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Marco Polo Cruise Review by motomuse

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Marco Polo
Marco Polo
Member Name: motomuse
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Tilbury
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: 11
Cabin Number: 808
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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This was a our first cruise together as a retired couple from the US. The Marco Polo is a relatively old ship built in 1965. It shows its age in terms of some noise during the sailing at night between ports. We could feel vibration in the beds & a creaking noise near the door, but not so bad that it kept us from sleeping. I used earplugs & a small sound machine. Our room steward did a great job attending to the room twice a day. As far as we knew, we were the only Americans on board. The fellow British passengers & crew were very gracious.

We had the 6pm dinner seating and thoroughly enjoyed the meals & tablemates. At lunch we also ate in the Waldorf dining area & met new people each day that way. The waitstaff is very efficient. The entertainment was varied & of good quality.

Because of this being a smaller ship, there was no waiting in line for embarkation or disembarkation. Very short lines at the casual buffet or coffee/tea service. The shore excursions were all in the Norwegian Fjords, so the scenery was gorgeous. They seemed rather pricey, so we elected not to sign up for any of the excursions. Instead, we walked around the port villages & did the sightseeing on our own.

We enjoyed the jacuzzis on the top deck & I had a very nice facial at the Jade Spa. We didn't participate much in the organized games/activities. We usually spent our free time lounging in the bar areas listening to the lovely live music & enjoying the views out the windows.

Publication Date: 09/02/11
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