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8 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from England

8 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from England

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Newcastle (England)
  • Day 2
    Rosyth
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Oslo
  • Day 5
    Kristiansund
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Stavanger
  • Day 7
    Bergen
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Newcastle (England)

Marco Polo

Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment


Cruise Reviews

Very bad Captain (withheld info, broken English, rambling,..) He missed 10 ports of call. Tendering was a nightmare. Embarkation was a long process with no health checks at all. Provisions were not ready in Durban and we had to wait 3 days ... Read More
Very bad Captain (withheld info, broken English, rambling,..) He missed 10 ports of call. Tendering was a nightmare. Embarkation was a long process with no health checks at all. Provisions were not ready in Durban and we had to wait 3 days (more missed ports) to get the food on board. They still owe us 2 fare days of compensation that they would not give us on board. We will NEVER sail with CMV again. Horrible value, inept operation, missed ports, bad Captain and much more. AVOID!!! The elevator was out of service at least 7 different days so we had to use the stairs to go up and down. The passenger internet DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. Do not purchase it - you will be wasting your money. We did not have any live TV for 8.5 weeks out of the 11 week cruise. This is a very old ship and the company does not appear willing to upgrade internet technology or pay for satellite TV. We felt extremely disconnected from family and had great difficulty rebooking our flight when we arrived back 2 days early due to COVID-19. Overall, a nightmare of a cruise - NEVER again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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, cabins ... Read More
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, cabins and staff and crew were mediocre at best. As time progressed on this 78 day trip we downgraded that initial impression. The ship is old and it shows with outdated fixture and fittings. There is a good amount of open deck for the sun worshipers but as the majority is spread over the rear area be prepared to be covered in unburnt fuel particulate and deafened by exhaust fans. Also the starboard area on each open deck is given over to smokers. Although as we experienced they do tend to spread out so that everybody got to share their smoke. Furnishings are worn, cheap and often uncomfortable and the plastic plants scattered around the common areas do not add to the overall ambiance. We had a premium double cabin with double window. This is just one grade below a suit. On any other cruise line it would have been a standard outside. They have no refrigerator and are not spacious. There was however sufficient storage available. The air con was a joke. Leaving the UK in January and there was no heat in the cabin. As we hit the tropics it warmed up but again the aircon struggled to keep the temperature down. The TV was basic and the majority of the voyage no Satellite was available. Our cabin steward was hard working and did a good job despite the leaking windows with water running down the wall in the rain or when the window cleaning sprays were used. The bathroom extractor fan only working intermittently. We took breakfast mostly in the MDR which was on the whole good and well presented. Lunch location varied between the MDR and the buffet. The buffet was often crowded and whilst it was possible to get ones meal and go outside we tended not to due to the cigarette smoke.The food served was basic works canteen stuffas was the buffet. In both locations it was difficult and time consuming to get a drink from the bar, Evening meal in the two sitting MDR was in the main very poor. Much of the basic ingredients were of poor quality and not correctly cooked. To hide this, most main courses were smothered in sauces. Often the same sauce was used for both meat and fish!! We discovered that Vegetarian curries were reasonable so we often had those or a baked potato for our evening meal. Even the motorway service areas have upped there standards above this. Not once did we have steak or beef wellington on formal nights. Lobster could be had for a much hyped additional fee. I have never been on a cruise previously where so many frozen and chilled food was used. We had the standard house wine package but it was so poor much of the time bought at extra cost a so called premium wine which was in reality supermarket £6 quality. The entertainment was good but the few guest acts were not even Working Mens Club standard. The singers and dancers who also doubled up as day time quiz masters and competition hosts worked hard. One day time guest speaker was excellent, the remainder very poor in both content of topic and presentation. At the start I said this cruise was chosen for the itinerary. St Helena was the first port of call that was missed. An ex Naval engineer informed us that taking the cruising speed of the ship and the distances involved the Captain could never have made the port in time. The missed ports eventually became such an embarrassment that we were returned two days of our cruise cost as OBC. At no time did we get the feeling the senior offices and the senior hotel management had control over their respective departments. Shore excursions were in the main at lower prices than normal but again the quality was not the best. You get what you pay for! The last 14 days of the cruise was marred by the Corona virus which was obviously beyond the cruise lines control. After leaving Jordan we made our way through the Suez canal and did not touch land again until dis embarcation in the UK. This cruise was not particularly cheap but the overall impression was of a company providing a service on the cheap. We feel we wasted our money and vacation time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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 not expect much. Biggest ... Read More
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 not expect much. Biggest problem was the trip hazards in the door ways, raised lips on every doorway and uneven floors, on the public toilets two raised edges caught a lot of people out. They had to call the helicopter out twice, and by the end of the cruise many were sporting arm and foot injury's due to falls. Dining was in two times, and various size tables from two to ten seats. Food was good and plenty of choice with just over the hour from start to finish. This allowed time to get to the theatre to watch the show at 8pm. The biggest problem I had was the lack of time in the ports. Would arrive at 8am and leave at 1.30 or arrive at 7am and leave 12.30. By the time you had breakfast it only gave a couple of hours to see the place. Cobh was a complete waste and was only to drop people off as arrive 6am and leave at 10.45. By the time you paid for 165 car park then tips and drink package you could of gone on a much better cruise line for the same cost. Would I go back on to this ship no but spoke to many that have been on a few times because of its size. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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