Join your fellow passengers at Marco Polo's home port of Tilbury and embark for this afternoon's departure.
Spend your first day on board, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers.
Marco Polo's first point of call is delightful Glengarriff. This green oasis, set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, enjoys a balmy microclimate in which sub-tropical plants and even bamboo flourish. There's also a chance to take an excursion into County Kerry, where the Killarney National Park is home to spectacular lakeland scenery looked over by famous - and wonderfully named - Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range.
Days Four to Seven
These four days are spent at sea, heading west across the Atlantic.
Canada's historic St John's is a key player in the fishing industry, and its harbour is still a hive of activity. Stroll along Water Street, perhaps visiting the fascinating Newfoundland Museum. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to view Cape Spear, North America's nearest point to Europe, or to Witless Bay, home to North America's largest puffin colony.
A day is spent cruising off the Eastern Seaboard, with opportunities to spend time on deck watching for bird- and aquatic-life.
Today, Marco Polo will cruise into the world's second-largest natural harbour, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Highlights here include the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the fortified Citadel. Further afield, Nova Scotia's rugged coastline and the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove can be explored on an optional excursion.
Another day is spent at sea as Marco Polo cruises south.
A morning call at Charlottetown reveals this delightful capital of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island. The setting for 'Anne of Green Gables', and a gentle, agricultural location fringed by sandy beaches and picturesque inlets, the island draws visitors from along the eastern seaboard and beyond to its pretty shores.
Days 13 and 14
The next two days are spent cruising southwest and into the St Lawrence river. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you relax on board.
Montreal, Canada's second-largest settlement, is also, officially, the world's second-largest French-speaking metropolis. It's a cosmopolitan melange of high culture, high fashion and high tech, its waterfront rivalling Vancouver's for glass and steel, and contrasting with bohemian Plateau Mont Royal and the cobblestones of Vieux Montreal. Discover the city on an optional shore excursion, or plan your own exploration.
Charming, historic Quebec is North America's only walled city. Explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville, see the monumental Citadelle and the Chateau Frontenac hotel, or perhaps join fascinating optional shore excursions to nearby Montmorency Falls or the pilgrimage shrine at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre.
Marco Polo calls today in Saguenay. Explore the pretty city or join a shore excursion into the Parc du Saguenay, an exquisite natural wonderland crowned by the majestic, 270km Saguenay Fjord. In the icy depths beneath its sheer cliffs salt and fresh water mix to create the unique ecosystem that supports the area's whale population.
Today Marco Polo reaches Baie-Comeau, gateway to a vast, beautiful wilderness. The city boasts a fascinating Glacier Exploration Station where there's a chance to immerse yourself in the science of these wonders of nature. There will also be optional shore excursions into the pristine interior.
Another morning call, at Havre-Saint-Pierre on the river's north shore, brings an opportunity to visit the otherworldly limestone islands and granite islets of the Mingan Archipelago, home to seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales.
Cruising along Newfoundland's western shore, we'll call at Corner Brook, beautifully set on the Trans-Canada Highway, at the southern end of idyllic Deer Lake.
Spend a day in the idyllic Iles-de-la-Madeleine, a remote island group bathed by the warming Gulf Stream. The area's unique culture combines French, English and ancient 'Arcadian' traditions. Marco Polo anchors off principal island Cap-Aux-Meules, and there's an opportunity to head ashore to explore.
Our final Canadian Maritime call is at Sydney, Nova Scotia. This gateway to the stunning scenery of Cape Breton Island is one of North America's most beautiful spots, and is home to the scenic Cabot Trail and the Cape Bretons Highlands National Park. You'll discover a deep-rooted Scottish musical heritage here that boasts some of the world's most celebrated folk fiddle-players.
These five days are spent at sea, crossing the Atlantic, bringing the chance to reflect on the countless memories of the last few weeks.
Marco Polo will finish her Atlantic crossing with a short morning call in the historic port-resort of Cobh, gateway to Irish trading city Cork.
On your final day at sea, Marco Polo steams back into the Western Approaches and heads up the Channel towards Tilbury.
Disembark in Tilbury, at the end of an epic transatlantic cruise adventure.