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Bristol (Avonmouth) to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

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British Isles & Western Europe
Bristol (Avonmouth)

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27 Bristol (Avonmouth) to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews


highseasally avatar

highseasally

1 Review Written

You get what you pay for!

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We chose this cruise based on itinerary. We knew that the ship was older and expected, "quaint!" and it was quaint. Very clean and over all, not bad for it's age. Had we wanted five star sailing, we would have gone ...
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Sail Date January 2020


geoffstravels avatar

geoffstravels

7 Reviews Written

181 Helpful Votes

This is cruising at the very bottom of the market

My wife and I are experienced cruisers with over one thousand sea days. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary with St Helena and Suez canal top of our list of "to do's". First impressions of the ship, ...
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Sail Date January 2020


cruisingjune avatar

cruisingjune

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Should go in to retirement

From the large warehouse for embarkment in Bristol thoughts of cheap and cheerful came in to my head. On board there was a smell of diesel in the lower decks. Cabin was clean but as the ship is 55 years old could ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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1fifthavenue

10 Reviews Written

106 Helpful Votes

Wasn't prepared for just how terrible it would be!

In early October 2019 we took a 3 night mini cruise on the CMV Magellan, which was built in the 80s and served as the Carnival Holiday, hence her dolphin wings on the funnel. We had booked an outside cabin and ...
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Sail Date October 2019


Tonlew avatar

Tonlew

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Mutton dressed as lamb

We sailed from Portbury in Bristol which was great as we only live 40 minutes away. The embarkation was very quick and smooth and the luggage was in out cabin within a few hours of us arriving. We were sailing to ...
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Sail Date September 2019


Novbob avatar

Novbob

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Very relaxed - and changed my mind about cruising

To set the scene, I've cruised once before on the Marco Polo eight years ago - and vowed never to do a cruise again. A converted Russian ice breaker does not a cruise ship make - but did do us well through a gale ...
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Sail Date September 2019


stevemag avatar

stevemag

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

This ship needs to be retired

I choose this cruise mainly because of the destination and from the reviews thought the ship although old would be ok. First let me say i love cruising and have done 45-50 cruises with very few complaints but ...
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Sail Date March 2019


Ms Rolf avatar

Ms Rolf

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Great first time cruise

The Marco Polo is an old ship but she's been lovingly looked after. She's kept spotlessly clean by the staff. The cabin we had (for 3 people) was a little small (I had the top "bunk") but again it's clean and ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Grahambrooks2

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Overcrowded ship

Brilliant itinerary, good food and friendly staff, service excellent. Too many people on board for the size of ship. All activities over subscribed. Ship like a long corridor, so passengers and staff passing ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Trotters12

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Marco polo

South America cruise excellent. Ship old but very good. Lots of activities on sea days. Trips expensive but easy to make your own way. Food very good. Staff couldn't do enough for you. Many solo travellers. ...
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Sail Date January 2019


Grumpy64 avatar

Grumpy64

4 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Great crew and itinerary.

We did a 10 week cruise so we had a fairly extensive experience of life on board. The ship was built in 1963 for the Russian market and refitted in 1993. Issues: The hot three hot drinks machines, two inside ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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glumonion

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

A Christmas Cruise (kind of).

We have never cruised before, and wanting to get away for the whole Christmas Period, this cruise fitted the bill. It appeared good value compared to alternative festive getaways and we had a good time, but all was ...
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Sail Date December 2018


wooclarke avatar

wooclarke

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Once was more than enough

Cabin We were given a tiny, windowless cabin on the lowest deck known as Carabic. The smell of diesel is so overpowering it leaves a taste in your mouth as you leave the tiny lift. We paid for an inner cabin and ...
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Sail Date December 2018


Paddy56 avatar

Paddy56

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Never again

We booked this cruise at the last minute for £129 per person not expecting much and this was definitely lived up to. We're not novice cruisers having sailed 20+ times with other cruise lines. Our cabin was 6'x10' ...
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Sail Date December 2018


elles5 avatar

elles5

2 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

6 night European Cities and Rivers section of the Norway cruise

This was a mixed bag. I would love to give five stars, I think I should and I will explain why in a moment. Having been on the Marco Polo and loved it I was worried that i might not enjoy the Magellan as much and, ...
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Sail Date October 2018


emscot avatar

emscot

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Excellent British Isles Cruise

Chose this cruise because of the interesting mix of ports to visit and liked the idea of travelling on a smaller, older ship. Mixed reviews on here but we were pleasantly surprised. Cabin was very clean and ...
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Sail Date April 2018


dibs66 avatar

dibs66

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Loved every minute

We picked this cruise because it looked an interesting itinerary, departed from the UK and appeared to be really good value for money. Booked directly with CMV we were delighted to find we had been given a 4 ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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Kentigern1

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Seine river and medieval ports: beautiful,relaxing cruise on a small older ship

We chose this 7 night cruise for the ports visited, convenience (no fly) and price. Having read mixed reviews we weren't sure what to expect. This was our first cruise with Cruise and Maritime: the model suits us ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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Asfordby

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Better than expected

We booked this cruise on a 2 for 1 deal, and the attractive cruise itinerary ticked several boxes on our bucket list..(Tresco, Sark, Honfleur and Monets garden at Giverny.) We are aged 56 and 65.Extremely easy to ...
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Sail Date April 2017


johnwillimas avatar

johnwillimas

2 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Fine ship, great itinerary but still missed the spot.

As a first point - this was our first cruise on a "regular" cruise liner, previously we've only sailed with Star Clippers, so we are used to smaller boats (200+ rather than 800 here). We chose this trip primarily ...
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Sail Date May 2017


markus9 avatar

markus9

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise on a classic ship

Just came back from a fantastic short trip around Ireland on the marco polo, Ive cruised with 4 different lines before and marco polo is by far my favourite. It really does offer a unique experience that you never ...
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Sail Date December 2016


pamll avatar

pamll

1 Review Written

Food

We had not been on a cruise before but needed a break an embarking from Bristol sounded inviting. Not very impressed at all. The food was possibly the worst we have ever encountered anywhere! We learned just ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Stellaroger

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Appalling don't go cancel any bookings

Yes ? Why did we do it. Is this ship sea worthy? Smelly bathroom , advise anyone who goes to at least run the water for several minutes. (Think of Legionaries disease). Cabin clean but so outdated. Ours ...
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Sail Date December 2019


Sally obo avatar

Sally obo

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Very disappointed

Chose this Christmas cruise for a fun filled time including new year. Oh dear what a disappointment! Ship well past it’s “sell by” date. Seating dirty and worn out. Surprise packages from family, totally ...
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Sail Date December 2018


gort60 avatar

gort60

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Very nice trip

We had a suite which was very good. We ate in the walford which was very good. Breakfast not particularly good. The buffet was impossible to get a table. Dinner was very good. The entertainment was also very ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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