This was our third cruise on Marco Polo. Leaving from Avonmouth (Bristol) was delayed by the late arrival of a coach, and possibly the weather. This meant that tide was missed, and with a locking window of only an hour Marco Polo had to wait 12 hours for the next tide.
The outbound passage then meant that the call at La Coruna was not made.
Christmas Day was spent at sea and the first port of call was Lisbon. What a lovely city. Take a tour on the Red Bus, hop on hop off. Don't miss the Carriage Museum or the Military Museum.
Because of the delay Gibraltar was also missed, much to my disappointment, but again the earlier weather was to blame.
The next stop was the Canary Isles. Arrecife on Lanzarotte was a disappointment made up for by Gran Canaria and Tenerrife.
Funchal on Madiera was next for the New Years fireworks. The whole voyage, for me, was worth it for the 8 mins 47 secs of the display. Quite fabulous.
An evening call at Vigo on the way back was enjoyed by quite a few passengers, we stayed on board.
The crossing of the Bay of Biscay was rough and with Marco Polo unable to made the necessary speed towards Avonmouth, she diverted to Southampton.
Coaches were ready to take the passengers back to Avonmouth.
It has to be said that during the time at sea there were some injuries to passengers, but these were due to the weather and not the fault of the company or the ship.
The cabin we were allocated was very good, The staff as always were excellent and the food in the Waldorf Restraunt and Marco's Bistro was good.