Ireland & The Atlantic Islands

Join Marco Polo at Liverpool for a fascinating, high-summer cruise, on which warmer days and blue skies are all but guaranteed, calling first at Ireland and the Scilly Isles, before continuing to four Portuguese outposts in the mid-Atlantic – three of the lovely islands of the Azores and the Garden Island, Madeira. Visits to the Spanish Armada’s home port, La Coruña, and the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon, round off this excellent cruise.

Join Marco Polo as she departs from Bristol Avonmouth and cruises to La Coruña, from where you can visit Santiago de Compostela, final destination of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail, on an optional excursion. Leaving mainland Europe, you’ll cruise south to even warmer climes, and to the Azores. Here, several wonderful calls await, including Horta, on delightful Faial, known as the ‘blue island’, and elegant, cosmopolitan Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago.

Continue south to the island idyll of Madeira, where you’ll call at floral paradise, Funchal, before Marco Polo turns north for home. A stop at Lisbon caps off your voyage.

What does this price include?

  • 17 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
  • Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
  • Luggage porterage from port to cabin
  • Port taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1600hrs

    Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth ahead of your afternoon cruise departure.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 2100hrs

    Marco Polo arrives in Cobh, this morning. Join our optional shore excursion to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland. Alternatively, you may wish to head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond, to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, famed for its fine food and sea fishing, or to famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    The blue waters of the Scilly Isles welcome you to St Mary’s, today. Here, tiny Hugh Town waits to be explored, and you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Abbey Gardens on Tresco – where the mild winter and long summer days offer an unexpected haven for exotic plants from around the globe.

  • Arrive: 0930hrs

    Depart: 1845hrs

    Bid farewell to some of your fellow travellers, today, and say hello to some new shipmates as Marco Polo calls in the British maritime city of Bristol.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    This morning, Marco Polo arrives in the historic Spanish port of La Coruña. Step ashore to explore its atmospheric medieval quarter, stroll the extensive seafront promenade, or perhaps take a shore excursion to the famous pilgrimage destination, Santiago de Compostela.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 2100hrs

    Today we'll reach the Azores, and tie up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabecao Gordo, which boasts breath-taking views of the entire archipelago.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 2100hrs

    Your second Azores call is Terceira, known as the Purple Isle thanks to its lilacs and wisterias. Here you might decide to explore the island's extraordinary caves, discover the ornate churches and bull-running traditions of the capital, Angra do Heroismo, or spend the day on the wonderful beaches close to the historic port of Praia da Vitória.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Marco Polo's next stop is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of São Miguel, the largest of the islands in the Azores. Here you'll have an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic adventurers for centuries.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'!

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    The Portuguese capital Lisbon is Marco Polo's final port. Stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district, and climb aboard one of the city's famous trams. See the extraordinary Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, and the striking modern buildings of the Baixa.

  • Arrive: 0945hrs

    Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Bristol, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. An optional coach transfer back to Liverpool will be available to book in advance.

Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.


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How many passengers?
Adults 2
Children 0

Further Information

  • British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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