Join Caravan-Serai this summer on an Arctic Adventure! We have reserved 10 standard twin cabins on the Marco Polo (part of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages line) to cruise from Rosyth, Scotland to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland before returning to Scotland. The cruise begins on July 12 and ends on August 1, 2017. Registration deadline is March 13, 2017.
Price: $2839 pp/do cruise only SOLD OUT
July 12: Rosyth, Scotland (United Kingdom) Embarkation and ship departs at 2300.
July 13: At Sea
July 14: Torshavn (Faroe Islands) Arrive at 0700, depart at 1700. Once the site of an annual Viking gathering, Tórshavn is today one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world. It sits on the southern tip of Streymoy, one of eighteen islands in the Faroese archipelago. Tinganes is the old part of the town where characteristic, red wooden buildings with turf-covered roofs cluster on a narrow peninsula. It juts into the natural harbor around which the modern town has been built. The Faroe Islands have a wild and dramatic landscape, which is a magnificent backdrop to optional excursions showing how islanders live on this remote and unspoiled archipelago.
July 15: Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) Ship arrives at 1200 and departs at 1800.
July 16: Akureyri (Iceland) Arrive in port at 0900 and depart at 1900. Akureyri lies at the head of the 60-kilometer long Eyjafjördur, which is the longest fjord in Iceland. The capital of the north, which was founded as a trading post, is today an attractive town with colorful houses and well-kept gardens. It is also home to both the northernmost botanical garden and northernmost golf course in the world. Optional excursions highlight Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes including surreal rock formations, the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skutastadir and the stunning, crescent-shaped Godafoss Waterfall. Laufas Folk Museum, or Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest spa, are relaxing alternatives.
July 17: At Sea
July 18: Land by launch or tender Tasiilaq, Ammassalik (Greenland) Ship arrives at 0800 and departs at 1700. Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik, is a town in the Sermersooq municipality in the south east of Greenland and is the most populated town on Greenland’s east coast. Sitting just below the Arctic Circle, Tasiilaq is a picturesque and idyllic place with traditional brightly colored houses, trickling streams and snow capped mountains surrounding the town. Home to some unique flora and fauna, the region is a strikingly beautiful place with plenty of trails and routes to walk in the summer months with stunning views, especially from Tasiilaq’s Cairn, built in 1944 to celebrate the town’s 50th anniversary.
July 18: Lichtenau and Tasermuit Fjord Passage (Greenland)
July 19: At Sea
July 20: Land by launch or tender Narsarsuaq (Greenland) Ship arrives at 0800 and departs at 1300. Narsarsaug is a settlement in Greenland in the municipality of Kujalleq. Significant in Norse history as being near to the location of famed explorer Erik the Red’s farm Brattahlið, Narsarsaug is today a destination for tourists keen to see the learn more about the Eastern Settlement of the Norsemen which is nearby. Containing an airport, converted from the airbase built during World War II by the Americans, Narsarsuag also features the unique Arboretum Groenlandicum, an Arctic botanical garden that is home to more than 110 species of trees stretching across 15 hectares.
July 20: Tunugdliarfik Fjord Passage
July 21: At Sea
July 22: Land by launch or tender Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) (Greenland) Arrive at 1300 and depart at 2300.
July 23: Land by launch or tender Ilulissat (Jakobshavn) (Greenland) Arrive at 0600 and depart at 1400.
July 24: Sisimiut (Greenland) Arrive at 0800 and depart at 1800.
July 25: Land by launch or tender Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) Ship arrives at 0700 and departs at 1600.
July 26: Nuuk (Godthaab) (Greenland) Ship arrives at 0800 and departs at 1300
July 27: At Sea
July 28: Cape Farewell Passage
July 29: Reykjavík (Iceland) Ship arrives in port at 0930 and departs at 2100. Part old Norse, part modern city, the Icelandic capital has a quirky character of its own. Although Reykjavik is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, it is home to almost half of Iceland’s population. Mosaics, murals and sculptures are found throughout the oldest part of the town where brightly colored houses with tin roofs are watched over by the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church. The classic ‘Golden Circle’ featuring vast lava fields, bubbling mud pools, crashing waterfalls and spouting geysers, is a popular optional excursion along with the chance to bathe in the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon.
July 30: At Sea
July 31: At Sea
August 1: Rosyth, Scotland (United Kingdom) 0900 Disembarkation.
Note: The shore excursions can range anywhere from 20 pounds to 200 pounds depending on what you are doing. The mid-range is about 55 pounds. Shore Excursions, drink package and gratuities are not included. The drink package averages to $22.00 per day per person. The drink package includes all your beer, wine, alcoholic drinks, soda, juice and water. Gratuities are 5 pounds per day per person and this will take care of everybody serving you. 5 pounds is approximately $7.00, but can change a bit. The shore excursions for this cruise will become available 8-6 weeks prior to sail date.
Port of Embarkation and Debarkation: Rosyth, Scotland, UK – airport closest is EDI – Edinburgh. Train or taxi from the airport is available. More information about transfers will be available prior to the cruise date.
Cost: $2839 pp/do standard outside cabin
Ship Name: Marco Polo
The Marco Polo holds approximately 800 passengers. She is a classic and a beautiful ship. I would say our cruise are comparable to Holland America. The Marco Polo has a very loyal following and has even had a book written about her by Richard Clammer.
The 22,080grt Bahamian flagged Marco Polo cruise ship with her handsome traditional profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull is a classic ocean liner. She can accommodate up to 800 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience. The ms Marco Polo is fully stabilized and air conditioned and has eight passenger decks serviced by three main lobbies and four lifts.
The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of public facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro. There are five main lounge areas. The Magellan Deck offers the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge; the elegant Captain’s Club, a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist; relaxing Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views; and the stylish Columbus Lounge where the head barman will soon get to know your favorite drink. Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal spot for night owls.
• Cruise Line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
• Gross Tonnage: 22,080grt
• Registry : Bahamas
• Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas
• Passenger Capacity: 425 cabins (max 800 passengers)
• Re-built Greece 1993
• Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots
• Passenger Decks: 8
• Lifts: 4
• Electric Current 100/220V AC
• Stabilized & Air Conditioned: Yes
• Officers & Crew: International
• Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International
Length 578.4ft (176.3m)
Beam 77.4ft (23.6m)
Cabin: Standard Twin Outside Room
Average size 119 sq ft/11.08 sq m Situated on the Caribic and Baltic Decks, these cabins have twin lower beds and most benefit from ocean views through two portholes. They have a bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, music console and personal safe.