Marco Polo’s Commemorative Anniversary Voyage

The Marco Polo Ship

There are very few cruise ship remaining that have a long history behind them and are still sailing. The Marco Polo is one of them and is gearing up for her 50th anniversary.


The Marco Polo has a long and distinguished history behind her. She originally began as one of five identical ships in the Russian/Ukrainian fleet back in 1965. She originally sailed under the Baltic Shipping Company as a transatlantic ferry to Montreal, Canada and then back to Leningrad in the USSR.

In order to break through the enormous amount of ice, the ships were constructed with a heavier hull for stability, making the Marco Polo a lot sturdier than the normal passenger ships.

Her exterior design has a larger storage area than most seafaring vessels and at her peak she had a cruising range of 10,000 nautical miles.

The Marco Polo was capable of carrying 700 passengers in two classes of service and 500 additional passengers who remained cabin less.

The ship was purchased in 1991 by Orient Lines and renamed the Marco Polo. She was retrofitted for passenger service using the normal standards of the cruise industry at that time. She changed hands several times over the coming years. She is currently under charter to Cruise & Maritime Voyages in the UK.

UK passengers never have to travel far to board this grand lady of the sea. Her capacity remains at 800 passengers, making for an intimate cruise holiday experience with departures in 2015 from London Tilbury, Newcastle and Leith.

However, the biggest event of the year will be Marco Polo’s Commemorative Anniversary Voyage to Canada & Greenland.


In celebration of her 50th anniversary in 2015, Cruise & Maritime Voyages have decided there’s no better way to salute this event than by holding an anniversary voyage. She will be reproducing her original transatlantic sailing roots by heading to Eastern Canada. 

This specific sailing to Canada and Greenland will depart from Tilbury on the 24th of July in 2015 for 36 nights. As the ship will be sailing during the height of summer, it will incorporate a few ports from the land of the midnight sun.


Marco Polo will first visit the Shetland and Faroe Islands and make its way up the various fjords in the region. Some of the areas that she will be visiting include Lerwick, Tórshavn and Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik, you can choose to take an optional Golden Circle cruise where you will be able to see sights such as the Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermic area of Geysir and the lush Thingvellir National Park.

In Greenland, the largest island in the world, you can visit the town of Tasiilaq on the island of Ammassalik. Located around a fjord and surrounded by mountains, this stunning sight will be a location to remember.

At Cape Farewell and Qaqortoq, there are enormous drifting icebergs that gracefully glide across the ocean. From here, the ship will head towards Narsarsuaq, located near the ice sheet. Flower Valley, which is strangely covered with flora is yet another must see area. After this, the ship will head up to the Tunugdliarfik Fjord.

The remaining 17 days will be spent exploring Eastern Canada. Take a relaxing trip along the St. Lawrence River and sees regions such as Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Montreal and Quebec.

It must be noted that the Marco Polo is an adults only ship and in addition caters to a more mature audience.

To book this cruise you will need to be quick as cabins are selling fast! Click here to see the Itinerary

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The Marco Polo cruise ship is the most well known in the Cruise and Maritime Voyages fleet. This line has become very popular with UK cruisers and those from further afield with their high quality service, interesting ports and concepts.

The Marco Polo provides a warm and comforting feeling which is due to its relatively small capacity of only 800 passengers. One will be reminiscent of the golden age of cruising with this ship which is designed for adult passengers only.

The Bahamian flagged mv Marco Polo is like a fine bottle of wine that has truly what it takes to be called a cruise liner.


The cabins onboard the Marco Polo are a selection of 15 different types in total, ranging from deluxe suites and premium ocean views to smaller inside standard cabins. There are no balconies on the Marco Polo, but all of the outside cabins have either a large window or a porthole to gaze out into the sea.

The cabins come equipped with hairdryers, electric safes, telephones and televisions that offer international programming, as well as British shows. Deluxe and Junior Suites also have refrigerators and enormous marble bathrooms amongst other additional perks.

marco polo junior suite


The intimate ship contains two restaurants. Located in the main dining area on Atlantic Deck 6, you will find the Waldorf Restaurant. The other option is Marco’s Bistro, a casual buffet that can be found on Magellan Deck 8. Both restaurants are functional for all meals and both of them use the dress code as mentioned below.

The Waldorf contains two seating’s for supper at 18:00 and 20:00 and has open seating for breakfast and dinner. Both restaurants serve British cuisine as well as local fare from the ports on route. The Waldorf also features both vegetarian and healthy-choice on their menus.

Waldorf Resstaurant

Dress Code

The Marco Polo cruise ship dress code is a question that’s on a lot of peoples minds before booking. Casual is acceptable for day wear, but at night, you should smarten up a bit. Satisfactory dress is both smart casual on casual dining evenings, and semi-formal or formal when indicated on the daily agenda.


You will never be bored on the Marco Polo and there really is something for everyone. During the daytime when at sea, the ship offers a wide variety of enrichment programmes, ranging from lectures on destinations to ballroom dance lessons.

At night, the ship’s entertainment can be found in the Marco Polo Lounge where there are two production shows every evening. You can also head to the Captain’s Club Lounge where the ship’s pianist plays soft tunes. There is also a nightclub and an internet café, library and card room.

marco polo library

There is an outdoor swimming pool on Magellan deck with three whirlpools and on the deck above it’s possible take a long stroll around the promenade.

marco polo whirlpools

The Jade Wellness Centre on the ship offers a full service menu of hairdressing and beauty treatments as well as sauna and massage services that will relax and reduce stress. Passengers can also use the modern fitness and exercise equipment at the centre.

jade wellness centre


The great thing about cruising on the Marco Polo for UK passengers is that they don’t have to travel far to board her. The main departure point is Tilbury, London and there are also a few itineraries that depart from Newcastle.

There are various sailings that range from 3-day breaks to Amsterdam and Antwerp, 7-day Fjords and 9-day British Isles itineraries. Another itinerary that gets booked up fast is the Land of The Northern Lights and the search for the green and pink lights that dance across the night time sky.

The highlight to start the year off is their celebratory cruise of 42 nights from Tilbury to Amsterdam, Lisbon and Madeira. The Marco Polo then continues across the Atlantic to Brazil and the West Indies and Caribbean before crossing back to Europe.

The former Orient Lines ship has been reconditioned and refitted with all the modern conveniences required to satisfy her loyal band of repeat customers.

The Marco Polo Cruise Ship Video

The Marco Polo cruise ship is fully stabilised and air-conditioned with eight passenger decks and three dedicated to public areas. With British and International staff, she is easily identifiable as a grand lady by her distinctive dark blue hull.

Look at the cruises available and you will see that not only are fine service and interesting ports of call the norm, but a flight to reach the ship is not necessary.

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