And now for something different!: Marco Polo Cruise Review by CAROL GIDLOW

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And now for something different!

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: London (Tilbury)
My daughter and I wanted to see the Northern lights,it was on our life list of 'things to do'. We were also excited about a cruise in the Artic.I had previously cruised the Fjords on Marco Polo when she was run by Transocean.I had been impressed by the ship,crew and itinerary and therefore chose her again as she is an excellent sailing ship and we expected that all the weather may not be good. We were right to be cautious and when the worst of the weather hit we felt safe, the ship sailed well and the itinerary was fulfilled although the ports of Molde and Alesund were exchanged for each other in the program.

As hoped we saw the lights several times whilst on board which was fantastic, exciting and what we had hoped for having chosen a cruise to see the lights as maximising our opportunities to do so. It was hilarious the first formal dining night when the tannoy went in the middle of late dining,everyone left the dining room, running in all directions not knowing where the More ships bows were or how to get there in order to see the lights. Evening dresses, high heels and if you were lucky your coat,boy was it cold, but an adventure and fun.Dinner was quite late. We saw the lights on board four times.The last two times it felt so close it was almost touchable.(It was a sobering thought that although we had had a thorough life boat drill there was a great deal of confusion amongst passengers when the tannoy went, I noticed several passengers checking where their lifeboats were again the following day.

The scenery was jaw dropping on this cruise,the air was so clean and the light perfect for painting and photography. The itinerary was so well designed everything just became more and more stunning and interesting. We were never cold in all our layers,and we enjoyed the friendship of the passengers and helpfullness of the crew throughout the cruise.

The onboard lecturers on Photography and Astronomy were helpful,interesting and well chosen.It was a pleasant surprise to have a free coach shuttle when necessary,tourist information on board at some ports and efficient,trouble free customer friendly tendering at Svolvaer,the Lofoten Islands. Less

Published 04/18/11

Cabin review: 8309

Good cabin, well planned. Could do with tea making facilities to improve it. Hot water always available. Comfortable beds. Cabin Stewardess superb.I didn't like having my porthole shut tight but appreciate the safety need.

Port and Shore Excursions

Great place to start the cruise. We were berthed just up the road 5 mins walk from the main railway station. We walked down to the station,across the road to the canal and took a canal cruise which was of an excellent standard and took an hour. Very interesting. We only had a short stop here but had the time we required.All Amsterdam was accessible from our berth location.

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