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I have never sailed on Marco Polo but I know that she has her fans, problem is that she is getting on a bit now. Still anything is better than that old bucket Arielle and if you don't know about her check the cruise bible....The Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise ships
I see that she will be sailing from Tilbury from April up to Norway etc. Look it up on Newmarket Travel.
I am a dedicated Marco Polo fan, love the ship, the atmosphere but not too sure what she will be like when she tranfers to Transocean. Sailed on the Arielle in May of this year. not the best cruise I have had but by no means the worst. Arrielle was spotlessly clean. Food OK but not wonderful. Think Marco Polo may loose some of her good atmosphere and there will certainly be no free tea and coffee 24 hours a day. Even water with your meals has to be paid for. Alcoholic drinks are much cheaper with Transocean. The Liquer Coffee of the Day was cheaper than a cup of white coffee. I have the 2008 brochure for the Marco Polo from Transocean and she will be sailing northwards to Norway and Iceland, also around British Isles, but no Med cruises, so Sou' Westers rather than bikini. I have often sailed on M.Polo in both her single cabins 101 and 102 and never been asked to pay a single supplement for these very small but adequate cabins,Transocean say they will be twins, I can only imagine that they will suspend the other single bed from the ceiling. From their pricing structure it will be cheaper to book for 2 in a standard twin than book a single cabin. Something wrong there!