Having read a number of less than complimentary reviews about the Marco Polo we were delighted to find we had a wonderful cruise.The ship is the smallest cruise liner we have sailed on,but good things come in small packages.
Embarkation was quick and painless,and our cases were delivered to our cabin within half an hour of our arrival,and that is a first.
Our cabin was spotlessly clean and comfortable,and our every need was taken care of by our cabin steward Saw.
We ate practically all the time in the Waldorf restaurant,apart from a couple of times when we had afternoon tea in Marco's buffet.The food was most acceptable,maybe not luxurious,but there was plenty of it plus lots of variety.Drinks in the bars were very reasonable,a lot less than on a number of other ships.
We visited Invergordon for Inverness,Ullapool instead of Stornaway as the weather was too bad for the tenders to land,Tobermory,Dublin,Isles of Scilly,Jersey and Honfleur.Unfortunately,and this is the case with all the lines we have cruised with,the shore excursions were very overpriced,so apart from having a trip to Giverny we did our own thing.Apart from one day in Tobermory where it poured with rain,we had lovely sunny weather.
This ship had it's full capacity of passengers but we never had the feeling of overcrowding and could always find a seat either on deck or inside.
The crew were wonderful,very helpful,caring and unfailingly polite.The way they assisted the more elderly passengers on and off the tenders was wonderful to say.Cleaning and painting was going on all the time,but was quite inobtrusive,the ship was spotless.
The selection of entertainment on board was very varied,and most professional,something for everyone.
Marco Polo is a delightful little ship,and we wouldn't hesitate to cruise on her again.