Cruise & Maritime Voyages - Marco Polo
If it’s surf simulators, climbing walls and non-stop entertainment you’re after the Marco Polo isn’t for you, but if it’s good old fashioned cruising that’s affordable and elegant with plenty of character then hop on board! In ship terms she’s pretty old, over forty years in fact, but that’s really part of her charm and with ongoing maintenance and refurbishment she puts some of the younger ships afloat to shame in the style stakes.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and tastefully decorated she is with high ceilings, beautiful teak decks and old fashioned steamer chairs and when it comes to the cabins 70% have an ocean view and are well decorated with good quality furnishings.
A small ship she carries just 850 passengers which not only makes her much more intimate than the larger resort style ships and gives you the advantage of being able to visit remote ports of call that the bigger vessels can’t reach. Formal evenings mean you get to add a little sparkle at dinner times and meet the captain, perfect for those of you who prefer the more traditional style of cruising and what’s more she operates exclusively for adults only which means you won’t find any screaming kids running up and down corridors and dive bombing the pool.
All in all, the perfect ship for travellers who like well organised, destination-intensive cruises with a touch of old style glamour.
Julie cruised with Cruise and Maritime Voyages on the Marco Polo. Her cruise was part of the Grand British Isles Cruise departing and returning to Tilbury, near London. Highlights include Dublin, The Scilly Isles and Honfleur in Normandy.
- Child free (0ver 16 years)
- Two restaurants offering formal & informal dining
- Jade Wellness Centre & Gym
- Swimming Pool & Three whirlpools
- Library & Card Room
- Internet Café
- Marco Polo Show Lounge
- Four Lounges: Captain’s Club, Palm Garden, Columbus Lounge & Scott’s Bar
- 425 cabins
- 70% with ocean view
- All cabins have a shower, toilet, TV, telephone, music console, mirrored dressing table, hairdryer and personal safe.
- Built 1965, rebuilt 1993
- Maximum 800 passengers
- 8 passengers decks
- 4 passenger lifts
- Gross Tonnage 22,080
- 16.5 knots cruising speed
- Length 17.6m
- Beam 23.6m
- Draft 8.2m
- The Marco Polo sails from London Tilbury, Newcastle and Edinburgh Leith and offers exciting short and long haul itineraries from 2nts to 45nts durations. Destinations include: West Indies & Amazon, Norwegian Fjords, Baltics & Russia, Iceland & Northern Isles, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Azores & Madeira, British Isles.
Jonathan Beaumont says...
As someone who spends a lot of time reviewing new ships it was nice to get on board an old one for a change. But when I say old I don’t mean the Marco Polo is some rusting old tin can. In fact she’s in remarkably good shape for a ship that’s over forty years old.
What I loved about her is she actually feels like a ship with her teak decks, steamer chairs and all the sounds and smells associated with an older vessel.
You could really feel the history as you walked around her. Plus talk about value for money! I was amazed at just how cheap a cruise on Marco Polo can be when the food, accommodation and entertainment were all so good. Thoroughly recommended!
Julie Peasgood says...
The history of the Marco Polo is a fascinating one – she started life back in 1965 as the ‘Alexander Pushkin’, and was part of the Soviet Passenger Fleet. After a recent facelift she’s still wearing well, and is much loved by her passengers, who return again and again.
Our itinerary took in the Isles of Scilly, which I’d always wanted to visit, and they didn’t disappoint. Neither did Honfleur, our last destination, which I can’t wait to return to, even if only for its fabulous Saturday market. I’ve never seen so many different cheeses and sausages - and the town itself is all cobbles, geraniums and enticing cafes.
One of my favourite activities onboard was the craft class (I’m extremely proud of my strawberry pin cushion!) and the crew were great too – always going out of their way to be friendly, and looking after us really well.