It’s not long now at all until our overnight cruise on board Marco Polo. We might just be on board for one night but we’re going to make the absolute most of the short time we have got on board.
We have been on board Marco Polo once before for three nights and this will be my seventh cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Not only does the overnight cruise not leave the country it doesn’t actually leave the county!
Marco Polo will cruise from Harwich in Essex on 18 August 2018 and sail along the coast to the mouth of the River Thames, before cruising down the river to London International Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, which is also in Essex for those of you who are unfamiliar with Tilbury or who are not from the United Kingdom.
Gavin's parents will be joining us for this overnight cruise and it will be their first ever cruise. I managed to talk them into booking it a while back but they are still not sure. Obviously they won’t get the full cruise experience but I’m hoping it goes well and gives them a good taste of cruising which might persuade them to book another slightly longer cruise in the future.
Gavin and I have treated ourselves and we are booked in one of the two De Luxe Suites. These are the highest grade of suites on board and are located on Columbus Deck right underneath the navigation bridge. Gavin’s parents on the other hand booked an inside cabin as they did not want to see the sea and are next to the hospital!
Our nearly 45 square metre De Luxe Suite is in the prime location and offers a King size bed, walk-in wardrobe, bathroom with bath and shower and even has its own a separate living room area to entertain guests. We’ve chosen the Dynasty Suite which is on the starboard side. The port side suite is the Mandarin Suite which features Chinese styled décor.
As we’re booked in a suite we also benefit from the Level Three Benefits which Cruise & Maritime Voyages offer. These include priority embarkation, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh fruit and wine on arrival, use of bathrobes and slippers, an Atlas, binoculars and umbrella to use during the cruise, a complimentary bottle of water, complimentary laundry and ironing service and even canapes delivered to our suite in the evening!
We are definitely ready to make the most of the short time we have on board Marco Polo. I am just hoping for some nice weather. The weather has been fantastic here recently with one of the hottest summers on record. However recently a mini cruise I was booked on was cancelled and never left Southampton due to strong winds and rough seas. It also rained the entire weekend we were docked in Southampton. The day before and after the weather was perfect. You never can just tell with the Great British weather!
I know a few of you are also on board this overnight cruise so very much look forward to meeting you. If I don’t know you are on board and you are reading this, be sure to say “Hello!” if you see us around the ship.
If you’re not booked on board and want to join us there are still spaces on board. Please visit the Cruise & Maritime Voyages website by clicking here or contact your travel agent.
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