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We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the size of the ship. As Donte states, the Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same reasons as us and because they loved the ship.. We enjoyed all the ports of call, many were very beautiful and all were very interesting. We too hired a canoe at Boca de Valeria (highly recommended) for 5$ as well as taking a trip in a taxi canoe across to the spit at Alto de Chao which was beautiful and where you can swim in the Amazon. Manaus was very interesting and you can save yourself some money by walking up to the Theatre yourselves and booking on to a tour for the equivalent of £2.50 pp and you can do the same for the evening concert though don’t be tempted to walk at night as it is extremely dangerous! You are advised not to wear jewellery or to conceal cameras. There were those who did not heed this advice to their cost! We were worried that we would become bored during the many sea days but this was not a problem at all. There was much to do including the daily walk around the ship (8 laps of deck 10 is a mile), arts and craft classes, interesting (OK and some not so interesting) lectures, drama club and choir (though only go to this if you don’t suffer from high blood pressure or if you are a practising musician as this was poorly led by one of the entertainments’ crew!), Zumba and other similar work out clubs daily or joining in the three (and sometimes more) quizzes a day, watching the fabulous shows in the evening or the various entertainers or just spending quality time with our many new friends or just sitting watching the Amazon or world sail by. As Donte correctly states, our days were soon filled. Our cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage space, (low down and in the middle though no upgraded for us) and we were looked after very well by Lwin. Food was plentiful with 3 full meals a day + afternoon tea and supper or the occasional evening food extravaganza. We mainly ate all our meals in the Waldorf Restaurant though we occasionally ait in the Marco Polo Bistro. While afternoon tea was available (including an amazing chocolate feast) we were on early sitting so had no need for this though there were obscene amounts of food available if you wanted it (and some clearly did!) The service by the waiters in the Waldorf was superb and nothing was too much for them and they were always friendly and helpful. We too did a lot of research before the holiday and picked carefully three excursions plus the Belem transfer. All our excursions were good and these particular ones were good value (having checked the cost of doing it independently beforehand) and very enjoyable. At many of the islands we too shared a taxi (or canoe) with friends which was cheaper and more flexible. We couldn't fault the cleanliness on this ship and the service was all very good, the crew all work hard, are polite, friendly and helpful. The only thing that spoiled the cruise slightly were the people who moaned - often about things that, had they read the paperwork properly they would have known about and often you would here comparisons with other cruise companies. Let’s be up front here. You pay for what you get though I think what you get is amazing considering the cost. If you get a chance, especially if you go on this or a similar cruise, read Murder on the Marco Polo. You will meet the same types of people and have a very good chuckle! The cruise was absolutely fantastic and great value for money and one which we too will never forget but as Donte said, if you want a posh, modern ship this isn't for you.

Amazonian Adventure: Amazon River, West Indies and the Azores

Marco Polo Cruise Review by JPandLA

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We booked this cruise because of the destinations and the size of the ship. As Donte states, the Marco Polo has quite a following and we met many passengers who had booked for the same reasons as us and because they loved the ship..

We enjoyed all the ports of call, many were very beautiful and all were very interesting. We too hired a canoe at Boca de Valeria (highly recommended) for 5$ as well as taking a trip in a taxi canoe across to the spit at Alto de Chao which was beautiful and where you can swim in the Amazon. Manaus was very interesting and you can save yourself some money by walking up to the Theatre yourselves and booking on to a tour for the equivalent of £2.50 pp and you can do the same for the evening concert though don’t be tempted to walk at night as it is extremely dangerous! You are advised not to wear jewellery or to conceal cameras. There were those who did not heed this advice to their cost!

We were worried that we would become bored during the many sea days but this was not a problem at all. There was much to do including the daily walk around the ship (8 laps of deck 10 is a mile), arts and craft classes, interesting (OK and some not so interesting) lectures, drama club and choir (though only go to this if you don’t suffer from high blood pressure or if you are a practising musician as this was poorly led by one of the entertainments’ crew!), Zumba and other similar work out clubs daily or joining in the three (and sometimes more) quizzes a day, watching the fabulous shows in the evening or the various entertainers or just spending quality time with our many new friends or just sitting watching the Amazon or world sail by. As Donte correctly states, our days were soon filled.

Our cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage space, (low down and in the middle though no upgraded for us) and we were looked after very well by Lwin. Food was plentiful with 3 full meals a day + afternoon tea and supper or the occasional evening food extravaganza. We mainly ate all our meals in the Waldorf Restaurant though we occasionally ait in the Marco Polo Bistro. While afternoon tea was available (including an amazing chocolate feast) we were on early sitting so had no need for this though there were obscene amounts of food available if you wanted it (and some clearly did!) The service by the waiters in the Waldorf was superb and nothing was too much for them and they were always friendly and helpful.

We too did a lot of research before the holiday and picked carefully three excursions plus the Belem transfer. All our excursions were good and these particular ones were good value (having checked the cost of doing it independently beforehand) and very enjoyable. At many of the islands we too shared a taxi (or canoe) with friends which was cheaper and more flexible.

We couldn't fault the cleanliness on this ship and the service was all very good, the crew all work hard, are polite, friendly and helpful. The only thing that spoiled the cruise slightly were the people who moaned - often about things that, had they read the paperwork properly they would have known about and often you would here comparisons with other cruise companies. Let’s be up front here. You pay for what you get though I think what you get is amazing considering the cost. If you get a chance, especially if you go on this or a similar cruise, read Murder on the Marco Polo. You will meet the same types of people and have a very good chuckle! The cruise was absolutely fantastic and great value for money and one which we too will never forget but as Donte said, if you want a posh, modern ship this isn't for you.
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Cabin 314
The cabin was very clean and spacious and we had two portholes. We were looked after by Lwin and if we had any issues (we called an engineer to check and fix the heating / air con) they were dealt with immediately and efficiently. There was plenty of storage space and while there was no laundry on board, there was amply space in the en suite to dry your hand washed clothes.
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