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Our Glorious Isles and Ireland

Visit some of the most remote, and most beautiful, regions of the UK as Marco Polo cruises around Britain from Portsmouth. Discover astonishing island scenery and tiny, perfect ports on Orkney, Shetland, Mull and the Isle of Lewis, and perhaps explore the heather-clad glens of the Highlands as Marco Polo anchors in the great natural harbour of Invergordon.

Discover vibrant Belfast, home to the glittering Titanic Quarter, and spend a day soaking up the atmosphere in the city's museums, pubs and bars. Visit Cork, southwest Ireland's historic, lively capital and foodie mecca, and cruise around the southern tip of the Emerald Isle to call in Bantry and to explore the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry.

What does this price include?

  • 13 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1700hrs

    Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0845hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Today's call at Leith offers up the chance to discover Edinburgh's many landmarks – from the Royal Mile and Princes Street to the iconic Castle that watches over the city from atop its hill. Why not visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is moored nearby?

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

    This morning we'll tie up in the great natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland's rugged East Coast. Step ashore to explore, or join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to Loch Ness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the fine course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Glen Ord Distillery.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Today Marco Polo arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    Marco Polo's next northern island call is the Shetland Isles capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.

  • Arrive: 0830hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Marco Polo anchors off Stornoway, the capital of Lewis. Explore the town, or take the excursion to the mysterious and ancient Standing Stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly four thousand years old.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Tobermory’s waterfront parade of multi-coloured houses welcomes Marco Polo to the lovely island of Mull. Explore this delightful little town, visit nearby Duart Castle or simply let the spectacular coastal scenery take your breath away.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter developments that pay homage to the ill-fated vessel, or join an optional excursion to the vast stone staircase of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast beyond.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Marco Polo’s next call is Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey, just off the northwest tip of Wales. The island is a place of stunning countryside and beaches, and its sights include the spectacular ruins of Beaumaris Castle, and the three bridges across the Menai Strait that separates the island from mainland Wales. Its highlight, however, is arguably the iconic, 58-lettered railway sign of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch – the little village that boasts the second-longest place name in the world.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

    Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour of Cobh. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, to head into the beautiful rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city, for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

    Skirting the coast of south west Ireland, Marco Polo heads to exquisite Bantry Bay. Go ashore at Glengariff, a green oasis where sub-tropical plants flourish set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains. Take an excursion into County Kerry and Killarney National Park, which sits beneath the wonderfully named Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Portsmouth, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful 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.

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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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