Review: MV Marco Polo
Cruise - Ocean Cruise
Trying, before booking a longer cruise
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Following a tip from a relative, I rang a couple of times for prices, for a mini cruise (taking in Antwerp & Amsterdam) on 18/9; best price for a single in a twin room (at half price offer) was £399 for standard twin room. On the 15/9 they rang me offered £338.
On 16/9 I rang back, discussed this again; commenting on the fact that on the last P&O inside cabin, there was noise and a vibrating bed. I was assured that the cabin selected would be most suitable, with neither of these elements. I was given a Supreme twin for £299!
Parking at £11 a day seemed expensive but the local cab was £30 each way. I also requested assist transfer, following a leg operation, where I had been advised to restrict walking and not climb slops/hills.
On arrival, I was asked to leave my luggage and drive to long stay car park – I mentioned that I had asked for assisted transfer and was told "yes, you will pick up a coach back". So I drove the half mile back, despite showing a Disabled Blue Badge, got no priory parking, walked with my stick and some weighty hand luggage over slightly rough area, had lift my damaged leg over a 8"-12" H 4" W concrete wall, then had to wait for coaches.
On arrival back where I had left my luggage I had to wait until registration before the afore mentioned 'assisted transfer' was heeded and while I was very grateful to the man pushing me up the first slop, I was surprised to find he was not allowed to push me on board! Luckily, it was not at high tide so there was only medium slop and the gentleman did carry my hand luggage for me.
Lunch in the 'Bistro' restaurant was basic; good salad selection, a fish, 2 meat and some vegetarian options and 2 two sweet options (one being mouse the 1" square 'trifle cake'. No afternoon tea on embarkation day.
The evening meal, for those who used the Waldorf restaurant, was a more sophisticated affair, with classical surroundings and and if wanted a whole six courses to choice from and although not always huge, were substantial. The only minor negative was that you had to order the whole meal at once, including pudding, where you may change you mind about after the: (Cannot remember Thursdays options but here's Friday menu) Mushroom volivant Brockery & Cauliflower soup Caesar Salad Raspberry Sorbet ( that did not arrive) Lamb Shank Cheese & biscuits – which I did not have I had the Apple Strudel but I could have done with something lighter.
I have not mentioned my inside cabin yet. Although stated as Supreme, compared to others I have had, it was basic but enough (the ship was rated 3*). That was until I tried to sleep – the engine noise was loud and a vibrating bed (remember paragraph two) this sent me to Reception at 3am, to be told "the ship is full but if someone has to leave because of an emergency a cabin may become available".
I return to Reception at 8:30 am, informed a different Receptionist, that I had not slepted all night and she discussed possible upgrade but I would have to discuss with senior Receptionist – long story at but at 6pm I was given another slightly smaller cabin on Port side, less noise and bed attached to corridors wall, so no vibrating!
Only took one delightful trip, to Panoramic Ghent. Lovely, ancient town, relaxing boat ride on a nice, very warm September day.
This is a three night cruise and I'm relaxing on day three – I have been to Amsterdam many time and decided that I would chill out on one of the 43 sun beds available. I have to say there are 35 others tied up but strangely not on the pool deck. Do not expect an large pool and in fact today, at berth in Amsterdam, on a warm almost windless day there is netting over the pool and later found out, it had been emptied and painted but there are 3 hot tubs on deck 11 – the highest deck.
This is an Adult only ship and the entertainment is aimed at a certain age group, which is fine if you not younger than 40, however some were.
Okay, there's no Casino, found no fruit machines but plenty of nice seating areas, entertainment in three of the bars/lounges but not at the same time. Two restaurants, though beware the Waldorf only does Silver service in the evening, at other times it's buffet like the Bistro and the Bistro leads onto the pool deck.
Leaving aside the sleepless night and the fact that I could not get a hair brush or travel plug from the shop (even the hair dressers would not sale me a hair brush!), I have enjoyed my three days and yes, providing I can get an outside, reasonable priced cabin, I would like to take a longer cruise on the Marco Polo.
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