5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
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 ... Read More
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 perfect for our cruise of a week. It's not a big ship (800 passengers) and that means it doesn't feel impersonal by any means. The choice of food in both restaurants is amazing - tasty and plentiful. You won't starve on this ship. Free tea and coffee and water available at all times. Never ran out of anything. All crew were lovely, friendly and helpful. If you suffer from sea sickness then ask for a cabin on the lower floors. We were on the Navigator deck and we could feel movement , tho not unpleasant. The cruise we did was down the Seine from Bristol, stopping at Honfleur (so pretty), Rouen (ok), Guernsey (lovely) and Scilly isles. The ship doesn't go into port at the Scilly isles and the sea too rough for the tender so we couldn't do that trip sadly. Overall, I would highly recommend her. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
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 and one outside, ... Read More
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 and one outside, continually ran out of cups and shut themselves down with fault codes which appear to be due to over-use and they run out of hot water. There was a good choice of food for the buffet breakfast but the equipment in the Bistro failed to keep it warm, I would suggest a couple of microwaves for those who like their food hot. The main restaurant was slightly better. Omelettes, fried and poached eggs were always cooked fresh in both. The main cut fruit available was melon with a bit of pineapple, apple and occasional orange, but always a large proportion of melon. Whole fruit was always apples. There was the occasional banana, orange, pear or plum in the early days but scarcer as the cruise went on. There is a shortage of drinks waiters at peak times and the ship still uses plastic straws and stirrers. The show lounge (theatre) has very poor acoustics. There is an annoying rattle from the roof panels and despite complaints they seem unable or unwilling to fix it. The floor is not tiered and there are 7 pillars partially obstructing the view from just about every seat more than two rows back. The furniture definitely needs replacing, all the padded chairs were sagging in the seats and many were frayed or worn. Externally she was definitely showing her age with numerous areas of rust bubbles in the deck metalwork. There is no do-it-yourself laundry on board so everything is on an individual cost. With a handkerchief or item of underwear costing £1 with an incremental scale it wouldn’t take long to run up a huge bill, especially on a long trip. There were two Magic Bag days during our trip where you could cram a laundry bag with as much as you liked for £12, wash and dry only. The swimming pool was not heated and was filled with sea water when conditions permitted but this amounted to only a few days when in warm weather. There was an appeal early on for water saving if we went to sea for more than a couple of days yet remarkably the toilets used fresh water for flushing. I understand the hot tubs used fresh water and they were therefore mostly out of use, either with covers over or a notice saying ‘Closed For Maintenance.’ Following numerous complaints about the lack of information the Cruise Director placed an ‘Entertainment Suggestions’ box in reception for a few days but I am not aware of any changes resulting from this. The lack of information was typified by our visit to Carcass Island which required passengers to get a ticket for the tenders. The first two tenders departed and then the Captain said he was temporarily suspending the service due to safety issues and would review the situation in an hour. So we all waited in the designated place and two hours later when we had heard nothing we started to drift away. Nothing else was said except for a brief mention in the evening broadcast. For our journey from the Falklands up the west coast of Chile through the fjords, a map was delivered each evening to your cabin with waypoints marked and a time of arrival. We were supposed to enter Darwin Passage and Narrows at 10am. The ship actually arrived at 8am and by 10am we were leaving so a lot of people missed it. Not a word about the amended time or the reason they managed to get it so wrong with a simple overnight passage. On the way we passed several shipwrecks and memorials but despite having a pilot on board there was not a word of explanation so having seen some beautiful scenery we were non the wiser about any of it. A guide did join us for the Panama Canal but the first hour of her commentary was lost due to an intermittent microphone. The microphone in the Captains Club where the organised games and quizzes were held was intermittent for the whole trip. The ship only did one Sailaway Party from our last port of call. For the last few days they ran out of several things including tonic, marmite and till rolls. The Good Bits: The ship appears to have some very devoted passengers with one chap we spoke to had done over 30 cruises on the ship and several others were well into double figures. The entertainment team were very good with many different routines and costumes. A gin and tonic was £4.55 so comparable to UK and with two of us a round of drinks could come to £10 so it didn’t take long to rack up a hefty bar bill. The company we booked with ’Imagine Cruising’ did an all inclusive package for £300 a couple so within about ten days we were already in credit and as the cruise lasted seventy days we were very happy with the deal. We also got £800 cabin credit which we used to pay for the organised port trips which were very good and lasted either half a day or a full day with lunch. As anyone who has cruised will know trips around the town will usually be architecture, town history, museums and churches and cathedrals so it is better to do the national parks and out of town trips. The ship laid on free shuttle buses to town centres when they were not immediately outside the port which was a bonus we hadn’t expected. The ship was kept immaculately clean inside with the crew continually cleaning walls, ceilings, stairs and washing carpets at night. Embarkation was very slow but disembarkation was excellent, done by deck number. The food on board was excellent and you could purchase special meals, eg a full Indian experience meal, surf and turf etc and we thought these were excellent value for money. The food was of a very good standard and this was maintained for the whole 71 days. The waiters and hotel staff were brilliant and we couldn’t fault them. Any requests were dealt with very efficiently. There were a whole range of activities including craft, acting, choir, ukulele, chairobics, creative writing, bridge, ballroom dancing, etc. General: The cabins were mainly two single beds with one 4 draw chest with slide out writing table plus a five foot wardrobe. We got an unrequested upgrade to cabin 625 and ended up with 4 chests of drawers, an absolute bonus on a long trip but with a restricted view. Next door had the same layout but with a good view. There are no balconies on the ship. The electric supply was a 220V socket with 2 round pins. There was also a 110V three flat pin socket and a dual volt shaver socket in the bathroom. The shower was good and on a flexi hose. There is a 2’ 6” (75cm) drying line across the shower for small items. Suitcases can be stowed under the beds or in the wardrobe. There was a temperature control on the wall. We had a kettle, two cups and packets of tea, coffee, etc. A lot of cabins do not have this. Overall, the ship is showing her age with few of the refinements of modern cruise liners. She is a graceful old lady and possibly the oldest still cruising. If you don’t mind a lack of facilities and want to get into some of the smaller ports then this could be the ship for you but CMV could do so much to improve passenger pleasure at virtually no cost with simple innovations like providing more cups and cutlery, senior staff mixing with the passengers and providing tourist information commentary at special locations. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
A 70 day cruise around South America on the Marco Polo - EXCELLENT ! OK, everyone can moan about some slight annoyance that didn't meet their own approval but the cruise far exceeded expectations, especially when comparing the ... Read More
A 70 day cruise around South America on the Marco Polo - EXCELLENT ! OK, everyone can moan about some slight annoyance that didn't meet their own approval but the cruise far exceeded expectations, especially when comparing the value of it to many other cruises available. Yes, it isn't Cunard but for the price it was certainly excellent value ... of course, there will always some people who still expect Cunard quality for CMV prices. The places visited were extremely interesting and varied - major cities; remote villages and islands; scenic passageways and world famous iconic landmarks. The weather ? Only one major downpour of rain throughout the entire 70 days ... at Rio ! The hottest day ? It was a toss up between Buenos Aires and .... the Falkland Islands. Yes, 81 fahrenheit at Port Stanley, the hottest day anyone there could remember. You expect to be amazed by the major places - Rio, Buenos Aires, Montevideo - but it was the smaller ports that surprised many people and made the cruise even more enjoyable by them not expecting such there - Natal and Recife in Brazil, Puerto Montt, Arica and Valparaiso in Chile, Guayaquil and Manta in Ecuador, Ushaia in Argentina and Cartagena in Columbia, as well as cruising through the Chilean fjords and the Panama canal. The on-board entertainment team were excellent and it was obviously hard work for them to provide a varied programme for 70 days while the food was of the highest order. A very well-planned itinerary and would certainly recommend both the journey and the ship itself. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Everything about this cruise was fabulous from the start to the finish the crew couldn't do enough for you and made you feel special they all, always had a smile for you and nothing was too much trouble, the food was amazing and ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was fabulous from the start to the finish the crew couldn't do enough for you and made you feel special they all, always had a smile for you and nothing was too much trouble, the food was amazing and entertainment was first class. Every single person on this cruise give it 100% our cabin 237 was perfect for us and our cabin steward Yougesh always kept our cabin spotless made sure we had everything we needed. Pritish our waiter was very attentive as was our wine waitress Alla Ivanova, the entertainment crew were first class every show was brilliant thank you Mitch, Josh, Callum, Anna and Chrissie not forgetting the dancers who were all fabulous, next are the bar crew who certainly looked after us very well, a very special mention to Ramesh, Klayton and Nataly from the Colombus bar who gave us many happy hours and lots of laughs in the evenings, also Sanja Lato in the showroom. The excursions and scenery on this trip plus the above made it a holiday to remember forever. A big thank you to the Marco Polo crew and we look forward to travelling with you again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Our 1st cruise, so have nothing to compare it with, but it was definitely a positive experience. Embarkation was easy and efficient, luggage was with us in less than an hour and our cabin was excellent. The food was great and very ... Read More
Our 1st cruise, so have nothing to compare it with, but it was definitely a positive experience. Embarkation was easy and efficient, luggage was with us in less than an hour and our cabin was excellent. The food was great and very plentiful! We splashed out and enjoyed the “Chefs Table” one night, well worth it. We had a tour of the galley, which was a real eye opener, how they managed to cater for 800 passengers and 300+ crew in such a small space was beyond belief. It was an 8 course meal, and we expected the portions to be small, but we were so wrong! We could hardly move by the end of the meal. Crew were brilliant, very helpful at all times. Excellent excursions. We embarked at Bristol, and dis-embarkation was at Cardiff, the transfer by coach was easy and problem free. We would be very happy to cruise on this ship again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
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 spacious two good sized ... Read More
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 spacious two good sized windows, cabin steward very friendly and helpful. Food was very good, plenty of choice and good quality in both Marcos (buffet) and the Waldorf (sit down restaurant). Plenty of varied ways to amuse yourself on board- pool, gym, ping pong, quizzes, shows etc. Ship was fully booked and did feel busy at times. Only slight disappointment was that we didn't get to go ashore in Stornaway, the sea was too rough and swell too high to use the tender boats. Crew did their best to get us ashore but unfortunately it didn't happen- can't be helped though as purely down to the weather. Our favourite stops were Belfast and Tobermory- very different but both very interesting and really enjoyed our visits at both of them. We did the walking tour in Tobermory which was very good, our guide was a very knowledgable local lady and told us a lot about the Isle of Mull and Tobermory itself. So overall, yes the ship is older and a little tired in places but it is kept immaculately clean, the facilities are good and the staff are very friendly and helpful. For the price paid we were very happy with our trip on the Marco Polo. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
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 and we would return. ... Read More
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 and we would return. We enjoy cruises as a relaxed, comfortable way to travel to some beautiful and interesting destinations. We appreciated the smaller ship with a relaxed homely feel. CMV seem to know their clientele and cater well for them - mainly older and British on this cruise, many being repeat cruisers with CMV. Despite being a small ship, facilities were adequate, including 3 hot tubs, a sauna and gym, none of which were busy. It may not have the glitz and luxury of newer and bigger ships / lines, (no fruit in cabin, chocolates on pillows, or quirky folded towels etc) and the main restaurant was a bit cramped. But for us this was more than compensated for by the quiet, relaxed, intimate ambience (about 800 passengers). We particularly appreciated: - the most efficient embarkation and disembarkation we have ever experienced (car to cabin in under 20 minutes, with luggage following a few minutes later) - tea and coffee included and served at the table at the end of dinner (some lines no longer do that). Tea (wide choice) and coffee freely available on deck 8 most waking hours. - free shuttles at ports (although we mostly walked) - beautiful medieval ports and a lovely cruise along the Seine - not accesssible on larger ships. - personal and prompt responses from staff to queries or concerns. e.g. staff remembered our preferences despite our changing dinner sitting (as per our request). - announcements clear and in English. Just enough but not too much. - enrichment programme. I attended 4 gardening lectures which were interesting and useful. There were also art, craft and line dancing classes available, all well attended. - classical music duo playing every evening. - entertainment team did well, including the ships own band. Again not glitzy but enjoyable. - fellow cruisers seemed kind and considerate, interesting and not noisy (adults only on this cruise)! - evening activities in the bars were self-contained and the rest of the ship remained quiet - no casino / gambling machines - easy to promenade right round the ship. - good written summary port information for each stop, and no hard sell re excursions. - well attended Sunday service taken by an officer. - the small ship was quick and easy to get around. - repeated sightings of dolphins as we cruised! All in all an unfussy, relaxed cruise on a small older ship, with personal service from helpful staff, visiting beautiful places. The Cruise and Maritime style suits us and we would certainly return if the price, timing and destinations matched our requirements. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
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 category upgrade from 8 to 12. ... Read More
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 category upgrade from 8 to 12. We parked at the port and embarkation was quick and efficient. Our cabin was midships and was quite a good size with 2 large windows and lots of storage space (16 small drawers, 8 large drawers and 2 double wardrobes). Tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin although we didn't use them. Our cabin steward kept the cabin spotlessly clean and really tidy. The location was convenient as it was really close to the central staircase. The ship is old and has a feeling of older style cruising which we really enjoyed. Marco Polo is an adults only ship and at the age of 51 I was at the younger end of the age range of people on board. Dress code for dinner was announced every day. There were 2 formal; 3 informal and 2 casual. The dress code was expected in the buffet as well and for dinner the buffet tables were set with properly with tablecloths. Most people seemed happy to follow the dress code which I like. There were 2 restaurants: the Waldorf (formal) or Marcos (buffet). Breakfast was buffet style in both but in the Waldorf the waiters served your drinks. A reasonable selection of items and both had chefs cooking any style of eggs you wished. The omelettes were particularly good. For lunch and dinner the food choices tended to be the same or similar in both but obviously in the Waldorf you were served and the food was beautifully presented. The buffet is not huge so there were often people waiting for tables. Dinner was really, really good. We went to the Waldorf every night. Five courses: appetiser, soup, salad, main, cheese or dessert. The staff were so friendly and so cheery and we were lucky to get a table with 3 other couples who were fantastic company. There was teatime (sandwiches and cakes) 15.30 to 16.30 every day and late night snacks were brought round all bars at about 11pm. On Gala Dinner night there was a sumptuous buffet at 11pm with the most amazing food sculptures although I think most people on dinner sitting 2 were probably still too full from dinner. We opted for the drinks package which at £119 for 7 days (£17 per person per day) is very good value. Whilst drinks are not particularly expensive in the bars you could spend the £17 by having 3 glasses of wine and a diet coke every day so it you're going to drink more than that it is absolutely worth it. There is an extensive list of cocktails (£4 or less) and other drinks available. The only negative about the drinks package is it says you have to book in the first 24 hours but that is not quite true. If you try to book on your second day (having boarded the previous afternoon) they will expect you to pay for 7 days even though you only have 6 days left and you have spent money in the bar the previous evening. If it is not a daily thing they should focus on it being £119 for 7 days rather than focusing on £17 per day. There are lots of activities and entertainments on board and everyone can choose to join in as much or as little as they wish. Games, quizzes, sports, lectures (our had gardening), classes (painting and crafts) even a session to take your knitting and have a natter with other knitters. Just sitting in the lounges doing crosswords and puzzles which were issued every day was a popular activity. We only went to one show (We will Rock You) which was fantastic. There was a very talented violin/piano duo performing in the lounge bar regularly every day and later in the evening you could head up to Scotts bar for a late cabaret followed by a disco. The ports we visited were Honfleur, Antwerp and Rouen. I suppose times are dependent on tides etc but we didn't get all that much time to spend anywhere. Rouen in particular was badly planned. We arrived in the evening but not many people left the ship as it is quite some way to the town so would have involved taxis and been quite expensive. the next day was Monday and most things were either shut all day or in the morning so we didn't get to see inside the beautiful cathedral or the Joan of Arc museum. The last shuttle back to the ship was 1pm but all aboard was 2.30pm so we could have had more time had they arrange the shuttles for longer. Cruising down the Seine was a very enjoyable day. Disembarking was very easy for us as we opted for the carry your own bags option and just walked off at 7am thus avoiding queues for lifts and car park chaos. We also got to keep our bags in the cabin and finish packing in the morning rather than have them ready by midnight the night before. The requirement to vacate cabins by 7.30am seemed a bit harsh (particularly as the ship is now going into dry dock). I'm sure we would have all appreciated a lie-in, a casual breakfast at the normal time then a leisurely disembarkation after rush hour. In summary we loved the whole experience. A small intimate ship with superb staff and wonderful fellow guests. We would book a cruise with CMV again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
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 embark, we were made very ... Read More
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 embark, we were made very welcome and the staff were efficient from start to finish. Our first cruise and having read all the cruise information we were aware that having booked the cheapest cabin, it would be compact and without tea making facilities, it was however spotless and sufficient with fabulous hot water in the shower. Food was plentiful and mostly very good, we don't like formal dining so mostly ate in the self service buffet restaurant. The shore excursions were well organised, we had pre booked as soon as we received the booking forms so were not disappointed unlike some of the passengers who were because of limited places. Some of the trips to shore require passengers to walk down a steep gangplank and then board a bobbing tender, this requires the passengers to be responsible for themselves although some staff supervision and support is available. The ship was spotless, there was a variety of on board entertainment and activities, not all of which appealed to us but we found plenty to do, just sitting with a drink in the bar listening to the piano player was heaven. Overall I think the ship does a very good job of catering for everyone, we couldn't fault it and the fact that the sun shone the whole week just enhanced the whole experience. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the size of the ship. As Donte states, the Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same reasons as us and because they loved the ship.. We ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the size of the ship. As Donte states, the Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same reasons as us and because they loved the ship.. We enjoyed all the ports of call, many were very beautiful and all were very interesting. We too hired a canoe at Boca de Valeria (highly recommended) for 5$ as well as taking a trip in a taxi canoe across to the spit at Alto de Chao which was beautiful and where you can swim in the Amazon. Manaus was very interesting and you can save yourself some money by walking up to the Theatre yourselves and booking on to a tour for the equivalent of £2.50 pp and you can do the same for the evening concert though don’t be tempted to walk at night as it is extremely dangerous! You are advised not to wear jewellery or to conceal cameras. There were those who did not heed this advice to their cost! We were worried that we would become bored during the many sea days but this was not a problem at all. There was much to do including the daily walk around the ship (8 laps of deck 10 is a mile), arts and craft classes, interesting (OK and some not so interesting) lectures, drama club and choir (though only go to this if you don’t suffer from high blood pressure or if you are a practising musician as this was poorly led by one of the entertainments’ crew!), Zumba and other similar work out clubs daily or joining in the three (and sometimes more) quizzes a day, watching the fabulous shows in the evening or the various entertainers or just spending quality time with our many new friends or just sitting watching the Amazon or world sail by. As Donte correctly states, our days were soon filled. Our cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage space, (low down and in the middle though no upgraded for us) and we were looked after very well by Lwin. Food was plentiful with 3 full meals a day + afternoon tea and supper or the occasional evening food extravaganza. We mainly ate all our meals in the Waldorf Restaurant though we occasionally ait in the Marco Polo Bistro. While afternoon tea was available (including an amazing chocolate feast) we were on early sitting so had no need for this though there were obscene amounts of food available if you wanted it (and some clearly did!) The service by the waiters in the Waldorf was superb and nothing was too much for them and they were always friendly and helpful. We too did a lot of research before the holiday and picked carefully three excursions plus the Belem transfer. All our excursions were good and these particular ones were good value (having checked the cost of doing it independently beforehand) and very enjoyable. At many of the islands we too shared a taxi (or canoe) with friends which was cheaper and more flexible. We couldn't fault the cleanliness on this ship and the service was all very good, the crew all work hard, are polite, friendly and helpful. The only thing that spoiled the cruise slightly were the people who moaned - often about things that, had they read the paperwork properly they would have known about and often you would here comparisons with other cruise companies. Let’s be up front here. You pay for what you get though I think what you get is amazing considering the cost. If you get a chance, especially if you go on this or a similar cruise, read Murder on the Marco Polo. You will meet the same types of people and have a very good chuckle! The cruise was absolutely fantastic and great value for money and one which we too will never forget but as Donte said, if you want a posh, modern ship this isn't for you. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I wanted to take the opportunity to go down the river Amazon and visit some of the Caribbean islands. I stayed in a B & B in Bristol the night before embarkation. Managed to have a look round Bristol (my first time there) must go back ... Read More
I wanted to take the opportunity to go down the river Amazon and visit some of the Caribbean islands. I stayed in a B & B in Bristol the night before embarkation. Managed to have a look round Bristol (my first time there) must go back for a few days sometime soon. The embarkation was a bit of a nightmare, having arrived as requested at 4.00 pm we were herded into a hanger and it took several hours before we were called. However, once on board found our cabin and luggage arrived soon after. The dining was 'free seating' which is not to my liking but this only happened on a few occasions. The ship may have looked a little worn round the edges but it was perfectly serviceable and kept scrupulously clean, staff were constantly cleaning. My inside cabin was at the pointy end and so I felt every bump and swell but fortunately I quite liked that. We had a problem with the shower and it was remedied within an hour or so. Similarly the sink leaked and a new waste was fitted the next day. Dining - I have very fond memories of the food, I ate far too much but it was hard not to. there was a very good selection of food at every sitting. You would be hard put to go hungry. I did not try any of the entertainment so cannot comment. The ports and shore excursions were well planned and when disembarkation was problematic because of shore difficulties the crew always came up trumps by making steps to add to the jetty or boats, nothing was too much for them. Drinks on board were very reasonable. Best thing that made the cruise pleasurable were the staff. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the ship. We have sailed on the Marco Polo before and love the character and friendliness. The Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the ship. We have sailed on the Marco Polo before and love the character and friendliness. The Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same reasons as us. We enjoyed all the ports of call, many were beautiful (the Isles of Salut were amazing) all were interesting. We recommend hiring a canoe at Boca de Valeria, we were taken down some creeks to a nearby village where we were shown around, it gives you a real feel for the place (cost 50 real - £12.50 for 4 of us). I would advise not to pay to take pictures of the anyone with an animal though, keeping wild animals is against the law and will stop if people won't pay. Our only concern about this cruise had been that we would get bored during the long spells at sea. No problem, our days were soon filled with painting lessons, crafts (2 sessions a day), lectures, quizzes and watching for flying fish, dolphins and whales plus our new friends on board. Our cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage space, (we'd been upgraded again) looked after well by Yulia. Food was plentiful with 3 full meals a day + afternoon tea and supper available. Breakfast and afternoon tea are both self service as is the cafeteria. We found portion sizes to be just right and the salad bar in the restaurant at lunchtime was great. We could rarely manage any afternoon tea, as for supper - no way. We did a lot of research before the holiday and picked carefully just 4 excursions plus the Belem transfer. All our excursions were good and these particular ones were good value (having checked the cost of doing it independently beforehand) and very enjoyable. At many of the islands we shared a taxi (or canoe) with friends which was cheaper and more flexible. We couldn't fault the cleanliness on this ship and the service was all good, the crew all work hard, are polite, friendly and helpful. The only thing that spoiled the cruise slightly were the people who moaned - often about things that, had they read the paperwork properly they would have known about. This cruise was fantastic cruise that we'll never forget and great value for money but if you want a posh, modern ship this isn't for you. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
wanted away for Christmas and New Year My wife Myself her Sister and Friend aged between 60 and 73 having been on larger ships before we were a little unsure of the Marco Polo But right from the start at least you knew your ... Read More
wanted away for Christmas and New Year My wife Myself her Sister and Friend aged between 60 and 73 having been on larger ships before we were a little unsure of the Marco Polo But right from the start at least you knew your way around Boarding not bad from arriving at quay to our rooms about 40 minutes which we thought normal nice touch mulled wine handed round while we waited Cabin small but functional with good shower , Cabin Steward excellent nothing was a problem ,Every thing was spotless (but too many full length mirrors ,will have to diet) plenty of variety at mealtime with the waiter and wine waiter at our table good fun and always smiling Shows were good and there were a variety of talks lectures and quizzes every day there also were art and craft classes everyday . this suited us as my wife and sister liked the lectures their friend loved all the arts and crafts and I had my quizzes So we always had something to talk about when we met we did not go on many excursions as we had been to most of the places before but the ship anchored off Maderia to bring in the New Year and the firework display was fantastic only downside was that we had to wait for a couple of hours to disembark but fore by that i would recommend the Marco Polo if you want a small pleasant ship without great shopping Malls or Climbing Frames that is easy to get around and give good value for money Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
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 get on the more modern ... Read More
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 get on the more modern cruise ship so anyone with any interest in ships at all will enjoy. Staff we found very helpful and irina our cabin stewardess was excellent. We enjoyed the itinerary and embarkation and disembarkation where well organised. Ships was clean and tidy with beautiful open decks and excellent food in the main restaurant and they offer lots of buy one get one free offers which made it excellent value for money. The only slight down side was the queues in the bistro and if your going for a long cruise over say 2 weeks you might struggle to fill your days as it doesn’t have the amount of entertainment a mega cruise ship has but that’s what makes it a unique experience. Read Less
Marco Polo Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.7
Dining 3.0 3.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 4.0 3.2
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.6

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