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Marco Polo Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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4th time on Marco Polo

Marco Polo Cruise Review by gapenguin

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

We like the small ship voyages. Was on Marco Polo to Antarctica twice when owned by Orient and NCL. Then to the Norwegian fjords (awful experience) and this one was selected to see Greenland.

Not much has changed. Our cabin was fine, except for our next door neighbour who complained when I made a phone call from the room. A lot of older travellers, as we are. But some were just plain nasty.

We had great tablemates and Sanjay was a great server. He recognized my love of pappadums and brought an ample supply to the table each night. Smiling, cheerful and provided quality service.

Communication onboard was horrendous. Leaving the ship at Kirkwall was a total mess-taking 3 hours to disembark, leaving little time to see anything there.

The alarm bells sounded early morning, and people were running for their life jackets! Announcement came over intercom to disregard alarm, but no further info or apology for their stupid mistake.

Entertainment was abysmal. The chunky blonde, possibly Spanish, girl was a horrific singer. She sang during the 4 July presentation and it was painful to listen to her. Much better when they sang as a group. A few, like the cruise director, had passable voices, but several others were just plain awful. They managed to butcher Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Les Miserables during 2 nights of "entertainment".

Like the sauna, and it was usually vacant.

The cocktail tasting were a fun event and reasonably priced. Shore excursions very costly and we did better just going out on our own.

Embarkation was fast and efficient, but long wait to disembark.

Overall, we got to Greenland, which was our goal.

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Cabin Review

Cabin has lots of storage space and was perfectly find for us.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Too rushed due to inefficiency of tendering to city


Clean and expensive. Even bus from port to city was costly

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