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Marco Polo Review

3.5 / 5.0
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It's all about the itinerary - Greenland aboard Marco Polo (21 day cruise)

Review for Marco Polo to the British Isles & Western Europe
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ColdCruise
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2017
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Why this cruise?

We chose this ship due to the superb itinerary and reasonable price point. For less than half the cost of 1 week on board an "expedition" ship, we spent 3 weeks visiting Faroe Islands (1 port), Iceland (3 ports), and the raison d'être - Greenland (7 ports) in addition to a port day in Scotland to pick up additional passengers. The itinerary and ship were well worth the time and dime.

Overall ship impression:

Cabin Review

Our cabin, Pacific Deck exterior aft, was plenty spacious for 2 people, as long as you don't mind sleeping in twin beds. Room had plenty of drawer and hanging storage. Due to the age and design of the ship, the floor did cant downward just past the bathroom. It wasn't unmanageable but if you are mobility challenged ( or drink a lot), pick an inside room. There are several blog posts online that describe the reason for this, so the info was available before we sailed. I will mention that walking past open doors and peaking inside that there was a lot of variation in cabin size and layout. Size restrictions were exacerbated by residents slovenliness. We may have gotten lucky with cabin assignment but were quite pleased with ours. Our cabin steward was wonderful - friendly, helpful, informative and with the bonus of being a dab hand with towel animals ;-))

Port Reviews

Akureyri

Although ship offered a selection of excursions, we rented a car from a local agency and drove to Dettifoss and Asbergyi. The dock location was serviced by a couple international car rentals and we saw a few passengers driving off. Our Jimmy 4x4 was waiting for us. Driving out of town was simple and we had no issues with navigation upon returning to the dock. The dock was centrally located and walking distance to a museum. There was a small souvenir store on the pier, and a lot of the ships crew were sitting around using the wifi.

Recommend trip to Myvatn although we didn't do it - we had self explored the area a couple years earlier and the ships excursion certainly included the highlights.

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