guiana’s Îles du Salut, home to Papillon’s forbidding Devil’s Island, you’ll discover the warmth of Tobago, St Lucia and Barbados, before sailing home via the mid-Atlantic Azores.
What's Included42 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsEscape the grey of the British winter and sail to the sun
Cruise the magnificent River Amazon to Manaus, Santarém and ancient villages in the heart of the rainforest
Discover a quartet of gorgeous Caribbean idylls
Enjoy two Atlantic crossings and plenty of time to rest and relax on board
Discover glorious Madeira and the Cape Verde Isles
Enjoy calls at two islands in the Azores archipelago
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart Bristol Avonmouth
Depart: 2145hrs Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 1400hrs Depart: 2000hrs Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour at Cobh, this afternoon. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, to head into the beautiful rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city, for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Day 5Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Today Marco Polo makes her way into the stunning natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town where the day's catch is laid out on granite tables and cafes serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen and cruise holidaymakers alike.
Day 6Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, from where the great explorers sailed to the New World, is Marco Polo's last stop before she begins her cruise across the Atlantic. Enjoy an optional shore excursion through the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the historic Alfamar district, a striking contrast to the modern city’s glass and steel.
Day 11Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1300hrs The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position in the mid-Atlantic. Marco Polo calls in Mindelo, the pretty capital of the island of São Vicente. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost, with its pretty houses, or perhaps take a trip inland.
Day 17-25Cruising the Amazon
Arrive: 1100hrs Depart: 1900hrs Relax and enjoy the extraordinary journey up – and down – this iconic river, enjoying the comfort of the ship’s air-conditioned lounges and on-board amenities as Marco Polo makes her stately way towards Manaus, before turning round once more to cruise toward the ocean. Throughout this fascinating journey there will be opportunities to head ashore to discover a world surrounded by the Amazon Rainforest, perhaps catching glimpses of colourful birds in the canopy, and learning about the harsh lives of the Amazonian populace or the startling – by contrast – sophistication of some of the larger settlements. Fast-growing Santarém, the Amazon’s third largest city, lies at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Tapajós, and from the city’s waterfront promenade the rivers’ different coloured waters merging is a memorable sight. Head ashore, or take advantage of the optional excursions, which may include a visit to the giant hardwood trees of the region’s fiercely protected primary forests. Highlights of your Amazon cruise will also include the traditional villages of Alter do Chão and Boca da Valeria, with its stalls selling local handicrafts, both a fascinating counter to Marco Polo’s gleaming luxuries. In stark contrast to the riverscape of thick vegetation and occasional villages that has filled your days so far, as Marco Polo stops overnight in Manaus you’ll discover a city of some 1.7 million inhabitants, the greatest glory of which is the monumental Teatro Amazonas Opera House, built with the riches of the rubber industry, before heading back east along the river towards the Atlantic. The capital of the Amazon Delta region of Amapá, Macapá, lies on the equator. Here there’s an opportunity to stand astride the boundary of the North and South Hemispheres at the Zero Line Monument, which lies just a couple of miles from the city. Increasing – and pleasantly reviving – sea breezes of the vast delta hint at the proximity of the ocean, and soon after leaving Macapa in her wake, Marco Polo heads out into the Atlantic and turns north, leaving you with memories of a wonderful few days that will stay with you forever.
Day 27Îles du Salut, French Guiana
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1600hrs Today you'll call at French Guiana’s Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) 18 treacherous kilometres from the mainland, and – until 1947 – a French penal colony made infamous by Henri Charrière’s serial escapee, Papillon. Spend some time exploring this barren place, where the cells have now been converted into a rudimentary hotel, or visit its beautiful white-sand beach – a taste of Caribbean pleasures to come that the island’s previous inhabitants were denied.
Day 29Scarborough, Tobago
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1600hrs Discover one of the Caribbean's most idyllic corners, which balances astounding rainforest, coral reefs and pristine beaches and a traditional ‘Trinbagonian’ way of life. Spend time wandering the hotch-potch of streets that tumble down from Scarborough's lighthouse-topped hill, and perhaps take an excursion to Buccoo to see its famous coral reef.
Day 30Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs Explore the most British of the Caribbean islands. The bustling capital, Bridgetown, with its colourful markets and famous Kensington Oval cricket ground, lies close to exquisite beaches backed by some famously swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants. With the laid-back Bajan emphasis on enjoying life to the full, Barbados ranks high on the list of highlights of this wonderful cruise.
Day 31Castries, St Lucia
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today Marco Polo visits the mountainous tropical paradise that is St Lucia, where the twin peaks of the Pitons are amongst the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. Disembark in the thriving capital, Castries, and enjoy the vibrant Creole atmosphere, hustle and bustle of this typically West Indian settlement, or venture further afield to explore this scenic wonderland.
Day 38Horta, Azores
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Marco Polo makes landfall in the tiny mid-Atlantic outpost of the Azores, tying 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 Cabeçao Gordo, from where the views of the island and the surrounding archipelago are truly breathtaking.
Day 39Ponta Delgada, Azores
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs The second of Marco Polo’s Azores calls is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of Sao Miguel, the largest of island in the archipelago. There’ll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic sailors for centuries.
Day 43Arrive Bristol Avonmouth
Arrive: 1000hrs Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Bristol, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful Amazon and Caribbean cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top