do not beleive the reviews on here about the Marco Polo - I can only assume that the prople writing them have low standards or have not been on a proper cruise before.
We were really looking forward to a short bank holiday break - and having done short cruises before with NCL and RCCI and read the Marco Polo reviews thought this seemed like a good idea.
How wrong we were.
it is a rare thing to be able to say that the best thing about a cruise is the inside cabin (and even that was not anything special).
the food was terrible - again, not usually a problem on a cruise ship.
coffe was watery - the coffee machines on deck were filthy and old - the coffee cups were not all filthy - but you had to pick up a few first to find a clean one. i hate to think what things are like behind the scenes if the "on display" areas are this disgusting.
breakfast: a few stale croissants and other stale pastries - the chococale criossants had some horrible strange congealed filling. the sausages were inedible. the eggs undercooked. usually on cruise lines there is a huge choice at breakfast - not on the marco polo. I ended up having one slice of cold overcooked toast and some baked beans and then ate properly when we got off the ship - which we couldnt wait to do.
in amsterdam (first stop) the ship did not dock at the cruise terminal - but at a port some 20 minutes away which seemed to be a cargo port for the adjoining nissan factory. we had a long queue to get off and then had to wait for a coach. we discussed not getting back on the ship in Amsterdam - and if we had all our luggage with us, we would not have bothered getting back on.
we had dinner at both the buffet restaurant and the main dining room (hoping after the first night in the main dining room that the buffet might be better) - both were terrible - the buffet being slightly worse. the only thing edible that evening at the buffet was some boiled potatoes and some sort of cabbage and tofu stir fry. and a bread roll.
the highlight (or rather lowlight)of the main dining room food was one of the starters - some sort of cheap tesco value raw tomato stuffed with what was described as "meat" but looked like cat food. i have never seen anything like it in my life. the fish pie looked and smelled like vomit on a plate. it was poor quality ready meals all round at dinner.
the boat seemed to list the whole time and i think probably lacks any kind of stabilisers as it was an extremely rough ride.
the facilities were terrible - they had obviously tried to make some effort with the inside spaces - but silk purse and so's ear stuff really. the pool was jawdroppinggly bad - filled with cloudy water. Quite frankly the boat should be scrapped. Only the british would put up with these low standards.
the only saving grace was that we were not on it for any longer. we couldnt wait to get off.
save your money and go on a proper cruise - and for those people who think its the best thing since sliced bread, you really need to get out more.
I have only rated this "1" star as there is not the ability to rate as zero.
you couldn't pay me to go on this ship again