CMV Marco Polo

CMV Marco Polo Review and Specifications

Specifications of CMV Marco Polo

Year built1965  /  Age : 53
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderVEB Mathias-Thesen-Werft (Wismar, Germany)
Classice-strengthened cruise ship
OwnerGlobal Maritime Group Inc
OperatorCMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)176 m / 577 ft
Beam (width)23 m / 75 ft
Gross Tonnage22080 gt
Passengers800 - 850
Crew356
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks11
Cabins425
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMS Aleksandr Pushkin

Review of CMV Marco Polo

MS Marco Polo cruise ship is owned by Global Maritime and currently operated under charter by the UK-based travel company Cruise And Maritime Voyages (CMV). The ship was previously operated by Transocean Tours (Germany). The vessel was built in 1965 by Mathias-Thesen Werft (East Germany) as “Aleksandr Pushkin” for Baltic Shipping Company (USSR / Soviet Union).

NEWS: In early June 2017 was reported that Marco Polo leaves CMV in May 2018, as the shipowner (Global Maritime Group) puts the vessel for sale. Currently, the last Marco Polo cruise for CMV is scheduled for September 19, 2019.

History - construction and ownership

The 22,080-ton, 820-passenger cruise ship ms Marco Polo is among the top choices for small ship cruising out of the United Kingdom. Fellow passengers are affluent, middle-aged, well-traveled and mostly repeat guests. MS Marco Polo has a classic profile, traditional dark hull and teak decks. Ship's deep draught and stabilisers give comfortable ride. Marco Polo refits have kept accommodation, public rooms, guests’ facilities and navigational technology up to date. The compact size of the vessel helps access smaller ports, in which bigger vessels do not venture.

CMV MS Marco Polo cruise ship

Marco Polo was refurbished in November 2014 at Vlissingen shipyard, Holland. The work was done by Damen (shiprepair and vessel conversion company). Ship's dry dock featured an extensive survey, followed by regular maintenance work – hull washing-painting, lifeboats maintenance-recertification, valves overhaul, gangway platforms repair.

In November 2015 Cruise and Maritime Voyages' ms Marco Polo celebrated its half century with a couple of 50th anniversary voyages. When Marco Polo debuted in 1965 it was named "Alexandr Pushkin" (after the Russian poet) and was one of the five poet-class vessels built at Mathias-Thesen Werft docks (Wismar) in former East Germany.

Marco Polo was extensively refurbished in 1975. In 1984 the ship joined CTC Cruises Australia's fleet with 18-30 Holiday cruises. In 1991, "The Alex" (as Aussies called the vessel) was purchased by the British entrepreneur Gerry Herrod, who took it to Greece to be re-built over the following 3-year period.

Emerging as Orient Lines' ms Marco Polo, the cruise ship specialised in expedition voyages to the Far East. A helicopter was available on the purpose-built heli-deck to observe whales and wildlife. The line was bought In 1998 by NCL Norwegian. Eventually, in 2008 Marco Polo was sold to Greece's Global Maritime Group Inc (Global Cruise Lines, current shipowner) but continues to be operated by CMV.

In the end of 2015, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), said farewell to ms Marco Polo, which was in for her 10th special survey and general maintenance and refurbishment. The project took around five weeks to complete. Marco Polo had a full schedule of works during her time at DSV. These included an exterior repainting, interior repairs and maintenance to bring her back up to her usual high standards. Other actions included work on the propellers and propeller shafts, reconditioning the bearings on the main engines and servicing the air-conditioning units and gensets. The life-rafts and other safety equipment were also removed and serviced, the cranes and winches overhauled and various minor steel works performed. Marco Polo arrived at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen on the 3rd of November and departed on the 14th of December, 2015.

In February 2017 DSAm (Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam), part of DSC (Damen Shiprepair & Conversion), completed maintenance works on the CMV ships Magellan and Marco Polo. Both vessels are currently operated by British based CMV (part of Global Maritime Group).

Cruise itinerary program

MS Marco Polo itinerary program is based on round-trip cruises departing from UK (homeport London Tilbury). The ship visits popular destinations in Europe, such as Baltic Sea (Russia, Scandinavia), Norway (Norwegian Fjords), North Sea (British Isles), Iceland. In winter 2017-2018 Marco Polo will sail to France, Spain and Portugal leaving roundtrip from Belfast, Bristol and Liverpool. The firsr voyage in 2018 starts on March 31 from Bistol to France.

World Cruise 2020

In 2020, CMV Marco Polo offers a 78-night "Grand Africa and Indian Ocean" world cruise itinerary departing on January 2, 2020, from Bristol Avonmouth.

  • The voyage visits a total of 31 ports on 3 continents. Early booking prices started from GBP 12,000 per person (double occupancy rates).
  • The itinerary includes two Equator crossings and one Suez Canal transit.
  • Among the visited countries are Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Israel, Mediterranean points.
  • Shore excursions options include Table Mountain (Cape Town), overnight safari, Taj Mahal (Agra), and Mumbai.
  • The outward itinerary leg visits Lisbon, Cape Verde Islands, Casablanca and St Helena Island before reaching Africa.
  • The return itinerary leg from India visits Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Holy Land, Malta, Gibraltar, La Coruna, Cobh before returning to Bristol on March 24, 2020.

Cabins

Of all ms Marco Polo 425 cabins, 70% have an ocean view (including 14 Suites, no balcony cabins are available), 281 are Oceanviews, 128 are Insides. Only 2 are the wheelchair accessible cabins, all located on Amundsen Deck 9. There are no connecting rooms. The number of cabin categories is 15.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

  • Waldorf restaurant's decor is pleasant, however not quite remarkable. It features two sittings, dinners are good and usually exceed expectations for price level, prepared with much more finesse than breakfasts. Afternoon tea and late-nights snacks are also offered on board according to cruising tradition.
  • Marco’s Bistro is an open-seating informal alternative dining venue on the pool deck and guests can eat outdoors, whenever the weather conditions permits so. No additional charge is applied for eating here.
  • Captain’s Club and Columbus Lounge are popular venues for pre-dinner cocktails. The Columbus is classy and clubby, with maritime artefacts on display. The Captain’s is elegant and spacious, with contemporary decor.
  • Palm Garden has big windows affording great ocean views. Its surprising décor, however, combines lacquer-red walls, bamboo-and–conservatory style furniture and green plants, delivering an altogether less tranquil message.
  • The modern Scott’s Bar is located on Amundsen Deck. Its dance floor welcomes passengers for late-night entertainment.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Marco Polo offers great value-for-money and child-free traditional British experience in cozy surroundings. The public rooms are all smartly furnished and feature high ceilings giving airy and spacious feel, with plenty of space for relaxation. Don't expect expansive leisure options as Marco Polo is not like the modern floating resorts and her passengers are not expecting them. You will find plenty of open deck, with a small swimming pool and three whirlpools. Unfortunately, none of the bars and lounges offers forward view. The list of onboard facilities includes:

  • Jade Wellness Spa Centre features a sizeable gym and 2 saunas. It offers body treatments, facials, massages, hairdressing and the usual salon services, sensibly priced by duration.
  • The small library (Livingston Lounge) offers a decent books’ selection, magazines, playing cards or other games. Nansen Card Room is the spot for card game lovers. The photo gallery to order pictures from the cruise and the Internet Café are among the other amenities.
  • The Duty Free Gift Shop is open while the ship is at sea. It stocks on cigarettes, liquor, fragrances, cosmetics, local souvenirs. The liquor and cigarettes that you buy will be delivered on the last day of the sailing.
  • Each evening Marco Polo offers different entertainment programmes, ranging from performances by ship's show team to jive/boogie, ballroom dancing, craft sessions, guest lectures, quiz programmes, golf sessions, bingo and fitness workouts. Live music is offered in several venues.

CMV Marco Polo wiki

MS Marco Polo was built as Aleksandr Pushkin in 1965 by Mathias-Thesen Werft (East Germany) for Baltic Shipping Company (Soviet Union). From 1993 to 2008, after an intensive refit, the ship sailed as Marco Polo for Orient Lines. Currently, ms Marco Polo is owned by Global Maritime, under charter to CMV since January 2, 2010.

During most of its CMV servicce Marco Polo operated on roundtrips leaving from UK ports (in England and Scotland ) - BristolEdinburghGreenock-GlasgowHullLiverpoolTilbury-LondonNewcastle. Among the themed itineraries are Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, roundtrip Transatlantic crossings (to Canada, Caribbean, South America /Amazon), short-breaks to France, Belgium, Holland.

In 2015, the cruise ship celebrated its 50th anniversary with 2 themed voyages. "First Commemorative Anniversary Cruise" from UK to Canada and Greenland, departures from Rosyth (July 23) and from Tilbury (July 24). The 36-night roundtrip visited Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec and St Lawrence River. Prices started from GBP 2000 pp (double occupancy). The "Second Commemorative Cruise" from UK to Canada from Tilbury (September7) was a 35-days roundtrip to Canada via Amsterdam Holland and Cherbourg France. Prices started from GBP 1800 pp.

Fun fact is that this CMV ship has a namesake - the 2012-launched "CMA CGM Marco Polo". The vessel is among the world's largest container ships (capacity 16,020 containers) and operated by CMA-CGM Line.

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CMV Marco Polo Itineraries

The below listed CMV Marco Polo cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Cruise and Maritime Voyages fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 05 33 days, round-trip West Indies & Azores London Greenwich
2018 Nov 06 32 days, one-way from Amsterdam to London Greenwich Amsterdam
2018 Dec 09 5 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Bristol London Greenwich
2018 Dec 16 3 days, round-trip Festive Dublin Party Cruise Bristol
2018 Dec 19 3 days, round-trip Festive Ireland Party Cruise Bristol
2018 Dec 22 15 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Bristol
2019 Jan 06 70 days, round-trip Grand Circle South America Voyage Bristol
2019 Mar 17 15 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights to Norway Bristol
2019 Apr 01 11 days, round-trip Grand British Isles Discovery Bristol
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Spring Gardens & River Seine Bristol
2019 Apr 19 3 days, one-way from Bristol to Cardiff Bristol
2019 Apr 22 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Cardiff
2019 May 03 12 days, round-trip Iceland Circumnavigation & Northern Isles Cardiff
2019 May 15 4 days, one-way from Cardiff to Portsmouth Cardiff
2019 May 19 13 days, round-trip Grand British Isles Discovery Portsmouth
2019 Jun 02 6 days, round-trip Special 75th D Day Anniversary Cruise Portsmouth
2019 Jun 09 8 days, round-trip Rouen Armada & River Seine Experience Portsmouth
2019 Jun 17 12 days, round-trip Iceland Circumnavigation & Northern Isles Portsmouth
2019 Jun 29 22 days, one-way from Portsmouth to London Greenwich Portsmouth
2019 Jun 29 1 day, one-way from Portsmouth to London Greenwich Portsmouth
2019 Jun 30 21 days, round-trip Arctic & Greenland Expedition Voyage London Greenwich
2019 Jul 21 22 days, round-trip Arctic & Greenland Expedition Voyage London Greenwich
2019 Aug 12 2 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Newcastle London Greenwich
2019 Aug 14 1 day, one-way from Newcastle to Leith-Edinburgh Newcastle
2019 Aug 18 5 days, round-trip Faroes & Northern Isles Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Aug 30 32 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to London Greenwich Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Aug 30 2 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to London Greenwich Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Aug 30 1 day, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Newcastle Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Aug 31 31 days, one-way from Newcastle to London Greenwich Newcastle
2019 Aug 31 1 day, one-way from Newcastle to London Greenwich Newcastle
2019 Sep 01 30 days, round-trip Canada in the Fall London Greenwich
2019 Oct 01 11 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures London Greenwich
2019 Oct 12 12 days, round-trip Iceland & Land of the Northern Lights London Greenwich
2019 Oct 24 13 days, round-trip Norway & Land of the Northern Lights London Greenwich
2019 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip French Festive Getaway Bristol
2019 Dec 15 3 days, round-trip Festive Dublin Overnight Bristol
2019 Dec 18 3 days, round-trip Festive Dublin & Cobh Bristol
2019 Dec 20 16 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cobh-Cork
2019 Dec 22 15 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Bristol
2020 Jan 05 78 days, round-trip Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage Cobh-Cork
2020 Jan 06 78 days, round-trip Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage Bristol
2020 Mar 23 14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights Cobh-Cork
2020 Mar 24 14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights Bristol
2020 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Easter River Seine Experience Cobh-Cork
2020 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip Easter River Seine Experience Bristol
2020 Apr 13 11 days, round-trip Treasures of the British Isles Cobh-Cork
2020 Apr 14 11 days, round-trip Treasures of the British Isles Bristol
2020 Apr 24 13 days, round-trip Portugal & Seville Fiesta Cobh-Cork
2020 Apr 25 13 days, round-trip Portugal & Seville Fiesta Bristol