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Marco Polo Review

3.5 / 5.0
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364 reviews
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Once was more than enough

Review for Marco Polo to the British Isles & Western Europe
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wooclarke
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin:
The entertainment team including the brilliant Callum and Savannah.
It all looks so promising.
Deck
Christmas evening table... shame about the 50 minute wait between courses.

Cabin

We were given a tiny, windowless cabin on the lowest deck known as Carabic. The smell of diesel is so overpowering it leaves a taste in your mouth as you leave the tiny lift. We paid for an inner cabin and the offer suggested a free upgrade that never happened; despite this the cabin was serviceable and kept spotlessly clean by Lillia our Cabin Stewart. The two twin beds were smaller than a regular single but were rewarded with fresh crisp linen daily along with the white as wave towels.

The cabin was serviceable and a little larger than I expected. The draw space and hanging space was well utilised for storing the plethora of formal wear needed on the cruise. 3 single wardrobes housed rails, the safe and a set of small draws along with a tie rack. The top space held the life jackets and could be used for storing larger items. The storage of suitcases was difficult but we squeezed them under the beds, this would be impossible with the hard shell cases but our smaller softer cases compressed to fit.

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Cabin

We were given a tiny, windowless cabin on the lowest deck known as Carabic. The smell of diesel is so overpowering it leaves a taste in your mouth as you leave the tiny lift. We paid for an inner cabin and the offer suggested a free upgrade that never happened; despite this the cabin was serviceable and kept spotlessly clean by Lillia our Cabin Stewart. The two twin beds were smaller than a regular single but were rewarded with fresh crisp linen daily along with the white as wave towels.

The cabin was serviceable and a little larger than I expected. The draw space and hanging space was well utilised for storing the plethora of formal wear needed on the cruise. 3 single wardrobes housed rails, the safe and a set of small draws along with a tie rack. The top space held the life jackets and could be used for storing larger items. The storage of suitcases was difficult but we squeezed them under the beds, this would be impossible with the hard shell cases but our smaller softer cases compressed to fit.

The bathroom optimised the available space and provided a shower with a detachable head; the pressure was good and left us feeling refreshed. The toiletries supplied were limited and of a poor quality. The descenders in the showers were tricky to use when slippery and wet but we had brought our own and recommend travellers do the same.

The standard of cleaning in the cabin is outstanding and I have never had a better standard anywhere in the world. Twice each day the room is cleaned and turned back at night, clothes folded for you, bins emptied, dressing area organised. It feels like Mary Poppins has visited each time you return.

Port Reviews

Lanzarote

We did the Irwnge bus tour. Got free tickets to the Palmarium and the Carnival exhibition included in the €23 price. Great value and a great place to visit.

Bristol (Avonmouth)

Poor signposting for the port.

The port buildings were just a freezing cold hanger that everyone had to queue in.

Parking is limited and very expensive.

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

We did a red bus tour here it cost €23 and was brilliant value. We loved the old town and were lucky enough to go up to the cathedral and see an artisan market and street singing. A lovely day.

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