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Marco Polo Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Excellent value for money - ignore the moaners!

Marco Polo Cruise Review by Nicola

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  • Sail Date: Apr 2010
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

I have just read a review by a passenger, Philip, on the same cruise as me. We visitied Rouen, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles. Although I agree with him that the eastern European staff were not the friendliest that is the only real negative in my opinion. If he wanted luxury then he should have paid a luxury price. I saw this cruise advertised on Travel Zoo for £299 per person and the third person travelled for £99. At that price - who wouldn't?? I spoke to loads of people who paid the same.

In the past I worked on P&O cruises for 4.5 yrs and decided to try cruising as a passenger. I travelled with my parents sharing an inboard 3 birth cabin. The cabin had ample room for us all - we didn't even use all the drawers! The beds were comfortable and the cabin was cleaned every day to a good standard.

We tended to have breakfast and lunch in the buffet restaurant - Marco Polo. There was always plenty of choice and the only food that was cold was the salad! OK it wasn't the more luxurious choice as you expect on a luxury cruise liner - but we were aware of the low price we had paid. In my opinion it was good value.

The evening meals in the main restaurant were VERY good - No complaints there. AS for the one curry that was served - it was lovely. We had the house wine every night. Our waiting staff were pleasant enough but I did see some very miserable looking waiters/waitresses.

In the bars the staff were a bit surly too. Couldn't understand why. When ordering a spirit ask for a can of mixer to go with it. You get charged the same for a top up as for a can. Drinks not over priced. Tea and coffee were reasonably priced.

Entertainment was generally good. Didn't go to all the shows - chose the ones we thought we'd like. Very good comedian/magician - Andy Leach. British/Australian entertainment staff very friendly, cruise director a bit aloof though.

Weather was great and 3 good ports of call. All in all a very good cruise and excellent value for money.

Rouen - fantastic views along The Seine and a lovely city to stroll around. Lovely arcitecture and a great market on a Sunday.

Guernsey was lovely. Get the local bus No 3 or 7, they do a tour around the island for 60p. If you get off somewhere to have a look its only another 60p to get back on - a cheap day out and a great way to get a feel for the place

Scilly Isles (St Mary's). I fell in love with this place - so quaint. A fishing village feel about it. Lovely views from the Old Garrison. Some good nick nacky shops too.

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Plenty of room even with three adults. Loads of storage. Inboard which suited us as not woken by early morning sunlight!!

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