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Marco Polo Cruise Review
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Marco Polo

Marco Polo Cruise Review by SAZ2JRC@aol.com

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  • Sail Date: Jan 1970
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The prices for Orient Lines' Marco Polo always seemed too good to be true, so

we stuck with the better known, larger cruise lines with newer ships. But

then we saw a special offer on a cruise to the Baltic Capitals and decided to

take a chance. We also opted for the two-night pre-cruise stay in

Copenhagen. The hotel you get to stay in is based on the type of cabin you

book. Since we had a lower priced, outside cabin, we didn't expect much.

Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised to be staying at the Radisson SAS

only a short walk from Tivoli Gardens. We had a beautiful view of the city

and canals and a wonderful down comforter! The cruise line included a

complimentary bus tour of Copenhagen one morning and it gave us a nice

overall view of what the city had to offer. When we arrived at the cruise

terminal, there was the Marco Polo dwarfed by a much larger Princess ship

beside it. It was pouring down rain, but the cruise line had picked up our

luggage at the hotel for us and put up a tent to protect us from the weather

as we boarded the ship. We also had pre-boarded at the hotel so we didn't

have any lines to wait in. Our cabin had two windows (not portholes), a

decent sized closet, TV set, and small chest of drawers. We also had fresh

flowers and a bucket of ice and carafe of water, which was replenished

several times a day -- at no extra charge! Other cruise lines charge for

bottled water in the cabin, so this was a pleasant surprise. The bathroom,

while not large, was actually bigger than the one we had on the Dawn

Princess. We were on the Upper Deck so it was very convenient to just walk

around the corner of our hallway and go outside where we found wooden deck

chairs complete with comfortable cushions that were left out all the time.

Again, other cruise lines choose to pack up the deck chairs in the early

evening making it inconvenient to try and sit out on the deck. So far,

everything looked good. The real test would be at dinner time! What a treat

when we found ourselves seated at a cozy booth for 4 (we were sailing with

another couple) with large windows to enjoy the views. The menu items

bordered on gourmet and nothing really appealed to me at first. So I just

ordered the fish dish and soup. Boy was I surprised! The food was

fantastic! After that, I never worried about what to order. Our waiter

graciously would bring us cheese and crackers to feast on while waiting for

our orders and extra desserts so that we could sample different things. He

did all of this without being asked. The service was excellent! To top it

all off, one night the other couple with us were celebrating their wedding

anniversary and the cruise line not only provided a beautiful cake (large

enough to feed a crowd, I might add), but the waiters also serenaded them

accompanied by several musical instruments. They sang "Only You" and "Let Me

Call You Sweetheart." They had our whole dining area joining in and the wife

was in tears because she was so moved by the unexpectedness of it all. The

casino was rather small -- only about 20 slot machines, but the entertainment

was good, as was the music in the lounges. Since the weather was damp and

chilly, we were always greeted with cups of hot lemon and cider when we

returned to the ship from our ports of call -- a nice touch. We sincerely

enjoyed everything about the Marco Polo and the small ship experience offered

us a chance to mingle more with other passengers and to be pampered on a more

personal scale. We are looking forward to cruising with them again soon and,

possibly, trying their newest addition, the Crown Odyssey.


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