Entertainment onboard the Marco Polo is a nice balance between traditional cruise offerings and enrichment programmes. Daytime activities revolve around enrichment lecturers; there is at least one destination-related lecturer on every voyage, and longer voyages with more sea days may have additional lecturers as well.
Lectures aside, you will find special performances by evening entertainers, team trivia, bridge tournaments, ballroom dance lessons by professional dance instructors and the like.
In the evening, the main entertainment is in the Marco Polo Lounge, the ship's show lounge/theatre. There are generally two production shows a week. The singers and dancers are quite energetic, given the amount of performing that's expected of them, though obviously the small Marco Polo Lounge can't offer the same staging and special effects as the theaters of larger ships. Shows are staged once for each dinner seating. (This seems adequate given the number of passengers who attend.)
Perhaps the most popular nighttime venue is the Captain's Club Lounge, a lovely, full-beam room decorated in soft earth tones and located just aft of the Marco Polo Lounge on Deck 8. This is the location where the ship's pianist plays. The third major evening entertainment spot is the colorfully (but not glitzily) decorated Scott's Bar, another full-beam room located all the way aft on Deck 9. The ship's musicians perform here for dancing earlier in the evening, and later the room is transformed into the popular disco.
Many of the singers and dancers are also the cruise staff, handling activities like trivia and even dispatching shore excursions during the day. Not only do they perform both roles well, but this also gives you the added enjoyment of feeling like you know the people onstage during the production shows -- because you do!
The shore excursion selection in many ports is perhaps a bit more limited than some other cruise lines, but they are well-chosen, and prices also tend to be somewhat lower than the major lines. In ports with good facilities or longer stays, the disembarkation process is simple, but in ports with minimal access and/or short stopovers, exiting the ship can become a crowded and chaotic affair.