Tall ships cruise
Don't miss your chance to experience the excitement of one of the world's largest and most spectacular maritime celebrations - the Rouen Armada. As Marco Polo cruises across the Channel and up the River Seine you'll be able to explore the pretty ports and countryside of Ireland and the Scilly Isles, visit the historic French cities of Rouen and Le Havre, and step aboard some of the of elegant sailing ships that line the Rouen riverbank between the Esplanade Saint-Gervais and the Guillaume le Conquerant bridge.
Life on board Marco Polo
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Depart Portsmouth
Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth ahead of your late-afternoon cruise departure.
Day Two: St Mary's
This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors here in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Day Three: Dublin
Marco Polo's first stop is Dublin. This great city of culture, once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets are popular with visitors, as are the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day Four: Ringaskiddy
As Marco Polo arrives in the Irish port of Ringaskiddy you’ll have the chance to head ashore to Cork, the historic capital of southwest Ireland. Discover this great trading city, or perhaps join an optional shore excursion into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond - to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, or to Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive “the gift of the gab”.
Day Five: At sea
Spend a day relaxing as Marco Polo cruises around the south-western tip of the UK and into the English Channel.
Days Six and Seven: Rouen
This morning Marco Polo arrives in the ancient city of Rouen for the highlight of your cruise - the Rouen Armada. Evey five or six years, around 50 elegant, tall-masted sailing ships from around the world visit Rouen to become the focal point of a quayside celebration mixing music, fireworks and demonstrations of maritime skill and much more.
We'll spend a full day here, so you have every opportunity to enjoy the Armada, and to visit the Place du Vieux-Marche, site of Saint Joan's martyrdom, see the city's famous one-handed mechanical clock and the stunning Gothic cathedral, and perhaps join an optional excursion to Monet's delightful house and gardens at Giverny.
Day Eight: River Seine navigation and Le Havre
Early this morning, Marco Polo cruises back upriver to the mouth of the Seine and our final port of call: Le Havre. The striking modern architecture that you'll find everywhere in this historic port is the result of the post-war reconstruction project masterminded by Belgian architect, Auguste Perret, and has led to the city's classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, Marco Polo will anchor a little way outside the city to give you the best possible sight of the tall ships of the Armada as they sail out of the Seine and into open waters.
Day Nine: Arrive Portsmouth
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise.
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.
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.
Foreign Office travel advice
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.
*Offer applies to new bookings made from 5th July 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. The applicable percentage discount will be applied first, and the second passenger in the cabin will pay half that discounted price. Single cabin fares will be discounted by a further 25 per cent once the initial percentage discount has been applied. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
Where an extra 5% booking discount is available, this can not be redeemed online – please call.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.