Booking The Marco Polo Ii

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#1
East Norriton, PA, USA
224 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
Yesterday, I booked an Orient Lines Marco Polo II cruise = the Black Sea Explorer departing May 9, 2009 for 10 nights. The price is high (175% single supplement), but it includes roundtrip airfare (PHL/IST/PHL) and shore excursions. As a Polo Club member, I will receive a $525 discount (10%), plus a $75 onboard credit.

Has anyone else booked the new Marco Polo II?

Rick
#2
Tucson, AZ
42 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Hi Rick,

Just booked the same cruise as well as the following 15 day which
continues to Venice. We are very excited to see a Marco Polo at sea again.

Sue
#3
Toronto, ON. Canada
1,492 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
Hi,
I have booked the "Path of the Vikings". I have been to Antarctica on the M/V Marco Polo and now will go to the Arctic on the Marco Polo II. It is almost a year away but I shall have to wait.


Hi Rick. I hope that you post a report after you return.
Fran
#4
england
1,448 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
I am still awaiting a reply to my email to Sharon. We too are trying for the Black Sea itinereary. Hope it will not book too quickly.
#5
Santiago de Compostela/Spain/European Union
1,489 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Black Sea.........uhhh, tempting even to go back again. Despite I am not really fond of the new ship, I have to admit that the route is simply sensational. So many unusual ports. What I won´t do, is paying 75% for a single. At least for the moment.

I do hope the company starts selling it again for the Spanish market. I am affraid it´s too early. At least for us, late Spaniards :-)
#7
Toronto, ON. Canada
1,492 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
Black Sea.........uhhh, tempting even to go back again.
keltic, mancunian, so you both want to return to the Black Sea. We were all there together on the Marco Polo last year. What did you see in this itinerary that interests you? Just being nosy.
Fran
#8
Santiago de Compostela/Spain/European Union
1,489 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Hi Franu. Too many times in the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea is still something exotic. Many spots that I have hear about like Batumi and Trabzon. I would be like completing our trip there last november.
#9
england
1,448 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Peter has always wanted to do all the ports on the Black Sea. It was not an area on my list, but we compromised and went on the MP as you know. Much to my surprise I loved those ports and so now both of us would like to do the rest. We loved the faded elegance of Odessa, but enjoyed the other two ports as well. I am however, not holding my breath on this one. I think it will be sold out long before the Brits get a look in.
#10
East Norriton, PA, USA
224 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
Originally posted by herchebar
Hi Rick,

Just booked the same cruise as well as the following 15 day which
continues to Venice. We are very excited to see a Marco Polo at sea again.

Sue
I too wanted to book the B2B cruise to Venice; but the price was too high.

Hope you will join my Roll Call for the Black Sea portion:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=842103

Rick
#11
East Norriton, PA, USA
224 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
Originally posted by franu
Hi,
I have booked the "Path of the Vikings". I have been to Antarctica on the M/V Marco Polo and now will go to the Arctic on the Marco Polo II. It is almost a year away but I shall have to wait.


Hi Rick. I hope that you post a report after you return.
Fran
Fran,

I certainly will report on my experience aboard the Marco Polo II. I would also like to do the reunion cruise and visit Murmansk. Will depend on the Black Sea experience.

Rick
#12
Boston, MA
373 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
We were on Oceania Regatta two years ago (our first trip to the Med) for a Barcelona to Athens cruise and on NCL Jade this past April for an Athens to Istanbul cruise. I am facinated by the antiquity the further east we sailed and do want to continue this trek into the Black Sea.

That said (and intrigued by the loyalty of past OP guests expressed in this thread), I contacted my TA re passage on this 5/9/09 cruise. Bottom line, the fare (air, transfers, passage, tax, fuel surcharge) from Boston, MA is $4229/pp. This seems high for a new, unproven, company using a 40 year old ship. Am I missing something?
#13
Toronto, ON. Canada
1,492 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
intrigued by the loyalty of past OP guests expressed in this thread)
Our previous experience has made us loyal. Many of us know each other having cruised together before.

This seems high for a new, unproven, company using a 40 year old ship. Am I missing something?
We miss our cruises and have faith that the new owners will do as they promised, to create a cruise experience as close to what so many of us know and love.

The age of the ship is immaterial to me. Our last ship is 42 yrs. old.

The Orient Lines experience is not for everyone. It is for travellers not tourists. For many, it is in our hearts. I, for one, expect that it will be quite different than NCL.

I hope that you will be pleased with whichever cruise you decide on.
Fran
#14
Santiago de Compostela/Spain/European Union
1,489 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
I might be a bit freaky, but the fact of being an old ship makes it to be truly unique. I don´t personally enjoy new modern clones, with flashy decoration and hundreds of people in the same place.

It´s the feeling of travelling in a distintive vessel. I suppose it the same pleasure of driving an old classic to a modern japanese car.

What made Orient Lines to be something different was the people, the service, the experience and because it was something totally different to modern cruising, which is quite standarized.

However, I find the price to be a bit too high.
#15
East Norriton, PA, USA
224 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
Originally posted by jgiblin
...I contacted my TA re passage on this 5/9/09 cruise. Bottom line, the fare (air, transfers, passage, tax, fuel surcharge) from Boston, MA is $4229/pp. This seems high for a new, unproven, company using a 40 year old ship. Am I missing something?
Depends on the type of cabin requested - inside vs oceanview or standard vs superior. My quote was for the cheapest inside available which is listed in the Polo Club brochure at $2999 ppd.

Also remember that 3 shore excursions are included and that this is the inaugural season for this new/old cruise line.

Rick
#16
Boynton Beach, Florida
500 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Hi Gang
We were excited to hear about the new MPII. Although we have sailed on many cruises, our first MP was 2007 and we are ready for more.

We will book the May 18th sailing. Let me know who will be joining us.

I think the prices appear high, but add airfare, and 4 excursions to another cruise lines quote and this is not out of place.

Looking forward to MPII.

Steven & Rose Marie
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#17
Boston, MA
373 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
My comment about a "40 year old ship" was intended to reflect its impact on cost. I would think the investment required to acquire an older ship would be less then that required for a newer ship and the fare charged should reflect that economy.

I do appreciate your thoughts about the potential Marco Polo II experience. I enjoy cruising for the sea experience and the ease it provides to visit interesting destinations. Smaller ships provide an intimate passenger experience while the newer "pleasure palaces" attempt to make the ship itself the destination. I think bejeweling the transport is like putting lipstick on a pig.

I am still undecided about the MP II but I do want to explore the Black Sea.
#18
Santiago de Compostela/Spain/European Union
1,489 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Hi, jgiblin. You will love the Black Sea. Such an unexpected place. No too many ships, and people still gathering in the ports to see us when we got ashore. Local taking pictures, small boat escorting the ship as she leaves. And a melancholic atmosphere everywhere. Full of art, and fantastic scenery.

You are probably right in the aspect of older ships being cheaper to be purchased, but I suppose the costs are higher as far as fuel costs are concern. I don´t think they are fuel efficient at all.
#19
San Diego, CA
1,394 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Hi, everyone....
I called Orient as soon as I received the brochure. I was on the old
Marco twice for 21 and 31 day cruises. The 31 day was after NCL had taken them over and the food was horrible! The good thing now is the new management, I hope....especially when it comes to the food. I travel solo and the 175% single supplement is a killer! I took the great cities of Europe on the old Marco Polo, and athough I know times change, but his new one is more than $9000. more! I'm wondering whether the prices will come down after the first year. Even with airfare (economy) and 4 or more excursions, I find this new line very, VERY pricey. I can have the small ship - a luxury one that is all-inclusive (all liquor, wine , water, sodas, speciality coffees included!) For the prices they are charging, perhaps they should consider becoming all-inclusive. I don't take excursions anymore, so I'm wondering if the new MP would subtract the cost like they can do with airfare, if you don't want to use them. I'm disappointed, because the old MP got me hooked on cruising. The black sea sounds wonderful, but I'll have to take it with another cruise line. I was so looking forward to seeing some of the old staff. Orient says they are calling as many of them as they can for employment. Oh well, another time when I have a bigger budget. Jini
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#20
In the NCL fleet NOW
51 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Hi Ms.J and others

I just give you a little heads up what is going on or lack of it with communicatin with OL and Od MP crew,, I have suplyed to them many of the old mp staff and talking constantly with many of them and so far, NO ONE has gt anything out from NEW OL when it comes work,, so we wondering if it's only BUST as there is no talking or any kind of communication from THEY SIDE, we keep on mailing them, getting NOTHING RETURN.....just thought to let you guys know, o i would not keep your hopes very high to meet old MP staff..