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Marco Polo Cruises

With half a century of cruising behind her, elegant Marco Polo is one of the UK’s favourite cruise ships. With a maximum passenger capacity of 850, her relatively small size means that you’ll enjoy a more intimate and personal cruising experience than that offered by her modern, mega-ship cousins. Join us on our Marco Polo cruises for an unforgettable holiday at sea.

Joining your cruise couldn’t be easier, with sailings from a range of ports around the country. From your chosen departure port you can set sail on round-Britain cruises, journeys to the Norwegian Fjords or the Baltic Cities, or cruises to the coastal ports of France, Portugal and Spain. Alternatively, head to farther-flung destinations, such as Canada’s eastern seaboard, the mid-Atlantic Azores or the sun-kissed islands of the Caribbean. 

Marco Polo cruises are exclusively for adults, with the emphasis on traditional British cruising. The combination of well-planned itineraries, excellent facilities, sumptuous food and friendly and attentive service ensures that you can look forward to a highly enjoyable and memorable holiday.

Ship Facilities

  • Cabins: 425
  • Passengers: 850
  • Decks: 8
  • Gross Tonnage: 22,088grt
  • Length: 578.4ft (176.3m)
  • Beam: 77.4ft (23.6m)
  • Draft: 26.9ft (8.2m)
  • Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots

Marco Polo By Day

As Marco Polo arrives in each port of call, you’ll have the chance to explore, either at your own pace or on shore excursions lead by knowledgeable tour guides. Back aboard the ship, a wealth of leisure facilities and activities ensure your days spent at sea are equally fun-filled.

Foodies will be spoilt for choice, with Marco Polo’s chefs going out of their way to cook delectable feasts from morning through to night. The health conscious can burn off the calories at the on-board gym, choose to go for a swim or opt to go for a turn around the complete circuit of Columbus Deck.  

During your down-time, choose to indulge yourself at the Wellness Centre, where you might opt for a massage, a beauty treatment or a soak in a deck-top Jacuzzi. Alternatively, challenge you fellow passengers to a game in the Nansen Card Room, recline on a sun lounger next to the swimming pool, or cosy up with a book in the Livingstone Library.

A daily programme of activities and events will keep you entertained throughout the day. Perhaps learn millinery, calligraphy or the art of jewellery making at a craft session; attend fascinating lectures from guest speakers; test your general knowledge in the daily quiz; or keep fit at an exercise or dance class.

Marco Polo By Night

Enjoy dinner each evening in the elegant Waldorf restaurant, the ship’s beautiful dining room, which operates two sittings. Alternatively, more informal dining takes places at Marco’s Restaurant, a light and relaxed bistro located next to the pool – the perfect spot for eating al fresco on warm days. On every cruise there will be Captain’s Welcome and Farewell parties, as well as a number of themed dinners at which you’ll enjoy local cuisine from the day's port of call.

Your evening might continue at one of the ship’s five lounges and bars, including the Marco Polo Show Lounge – where you can sit back to enjoy nightly cabaret shows. Alternatively, retreat to the Columbus Lounge piano bar or the Captain’s Club for a nightcap, or choose to dance the night away at Scott’s nightclub.

Iceland and Land of the Northern Lights
Go in search of the astonishing Aurora Borealis - Discover the "Land of Fire and Ice" - Call at a four delightful ports
  • 13 days from: £799pp
  • Was: £1799pp
  • Tilbury
  • 12 October 2019
  • Marco Polo
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Norway and Land of the Northern Lights
Sail beyond the Arctic Circle - The awe-inspiring sight of the Aurora Borealis - Calls at seven exceptional ports
  • 14 days from: £849pp
  • Was: £1949pp
  • Tilbury
  • 24 October 2019
  • Marco Polo
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French Festive Getaway
Festive relaxation on board Marco Polo - See the pre-Christmas festivities in Joan of Arc’s Rouen - Discover the pretty Impressionists' haven, Honfleur
  • 6 days from: £299pp
  • Was: £709pp
  • Bristol
  • 08 December 2019
  • Marco Polo
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Festive Dublin
Join the festive crowds in Dublin’s Grafton Street - Check out the famous pubs on O'Connell Street - The festive sights and shopping in the "fair city"
  • 4 days from: £199pp
  • Was: £449pp
  • Bristol
  • 15 December 2019
  • Marco Polo
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Festive Cobh Cruise
Step aboard for a slice of Irish Christmas fare - Cobh, your gateway to lively Cork, maritime gem - Enjoy seasonal dining and entertainment on board
  • 4 days from: £199pp
  • Was: £449pp
  • Bristol
  • 18 December 2019
  • Marco Polo
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Christmas and New Year Canaries and Madeira Cruise
Sail south to sun-kissed Atlantic islands - Spend Christmas Day at sea - Calling at seven delightful ports
  • 16 days from: £1099pp
  • Was: £2519pp
  • Bristol
  • 22 December 2019
  • Marco Polo
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Majestic Fjordland Cruise
See the fjords in summertime glory - Five wonderful ports of call - Two lazy days at sea
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  • 9 days from: £779pp
  • Was: £1299pp
  • Hull
  • 09 August 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Iceland, the Land of Ice & Fire Cruise
Explore Iceland's rugged, beautiful coast - An day in the island's colourful capital, Reykjavik - Toytown-like Torshavn, the capital of the Faroes
Best seller
  • 13 days from: £1169pp
  • Was: £1949pp
  • Hull
  • 17 August 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Grand African and Indian Ocean Voyage
Exotic Casablanca – a world away from Bogart's sleepy town - Discover the volcanic Cape Verde Isle of Sao Vicente - Napoleon’s home-in-exile St Helena
  • 79 days from: £5999pp
  • Was: £11999pp
  • Bristol
  • 06 January 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Azores, Madeira and Portuguese Highlights
Sail south to sun-kissed islands in the Atlantic - Enjoy lazy days at sea - Calls at six wonderful ports
  • 15 days from: £1069pp
  • Was: £2129pp
  • Bristol
  • 24 March 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Easter River Seine Experience
Enjoy a delightful short spring cruise - Sail south and across the Channel - Four delightful ports of call
  • 8 days from: £589pp
  • Was: £1069pp
  • Bristol
  • 07 April 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Treasures of the British Isles
Spring island calls at both ends of Britain - Explore eight contrasting ports - Normandy’s pretty Impressionists’ retreat, Honfleur
  • 12 days from: £969pp
  • Was: £1759pp
  • Bristol
  • 14 April 2020
  • Marco Polo
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Marco Polo's Grand Oriental Odyssey Cruise
Call at over 40 wonderful places across the globe - Once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences - Gibraltar, Malta and Limassol – the centre of Cypriot wine-production
  • 111 days from: £8299pp
  • Bristol
  • 05 January 2021
  • Marco Polo
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Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights Cruise
Sail south to sun-kissed islands - Enjoy lazy days at sea - Call at six wonderful ports
  • 15 days from: £1089pp
  • Bristol
  • 25 April 2021
  • Marco Polo
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