CMV Marco Polo

Former name: MS Aleksandr Pushkin

CMV Marco Polo current position

CMV Marco Polo current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 51.50359 N / -2.70863 W) cruising en route to BRISTOL/UK. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Specifications of CMV Marco Polo

Year built1965  /  Age: 55
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderVEB Mathias-Thesen-Werft (Wismar, Germany)
Classice-strengthened cruise ship
OwnerGlobal Maritime Group Inc (via Global Cruise Lines Ltd)
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 Refurbishment2020
Former namesMS Aleksandr Pushkin
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CMV Marco Polo Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Aug 09 8 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Hull
2020 Aug 17 12 days, round-trip Iceland, the Land of Ice Fire Hull
2020 Aug 17 13 days, one-way from Hull to Newcastle upon Tyne Hull
2020 Aug 29 1 day, one-way from Hull to Newcastle upon Tyne Hull
2020 Aug 29 12 days, one-way from Hull to Newcastle upon Tyne Hull
2020 Aug 30 11 days, round-trip Round Britain River Seine Experience Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Aug 31 11 days, round-trip Round Britain River Seine Experience Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Sep 10 14 days, round-trip Baltic Treasures St Petersburg Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Sep 11 14 days, round-trip Baltic Treasures St Petersburg Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Autumn Fjordland Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Autumn Fjordland Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Oct 01 11 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Oct 02 11 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Oct 12 11 days, round-trip Iceland Faroes Northern Lights Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Oct 13 11 days, round-trip Iceland Faroes Northern Lights Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Oct 23 8 days, round-trip South Norway Discovery Oslo Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Oct 24 7 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Newcastle upon Tyne Leith-Edinburgh
2020 Dec 06 12 days, round-trip Escape the Winter Festive Getaway Bristol
2020 Dec 07 14 days, round-trip Escape the Winter Festive Getaway Cobh-Cork
2020 Dec 20 16 days, round-trip Christmas New Year Canaries Madeira Bristol
2020 Dec 21 16 days, round-trip Christmas New Year Canaries Madeira Cobh-Cork
2021 Jan 05 42 days, round-trip Amazon, Cape Verde, West Indies Azores Bristol
2021 Jan 05 44 days, one-way from Bristol to London-Tilbury Bristol
2021 Jan 06 41 days, one-way from Cobh-Cork to Bristol Cobh-Cork
2021 Feb 16 2 days, one-way from Bristol to London-Tilbury Bristol
2021 Feb 18 15 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Norway London-Tilbury
2021 Feb 19 15 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Norway Rotterdam
2021 Mar 05 15 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Norway London-Tilbury
2021 Mar 06 15 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Norway Rotterdam
2021 Mar 20 12 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Iceland London-Tilbury
2021 Mar 21 12 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights - Iceland Rotterdam
2021 Apr 01 10 days, round-trip Easter British Isles Discovery London-Tilbury
2021 Apr 02 10 days, round-trip Easter British Isles Discovery Rotterdam
2021 Apr 11 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures London-Tilbury
2021 Apr 12 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Rotterdam
2021 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland London-Tilbury
2021 Apr 24 6 days, one-way from Rotterdam to London-Tilbury Rotterdam
2021 Apr 30 2 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Hull London-Tilbury
2021 May 02 6 days, round-trip Southern Norway Oslo Hull
2021 May 08 14 days, round-trip Baltic Treasures St Petersburg Hull
2021 May 22 8 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Hull
2021 May 30 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Hull
2021 May 30 19 days, one-way from Hull to Liverpool Hull
2021 Jun 10 8 days, one-way from Hull to Liverpool Hull
2021 Jun 10 29 days, one-way from Hull to Liverpool Hull
2021 Jun 18 21 days, round-trip Arctic Voyage Greenland Iceland Experience Liverpool
2021 Jun 18 24 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2021 Jul 09 3 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2021 Jul 09 17 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2021 Jul 12 14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira Portuguese Highlights Bristol
2021 Jul 26 8 days, round-trip Faroes Scottish Isles Bristol
2021 Aug 03 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Bristol
2021 Aug 03 16 days, round-trip Fjordland Round Ireland Bristol
2021 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Round Ireland Bristol
2021 Aug 19 6 days, one-way from Bristol to Plymouth Bristol
2021 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip European Waterways Rotterdam Regatta Plymouth
2021 Sep 01 10 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal Morocco Plymouth
2021 Sep 11 1 day, one-way from Plymouth to Portsmouth UK Plymouth
2021 Sep 11 15 days, one-way from Plymouth to Portsmouth UK Plymouth
2021 Sep 12 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities, St Petersburg Kiel Canal Portsmouth UK
2021 Sep 13 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities, St Petersburg Kiel Canal Harwich
2021 Sep 26 12 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Portsmouth UK
2021 Sep 27 12 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Harwich
2021 Oct 08 9 days, round-trip South Norway Discovery Viking Experience Portsmouth UK
2021 Oct 09 9 days, round-trip South Norway Discovery Viking Experience Harwich
2021 Oct 17 9 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Kiel Canal Portsmouth UK
2021 Oct 18 9 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Kiel Canal Harwich
2021 Oct 26 14 days, round-trip Norwayrsquos Land of the Northern Lights Portsmouth UK
2021 Oct 27 13 days, one-way from Harwich to Portsmouth UK Harwich

CMV Marco Polo Review

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 stabilizers give a 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 (ship-repair 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 specialized in expedition voyages to the Far East. A helicopter was available on the purpose-built helipad 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.

At 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 gen sets. 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 first voyage in 2018 starts on March 31 from Bristol to France.

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. You can see the CMV world cruise 2020 ports list in the ship's Wiki section.

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 the price level, prepared with much more finesse than breakfasts. Afternoon tea and late-night 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 permit 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 artifacts 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 the 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 an 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 decks, with a small swimming pool and three whirlpools. Unfortunately, none of the bars and lounges offers a 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.

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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 service, Marco Polo operated on roundtrips leaving from UK ports (in England and Scotland ) - Bristol, Edinburgh, Greenock-Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, Tilbury-London, Newcastle. 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 the 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 the UK to Canada from Tilbury (September 7) 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.

Marco Polo ship's 3-week drydock in 2020 (January) was at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. The scheduled drydocking project included general maintenance works (propulsion, liferafts), repairs (engines, steel tanks), hull cleaning, class inspections.

CMV World Cruise 2020

In 2020, CMV with 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.

Date / TimePort
06 Jan 15:00Departing from Bristol, England
09 Jan 07:00 - 23:00Lisbon, Portugal
11 Jan 06:00 - 19:00Casablanca, Morocco
15 Jan 10:00 - 15:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
21 Jan 14:30 - 20:00Saint Helena Island UK, Jamestown
25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Walvis Bay, Namibia
26 Jan 12:00 - 18:00Luderitz, Namibia
28 Jan 07:00 - 19:00Cape Town, South Africa
29 Jan 14:00 - 18:30Mossel Bay, South Africa
30 Jan 10:00 - 22:00Port Elizabeth, South Africa
01 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Durban, South Africa
02 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Richards Bay, South Africa
06 Feb 12:00 - 20:00Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
07 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Port Louis, Mauritius Island
10 Feb 09:00 - 18:00Mamoudzou, Grande-Terre Island, Mayotte
12 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Zanzibar, Tanzania
13 Feb 07:00 - 14 Feb 16:30Mombasa, Kenya
17 Feb 10:00 - 04:30Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles
18 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Praslin Island, Seychelles
22 Feb 08:00 - 20:00Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
24 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
26 Feb 06:00 - 23:00Cochin, Kochi, India
28 Feb 07:00 - 14:00Mormugao-Goa, India
29 Feb 08:00 - 20:00Mumbai-Bombay, India
04 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Salalah, Oman
09 Mar 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
10 Mar 09:30 - 21:00Aqaba-Petra, Jordan
12 Mar 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal, Egypt
13 Mar 06:00 - 17:00Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel
16 Mar 10:00 - 16:30Valletta, Malta
19 Mar 08:30 - 13:00Gibraltar, UK
21 Mar 08:00 - 16:00La Coruna, Spain
23 Mar 08:00 - 15:30Cobh-Cork, Ireland
24 Mar 07:30Arriving in Bristol, England

Early booking prices started from GBP 12,000 per person (double occupancy rates).

CMV World Cruise 2021

Due to political unrest in Hong Kong China, in early-January 2020, CMV cancelled the planned for 2021 "Grand Oriental Odyssey". The around the world voyage on Marco Polo was a 110-night itinerary roundtrip from Bristol.

Date / TimePort
05 Jan 22:00Departing from Bristol, England
06 Jan 14:00 - 20:00Cobh-Cork, Ireland
08 Jan 07:00 - 15:00La Coruna, Spain
10 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Gibraltar, UK
13 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
16 Jan 08:00 - 15:00Limassol, Cyprus
17 Jan 06:00 - 18 Jan 14:00Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel
19 Jan 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal, Egypt
20 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Aqaba-Petra, Jordan
21 Jan 08:00 - 14:00Safaga, Egypt
29 Jan 06:30 - 18:00Mumbai-Bombay, India
30 Jan 12:00 - 23:00Mormugao-Goa, India
01 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Cochin, India
05 Feb 08:00 - 22:00Port Blair, South Andaman Island, India
08 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Klang-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12 Feb 06:00 - 16:00Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia
13 Feb 09:00 - 17:30Sandakan, Borneo Malaysia
15 Feb 09:00 - 20:00Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines
18 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Keelung-Taipei, Taiwan
20 Feb 11:00 - 20:00Kagoshima, Japan
22 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Shimizu, Japan
23 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Yokohama, Japan
26 Feb 09:00 - 18:00Vladivostok, Russia
28 Feb 07:00 - 20:00Busan, South Korea
02 Mar 08:00 - 20:00Incheon-Seoul, South Korea
04 Mar 06:00 - 23:00Tianjin-Beijing, China
07 Mar 08:00 - 02:00Shanghai, China
11 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Hong Kong, China
13 Mar 07:00 - 23:00Halong Bay, Vietnam
16 Mar 07:00 - 18:30Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
18 Mar 09:00 - 19 Mar 14:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia
20 Mar 08:00 - 21:00Laem Chabang-Bangkok, Thailand
23 Mar 07:00 - 20:00Singapore
25 Mar 08:00Phuket, Thailand
29 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
31 Mar 06:00 - 20:00Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
09 Apr 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
10 Apr 09:00 - 20:00Sokhna, Egypt
11 Apr 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal, Egypt
13 Apr 07:00 - 13:30Santorini Island, Greece
13 Apr 19:00Mykonos Island, Greece
14 Apr 08:00 - 23:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
17 Apr 07:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
20 Apr 09:00 - 17:00Cadiz, Spain
21 Apr 10:00 - 18:00Lisbon, Portugal
22 Apr 08:00 - 20:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
25 Apr 06:30Arriving in Bristol, England

The cancelled voyage CMV replaced with 4 roundtrip itineraries - 42-night "Amazon" (January 5, 2021, from Bristol), 12-night "Land of the Northern Lights" (March 20, 2021, from Bristol) and two 15-night "Land of the Northern Lights" roundtrips from London-Tilbury (departures February 18, March 5, 2021).

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8 days, round-trip from Dover, England
Departure date: 22 Aug 1997
Cruise number 5 : Invited by the then Orient Lines to cruise on the MS Marco Polo. Departure date : 22nd August 1997 Cabin number : 504 - aft Pacific deck Total pax : 820 , Crew :220 Cruise - Norwegian Fjords - 7 nights Dover / Bergen / Norvik / Tromsa / Alta / Olden / Dover Many travel...

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