I've also learned that Sharon Harlow will once again be heading the "Polo Club".
All this is VERY good news!!!
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Although it still "under construction", the Orient Lines website has just announced that the Maxim Gorky will become the Marco Polo II.Very good news.
I assume that the knowledge regarding the Maxim Gorkiy was an unintentional slip by their webmaster.I assume it was also a slip that was on google from the UK.
A friend told me of always being seated by himself although he requested to share a table with free-style dining. Not only that but he was always seated facing the wall. If that is how it is, or will be, I can stay home and dine by myself.What cruise line was he on?
Although I'm excited at the prospect of sailing with Orient Lines again, if we can't reserve a table for two for the duration of the voyage, we simply won't book with them.It sounds like you dislike open seating for the opposite reason to Fran's. She's afraid she won't be able to sit with others; you're afraid you'll have to sit with others.
Doug, I understand your point, however, I do not agree. If this is going to be the way of all ships, cruising would have to be a past activity for me. [...]Fran,
It is my strong belief that open dining, balconies and special perks for occupants of higher priced cabins lead to less socialization by guests.
[...] Making friends over a good meal is not just an ideal but did happen and I am still in contact with many of them. I hope that Mr. Heller takes this into consideration.
What cruise line was he on?His experience was on an NCL cruise that he won playing BINGO on the Marco Polo. In fact he was prepared to disembark after 3 days because of his dissatisfaction. Fortunately he found others to dine with. No he did not complain but came back to the Marco Polo.
I doubt Orient Lines has worked out the details yet - the web site doesn't even say it's open seating - but I look forward to finding out exactly how it intends to arrange thingsAt today's press conference, Wayne Heller stated "Marco Polo II will carry 650 passengers and offer multiple, open-seating dining venues."
His experience was on an NCL cruise that he won playing BINGO on the Marco Polo. In fact he was prepared to disembark after 3 days because of his dissatisfaction. Fortunately he found others to dine with. No he did not complain but came back to the Marco Polo.I know it is not always easy to complain, especially if one is on a free cruise, but IMO in this case he did have cause to complain, if he wanted to.
It works out well, we get a table sized to our group, at the time we choose, and we have even successfully requested to be seated in the area where we know the servers.Indeed, with open seating you should be able to get just about anything you want.