No-fly Grand Round Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage, 6 January 2020 (78 nights)

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Ship:
Marco Polo
Line:
Cruise and Maritime
Departure:
Bristol
Depart Date:
6th January 2020
Duration:
78 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
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Cruise Type:
Cruise Only
Inside from
£6,419 pp
Outside from
£7,599 pp
Single from
£11,999
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Cruise Id: 183542

Holiday Features

  • Waldorf and Marco's restaurant
  • Ensuite cabin accommodation
  • Meals onboard in both formal and relaxed restaurants
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Fitness centre / Gymnasium
  • Library, Shopping Boutiques & Card Room
  • Pool and Jacuzzis
  • Wellness centre
  • High quality evening entertainment
  • All Port taxes
  • Informative Guest Lecture Programme
Marco Polo - Adult only, Intimate, 800 Guests.
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Bristol PM
2-3 At Sea
4 Lisbon
Lisbon
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has such highlights as Eiffel's cast Iron elevator and fascinating moorish baazars.
AM PM
5 At Sea
6 Casablanca
Casablanca
Casablanca, for beaches and clubs, mosques and markets, all rubbing shoulders in Morocco's biggest city.
AM PM
7-9 At Sea
10 Mindelo, Sao Vincent
Mindelo, Sao Vincent
Once a staging post on the old sailing route to South Africa, Mindelo, on Sao Vicente, is the largest port, with attractive old Portuguese colonial buildings that betray the island's intriguing pedigree.
AM PM
11 Praia, Santiago AM PM
12-16 At Sea
17 Jamestown (St Helena) AM PM
18-20 At Sea
21 Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay, actually means 'Whale Bay' as it is a popular place to catch sight of Humpback Whales from the shore. With wonderful beaches and incredible seafood, you won't want to leave.
AM PM
22 At Sea
23-24 Cape Town - Overnight onboard
Cape Town - Overnight onboard
Cape Town is the 'Mother City' a cosmopolitan, vibrant city with stunning beaches and welcoming climate.
PM PM
25 At Sea
26 Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth
Known alternatively as ‘The Friendly City’ or simply as ‘P.E.’, Port Elizabeth lines up some of the most gorgeous sandy beaches along South Africa’s Eastern Cape. For a lazy day tucking your toes into the sand, the pick of the beaches include King’s, Hobie, Humewood and Pollock. Around the city, you’ll discover lovely manicured expanses, be it in St George’s Park, home to the cricket ground, or in Settler’s Park with its profusion of exotic plants and birds.
AM PM
27 At Sea
28 Durban
Durban
Three-wheeled Tuk Tuk open cabs ply the Golden Mile, Durban’s palm-lined promenade. Restaurants and oriental bazaars like the Victoria Street Market are fragrant with spice and incense, all reminders that these shores look out over the Indian Ocean and exotic Asian destinations beyond. Follow the arts and crafts trail, go golfing or fishing, visit a crocodile farm or head inland to the game reserves of KwaZulu Natal, veldts that lead the eye to the craggy peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains.
AM PM
29 Richards Bay AM PM
30-32 At Sea
33 Pointe Des Galettes AM PM
34 Port Louis AM PM
35-36 At Sea
37 Mamoudzou AM PM
38 At Sea
39 Zanzibar
Zanzibar
Zanzibar boasts stunning beaches, coral reefs and fragrant clove plantations. The capital, Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site, loaded with historical architecture and winding streets worth exploring
AM PM
40 Mombasa
Mombasa
Mombasa is your gateway to Kenya - land of the safari. With its white-sand beaches, rolling savannah, towering mountains and spectacular Great Rift Valley, Kenya offers some of the most diverse landscapes in sub-Saharan Africa.
AM PM
41-42 At Sea
43 Port Victoria, Mahe AM AM
44 Praslin AM PM
45-47 At Sea
48 Male
Male
Many of the islands are uninhabited, and one third of the nation's population lives on the largest island, Male. When it comes to size Male' would perhaps count as one of the smallest capitals in the world. 
AM PM
49 At Sea
50 Colombo
Colombo
Colombo is the largest city and former capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, the capital. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins and a city population of 647,100.
AM PM
51 At Sea
52 Cochin
Cochin
The view of the harbour is immediately recognisable even if you have never cruised to this uniquely picturesque Indian port before. For the lines of fishing nets gracefully hanging down from bamboo frames along the waterfront have inspired artists and hotographers ever since this Chinese fishing style was imported into Indias Kerala region. It is a magical welcome to a mystical place, especially its old town - Fort Kochi (Cochin). This not only has a 16th century Portuguese-built church but a 17th century synagogue for the small community that still remains from the Jewish settlers who arrived 2,000 years ago.
AM PM
53 At Sea
54 Mormugao AM PM
55 Mumbai (Bombay)
Mumbai (Bombay)
Mumbai formerly known as Bombay in English, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world.
AM PM
56-58 At Sea
59 Salalah
Salalah
The city of Salalah is known as the “perfume capital of Arabia.” The city is a popular destination for tourism due to the natural attractions of the nearby mountains and abundant stands of frankincense trees lining mountain wadi courses. Around the city and into the mountains the countryside is lush and green during the monsoon period with the vegetation supporting herds of cattle. The climate supports wildlife often more commonly associated with East Africa, such as leopards and hyenas. The beaches and coastline are also major attractions for scuba diving and bird watching.
AM PM
60-63 At Sea
64 Safaga (for Luxor & Valley of the Kings) AM PM
65 Aqaba (for Petra)
Aqaba (for Petra)
Aqaba, an ancient city carved from ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs, guaranteed to mesmerise.
AM PM
66 At Sea
67 Transit - Suez Canal PM PM
68 Ashdod
Ashdod
Ashdod is the fifth-largest city in Israel, located in the Southern District of the country, on the Mediterranean coast, located 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Tel Aviv and 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Ashkelon and 53 kilometres (33 mi) west of Jerusalem. Ashdod is an important regional industrial center. The Port of Ashdod is Israel's largest port accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods.
AM PM
69-70 At Sea
71 Valletta
Valletta
As you sail into Malta, you are treated to a breathtaking landscape of soaring steeples and church domes.
AM PM
72-73 At Sea
74 Gibraltar
Gibraltar
In Gibraltar, take advantage of the incredible views from Europa Point and visit the underground chambers of St Michael's cave- watch out for the Barbary Apes though!
AM PM
75 At Sea
76 La Coruna
La Coruna
Named the Crystal City, Corunna is a real mixture of old and new, with old town features and many new glass fronted buildings facing the harbour. The city is the site of the Roman Tower of Hercules, which is a lighthouse that has been in continuous operation for nearly 2,000 years. It has been declared by the UNESCO as Human Heritage.
AM PM
77 At Sea
78 Cork (Cobh)
Cork (Cobh)
In Cork see St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork Museum and the 19th century Cork Jail, and kiss the Blarney Stone. Then enjoy the cultural heritage in Dublin with visits to Trinity College, Temple Bar and bustling O’Connell Street.
AM PM
79 Bristol AM

Cabins on the Marco Polo

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Customer reviews for Marco Polo

  • Marco Polo
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 09 Sep 2018

Firstly, the ship: Marco Polo feels more like a ship than a floating hotel. We'd previously been on a 3 night mini-cruise to Belgium on Marco Polo and weren't impressed with the atmosphere and service on board. That was 7 years ago. However, we've just returned from a 17 night voyage to Murmansk, Russia and had a fabulous time. The ship was spotless, well presented and had all the features of a modern ship inside. Staff were very pleasant and helpful, especially the Reception staff. We were experiencing severe door slamming noise in our cabin and the staff handled it brilliantly. The noise was investigated and we were moved to a different cabin - 6 grades higher than ours! The entertainment on board was spectacular, better than competitors...and we've been on many cruises so say this with confidence. We were delighted to go on a free tour of the bridge as many cruise operators either don't allow this any more, or they charge large fees. Food was well presented in both restaurants and there was a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. They were quite creative. My only criticism is that the 'cheesecake' was most disappointing. In all our cruising experience we've only encountered one ship whose cheesecake is actually cheesecake (there was a UK Head Chef onboard). All others, including Marco Polo, serve a sponge-based cream slice and call it cheesecake! One disappointment was that there were no elevensies or mid-morning snacks...but you really don't go hungry on this ship! Secondly, the cruise: Cruise of a lifetime. We sailed from Tilbury, up the west coast of Norway, over the North Cape and into northern Russia to Archangel and Murmansk on the White Sea. This cruise itinerary rarely appears in the brochures of main operators, especially if you wish to sail from and return to a UK port. We were travelling in the wake of the Arctic Convoys of WWII and the shore tours reflected this. Passengers onboard included descendants of those who sailed on the convoys and had personal accounts to share with each other and the museums we visited. The Russians looked after us well and we saw some poignant memorials as well as contrasting architecture within cities. Norway offered a lovely mix of wooden buildings, turfed roofs, scenic fjords, beautiful landscapes and interesting heritage. There was plenty to do in each port, even in Bergen where we'd been several times before. We would recommend the Planetarium and Botanic Gardens in Tromso, Sverresborg folk museum in Trondheim and the West of The Moon Art Gallery in Honningsvag, specialising in contemporary collage art.

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  • Marco Polo
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 28 Aug 2018

Greenland Expedition July 28th - August 18th 2018 Didnt know what to expect going to Greenland and back on a 53 year old Marco Polo.......however we were pleasantly suprised with cabin 501 on Pacific deck. Only a hop, skip and up the stairs to the Marco Bistro. We had breakfast and lunch their every day and couldnt fault the food. Dinner in the Waldorf was excellent and the staff very friendly. Entertainment was good and always plenty of things happening on board. Big thanks to Eric McVicar we learned alot about Greenland and its people from his series of lectures. Thanks also to CMV for giving us the opportunity to visit this fantastic Island. What amazing places and sights we saw. Great little ship got us there and back. We look forward to our next CMV cruise. John and Gill Green.

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  • Marco Polo
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 03 Oct 2017

Just returned from Canada in the Fall. Pound for Pound we got our money's worth. The ship was clean, the staff exceptionally friendly, helpful and caring. The food served was large in portion size although sometimes the vegetables were a little short. The selection on the menu was reasonable and varied. I don't believe however I will be going on the ship again purely and simply in 18ft waves the boat was tossed around like a ping pong ball and we could not get out of the cabin two days going and five days coming back. The staff attended to all our needs. The shore excursion staff went out of their way to assist as we had disability and mobility problems. We could not rate them high enough. The only con was they must either renew their cutlery or get the knives sharpened

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Buy 1 Get 1 Free Launch Offer + Exclusive Savings are included in prices shown. FREE onboard spend per cabin when booking Cabin Grade 9 receive £600 , Cabin Grade 11 & 12 receive £800, Cabin Grade receive DL £1000, Cabin Grade JS Receive £1200, Cabin Grade DS receive £1200. Single Cat 10 receive £300. PLUS Complimentary Value Package - worth up to £390pp. Available on standard ocean view twin & single categories from Category 8 upwards. Half Price Value Package offer for categories 6,7 & 7S. Includes : Service charges & gratuities for the duration of the voyage + Welcome Bon Voyage bottle of wine in cabin + confirmed restaurant seating - subject to availability on fist come first serve basis + Priority cabin upgrade option (subject to availability). Please note this offer is based on pre-booked price of Value Package. Upgrade option availble to Plus, Premium and VIP packages using on board credit against the cost. Offer ends 30 September 2018

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