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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.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo Cruise Review by SAZ2JRC@aol.com

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  • Sail Date: December 1899
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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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