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Marco Polo


Overview: This is a comfortable ship with classic looks, and, with its deep draft, rides well in unkind sea conditions. It appeals to couples and solo travelers of mature years who enjoy visiting interesting destinations in the comfort of a ship that is unpretentious yet pleasing, without much enter


Ms Marco Polo Better Than Expected. by Smith, Huddersfield

Ms Marco Polo Better Than Expected.

Overall Rating: 3


Cruise Ship:
Marco Polo

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We had a three day cruise from Tilbury to Antwerp and Amsterdam on 20 Sept 2012 in a deluxe balacony cabin.

On first view the ship looked to be a hybrid between a ferry and an old cruise liner but this impression didnt do it justice. The common areas of the bars, restaurant and pool deks etc. were as good if not better in some cases than P&O Azura, but they ought to open the pool on a port day though, the hot tubs werre open and were really good.

Cabin size was on the small size, furniture a little dated but clean and comfortable and ok for a few days at sea.

The main restaurant was very nice and elegant as were the bars. The theatre show lounge was very pleasant too.

The food in the main dining was very good equally if not better than the food dished up by P&O at the moment. The buffet dining had a good selection of food for lunch and breakfast for its size, but some of the breakfast items were not so good, quality of the sausages and bland wallpaper paste porridge being the worst and with a bit of effort these can easily be improved, all other foods though were terrific especially the fish, rice dishes and curries.

being a smaller older ship it tends to rock abit on a night unlike the bigger modern ships and we didnt sleep that well as the single beds were quite narrow too.

The show lounge entertainers were extremely good and put on some great shows, the entertainment in the other bars was a little low key with piano players etc and would have benefitted from some veriety such as a rock guitarist or a comedian perhaps.

Would we go again - yes if the price/itinerary was good but not for more than 3 or 4 days.

Times cruised before: 1-2
Sailed: September, 2012
Age: 46-55
Cabin: Outside

Quality of Food
Eat mostly Fish dishes and rice dishes Didnt eat the sausages after the first day or the porridge because they were very poor quality.

The show lounge troop were very good could do with better entertainment elsewhere

Shore Excursions
Didnt book any - did our own

Raul - one of the singers in the show lounge had a brilliant voice and was very enthusiastic, even in the safety drill. but all were very polite and efficient.

Children's Facilities

Onboard Activities

Better than I expected but far from having the flair and style of say MSC Poesia

Overall Rating
Reed, SKEGNESS - Commented on this review

Do I assume from your own comments that all your gradings are undersatated by one star? Your "average" onboard activities is gived 2 out of 5 stars (average is surely 3) and good entertainemnt is given an average 3 stars. To try and compare the range of entertainment on the 3000 passenger Poisia with a ship less than a quarter its size is not really an effective comparison. Of course the Poisia will have a greater variety although I must say that I have seen both a comedian and a rock guitarist performing in a lounge on Marco Polo but never on MSC.

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Greenwood, Maldon - Commented on a comment by Reed (30 Sep 12 21:31)

Http:// ..... Reed it may be for the best, if you check the star system on this page, it may help you in the future to understand the score system.

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marsh, Hornchurch - Commented on this review

We were on this ship too and had an outside cabin on Baltic deck (no balcony cabins on Marco Polo) and can wholly agree with your review. Food excellent in restaurant. Buffet ok afternoon tea good could sometimes get busy as the afternoon tea is only from 3.30 to 4.30 so a bit rushed but this happens on all ships when everyone arrives back from trips and have to use the only restaurant open.

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Smith, Huddersfield - Commented on this review

Sorry guys - my mistake meant to say outside cabin (not balcony).

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