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See the stunning land of fire and ice. On this superb cruise around Iceland you'll visit its wonderful capital, Reykjavik, and call at Kirkwall, Torshavn and Lerwick, remote capitals of the North Sea island outposts of Denmark and the UK.
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Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
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.
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.
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details.
Your cruise holiday begins as you journey to Newcastle, ready to embark and sail this evening.
You'll spend today at sea, enjoying life on board, and prepare for the incredible sights that await you.
Tiny, Toytown-like Torshavn is the capital of the remote Faroe Islands. A birdwatcher's paradise, the islands are home to countless species, and its inhabitants are guardians of a deep-rooted Norse tradition.
Explore Torshavn's confusion of lanes and narrow passages, or join an excursion to other parts of the islands, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Our next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. A fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the region's long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the fascinating Icelandic Wartime Museum.
Akureyri, on Iceland's rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a fascinating Botanical Garden. The area beyond this thriving winter resort is wondrously scenic, and today's excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights. This evening, Marco Polo will briefly cross the Arctic Circle before turning south.
This morning Marco Polo arrives in tiny, exquisite Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords area. Visit the replica Viking farmstead at Eiriksstaoir, once home of Eirik the Red (who left it to settle Greenland) and birthplace of Leif the Lucky (who discovered America), and discover a treasure trove of natural wonders such as the glacier on mystical Snaefellsjokull.
The fascinating city of Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital. Step ashore to explore - perhaps taking the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visiting the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum. Witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool, and at the original Geysir - after which all others are named.
At our next spectacular landfall, Heimaey, the brooding cone of Eldfell, the Fire Mountain, looms above the tiny port of Vestmannaeyjar. The island is a haven for countless bird species, and the surrounding waters are home to several species of whale. Head up on deck to see if you can spot any of the giant mammals.
This afternoon the ship makes a circumnavigation of the fascinating 'new' island of Surtsey, created from a series of volcanic eruptions that began in 1963 and lasted three years.
Today is spent at sea, making the very most of Marco Polo's on-board amenities.
Lerwick, the Shetland Islands' rugged capital, is gateway to a land of ancient legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird-life. Spend time in the town, or join the excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Today Marco Polo arrives in Kirkwall, historic capital of Orkney. Wander the meandering streets of the Royal Burgh and marvel at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral. Shore excursions will include highlights of an island where history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife all play their part.
This morning Marco Polo sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland's rugged East Coast, tying up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours. Step ashore to explore, or take an excursion, perhaps to Inverness and to the mysterious shores of Loch Ness, or make a whisky connoisseur's pilgrimage to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Marco Polo arrives back in Newcastle at the end of a wonderful cruise.
*Offer applies to new bookings only. Prices shown when booking do not include the Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. Offer ends midnight 31st October 2014.