Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo is diverting to Newcastle, instead of Hull, due to significant delays during its current “Baltic Cities & St Petersburg” cruise.
Bob McGowan, Head of Customer Services for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, said: “During her previous Baltic Cities & St Petersburg cruise, Marco Polo unfortunately experienced a long delay when transitting the Kiel Canal due to essential maintenance works in the Brunsbuttel lock and one of the large lock chambers being out of order. We therefore took the decision to re-direct Marco Polo to Newcastle (Port of Tyne) where there are no tidal restrictions or lock navigation like Hull. Had the change not been made, Marco Polo would have arrived into Hull on the next high-water tide during the evening which would have meant a delayed sailing the following morning and so affecting the onward voyage to Rosyth.”
Marco Polo was scheduled to embark passengers, including Cruise Capital’s Editor, Jordan, in Hull tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11, for a one-night party cruise to Edinburgh and a 21-night “Arctic, Greenland, Iceland & Faroes” cruise.
Instead, coaches will transport passengers between Hull and Newcastle, a two and a half hour journey, as well as laying on transport for those who should have been ending their cruise in Hull.
Check in will now take place in Newcastle between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Marco Polo will then depart the Port of Tyne at 1:30am, arriving into Rosyth as scheduled at 4pm.
In recognition of the disruption, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be giving each cabin £30 on board credit.
Marco Polo is due to arrive in Newcastle at 3:30pm and depart at 1:30am.
Passengers seeking further information should visit the Cruise & Maritime Voyages website or speak with their agent.