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Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Marco Polo
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

15

Very Good

9

Average

5

Poor

3

Terrible

6

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

83

First-Time Cruisers

38

Spring Break Cruises

20

Cruises for the Disabled

10

Entertainment Cruises

8

38 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


Chris100 avatar

Chris100

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

First time cruisers, not disappointed.

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We chose this cruise for a number of reasons living close to Liverpool it was an ideal place to set off from. Another reason we chose this particular one is that the Marco Polo is not to big as we felt that some of ...
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Sail Date September 2016


I.L.C. avatar

I.L.C.

1 Review Written

20 Helpful Votes

A good first cruise

We wanted to visit Iceland and, having initially looked at flights/hotels, this cruise, our first, fitted the bill. Although the good weather and calm sea helped, the cruise exceeded our expectations. Despite the ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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Jenthesailor

1 Review Written

40 Helpful Votes

Fun and Well Organised

This was our first cruise and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Embarkation was a very smooth process ;taking less than an hour from arrival at the car park to eating our lunch aboard. It was well ...
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Sail Date April 2016


Jan371971 avatar

Jan371971

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Our first cruise

Just returned from six days on the Marco polo, an old ship but well maintained, as this was our first cruise didn't know what to expect.... The food was excellent also the service was too, couldn't do enough for ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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mgolder

1 Review Written

32 Helpful Votes

100 Degrees of Latitude

Marco Polo What better name could there be to conjure up exploration and adventure. This was my first cruise. I had never really been attracted to the cruising lifestyle. A solo sailor from the west coast of ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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BeaumontRoad

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Classic Cruising.

A fabulous 4night cruise on the iconic Marco Polo. I loved this ships art deco interior and it reminded me of an episode of my favourite Hercule Poorly series! Unable to disembark at the Isles of Scilly due to ...
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Sail Date March 2016


Maxine Cook avatar

Maxine Cook

1 Review Written

85 Helpful Votes

Worst holiday experience of our entire lives and terrible company to deal with

Where do I begin? This experience was one absolutely, without question, straight from hell. We waited for almost twenty years for our Marco Polo experience, and we cannot believe how truly horrible it really ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Hollinsval

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

First and Last

This was my first ever cruise and will be my last cruise! The late departure was because of their poor embarkation procedures. We were due to board at 14:30 and didn't board until 15:45 even though we were there ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Seasoned TravellerX2

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

First and Last Cruise

Ten hour delay from Avonmouth due to bad weather so two excursions cancelled at La Corunna and Gibraltar. Four days at sea in Gale force 4 - 7 winds and then very short trips to Lisbon, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and ...
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Sail Date December 2015


first time cruiser12 avatar

first time cruiser12

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable

We went on the British Isles Discovery cruise late August, early September. The Marco Polo is not a modern ship, but all the same very comfortable in our Superior Twin Inside cabin. Shower and toilet facilities ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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janehodson@btinternet.com

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Most enjoyable

From the moment we embarked the Marco Polo we were very satisfied. We were shown to a really nice, very clean and pleasant cabin no 408. We had chosen an outside cabin. The staff were very pleasant and helpful ...
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Sail Date August 2015


ScotPix avatar

ScotPix

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

An enjoyable experience

For a first time cruiser I chose the Minicruise from Rosyth to Tillbury. My first impressions of the Marco Polo, upon embarkation, was its similarity to the Dover Calais cross channel ferries. The food was ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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gre20863

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Floating OAP Retreat

Loved the idea of a cruise with my partner and to see the fjords. We are in our 30s!! We were the youngest on the ship by a couple of generations. Embrakment was quick and easy. Cabin was very basic and no different ...
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Sail Date June 2015


avrilsalter avatar

avrilsalter

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

What an amazing experience.

Our first cruise & our expectations were more than exceeded. I loved the Marco Polo. The service was exceptional. You would be hard pressed to criticize anything although I'm sure some picky people would try. The ...
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Sail Date April 2015


a knights avatar

a knights

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Northern Lights

I would like to say that this was our first sea cruise so not sure what to judge against. I would like to say that the crew were in general very friendly and efficient.Thank you to Olga our cabin steward, who ...
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Sail Date March 2015


PadreRay avatar

PadreRay

4 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Amsterdam Mini Cruise

We arrived at Tilbury and the cruise terminal was busy, but the embarkation process was basically orderly, but not as smooth as it might be. The boarding was by numbered groups, and some people blocked queues ...
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Sail Date October 2014


andrews14 avatar

andrews14

1 Review Written

A unique experience on a small and friendly ship

This was our first cruise chosen for its interesting itinerary, the highlight being two days in St Petersburg. We imagined that our most enduring memories would be of the Russian Palaces, which are indeed ...
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Sail Date June 2014


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slimboyfat51

1 Review Written

Good but on board expenses high.

We have just returned from the Northern Lights cruise and were extremely lucky to have an excellent view of them. This was our first cruise and to be honest probably our last. We are used to renting a self catering ...
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Sail Date March 2010


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DaveinWhales

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

An eventful journey to say the least !

This was our first cruise and many commented that we had certainly jumped in at the deep end, however, we were not alone it seemed. Quite a few people had been attracted by the amazing cruise itinerary......The ...
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Sail Date January 2014


pugwash 13 avatar

pugwash 13

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

experience of a lifetime (never to be repeated)

our first ever cruise .. for a retirement treat and covering both Christmas and New Year heading for the some winter sun. shortly after leaving tilbury we were told to expect bad weather . no warnings could have ...
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Sail Date December 2013


boblint avatar

boblint

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First & Last Cruise

This cruise left Tilbury knowing that gales were forcast in the English Channel and The Bay of Biscay.The reckless decision to sail resulted in crossing the Bay of Biscay in a force 9 gale,passengers were injured ...
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Sail Date December 2013


Freeway123 avatar

Freeway123

1 Review Written

Dinner and overnight at Tilbury 14/12/2013

I booked this as a birthday present for my partner for his 60th when the Ship was docked at Tilbury and what a terrible experience it was!! Some people likened it to Butlins. Having been to Butlins several times ...
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Sail Date December 2013


AlcalaCruisers avatar

AlcalaCruisers

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

TRULY MAGNIFICENT

We are first-time cruisers and this adventure surpassed all our expectations. We researched the cruise thoroughly in advance, including the itinerary and the ship. We were especially looking forward to Spitzbergen ...
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Sail Date June 2013


JanieMac avatar

JanieMac

1 Review Written

Butlins on a Boat!

My husband and I were attracted to this cruise for two reasons; firstly it left from Leith and secondly it was going to St Petersburg. We thought we would give cruising a try and if we liked it we would perhaps do a ...
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Sail Date May 2013


a_virks avatar

a_virks

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

What a waste of time!

I came across this cruise on the Guardian website and was immediately taken by the itinerary (Faroes and the Western Isles). Although we got an early-booking discount, we paid almost £1,000 for a 5-day cruise for ...
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Sail Date May 2013


Marco Polo Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.5
Dining3.03.5
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms4.03.7
Fitness Recreation3.03.1
Family1.04.5
Enrichment4.03.2
Service4.03.8
Value For Money5.03.5
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