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Cruise and Maritime Voyages: Marco Polo

Marco Polo Review

Known for its character and charm, the classic and venerable Marco Polo keeps intact a home-style appeal and offers select itineraries without the massive crowds. To enhance passenger enjoyment, Cruise and Maritime Voyages also offers a program of optional shore

excursions designed to cover the highlights of each port of call and maximize time ashore.

The Marco Polo does a decent job of catering to the single traveler, couples, and groups. With age-appropriate entertainment, recreation, and daily options to relax, meet new people, or simply do nothing but lounge on a sunny deck with an expansive view of the horizon, the ship promises to please the older traveler seeking good food, fun times, and bargain voyages with prominent British low-key flair and flavor. Each evening, a daily program details the following day’s activities and is delivered to cabins for useful information on menus, service operating hours, show times, and social events.

UK-based Cruise and Maritime Voyages specializes in adults-only cruises for travelers over 60 who seek a low-key, traditional British experience. Two refurbished 800-passenger ships, Marco Polo and Discovery, offer classic cruising itineraries from 2-night mini-excursions to 44-night cruises and are designed to maximize time in ports of call. With departure from six UK cities, afternoon tea service, an English-speaking staff, and pounds sterling as onboard currency, the cruise line attracts a predominantly unpretentious, British crowd.

Founded in 2009, the cruise line has already carried more than 80,000 passengers and built its reputation with an emphasis on child-free cruising for older travelers, friendly service, good value, and a traditional British ambience. While the very popular flagship Marco Polo has a strong following among novice and seasoned travelers who prefer a “ship of character,” the older but extensively refurbished Ocean Countess lures many first-timers for its excellent value, modern amenities, and regional itineraries.

Attentive service and an exceptionally friendly staff maintain a convivial atmosphere among passengers and crew. With a high ratio of repeat guests, Cruise and Maritime’s fleet consistently garners positive reviews by offering a full cruising experience on well-equipped, reliable ocean liners without the flash and commercialism of much larger ships. At this writing, the intimate 700-passenger Discovery was scheduled to join the Cruise and Maritime Voyages fleet in February 2013, under charter in association with the widely respected All Leisure Holidays.

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Pros

  • A smaller ship means a more intimate, homey feeling
  • All-inclusive pricing and value packages make cruises a good value
  • High-quality entertainment and leisure activities
  • Friendly, personalized service

Cons

  • The ship has no balconies, even in Deluxe suites
  • Ports of departure only located in United Kingdom
  • Tap water not drinkable but bottled water is for sale only
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 350
  • Entered Service 1965
  • Gross Tons 22,080
  • Length 578 feet
  • Number of Cabins 425
  • Passenger Capacity 800
  • Width 77 feet

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