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Marco Polo Cruise Review by blue hurworth

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Marco Polo
Marco Polo
Member Name: blue hurworth
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: London (Tilbury)
Destination: Transatlantic
Cabin Category: 1
Cabin Number: 207
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
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A great experience

Reading the negative reviews of the ship it would be easy to conclude the Marco Polo is one to avoid. Nothing could be further from the truth. We went on the 42 day Amazon cruise and it was exactly as we expected and a great experience, even down to the bad weather in the Bay of Biscay and across the Atlantic. The clue was in the sailing dates, January 5th to February 16th, spotted it yet "WINTER MONTHS" in the Atlantic, never going to be a mill pond experience! The other clue to the Marco polo is in the prices you pay for the cruise! Anyone remember the old saying, "You get what you pay for" but as regards VALUE FOR MONEY I give Marco Polo 10 out of 10. If you want Michelin Star food, formal nights where the dress code really is black tie, a ball room, a west end quality theatre and a chocolate on your pillow at night then book on a Cunard Queen and pay the extra. The Marco Polo is a small ship with limited facilities, that's what you get on a small ship! The show lounge isn't a west end theatre, although the entertainment staff work very hard and provide some very good shows, the food is of a good resteraunt quality but not outstanding and the service is attentive, prompt and friendly and our cabin stewardess Nattalia, was an absolute delight, as was our table waiter Kevin and many, many other crew members on board who made the voyage great fun, but the passanger to staff ratio cannot give the same level of service as a Queen. We loved the Marco Polo, it took us places a big ship couldn't go and provided an intimate exoerience a big ship sometimes lacks. There were the usual things that could have been better! The TV started repeating the programes less than half way through the cruise and the timing of the second show in the evening at 2200 meant if you were second sitting dinner then you sometimes had to chose between eating desert and seeing the show. As for the entertainment starting at 2130 in Scotts Bar or the Captains Club, then second sitting dinners just had to forgett about them! Better co-ordination of the meals and the entertainment would have been a huge improvement. Maybe something for the new cruise director to take on board!

Publication Date: 02/24/14
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