Friday, 29 November 2013

Marco Polo - the Cape Crusader

Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) 0844 414 6185 will be heading off to the North Cape and the Land of the Midnight Sun* on the 4th of July. Marco Polo will depart from Newcastle on US Independence Day for a unique and eventful cruise for 14 nights. Prices from £1209pp.

From the Port of Tyne Marco Polo journeys off to Norway’s spectacular coastline on this unusual voyage taking you high above the Arctic Circle to experience the thrill of ‘White Nights’ in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Along the way you cruise pass picturesque villages and isolated communities, enjoy splendid fjord scenery and dramatic landscapes.

Geirangerfjord is the perfect introduction to Norway and you can enjoy the mountain tops and cascading waterfalls before taking the ship’s tender ashore to tiny Geiranger. Take the opportunity of an optional tour on the incredibly steep mountain roads to reveal beautiful nature and a memorable view back to the fjord and your floating hotel.

The Lofoten Islands should perhaps be called ‘not often’ as not many ships include this area and its remarkable terrain. From Gravdal (Lofoten Islands) you explore the dramatic landscape dotted with picturesque villages and the traditional red ‘rorbuer’ waterside cabin style houses.

Marco Polo now visits Kirkenes - the capital of the Barents region, here you have the option to view the border crossing between Norway and Russia before cruising into Russian waters for a call in Murmansk. CMV excursions can show you the highlights of the city that received the Arctic convoys during the Second World War. Few people will want to miss a tour to the dramatic North Cape from Honningsvåg. The tiny village is in complete contrast to the ‘capital’ of the north Tromsø. Here you can visit the elegant Arctic Cathedral, fascinating museums, or take an exciting cable car ride to the summit of Mount Storsteinen. After a day at sea, during which you will be given a view of the magnificent Svartisen Glacier. Marco Polo then calls in Åndalsnes with an optional tour on the famous Trollstigen mountain road. Charming Bergen with its colourful waterfront and delightful shops selling traditional souvenirs is a fitting finale to this cruise before returning to Newcastle. for more information on this and other CMV cruises

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