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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/V Marco Polo The Marco Polo in Loch Broom, Ullapool in May 2012
M/S Marco Polo vital statistics Company: Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Home Port: Nassau, Bahamas Gross Tonnage: 22,080 tons Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots Passenger Capacity: 826 Passenger Decks: 8 Built: 1965 Voyages sailed on this ship: Mediterranean (2001), Antarctica (2006), Scottish Islands (2012)
Read my 2012 review of the Marco Polo on cruisecritic.co.uk.  While you’re in the mood for reading, why not read about our trip in my blog.
Ah... the Marco Polo.  There is so much to say about this little old ship, built in 1965 as the ‘Alexander Pushkin’. With her classic shape, wooden decks, teak and brass fittings and portholes, she is a proper ship with a charm all of her own that has her loyal passengers flocking back for more.  We ourselves have been on three voyages on the Marco Polo; the first two when she was owned by Orient Lines (bought out by NCL) and most recently as one of the CMV fleet. Marco Polo has an ice-strengthened hull, a helicopter pad and can carry Zodiac inflatable craft which allow her to venture deep into the Arctic and Antarctic.  Many of the photos on this page were taken on our amazing 2006 voyage to Antarctica.  As well as viewing my Gallery, download my PowerPoint slideshow featuring the Marco Polo (and a lot of penguins!)
Aft decks and pool area on the Marco Polo Cabin 602 on the Marco Polo The view of the bow from the window of cabin 602 The statue of Rudolf Nureyev overlooking the Marco Polo's pool Marco Polo anchored off Paradise Harbour, Antarctica The Marco Polo at anchor off Cuverville Island, Antarctica Debbie & Trevor in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica Debbie in Half Moon Island, Antarctica Debbie on board the Marco Polo in Antarctica
The pleasant aft decks and pool area of the Marco Polo, viewed from one of the cascading decks leading from Scott’s Bar.  This photo was taken in May 2012 on our cruise round the Scottish islands.
Cabin 602 on Deck 9, Amundsen Deck.  As you can see, it’s a “no frills” cabin but it was spacious, clean and comfortable.  It was situated two decks below the bridge and was unusual in that the window over looked the bow and faced the direction of travel (see photo of view on right).
The statue of Rudolf Nureyev overlooking the swimming pool reminds us of the Marco Polo’s Russian origins when she was built in 1965.
Marco Polo at anchor in the stunning ice-scape of Paradise Harbour, during our 2006 Antarctic expedition.  Here we see the ship in her Orient Lines livery.  Marco Polo was sold in 2008 when Orient Lines was bought out by NCL, but she is still going strong as part of the CMV fleet.
Intrepid British explorers, a.k.a. Debbie and Trevor, fly the flag at the Chilean research station at Paradise Harbour on 17 January 2006. Spot the colony of Gentoo penguins in the background!  As one of the expedition leaders described Paradise Harbour: "Not a paradise with palm trees, but a breathtaking beauty from the sublime ice-bergs to the backdrop of mountains and glaciers one is able to see here in the bay."
The Marco Polo at anchor off Cuverville Island, Antarctica in January 2006.  We had to be careful when in the Zodiac inflatables not to risk colliding with the many icebergs floating past.
One of the expedition leaders helps me out of a Zodiac on landing at Half Moon Island on 18 January 2006.  Everyone was issued with official expedition parkas, life-jackets etc. and you had to come equipped with thermal undies, hats and gloves; in addition, waterproof over-trousers and wellingtons were a must.  You can see why!
Here I am on board the Marco Polo reading my copy of “Glamour” magazine. Why, I hear you ask, am I standing reading Glamour instead of gazing at the stunning scenery?  Well, each month Glamour invites its readers to participate in a competition called 'Glamour-to-Go' in which readers send in photos of themselves reading Glamour in a glamorous location. I figured that Antarctica was as unusual a location as you could get, so I sent in my picture which was published, winning me a digital camera!
Official photo taken on our 2001 Mediterranean cruise Orient Lines promotional postcard from 2001 voyage
Official photo taken on our September 2001 Mediterranean cruise from Civitavecchia to Barcelona.
Orient Lines promotional postcard from 2001 given to Marco Polo passengers.