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MV Marco Polo
Reviewed by: B. R.
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2006
Barcelona to London, doctor and staff trying to control spread of
virus aboard. Some passengers confined to cabins, others sent ashore to
hospital, buffet service by gloved waiters only, walls sprayed with
disinfectant. Ship officers/crew just kind of whispered about it. But
every day more became ill. CDC has no record of inspection, maybe because
Polo never docks in U.S. We left in Dover. It's en route now to Scandinavia.
I doubt we'll sail her again unless public health policy changes.
Teak promenade deck great. Palm Court nice quiet reading
area. Too much smoke circulating from smoking to non-smoking sides of Polo
Lounge and Charleston Club evenings. Seven Seas dining needs noise
abatement. Raffles fine except now with virus aboard. Health club good.
Pool small, good for a dunk, that's all. After deck around pool great for
dining. relaxing, making friends, etc. C minus overall
Food freshly prepared and fancier in Seven Seas formal
dining but noise level HIGH. Raffles buffet much like cafeteria food:-
mostly reheated already cooked meats, fish, pastas. Salads better. Desserts
good. Breakfasts good. All food good but not excellent. Service always
personal and friendly. B minus
Cabins all small but adequate including ours except that we had no
bolsters on berths and no chairs as alternative for sitting. We travel light
so no problem with limited bureau/closet space. Shower snug but efficient.
Adequate sink/counter space, Our luggage fit under twin berths. Everything
thoroughly maintained by steward. B overall
Group of 8 young singers/dancers superb for a small ship
like the Polo. Very talented with outstanding productions . Excellent
orchestra and string trio as well. Jonathan Neal does an exceptional job of
providing first rate individual entertainers as well as supervising the
above and lecturing himself on British naval history. A plus
Destinations are the key on the Polo. This time we spent time
ashore in these ports:-Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz, Lisbon, Leixoes,
Bordeaux, St. Peter's Port, Le Havre, and then London.(We became ill
ourselves as we left for our post cruise in London hotel- a real downer! see
above) Ship's shore excursions were much more expensive than doing them on
our own. Many passengers complained about it and inadequate provision for
getting into town from where ship was tied up except in one port. No
provision for children on this ship.
Most were Aussies, Kiwis, and Europeans. About a third U.S. and
Canadian. We enjoyed making new friends as always when we travel. Ages
varied from 40's to 80's. Most above 50. All looking for value and all we
met were experienced travelers who have begun to enjoy destination cruising.
The unresolved public health issue may affect that choice however in the
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