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Marco Polo Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
434 Reviews

Great Itinerary - Good Ship - Mostly Poor Shore Excursions

Marco Polo Cruise Review by Bridie Robin

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

We chose the cruise for the itinerary. The embarkation port is close to us so was brilliant at the beginning and end of our holiday. Embarkation was one of the best we have experienced, very smooth and we did not have to wait for our luggage. We chose priority disembarkation, where you take your own luggage off, which again was very easy and suited us.

The ship is good but it was overcrowded. The cabin is very good, but a big step into the bathroom and the window was dirty, spoiling an excellent view. The highlight of the dining experience was dinner which was excellent. Breakfast, lunch and tea were average, with big queues for tea.

The onboard ship's entertainment was outstanding, although visiting acts were poor. There was also a great choice of onboard activities and excellent guest lecturers. Service was excellent and usually with a smile.

We found the ports of call very interesting and was one of the main reasons we chose this cruise. The visit to Narsarsuaq was cancelled, but we went to Minaatsoq instead. We also missed out on Prince Christian Sound due to it being blocked by icebergs.

Shore excursions in Iceland, Faroe Islands and Orkney were good and value for money, but very poor value for money in Greenland. Our best visits in Greenland were when we explored on our own.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Superior Plus Twin Ocean View 607

Good size room and well laid out. We had plenty of space for our clothes and could store the cases under the beds. There is a big step in and out of the bathroom. The cabin steward was excellent, so the room was always spotlessly clean. We had a good size window above one of the beds but would have been better in the middle.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)

We only used Tilbury for embarkation and disembarkation and as we live in Essex, this was an excellent location.


We went on the Skara Brae and Brodgar excursion which was fascinating as Skara Brae had been on my bucket list. We also had a bit of a tour of the main island, including Scapa Flow. There were very long queues for the tenders on our return, but we toured the port and went to the hotel opposite to drink local whiskeys and an Irish coffee until the queues died down. Great day and the weather was good.

£119 was quite expensive, so not good value for money, but a very interesting trip, seeing some fascinating sites. A good lunch was also included.

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Golden Circle

At £119, this was probably the best value for money of all the trips. A very good lunch was also included. This was very informative and we got to see the fascinating geological features of Iceland. A great day and the weather was great.

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Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

We went on the coastal villages trip for £52 each. Good value for money and we got to see a reasonable amount of Streymor, which is beautiful, helped by the lovely sunny weather. Another great day.

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