West Indies & Azores Cruise
- Duration: 34 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20346
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
33 nights. November 2018. From £1599.00.
Caribbean cruise winter warmth
Marco Polo's final voyage for the season is a wonderful month-long winter cruise to the Caribbean's sun-kissed islands. With calls in the tiny, mid-Atlantic archipelago of the Azores and nine island calls in the West Indies, this is the adventure of a lifetime.
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 vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - London Tilbury, UK 1600hrs
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Seven - Ponta Delgada, Azores
Day Eight - Horta, Azores
Day 14 - St John's, Antigua
Day 15 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Day 16 - Basseterre, St Kitts
Day 17 - Castries, St Lucia
Day 18 - *Mayreau, St Vincent and Grenadines
Day 19 - Kingstown and *Bequia, St Vincent and Grenadines
Day 20 - St George's, Grenada
Day 21 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 28 - Funchal, Madeira
Day 30 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 34 - London Tilbury, UK 0800hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes33 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, 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
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 OneMake your way to the port at Tilbury to board Marco Polo. Enjoy dinner and a first night's entertainment on board as the ship gets underway this evening.
Day TwoHistoric Amsterdam's cobbles, canals and step-gabled buildings welcome Marco Polo today. Wander the markets, relax in one of the city's many bars, or perhaps head to Museumplein to discover the many treasures of the Rijksmuseum.
Days Three to SixThe first leg of your cruise will give you the chance to acquaint yourself with Marco Polo's many on-board amenities, and get to know some of your fellow passengers, as cruise into the Atlantic.
Day SevenSao Miguel is the Azores' largest island, and we'll call at its pretty, principal port, Ponta Delgada. Magnificent architecture, 16th- and 17th-century artwork, and an array of fine churches are among the highlights here.
Day EightToday we'll reach Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial in the Azores. 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.
Days 9-13Rest and relax as Marco Polo cruises across the Atlantic, heading for still warmer waters.
Day 14Tiny Antigua boasts wonderful scenery, powder-white sandy beaches and warm azure seas, as well as thriving St John's, colonial English Harbour and Shirley Heights.
Day 15This morning Marco Polo finds herself in the shared island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, respectively the Dutch south and French north of a tiny island celebrated as much for its duty-free shopping opportunities as for its wonderful beaches.
Day 17The 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 among the Caribbean's most famous landmarks.
Day 18Tiny Mayreau, with truly stunning beaches, is Heaven on Earth! Spend a lazy day dipping in and out of the blue water, enjoying a beach-barbecue courtesy of the ship's chefs, or spend just a little more energy on an optional catamaran excursion to the Tobago Cays.
Day 19St Vincent, with its still-active volcano La Soufriere and charming capital Kingstown, and idyllic Bequia, where Astoria anchors in serene Admiralty Bay, are two picture-postcard-perfect ports of call today.
Day 20Arrive at the gorgeous 'Spice Island' of Grenada - famed for its nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Explore maze-like streets and visit the horseshoe harbour of the island's British Colonial capital, St George's, or perhaps discover the scenic coastline on a shore excursion.
Day 21Barbados' bustling, colourful capital Bridgetown is gateway to exquisite beaches, swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants, and today ranks among the highlights of this wonderful cruise.
Days 22-27Relive the magical moments of the last few weeks, as Marco Polo cruises back across the Atlantic.
Day 28Today, Marco Polo calls at lush, sub-tropical paradise of Madeira, home to one of the most vibrant collections of exotic flora on Earth. The capital, Funchal, is a captivating port of call - don't miss the exhilarating wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte to Livramento.
Day 29Another day spent relaxing at sea.
Day 30Portugal's capital Lisbon offers contrasts between historic architecture and striking modern buildings. This was the place from which adventurers set out, in search of the New World, during the great Age of Exploration.
Days 31-33Enjoy the final leg of your journey, as Marco Polo cruises north and east towards home.
Day 34Say goodbye to Marco Polo and your fellow travellers, as you disembark in London Tilbury. Back to top
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.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