This was our first cruise and we had received so many positive comments from regular cruisers on the pleasures of cruising that we thought we should give it a try. The Northern Lights was the main reason we chose the Marco Polo and had we not seen them, the whole episode would have been a complete disaster. The ship is looking somewhat tired with the carpets for example in many of the public lounges showing extensive wear. The food was of an adequate standard but nothing to write home about and the cost of a glass of wine with your meal was extortionate at £5.00. Fortunately our cabin was of a fairly good standard, being larger than some hotel rooms and had quite surprising level of wardrobe and drawer space. Our Stewardess was magnificent and maintained a very high level of service throughout the cruise.
The shore excursions were somewhat of a rip off, they were expensive for what you actually received and had we done our homework before sailing, we would have made our own arrangements. Experienced cruisers on board went ashore independently and used the shuttle buses, from what they told us, they had a far better view of Norway than we did. Entertainment on board was "Butlins at Sea" - dire!!
I have been told on many occasions that this cruise should not jaundice our opinion of cruises in general and that compared to other ships, this was a poor example. I hope they are correct because if I thought for one minute that this was the standard expected, I wouldn't go near another cruise no matter what the price.