2015 sees the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Marco Polo cruise ship, a classically styled liner that has never gone out of fashion and remains a firm favourite with passengers. Its wide range of amenities and entertainment are to be expanded upon even more during this year’s celebration, with extra themed nights, dinners and quizzes celebrating 1965, the year the ship was launched.
The Marco Polo started life as one of the most luxurious ships in the Soviet cruise line Leningrad’s Baltic Shipping Company. Roll forward to today, and she still retains that feel of olde time luxury as part of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet.
As with all of Cruise and Maritime Voyage’s ships, Marco Polo is expertly outfitted in a beautiful traditional style. With a ‘no kids’ policy, the style matches the atmosphere – soothing!
Marco Polo’s Jade Wellness centre offers relaxing spa treatments guaranteed to induce a feeling of wellbeing and utter tranquillity. The centre also offers both hairdressing and beauty treatments – so get dressed up to the nines for that formal dinner you’ve been looking forward to, or merely to walk the promenade and take in the night sky.
There is also a top class fitness centre available for those interested in working up a sweat, complete with all the essential gym equipment plus a swimming pool and three whirlpools.
Marco Polo has a well-stocked library and passengers can join in the fun by becoming a member of the CMV Club Class: where they can get together to enjoy a game of bridge or backgammon.
A series of talks held by knowledegable visiting speakers educate passengers on a diverse range of topics. ‘An Audience With…’ is hosted on selected cruises: here, guest speakers sit and discuss their passions, interests and more with a group, taking time for questions and comments.
Creative passengers will no doubt delight in the Arts and Crafts sessions, available on all cruises over 5 nights long. With experts at hand to share their wisdom and ideas, this is the perfect way to craft a souvenir to remind you of your trip of a lifetime!
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The elegant Waldorf Restaurant offers not only a proper, full English Breakfast, but a 5 course lunch and a formal evening dining option.
Those who feel they are less likely to stick to set dining times, however, will love the bright and airy Marco’s Restaurant, where buffet style meals are available throughout the day – meals from here can also be served al fresco style on the Pool Deck.
The beautiful Palm Garden offers panoramic views along with tasty cocktails, while the Columbus Lounge is more intimate and hosts a resident pianist.
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