The New Marco Polio Goes Bananas

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#1
Pennsylvania USA
109 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
I priced the 35 day cruise the beginning of last week and I can tell you there is no relationship to the old cruise line or even EXPENSIVELY priced cruise lines. It was triple my 63 day cruise (The Marco Polio ships last cruise including Antartica a typically pricey cruise) earlier this year. The new owners are out of their minds. I would have booked on the spot and cancelled other cruise line reservations but their simply nuts. Holland America has been plastering me with offers that are compatible with Orient, and I'll probable go in that direction unless "Heller" gets his feet on the ground. Artiles did predict the cost of operating this specific ship, Marco Polio II would be significantly more than the MARCO POLIO 1. I guess they were right, how unfortaunate for those of us who were excited about the new ownership! I hope this was a start up issue and they square away. Keep your fingers crossed!!
#2
San Diego, CA
1,394 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
bbq....
I couldn't agree with you more! I'm also using other lines with small ships like Azamara, some Celebrity and HAL - even though I nearly get run over by scooters and wheelchairs eveytime with HAL(!) One of the cruises offered by MPII is over double the price on the old MP, including the airfare. I don't take excursions anymore, so i's not worth it to me. If they only knew how many of us cruise. I can get a similar price with an all-inclusive luxury line!
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Past Cruises:
Carnival '97,
Marco Polo T/A 4-02
Marco Polo Europe 5-04
Infinity Hawaii 10-04
Princess Regal South America 2-06
NCL Crown Bermuda 5-06,
Princess Dawn Mexico 9-06
Zenith, Western Caribbean, 12-06
Rhapsody (RCCL), W. Carib. 1-07
Oceania Regatta, T/A 3-07
Pacific Princess, Hawaii, 5-07
HAL Zaandam, Hawaii 10-07
Regent Mariner, Pacific Crossing, 12-07
Azamara Quest, Panama Canal, 1-08
Seabourn Pride T/A 3-08
Celebrity Century, T/A 4-28-08
X-Mercury, Hawaii R/T 10-22-08
X-Century. T/A 12-1-08
1-06-09, So. Caribbean, Royal Princess
3-15-09, Mercury, r/t San Diego to Hawaii
5-8-09, Atlantic Coast, HAL Maasdam
8-30-09 Carnivore Valor
10-23-09, Mercury, San Diego to Baltimore
Upcoming cruises:
3-19-2010, Mercury, Charleston R/T W.Caribbean
3-29-2010(b2b) Charleston R/T E. Caribbean
#3
558 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
We are really disappointed with the new prices from MPII. Even their early booking prices with 50% discount are more expensive than those from so called luxury liners. We wouldn't pay that kind of prices for an old ship like MP. We have cruised with MP for five times, and would sure like to be with her again, but not with that kind of prices. We don't know what the new MP II management is thinking. Now-a-days, consumers are very intelligent and well informed because of the internets. The new management better change their thinking before it is too late, especially with today's economies.

Jim