Probably easier for people if I use a bullet point system. First the GOOD:
# WEATHER FANTASTIC
# CALM SEAS
# MAGNIFICENT SCENERY
# GREAT COMPANY AT TABLE
Much of what we enjoyed on this trip did not relate/rely on the ship. The Marco Polo is an old ship and much smaller that most. As a result entertainment is limited and the boat is claustophobic. Do not know what this would be like on a long cruise as the cabins are small and ours was on the second top deck with a view.
Food improved as the cruise went on. Courses are small but there are plenty of them. We tended to dine formally as it is a bit of a cafeteria in Marco's. However, the tables in the DR are very close together which makes movement very difficult especially for the less mobile passengers.
This particular cruise did have an elderly feel to it. If you want something a bit less twee then do not go on this one.
# rushed dining - they serve you very quickly which is not necessary on a cruise.
# pushy staff - maybe it was just us but our waiter was pushy when it came to nominations for best staff member. We were actually still eating and I was talking when he interrupted me to inform us that we should vote for him! ( we didn't) Obviously there is pressure to be selected but a less aggressive service style and a bit more civility would pay dividends.
# pressure to buy dvd/photos/cocktails etc. Everything is geared to buy, buy , buy. We have a camera thank you and can take our own photies.
All in all we went on this cruise to see Norway which we did. We are not cruisers and cannot see ourselves going again. By their very nature cruises have to be organised and cruise companies have to make profits. I felt that, as cruie virgins, we were at a distinct disadvantage as to perks/costs etc. Also a cruise with an age range of 65+ carries its fair share of rude,old people who think that age in itself allows them to be pushy and ignorant.