Older and Wiser: Marco Polo Cruise Review by OLDSAXON

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Older and Wiser

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Edinburgh
Motor Ship Marco Polo, what to be said?  She is without doubt a clean ship, a manageable ship and a ship well organised for the ‘Adult’ clientele they intend to and do cater for. Our cabin 505 was quite spacious for this class of vessel and had more than average storage space. A good size picture window gave an overall pleasant aspect to the room and though the modest shower room was a little cramped this too was more than adequate for our needs.
We sailed from Edinburgh on May 26th and the collection of luggage at the port was efficient and quick. It must also be said that the departure from the ship was also well organised, speedy and painless. Food on board was adequate and even for the picky vegetarian that I am varied enough not to be boring. On the one night I absolutely did not want the ‘Vegetarian Option’ they found me something else that was more to my taste. You might think that due to the daily £5 surcharge that is applied instead of More tipping there would be no incentive toward care or courtesy but on the whole the staff were kind considerate and dedicated to their task. The crew with the exception of the officer class were in the main of east European origin but had a good level of English which is the lingua franca of the boat. The one down side were the other passengers! Now I admit to being in my 69th year and I have not yet lost any of my taste for life or any strength of will, however; some of this boat-load were rude inconsiderate and obnoxious to an extent not even expected from the geriatric go-grabbers of this the 21st century. The Cruise Director did miss out on some tricks, for along with the already organised games he could have prepared for ‘The Zimmer Frame 100 meter dash’ ‘The Walking stick Fencing Final’ and the Wheelchair Diving Championship where those not bent on eating themselves to death could throw themselves into the ocean while those around cheered giving points for both suicidal style and corporal commitment..
Strangely I would venture on the Marco Polo a second time as overall she is not overpriced for what she is. This old lady surrounds herself with passengers of her certain age and most feel comfortable with her faded grandeur.
Overall a good voyage with inexpensive drinks, good modestly priced excursions and a generally pleasing crew.
At Least Three out of Five for Cruise and Maritime Less

Published 06/05/13

Cabin review: 9505

cabin 505 was adequate for our needs being of a fair size for this class of ship. The cabin was clean and cleaned daily to a high standard. Linen was clean and changed on a regular basis. Soaps, shampoo and shower gel were provided in the modest sized but acceptable shower room. Fair size picture window made for a decent aspect. Downside to the room was that it was opposite to the maids service station so could be noisy at certain times.

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