The Marco Polo cruise ship is back in the news after it ran aground while trying to dock at a pier in Norway.  It previously ran aground in March 2013 in Norway. News accounts estimate that somewhere between 750 and 1,000 passengers were aboard. 

The AP says that maritime rescue services are hoping to pull the cruise ship free at high tide later today, after tugboats and a coast guard vessel failed to push it free. 

The ship is chartered by U.K. based Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

Marco Polo was last in the news in February of this year when it proceeded to sail in extremely rough weather.  A wave crashed through a window in the vessel’s dining room and killed a passenger.  

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  • Backo

    One passanger die on ship and two in hospital in France.I was ther when they transfer this two passanger.Ship is very old and not safe for the cruising on the sea.

  • John & Frances Hoskins

    MPolo is old now and poorly fitted out. It was far too full when we cruised the British Isles on her this Spring. Great trip – very poor ship. No soundproofing between cabins – restaurant tried hard but unable to cope. Captains Evening was shambolic – most passengers got nowhere near a drink.

    Trying to copy Cunard and failing miserably.

  • Peter and Sandy Bullard

    We were on the MPolo in Sept/Oct to St Petersburg and although the ship is getting on a bit she is a graceful Lady. The food and service was excellent, the entertainment superb and the cabin, although a little basic was ok, but remember this ship was built in 1965. John and Frances must have been on another ship.

    As for trying to copy Cunard there is not a hope.

  • Brian Park

    We have sailed on the MP three times, the most recent in September to the Baltic’s and yes she is old but growing old very gracefully and looked after extremely well.
    We have always found the food to be good to very good, the cabins albeit slightly tired, but very clean and well maintained cabins. All crew very capable and extremely user friendly.
    With MP you get what you pay for, so you pay a very competitive price we do not expect chocolates on pillows and five star food and glorious cabins.
    Our cruises are normally destination led and we are more than happy with what we get for what we pay..and we speak with confidence having cruised with Regent and Oceania amongst others.

  • graham bailey

    just got back from norway on the marco polo had a great time staff and food were great all so the shore trips apart from one were brill the oter one i would have liked to have done the water fall with out the fruit farm o and have all ready booked for next year 29 june norway hope all the same staff are there its a brill ship keep cruiseing

  • The B. Family

    Have cruised aboard MP 3 times. Once to the Amazon, then to Antartica, then to the Baltic. Three fantastic voyages with friendly and professional crew; interesting lectures and first class entertainment. Loved the “old style” ship and simplicity. Interesting fellow passengers who were also looking for that old style destination travel.
    Did not mind the cabins since we spent so little time in them. Enjoyed all the off-shore excursion — well organized.
    Our only regret is that there are no newly built ships of the same caliber and versatility.
    The Marco Polo might be in a class of its own. We’ve traveled with many companies and ships, by far our most interesting travels were on board the MP.