MS Marco Polo cruise ship is owned by Global Maritime, and is currently under charter to “Cruise & Maritime Voyages”. The cruise vessel was previously operated by the German “Transocean Tours”. MS Marco Polo was built by Mathias-Thesen Werft, East Germany in 1965 as “Aleksandr Pushkin” for Baltic Shipping Company of the Soviet Union.
MS Marco Polo cruise ship itinerary program features the Britain’s most favorite destinations operated with most affordable to really inexpensive cruise deals from UK (departures from London Tilbury or Leith). The list of itineraries includes the northern and British waters, 6-8-nights voyages to Norwegian Fjords; 11-13-nights voyages to the North Cape, Baltic and Iceland, also short 1-5-nights sailings Scottish Islands & Faroes and British Isles Discovery.
ms Marco Polo cruise ship
In a glance, the Marco Polo cruise ship offers low-key sea vacations. She has a good value-for-money index to signify a most traditional British cruising experience. The onboard atmosphere is cosy (home-like), kids-free, comfortable and friendly. The ship is best for adults, couples, budget minded travelers.
MS Marco Polo is one of the top choices for small ship cruising from UK. Your fellow passengers are more likely to be affluent, middle-aged and well-traveled folks – most of them repeat guests, who simply hooked to the ship’s aura of charming tranquility and sophistication on its always unforgettable sailings. Follows the CMV Marco Polo ship video review:
Marco Polo cruise ship history and design
Aleksandr Pushkin ship was the second of Ivan Franko class (referred to as “writer” or “poet” class), named after one of the most famous Russian poets. The construction of Ivan Franko class vessels featured notable differences from the contemporary ships which were built in the west. They offered 6-people cabins and had 3 taps in bathrooms – for cold, hot, and sea water.
The ships featured forward-looking features – outside accommodation for passengers and crew, and swimming pool with sliding glass roof. To enable ships navigate through broken ice, their construction had greater hull strength than in usual passenger ships of the size. Ivan Franko-class vessels were built also with the use as troopships in mind. From 1972 Ivan Franko-class vessels were rebuilt. Their cargo facilities were eliminated, the forward structure extended, which allowed additional public spaces. The stabilizers were installed in that stage. Later, the cabins were reconfigured and included berths for all guests. During 1970s Aleksandr Pushkin refit, a discotheque was added, which made the ship the first Soviet to have one. After the ship had major additions and alterations, she sailed for Orient Lines as Marco Polo from 1993 to 2008.
MS Marco Polo cruise ship has classic profile, teak decks and traditional dark hull – authenticity of ‘proper’ cruise ship. The stabilisers and deep draught give comfortable ride. The successive refits have kept navigational technology, accommodation, public rooms and guests’ facilities up to date. The compact size of around 800 passengers helps access smaller ports, in which larger vessels do not venture.
Marco Polo offers child-free, great value-for-money traditional British cruising experience in cozy surroundings and so friendly atmosphere. The public rooms are smartly furnished, with high ceilings that give airy and spacious feel offering plenty of space for relaxation.
ms Marco Polo statistics
- year built: 1965 (ms Alexandr Pushkin)
- ship building company: Mathias-Thesen Werft, Wismar, GDR (East Germany)
- ship class: Ivan Franco (“poet”/“writer” class). Five sister-ships – the “five poets”.
- Current operator: Cruise&Maritime Voyages line.
- Port of registry: Nassau (Bahamas)
- MMSI 308693000; IMO number: 6417097 (see this link for current location)
- passenger capacity: 820 (915 max), crew: 356
- weight: 22,080 tons, length: 176,3 m (578,4 ft), width: 23,6 m (77,3 ft), draft 8,2 m (27 ft)
- speed 19,5 knots (36 kph; 22,4 mph)
- major refit: 1991-1993 (for US $60 million), last major refurbishment 2010, last refurbished 2014
- engines: two Sulzer-Cegielski diesels 7RND76 (15447 kW combined power output).
- sister ship: mv Discovery.
The ship’s last refurbishment was in November 2014 in Holland (at the Vlissingen shipyard). The work was done by the Damen company (shiprepair and marine vessel conversion company). The dry-dock stay featured an extensive vessel survey, followed by a regular maintenance work – high-pressure hull washing-painting, valves overhaul, lifeboats maintenance-recertification, gangway platforms repair.
Marco Polo cruise ship cabins
Fifteen categories – a surprisingly varied choice, from Standard insides to ocean-view De Luxe suites, ranked according to position and size. Some feature obstructed views and, and as with oldest ships, there are no balconied cabins. All Marco Polo accommodations feature satellite TV and music channels, two lower beds (the one converted to sofa), mini bar, safe drawers, individual thermostat control, built-in hairdryers, nightly turn-down service, private bathroom (most with bathtubs).
- Suites feature additional sitting area with writing table, floor-to-ceiling window, mini bar complimentary stocked upon arrival, master bathrooms with bathtub, double sinks, bidet and bathrobes. Suite guests can order room service from the menu of Seven Seas Restaurant during operating hours.
- De Luxe cabins’ passengers have a welcome bottle of wine, coffee and tea-making facilities, robes and slippers, and daily replenished fresh fruit. They benefit from cabin complimentary breakfast service, and will also find a golfing umbrella, world atlas, and tote bag in cabin.
- The Junior Suites add priority boarding and embarkation at departure ports, disembarkation ‘At Your Leisure’ and UK paper delivered on that. Upon arrival, your welcome bottle is Champagne, along with flowers .
- Book a Deluxe Suite and you’ll have hors d’oeuvres delivered pre-dinner every evening, complimentary laundry services and DVD hire throughout the cruise, bookshelf of novels to read and confirmed restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations.
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|Premium Twin Outside Cabin||Island Sky Premium Suite||DeLuxe Suite Oceanview|
Marco Polo cruise ship dining
- The decor of Waldorf restaurant is pleasant but not quite remarkable. There are two sittings offered, dinners are good and often exceed expectations for the price level, prepared with more finesse than the breakfast. Afternoon tea, late-nights snacks are also featured on board as is cruising tradition.
- Marco’s Bistro is open-seating informal alternative on the pool deck at stern, so guests can eat outdoors, if the weather permits so. No additional charge is collected for eating here.
- Columbus Lounge and Captain’s Club are popular spots for pre-dinner cocktails. Columbus Lounge is classy and clubby, with some attractive maritime artefacts on display; the elegant Captain’s Club is spacious, with contemporary decor.
- The Palm Garden’s big windows afford great views of the ocean. Its somewhat surprising décor, however, combining lacquer-red walls, green plants and bamboo-and–conservatory style furniture delivers an altogether mixed and less tranquil message.
- On Amundsen Deck is located the modern and bright Scott’s Bar. Its dance floor welcomes guests for late-night entertainment.
- At Maxim’s passengers savor the Mediterranean flavors, including French and Italian specialties. Maxim’s is open for dinner and reservations are suggested. No cover charge.
- Marco Polo Grill is an upscale venue with various taste experiences – poultry and roasted meats, fresh local seafood, when available. It’s open for dinner and reservations are suggested. No cover charge.
- Seven Seas Restaurant is main dining room which accommodates all guests in unhurried sitting. The menu offers American and Continental favorites and a la carte items. The venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Raffles Café is ship’s Lido casual buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering both poolside and indoor seating. In the evenings passengers can enjoy regional specialties.
- At the following YouTube video you can see a slideshow review of the cuisine on board the ship.
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|Waldorf Restaurant||Scott’s Bar||Captain’s Club|
|Marco’s Buffet||Marco’s Restaurant||Palm Garden|
ms Marco Polo entertainment
Do not expect expansive leisure options – MS Marco Polo is not a floating resort and her passengers are not looking for them. Aft, you’ll find plenty of open deck, with three whirlpools and a small swimming pool. The promenade deck is hard to call ‘walk-around’ as circling the ship means climbing up a deck and switching to the narrow walkway, then down again, but it’s exercise.
Unfortunately, none of the lounges or bars has forward view. List of facilities on board the ship includes:
- Jade Wellness Centre spa features a sizeable gym, two saunas, and offers body treatments, facials, and a good choice of massages, sensibly priced by duration, as well as hairdressing and usual salon services.
- There is a small library (Livingston Lounge) with a decent books’ selection, magazines, and playing cards or other games. Marco Polo ship also provides Nansen Card Room to card game lovers, Internet Café and photo gallery to order videos and pictures from your cruise.
- The Duty Free Gift Shop is open while Marco Polo is at sea. It stocks on liquor, cigarettes, fragrances, apparel, cosmetics, and local souvenirs. The liquor and cigarettes that you purchase will be delivered on the last day of cruise.
- Marco Polo offers entertainment programmes every evening. These range from performances by the show team to ballroom dancing, jive/boogie, craft sessions, quiz programmes, guest lectures, golf sessions, fitness workouts, bingo. Live music is also offered in several venues each evening.
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|Marco Polo Lounge||Columbus Lounge||Shore Excursions Desk|
|Wellness Centre||Library||Nansen Card Room|
|Pool Deck||Swimming Pool||Whirlpools|
|Gym||Marco Polo ship bow||Marco Polo ship bridge|
“Marco Polo cruises” signifies a lot more than simply a product. This ship provides extremely well-planned destination-intensive voyages to some of the Europe’s (and the world’s) most excitingly exotic places. On each of your Marco Polo vacations you will be rewarded with the uncommon to our busy world these days feeling of hospitality, coziness and quietness of home. The onbaord experience is marked by very comfortable, unpretentious and traditionally-classy surroundings, an impeccable service by a most friendly staff and crew – and so many miracles waiting to be rediscovered by each generation. And at the following link you can read all about the sailing ship Marco Polo – “the fastest in the world”. This was a modern , “top technology” clipper ship that operated Transatlantic crossings between England and Australia from 1852 to 1884.