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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

West Indies and Azores

Explore the islands of the Azores, Madeira and the Caribbean on this no-fly cruise across the Atlantic and discover dramatic volcanic landscapes, tropical rainforests and palm-fringed beaches

No Fly Cruise
33 nights

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Bequia
  • Amsterdam
  • Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • St John's, Antigua
  • Basseterre
  • Grenada
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • St Lucia
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • Lisbon

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This epic no-fly cruise to the Azores and Caribbean combines visits to romantic sun-kissed islands with relaxing days at sea.

After spending at day in the quirky city of Amsterdam, enjoy relaxing days at sea as Marco Polo cruises towards the Azores. Discover Ponta Delgada's paved squares with their geometric black and white mosaics, and the colourful port of Horta. Cross the Atlantic Ocean to Antigua's beautiful beaches and perhaps visit Nelson’s Dockyard and Clarence House. Experience the mix of European and Caribbean culture on Saint Maarten and enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Basseterre on St Kitts and Nevis.

See the dramatic Pitons, La Soufrière volcano, Diamond Baths and the sulphur springs on St Lucia before sailing to the Grenadine Islands. Grenada's capital, St George’s, is one of the most picturesque ports in the West Indies and the island is full of palm trees, oleander, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and has a unique British atmosphere with English country churches, red phone boxes and even a Trafalgar Square. On the return crossing of the Atlantic call at Madeira, the 'floating garden of the Atlantic', and the historic city of Lisbon.

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West Indies and Azores Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Marco Polo in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Amsterdam (Holland)

The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is charming and quirky. Magnificent gabled houses and merchants' mansions line the picturesque canals and highlights include the Royal Palace in the centre of the city and many world-class museums including Anne Frank House.

Days 3-6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 7 - Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel (Azores)

Ponta Delgada is the principal port city on the island of Sao Miguel. Discover spectacular architecture, magnificent churches and superb 16th and 17th century artwork.

Day 8 - Horta, Faial

Horta is a colourful small port on Faial Island, one of the nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores. Horta's European influence can be seen in the many fine examples of ornate and beautiful churches, the Torre do Relógio Clock Tower and the 16th-century Forte de Santa Cruz.

Days 9-13 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 14 - St John's (Antigua)

One of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, Antigua's sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery have given it a reputation as a luxury island. The island has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, as well as some of the best watersports in the Caribbean.

Day 15 - Philipsburg (St Maarten)

The island of St Maarten is half-French and half-Dutch territory, and Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side. St Maarten has a lively nightlife and its small capital has good duty-free shops and some of the island's best restaurants.

Day 16 - Basseterre (St Kitts and Nevis)

St Kitts is an island of rolling hills and lush rainforest vegetation. Stroll capital Basseterre's historic district, with its colonial and Creole influences, and spot the Circus, a small roundabout modelled on London's Piccadilly. Later, anchor off a local beach for shore activities.

Day 17 - Castries (St Lucia)

St Lucia is one of the most idyllic Caribbean islands and is known for its dramatic twin peaks of the Pitons. Enjoy the lively Creole character of the island's capital, Castries.

Day 18 - Mayreau (St Vincent)

Privately-owned Mayreau is the smallest of the Grenadine Islands, with just 300 inhabitants, and has two amazing beaches.

Day 19 - Kingstown - Bequia

Kingstown is the capital of the island of St Vincent, which is home to superb botanical gardens, a historic fort and the Soufriere volcano. Bequia is the largest of the Grenadines, with tranquil lagoons, reefs, silvery beaches and a long maritime history.

Day 20 - St George's (Grenada)

The 'Spice Island' of Grenada has a spectacular mountainous interior, dominated by Mount St Catherine, and cascading waterfalls. Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla grow here, and the shore is a winding series of white and black sand beaches edged with rich vegetation.

Day 21 - Bridgetown (Barbados)

Glorious golden beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and rich tropical fields combine with a distinctively British atmosphere to produce a unique charming island.

Days 22-27 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 28 - Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and set in a spectacular natural ampitheatre. A cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the wicker toboggan ride. Popular souvenirs include wicker baskets and the famous Madeira wine.

Day 29 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 30 - Lisbon (Portugal)

The Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Perhaps enjoy a visit to the unique four-storey Belem Tower fortress, the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery or the modern Monument to the Discoveries, shaped like the prow of a sailing ship. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Days 31-33 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 34 - London Tilbury (UK)

Disembark Marco Polo in London Tilbury.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 33-night full board cruise on Marco Polo
  • Traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Informative guest lectures
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port taxes
  • UK currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Transport to and from the ship at the beginning and end of the cruise
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Shore Excursions