Built and run as the Aleksandr Pushkin from 1965 by the Baltic Shipping Company, the Marco Polo found its current name in 1991 when it to the Orient Lines. She was the second ship of the Ivan Franko class also referred to as “poet” or “writer” class because Ivan Franko was a Russian poet. Since 2005 she has been the only remaining ship of this class with the others scrapped or sunk. She has been reworked as a cargo going ocean liner, and in 1993 was reworked as a cruise ship. After a patchy past the ship now sails as an intimate British style cruise ship with no more than 820 passengers. It features their signature Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two-sitting fixed time dining option. Those wishing for the more informal experience use Marco’s Bistro. There are five main lounge areas and the Magellan Deck offers the theatre-style Marco Polo Lounge. The Captain’s Club is a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist.

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