5 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Europe - All

We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary. Age group 60 - 90 years of age. Very elderly frail clientele - not a good combination with rough seas so we were greeted with 2 ambulances on the dockside at our first port stop. An ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary. Age group 60 - 90 years of age. Very elderly frail clientele - not a good combination with rough seas so we were greeted with 2 ambulances on the dockside at our first port stop. An emergency helicopter evacuation of a patient also took place. We were worried about the full evacuation process should an emergency arise with the numbers of frail elderly and people with walking difficulties aboard. Baltic deck (rear): very noisy due to engine noise and waves crashing. Ear plugs recommended ! Food: European. Queues outside restaurants before they opened - no reason for this ! Food varied in quality. Cabin; good size, plenty of hanging space, drawers etc. No fridge or kettle however. Good bathroom size but very noisy with waves crashing against the side of the ship. Entertainment; limited and based around the older age group. Knit & natter; bean bag throwing, quiz, bingo, make a frilly scarf etc. Decks often partially closed for maintenance. We did like the photographic lectures. Gym and activities: limited activities due to entertainment crew needing space to rehearse. Uncomfortable chairs on sun decks & the theatre had padded bench style seating Embarkation: Virtually a warehouse. Very rushed scanning process at Bristol - port staff shoving things through before you could unpack. Cleanliness: Crew to be congratulated on their thoroughness. Maintenance: appeared good. We reported leaking tap & sink and these were repaired. Crew: very friendly & helpful Excursions: good but could be expensive. Many were only half a day due to the elderly clientele. We preferred to go it alone in the main ports as we wanted to utilise the whole day in port rather than be taken back to the ship at lunchtime. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Picked up a 'two for one' deal to the Fjords. I was expecting a rusty old tub. What we experienced was a well maintained, tastefully decorated ship with plenty to offer. Cabin was a good size with plenty of storage. The ... Read More
Picked up a 'two for one' deal to the Fjords. I was expecting a rusty old tub. What we experienced was a well maintained, tastefully decorated ship with plenty to offer. Cabin was a good size with plenty of storage. The steward was very friendly, efficient and pleasant. Activities were varied (although some of the answers to the quizzes were questionable in their accuracy). Talks were good, cocktail tasting was great. Excursions were plentiful and ticked all the scenery boxes. Dining was good. Food was of a high standard and served with a smile. Entertainment was extremely good. Especially the dancers!!! If there were any criticisms it would be that the outside windows could be cleaner (and the overpainting/putty on the glass could do with cleaning off) and wifi more widely available. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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 food was lovely ... Read More
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 food was lovely & far too much of it & the entertainment team were magnificent. Loved the ship, the decor was elegant, the seas were so calm & the Norwegian Fjords simply stunning. Saving for my next cruise now. The best experience of my life so far. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Just returned from our fifth cruise on the good old M.P. around the Norwegian Fjords and perhaps it was one too many. As usual embarkation/disembarkation was fantastic. Sitting in Captains club at 09.15hrs and in car, cases loaded and on ... Read More
Just returned from our fifth cruise on the good old M.P. around the Norwegian Fjords and perhaps it was one too many. As usual embarkation/disembarkation was fantastic. Sitting in Captains club at 09.15hrs and in car, cases loaded and on our way back home 09.26hrs. Brilliant. The ship as we have come to expect was extremely clean throughout, especially our cabin. The food was excellent in both the Waldorf and Marco's. The itinerary was well thought out. However I don't know if some of the crew have moved ship (Is it really up for sale?) but the service in the bars was AWFUL. We sat in the Palm Garden each night and waited, and waited and waited for our drinks order to be taken, but to no avail. So went to the bar and there was the waitress chatting to the barman. On the last night we said we would see how long it took for our drinks order to be taken, But after half an hour gave up and moved into the Captain's Club. (Starboard side) which was no better, plenty of waiting staff chatting at the bar, so moved over to Port and got served straight away. Never used to be like this. Plus on the Gala night in the Waldorf when we are all in our best bib and tucker, the wine waiter (Starboard side) did a trick with a tray of wine. After placing 3 glasses of free sparkling wine to some of the diners on our table, he then proceeded to tip the remaining 3 glasses over my wife. She was soaked from head to toe, posh frock soaking (Spoilt ?) So ladies if you are dining in the Waldorf on Gala night, ignore the dress code and come in your muck (As bring a raincoat). There really seems to be a dumbing down of staff on the M.P. Which is a shame ,as we have had some brilliant cruises on this vessel. Will have to go elsewhere for the next one by the looks if it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We chose this cruise, having been on Marco Polo three times before, for the two new locations, never visited before, of Jersey and Guernsey, on the itinerary. The disappointment that we could not call at either port was considerable, all ... Read More
We chose this cruise, having been on Marco Polo three times before, for the two new locations, never visited before, of Jersey and Guernsey, on the itinerary. The disappointment that we could not call at either port was considerable, all the more as the alternative berths secured at the last minute were Cherbourg and Rouen. We visited both of these last year and were in no hurry to repeat the experience. Instead of being an interesting cruise it was 'same old same old' and we felt that we had been conned into booking a cruise which turned out to be a different, and poorer, one. Compounding this I was unhappy the weather in Amsterdam, Bruges and Cherbourg was so horrible: wet and windy. I had a bad cough from almost the beginning, which got progressively worse throughout the six dreary days at sea. Inner cabin, gets very claustrophobic but where you'd think they might upgrade regular customers, who spend a thousand quid in six days, mostly on alcohol and cigarettes, none of which I indulge in, unfortunately it's the non-spenders who get the best treatment. Having said that, the Marco Polo is a fine ship, the staff are good and the entertainment is not at all bad. Food OK on the whole but I barely ate anything, not feeling too good. We avoided the Waldorf restaurant, deciding after three earlier cruises aboard there was nothing to be gained from sitting at a table with strangers at a set time when instead we could grab a bite in Marco's bistro, at a table for two, when it suited us. Shame they only put one of the soups on available in the Waldorf, but apart from this it's pretty much the same food. Continental breakfast in bed is a nice touch, but after four days I couldn't eat any breakfast anywhere. Room service for other food is available, at a price, and this was OK when we had it before. The cabin stewards work very hard it seems to keep the cabins nice and fresh and make the beds twice a day. Not feeling well I needed to rest a lot, but found the cabin steward banging on the door for one thing or another a constant stress. You could never truly relax. The ship is full of old people, so i suppose the evening game show ('Mr and Mrs', God help us, 'Play Your Cards Right' or 'Blankety Blank') was to be expected. It is annoying how much so many of them hog the available tables, well before an appointed mealtime, usually to get the best window seats, yet so few ever seem to buy anything. It's like endless mugs of coffee and tea with these people, and a frightful scrum for the free glass of wine offered one night (I think in compensation for missing the Channel islands out altogether). Shuttle buses are good, compared to other cruise lines. P and O and Fred Olsen are a disgrace in this regard. They are also free, which must please the penny-pinching majority on this ship. Waiting to get off the ship is a nightmare, every time. Unless you have the better cabins. Fed up with waiting for our colour of luggage label to be called we decided to wing it and got off anyway. So glad to be home. But I would wholeheartedly recommend the Marco Polo. It's still one of the best small ships out there, and if you don't get ill and can keep your costs down (unlike my boozer of a partner) you are onto a winner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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