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    Overnight Event Marco Polo

    As a very last minute decision, we booked one of the festive overnight events on Marco Polo a couple of days prior to Christmas. The ship was berthed in Bristol Avonmouth overnight. The blurb stated a welcome on board cocktail, 7 course Dinner with half a bottle of wine per person, Show and Entertainment. Cost £109 pp

    We joined up with Wilba and Mrs W and chose inside cabins on the Pacific Deck which seems to house the majority of the cabins. Although both the same grade, there were slight differences in the layout but mainly a two berth (beds not together configuration) with a dressing table/chest of drawers inbetween. I also very quickly spotted the pull out tray in the top of the drawers - something I remember from olden childhood days of cruising - this is what the cabin steward would pull out as he came with the tray of tea ordered in the morning as standard service in days gone by. A double wardrobe housed the safe and lifejackets and a reasonably sized shower to the side. The beds are old, narrow and not something I could endure for a long cruise, but a bed for the night was all that was needed.

    Our embarkation time was 4.45 but we decided to turn up at 4 and after filling in a health quiz, the ropes were opened up and we were going through security and on board in a flash. Cabins were ready so we offloaded our overnight bag and went off to investigate the lounge and the welcome on board drink.
    This turned out not be a one off hand out as we walked into the lounge but a full two hours of waiters walking around and handing out rum punch cocktail or fizz. This was a pleasant surprise which we made good use of.
    At 6 we returned to our cabins to get ready for the evening dinner which was at 7.30pm in one sitting. The meal was excellent - A choice of 3 starters, 2 soups, 2 Salads, 4 Mains, Dessert, and Coffee. The wine was freely poured with very generous measures and freely topped up when required.
    The after dinner show which lasted around 40mins was ok, infact very amateurish but nevertheless passed away the evening before we went up to the nightclub lounge for dancing the night away. The singers did Caberet spots to popular dance tunes before turning into a Disco.

    Breakfast was included the following morning - the usual buffet fare. A reasonable choice. Disembarkation time was 9.30am

    Overall it was a great pre Christmas event and we really enjoyed it. I would definitely consider doing this again next year.

    #2
    Sounds like a great idea to me. Where else could you have a night out with all that food. (And drink!) entertainment and a bed , Then breakfast next morning for that price?
    No brainer for me. Just wish we had them on the Tyne. Jan.

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      #3
      Originally posted by jan lowden, sunderland (2) View Post
      Sounds like a great idea to me. Where else could you have a night out with all that food. (And drink!) entertainment and a bed , Then breakfast next morning for that price?
      No brainer for me. Just wish we had them on the Tyne. Jan.
      I could not eat 7 courses - I know I an the exception - I struggle with 2.

      For £6 extra, I enjoyed a 4 day post Ne'erday holiday in the Highlands DBB with transport and excursions included. I was shocked the food was far better than any food I had on my cruises in 2019 and there was a choice of 4 mains too. The bonus was no solo penalty and the alcoholic beverages were cheap too - cheaper than coffee. I am the first to acknowledge that the menu would not appeal to the 'foodies' but the quality of the ingredients was very high

      To Bradbury & Wilba, delighted you enjoyed yourselves..

      Annie

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        #4
        Hi Bradbury.
        Sounds good,I'm always up for a good night out,,,Liverpool would be OK,Bristol a bit too far.
        Be interested in Wilba's comparison with our overnighter on FO in Liverpool.

        The other problem for me is the drive home next morning,I would have to be tee total that night before.
        All that free booze and tee total....
        JC
        C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
        "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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          #5
          Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

          I could not eat 7 courses - I know I an the exception - I struggle with 2.

          For £6 extra, I enjoyed a 4 day post Ne'erday holiday in the Highlands DBB with transport and excursions included. I was shocked the food was far better than any food I had on my cruises in 2019 and there was a choice of 4 mains too. The bonus was no solo penalty and the alcoholic beverages were cheap too - cheaper than coffee. I am the first to acknowledge that the menu would not appeal to the 'foodies' but the quality of the ingredients was very high

          To Bradbury & Wilba, delighted you enjoyed yourselves..

          Annie
          Can always rely on you Annie😉😎

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            #6
            Originally posted by Delboy, Essex View Post

            Can always rely on you Annie😉😎
            My pleasure

            Annie

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              #7
              Hi Bradbury

              Sounds a good deal, now if it was in the Port of Harwich !
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                #8
                I’ll add my two pennu’th for what it’s worth.

                This was my second one nighter, the other on F.O’s Boudicca docked in Liverpool in 2017.

                Marco Polo built in 1965, took me back to my early years of cruising. I booked a Superior Inside cabin, but boy was it tiny. Two narrow singles either side of a small chest of drawers, plus a shower and wardrobe made it feel overcrowded with just the two of us in there. As Bradbury stated, OK for one night, but a full cruise????

                The two hour Welcome Aboard Cocktails were replaced as soon as the glasses were empty, and for the overly impatient like me, there was a help yourself table set up in the middle of the room with the fizz and punch on a grab and go basis.

                The food was something I had not experienced on a ship for a very long time.

                After starter and soup all of the table except myself ordered a pre main salad course. The salad came on a full size plate and was a meal in itself. I’m glad I didn’t bother when I saw the size of the main meal.

                The plate came fully loaded, the gravy within a millimetre of the edge of the plate, the meat and veg piled like a mini Vesuvius. Add to this the very generous choices of Red, White and Rose’, by the end of the meal I was feeling wrecked.

                A very good pre Christmas night out, and something that Christmas Office parties could consider as an alternative to the run of the mill restaurant/hotel option.

                To answer JC’s question, food and service was well above the Liverpool night, although I did prefer the entertainment package with Stan Boardman and The Beatles Tribute Band.…………..Wilba


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                  #9
                  The only drinks we had to pay for were after dinner. Our bar bill for the two of us came to £30

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Bradbury, Coventry View Post
                    The only drinks we had to pay for were after dinner. Our bar bill for the two of us came to £30
                    Same here, £33 to be exact..............Wilba
                    Wilba

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                      #11
                      Sounds very good value to me. Could be something that we’d be interested in to give me a taste of a cruise again without risk of a recurrence of MdDS which I’m trying to avoid. Please excuse my ignorance but, could you feel any movement of the ship (even very slight) while you were aboard as this would render it a definite No-No. Also you say there was a shower in the cabin, was there also a loo...?? As I say pardon my ignorance!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by cruisinpat, Cornwall View Post
                        Sounds very good value to me. Could be something that we’d be interested in to give me a taste of a cruise again without risk of a recurrence of MdDS which I’m trying to avoid. Please excuse my ignorance but, could you feel any movement of the ship (even very slight) while you were aboard as this would render it a definite No-No. Also you say there was a shower in the cabin, was there also a loo...?? As I say pardon my ignorance!
                        None whatsoever...........and yes there was a loo...............Wilba
                        Wilba

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                          #13
                          Thanks Wilba. Will keep a look out for similar overnighters. Won’t be for a while as my husband has very recently had part of his lung removed due to cancer & is still recovering. We’re yet to find out if he needs follow up treatment. Be something we could both look forward to at some point though, hopefully

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                            #14
                            Thanks for your views on your one nighter on Marco Polo.

                            I was interested to read your opinions because we did a one nighter on her last June in Portsmouth. It was one of the many D Day commemorative events and we took advantage of it, given that the ship was a bus ride away for us.

                            Our views mirrored yours but for us of course, the night in Liverpool was memorable for the entertainment, company and my dance with JC.

                            We did do a 7 day cruise on Marco Polo some years ago but wouldn't consider another on her.
                            Jill

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                              #15
                              I love Marco Polo. She is very old and full of character and nothing like the bland, block of flats now being built and being passed off as a cruise ship.

                              For all her faults, we love her even more. We have had nothing but excellent and friendly service on her and enjoyed every cruise.

                              A grand old lady.

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