Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights

Overview

Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights

Explore the most beautiful scenery and amazing cities that Spain, Azores, Maderia and Portugal has to offer in this fortnight long cruise, sailing straight out of Bristol.

Travelling on board Marco Polo, you'll enjoy a range of facilities for relaxing with a drink, including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant, Marco's bistro, Marco Polo Lounge, Captain's Club, Palm garden and the Columbus Lounge. With wonderful on board entertainment , card rooms, as well as wellness and beauty facilities, you'll be able to enjoy the journey, just as much as the destination.

What’s Included:

  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to 10pm)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

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Between the two ships they offer a comprehensive range of cruises to suit most people's requirements. Both pride themselves in their service, cuisine and entertainment.

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Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 24th March 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the most beautiful scenery and amazing cities that Spain, Azores, Maderia and Portugal has to offer in this fortnight long cruise, sailing straight out of Bristol.

Ship Overview

Marco Polo

The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of public facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro.

There are five main lounge areas. The Magellan Deck offers the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge; the elegant Captain’s Club, a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist; relaxing Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views; and the stylish Columbus Lounge where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink. Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal spot for night owls.

Marco Polo Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 22,080 grt
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Classification: Det Norske Veritas
  • Passenger Capacity: 800
  • Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Lifts: 4
  • Electric Current: 110/220V AC
  • Stabilised and air conditioned
  • Officers & Crew: International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International

    Dimensions

  • Length: 176.3 m
  • Beam: 23.6 m
  • Draft: 7.6 m

Marco Polo Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Bristol Avonmouth

Today you will embark on your journey on the Marco Polo at Bristol.

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: La Coruna / Santiago de Compostela

You will dock at La Coruna, a port city with a charming mixture of old town and new town. Coruna is also the main Atlantic gateway to one of the most ruggedly scenic regions in Spain - Galicia. Among its attractions is one of the world’s great pilgrimage destinations: Santiago de Compostela, which will be available to visit via an optional excursion.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, and a popular pilgrimage destination since the 9th century. The city's Cathedral is an extremely popular tourist destination, and the city's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled to the brim with beautiful Romanesque buildings and structures.

Day 4 & 5: At Sea

Day 6: Horta

Today you will dock at Horta, a picturesque seaward looking town boasting a gorgeous marina and white walled buildings scattered into the luscious green hillside. You will dock at 8am and leave at 6pm, giving you plenty of time to explore some of the best scenery Azores has to offer.

Day 7: Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada is the capital and largest city of Azores, boasting an amazing promanade along the coast and beautiful marinas. Downtown is home to a number of amazing resturants and shops.

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: Funchal

Funchal has been described as Europe’s most picturesque capital with a natural harbour surrounded by hills as high as 3,000ft, the town is small enough to be explored on foot. Its delightful sub-tropical climate has resulted in an abundance of beautiful and colourful flowers and vegetation. Everywhere seems to be covered in jasmine, bougainvillea and other exotic flowers.

Day 10: At Sea

Day 11: Lisbon

Without doubt the most popular destination in Portugal, Lisbon is one of those rare capitals that manages to retain its heritage and cultural attraction despite being a busy and important city. It’s a great place to just wander. Narrow backstreets and little squares that feel untouched by the 21st Century; tree lined winding streets with colourful yellow trams. Not to be missed are the draw dropping bridges over the River Tagus.

Day 12 & 13: At Sea

Day 14: Cobh

Cobh is home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise port, and here you can experience the seaside town as you berth straight into the centre of town. One of many amazing attractions here you can visit is the gorgeous St Colman's Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Ireland.

Day 15: Bristol Avonmouth

Today you will disembark from your journey at Bristol.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 24th March 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the most beautiful scenery and amazing cities that Spain, Azores, Maderia and Portugal has to offer in this fortnight long cruise, sailing straight out of Bristol.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
IG: Inner Guarantee Standard Twin£1,424Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

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OG: Ocean View Guarantee Standard Twin£1,966Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

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1: Standard Twin Inner£1,462Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

1: Standard Twin Inner

Average size 110 sq ft

Located on Caribic and Baltic decks, these smaller have two lower beds, a bathroom with shower and WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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1: Standard Twin Inner

Average size 110 sq ft

Located on Caribic and Baltic decks, these smaller have two lower beds, a bathroom with shower and WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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2: Standard+ Twin Inner£1,624Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

2: Standard+ Twin Inner

Average size 126 sq ft

Also comprising two lower beds, there are four of these slightly larger cabins on Caribic Deck, whilst the majority are situated on Baltic & Atlantic Decks. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Six of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

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2: Standard+ Twin Inner

Average size 126 sq ft

Also comprising two lower beds, there are four of these slightly larger cabins on Caribic Deck, whilst the majority are situated on Baltic & Atlantic Decks. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Six of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

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3: Superior Twin Inner£1,823Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

3: Superior Twin Inner

Average size 126 sq ft

Most cabins are located throughout Pacific Deck but there are six slightly smaller cabins situated on Amundsen Deck and they all comprise two lower beds, a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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3: Superior Twin Inner

Average size 126 sq ft

Most cabins are located throughout Pacific Deck but there are six slightly smaller cabins situated on Amundsen Deck and they all comprise two lower beds, a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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4: Premium Twin Inner£2,023Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

4: Premium Twin Inner

Average size 158 sq ft

The most spacious inner cabins can be found on the Pacific, Amundsen & Columbus Decks. They comprise of two lower beds but the majority of cabins in this grade can also offer accommodation for a third or fourth passenger in additional Pullman berths. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 631 and 655 on Amundsen Deck are specifically equipped for wheelchair passengers with mobility limitations and their companions.

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4: Premium Twin Inner

Average size 158 sq ft

The most spacious inner cabins can be found on the Pacific, Amundsen & Columbus Decks. They comprise of two lower beds but the majority of cabins in this grade can also offer accommodation for a third or fourth passenger in additional Pullman berths. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 631 and 655 on Amundsen Deck are specifically equipped for wheelchair passengers with mobility limitations and their companions.

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5: Standard Single Inner£2,270Includes a saving of up to 35%View Cabin

5: Standard Single Inner

Average size 100 sq ft

Two of these comfortable cabins are on Caribic Deck and three are located on the Columbus Deck. Each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. They are particularly well suited to the single traveller.

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5: Standard Single Inner

Average size 100 sq ft

Two of these comfortable cabins are on Caribic Deck and three are located on the Columbus Deck. Each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. They are particularly well suited to the single traveller.

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6: Standard+ Twin Ocean View£2,023Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

6: Standard+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 119 sq ft

Situated on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, these cabins have twin lower beds and most benefit from ocean views through two portholes. They have a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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6: Standard+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 119 sq ft

Situated on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, these cabins have twin lower beds and most benefit from ocean views through two portholes. They have a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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7: Standard Twin Ocean View£2,070Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

7: Standard Twin Ocean View

Average size 126 sq ft

Comprising two lower beds, these slightly larger cabins are located on Caribic, Baltic & Atlantic Decks and enjoy ocean views through either one or two portholes. Two cabins, 255 and 262 have an upper Pullman berth for an additional occupant. Facilities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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7: Standard Twin Ocean View

Average size 126 sq ft

Comprising two lower beds, these slightly larger cabins are located on Caribic, Baltic & Atlantic Decks and enjoy ocean views through either one or two portholes. Two cabins, 255 and 262 have an upper Pullman berth for an additional occupant. Facilities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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8: Standard+ Twin Ocean View£2,175Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

8: Standard+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 141 sq ft

This grade of cabins extends over three decks with larger cabins found on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, and the more compact located on the higher Atlantic Deck. Most cabins have two portholes although some have only one. and each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. A number of the lower deck cabins have additional berths for a third or fourth occupant.

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8: Standard+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 141 sq ft

This grade of cabins extends over three decks with larger cabins found on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, and the more compact located on the higher Atlantic Deck. Most cabins have two portholes although some have only one. and each has a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. A number of the lower deck cabins have additional berths for a third or fourth occupant.

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9: Superior Twin Ocean View£2,422Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

9: Superior Twin Ocean View

Average size 137 sq ft

Average size 137 sq ft/12.75 sq m These cabins are situated on the higher Amundsen & Columbus Decks and whilst they have windows rather than portholes, some, primarily on Columbus Deck, have obstructed sightlines and these are indicated by the circle symbol on the deckplan. In addition some of the cabins on Amundsen Deck have limited wardrobe space. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Two of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

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9: Superior Twin Ocean View

Average size 137 sq ft

Average size 137 sq ft/12.75 sq m These cabins are situated on the higher Amundsen & Columbus Decks and whilst they have windows rather than portholes, some, primarily on Columbus Deck, have obstructed sightlines and these are indicated by the circle symbol on the deckplan. In addition some of the cabins on Amundsen Deck have limited wardrobe space. Amenities include a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Two of these cabins have an additional Pullman berth for a third passenger.

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10: Standard Single Ocean View£2,954Includes a saving of up to 35%View Cabin

10: Standard Single Ocean View

Average size 129 sq ft

Ten outside twin bed cabins, deemed as particularly suitable for sole occupancy, have been selected on Pacific and Amundsen Decks for single travellers. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 656 and 661 have partially obstructed views.

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10: Standard Single Ocean View

Average size 129 sq ft

Ten outside twin bed cabins, deemed as particularly suitable for sole occupancy, have been selected on Pacific and Amundsen Decks for single travellers. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins 656 and 661 have partially obstructed views.

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11: Superior+ Twin Ocean View£2,621Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

11: Superior+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 139 sq ft

There are six cabins situated forward on Amundsen Deck whilst the remainder of the Superior Plus accommodation is located in the forward and after sections of Pacific Deck. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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11: Superior+ Twin Ocean View

Average size 139 sq ft

There are six cabins situated forward on Amundsen Deck whilst the remainder of the Superior Plus accommodation is located in the forward and after sections of Pacific Deck. They have one window and a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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12: Premium Twin Ocean View£2,821Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

12: Premium Twin Ocean View

Average size 161 sq ft

These spacious premium cabins are primarily located in the midships section of Pacific Deck and here most twin bed cabins (except 432 & 433) can convert to a Queen Size bed. Cabins 549, 605 and 606 have double beds only and cannot be converted to twins. There are also two forward cabins on Amundsen Deck and three forward cabins on Columbus Deck. The remaining cabins of this grade are on Navigator, the highest passenger deck, but have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats. Each cabin has a large window, in many cases two; as well as a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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12: Premium Twin Ocean View

Average size 161 sq ft

These spacious premium cabins are primarily located in the midships section of Pacific Deck and here most twin bed cabins (except 432 & 433) can convert to a Queen Size bed. Cabins 549, 605 and 606 have double beds only and cannot be converted to twins. There are also two forward cabins on Amundsen Deck and three forward cabins on Columbus Deck. The remaining cabins of this grade are on Navigator, the highest passenger deck, but have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats. Each cabin has a large window, in many cases two; as well as a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

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DL: Deluxe Ocean View£3,429Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

DL: Deluxe Ocean View

Average size 213 sq ft

There are eight De Luxe cabins, two of which are situated on Pacific (twin bedded) and six located on Navigator Deck (Queen Size bed). They benefit from large windows and comprise an integral sitting area, a bathroom with bath, shower & WC, a refrigerator, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins on Navigator Deck (pictured) have partially obstructed views.

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DL: Deluxe Ocean View

Average size 213 sq ft

There are eight De Luxe cabins, two of which are situated on Pacific (twin bedded) and six located on Navigator Deck (Queen Size bed). They benefit from large windows and comprise an integral sitting area, a bathroom with bath, shower & WC, a refrigerator, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Cabins on Navigator Deck (pictured) have partially obstructed views.

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JS: Junior Suite Ocean View£4,037Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

JS: Junior Suite Ocean View

Average size 253 sq ft

There are just four Junior Suites; two each on the Pacific & the Columbus decks. These delightful cabins have twin beds, which can convert to Queen Size, an integral sitting area, a marble bathroom with bath, shower and WC, a refrigerator, walk-in wardrobe and plenty of drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. All four Junior Suites have windows although cabins 811 and 812 have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats.

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JS: Junior Suite Ocean View

Average size 253 sq ft

There are just four Junior Suites; two each on the Pacific & the Columbus decks. These delightful cabins have twin beds, which can convert to Queen Size, an integral sitting area, a marble bathroom with bath, shower and WC, a refrigerator, walk-in wardrobe and plenty of drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. All four Junior Suites have windows although cabins 811 and 812 have views partially obstructed by the lifeboats.

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DS: Deluxe Suite Ocean View£4,540Includes a saving of up to 35% PLUS Buy One Get One FreeView Cabin

DS: Deluxe Suite Ocean View

Average size 484 sq ft

Pamper yourself with one of our two impressive De Luxe Suites that offer stylish accommodation and provide an elegant retreat in a prime position on the Columbus Deck. The bedroom offers a King size bed, a walk-in wardrobe, ample storage space and a mirrored dressing table, whilst the marble bathroom has a bath, shower and WC. In the separate living room there is comfortable seating, a TV and a DVD and other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Choose between the Mandarin Suite (706) on the port side or the Dynasty Suite (703) on the starboard side of Columbus Deck.

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DS: Deluxe Suite Ocean View

Average size 484 sq ft

Pamper yourself with one of our two impressive De Luxe Suites that offer stylish accommodation and provide an elegant retreat in a prime position on the Columbus Deck. The bedroom offers a King size bed, a walk-in wardrobe, ample storage space and a mirrored dressing table, whilst the marble bathroom has a bath, shower and WC. In the separate living room there is comfortable seating, a TV and a DVD and other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe. Choose between the Mandarin Suite (706) on the port side or the Dynasty Suite (703) on the starboard side of Columbus Deck.

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