Cruise from Rosyth – 5 Excellent Autumn Voyages

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All departing between August & October 2020 (not as far away as you might think!), we have decided to give you a flavour of what you can expect on each of these grand voyages on board Marco Polo sailing from Rosyth.

1. South Norway Discovery & Oslo Cruise

Stavanger

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Departs 24 October 2020

We shall start with the final of Marco Polo’s voyages sailing out of Rosyth in 2020.

This wonderful Autumnal cruise takes you to the south of Scandinavian gem Norway, where you will be able to explore some truly historic and beautiful cities that call this part of the world home.

This dedicated cruise to the south of the country allows Marco Polo to stop at some exciting ports of call including the country’s southernmost city Kristiansand and the home of the Norwegian fishing industry, Stavanger, one of the most expensive places to live in the world.

Once you arrive you will see why. This special city is clean, friendly and only a short journey away from some magical Scandinavian highlights including the famed, dramatic-looking rock, Preikestolen, only an hour away from the city.

A trip to the south of the country would not be complete without a trip to Norway’s capital – Oslo.

The first stop after a day spent at sea, Oslo, famed for its quality of life, is one of the greatest capitals in the world, combining nature and cutting edge architecture.

To the East lies Bergen, looking out onto the North Sea, a city often called the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ and home to the historic fishing waterfront known as Bryggen.

Newcastle, a final port of call and return back to the British Isles, is where we say goodbye to some holidaymakers as they disembark at ‘The Toon’.

Ports of Call:

  • Oslo, Norway
  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • Stavanger, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Newcastle, England

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2. Autumn Fjordland Cruise

Bergen

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Departs 25 September 2020

Setting sail from the Granite City, this carefully constructed itinerary takes you to truly scenic sights as ports of call including stops deep into the beauty of the famed Norwegian fjords.

After a day spent at sea you arrive at the port of Olden, a village found on the edges of Jostedalsbreen National Park.

The following day, Marco Polo arrives in Flam, famous for its mountainous stretch of railway.

The route takes you some 800 metres above sea level, cutting through, and clinging on to, some stunning scenic landscapes as it weaves its way skywards.

After the experiencing the beauty of Flam, we travel to historical Bergen, before returning to the British coastline, stopping off in Newcastle before sadly arriving back in Rosyth marking the end of your voyage on Marco Polo.

Ports of Call:

  • Olden, Norway
  • Flam, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Newcastle, England

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3. Hidden Baltic Treasures Cruise

Copenhagen

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Departs 2 October 2020

Departing at the start of October, this Baltic treasures cruise offers something a little different, away from the Norwegian fjords.

Starting off by calling at Copenhagen, one of the greatest cities in the world, this cruise will allow you to experience the home of Literary giant Hans Hans Christian Andersen for yourself.

Elsewhere in the city, Nyhavn, the definition of a historic waterfront, dates back to the 17th century.

Moving on, Germany awaits.

At the start of the Baltic Sea, Warnemunde is famous for its long beach that attracts tourists year after year.

Keep an eye out for the town’s lighthouse, a crucial beacon for vessels of all shapes and sizes navigating the Baltic waters.

The island of Bornholm is the next port of call.

Stopping at Ronne, the biggest town on the island, allows you to experience a remote Danish natural landscape in a rather intriguing setting. With cobbled streets and part timbered buildings, Ronne is a special holiday destination.

Be sure to pack your camera!

Found on the Swedish island of Gotland, Visby dates back to Medieval times. Signs of the town’s long history can be spotted everywhere, particularly the preserved City Wall, built to protect its inhabitants.

Heading east across the Baltic Sea, we then arrive in Lithuania, in the port city of Klapeida.

One of the country’s biggest, Klapeida has a long maritime history and tradition.

Attractions include the Lithuanian Sea Museum where you can see everything from Dolphins to old exhibits charting the history of the city’s port.

A final port of call in the Baltic Sea, Gdansk, or ‘Danzig’ in German, is a Polish port rebuilt after being heavily damaged during WWII.

With it’s Long Market, Long Lane and close relationship with the River Motlawa, Gdansk is a great city to explore on foot. Highlights found here include both Neptune’s Fountain and Gdansk Town Hall.

Ports of Call:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Warnemunde, Denmark
  • Ronne, Denmark
  • Visby, Sweden
  • Klapeida, Lithuania
  • Gdansk, Poland
  • Newcastle, England

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4. Iceland Northern Lights Cruise

Iceland

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Departs 13 October 2020

A chance to explore Iceland, the ‘Land of Fire & Ice’, the remote Faroe Islands, and the lovely Orkney & Shetland Isles all in one cruise.

This great itinerary offers the chance to get back in touch with nature and witness some spell-binding sights as you skirt the edges of the Arctic circle before harsh winter weather hides all the sights.

Discovering Shetland on your first port of call, you will then move onto the remote Faroe Islands with capital Torshavn ready to welcome you.

Arriving in this remote part of the world, you will be struck by the array of wildlife that frequent the Faroe Islands.

Look out for Puffins among other rare birds as you explore the Faroes.

An array of mammals can also be spotted off the coast where they call the waters here home.

Next stop is Icelandic capital Reykjavik. Marco Polo spends three days anchored here, allowing plenty of time to experience the best Iceland has to offer.

A stark landscape, dotted with volcanoes, Iceland is a natural paradise.

The perfect re-introduction to civilisation once you have explored further in-land, Reykjavik is known for its food and nightlife.

Saying goodbye to Iceland, Marco Polo then heads to the Faroe Island of Bordoy, stopping at Klaksvik.

With a range of huge hills dominating the skyline, Klaskvik, separated at points by water, is slightly tucked away from view.

After boarding back onto Marco Polo, the ship heads to the Kirkwall of the Orkney Isles, home to St. Magnus Cathedral and Earl’s Palace.

Ports of Call:

  • Lerwick, Shetland Isles
  • Torshavn, Faroes
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Klaksvik, Faroes
  • Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Newcastle, England

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5. Round Britain & River Seine Experience

Isle of Scilly

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Departs 31 August 2020

This late-summer departure takes you to the Emerald Isle, stopping at both Belfast and Ringaskiddy.

Heading in search of the sun, the ship then sails to the Isle of Scilly and St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey.

The historical home of the British Royal Navy, Portsmouth is the 5th port of call on this itinerary.

Leaving the British coast, Marco Polo heads to France across the English Channel before heading in-land, cruising along the romantic River Seine.

During the Seine voyage, ports of call include Rouen and Honfleur. Dating back to the Medieval Ages, Rouen on the Seine is not to be missed. Long associated with Joan of Arc, Rouen was the site of the French Heroine’s execution.

Heading to Normandy, the city of Honfleur has often been the subject of many a painting.

With its lovely harbour, Vieux Bassin, and Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church to look out for, there is much to see and do whilst in Honfleur where the English Channel meets the River Seine.

Ports of Call:

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Ringaskiddy, Ireland
  • St. Marys, Isle of Scilly
  • St. Peter Port, Guernsey
  • Portsmouth, England
  • Rouen, France
  • Honfleur, France
  • Newcastle, England

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