MS Marco Polo
The MS Marco Polo cruise ship has a classic 'liner' profile, teak decks and traditional dark hull – authenticity of a ‘proper’ cruise ship.
The stabilisers and deep draught give the ship a comfortable ride. The successive refits have kept navigational technology, accommodation, public rooms and passenger's facilities up to date. Marco Polo's size of around 850 passengers allows access smaller ports which larger vessels are unable to visit.
Marco Polo's last refurbishment was in November 2014 in Holland (at the Vlissingen shipyard). The work was done by the Damen company (shiprepair and marine vessel conversion company). The dry-dock stay featured an extensive vessel survey, followed by a regular maintenance work – high-pressure hull washing-painting, valves overhaul, lifeboats maintenance-recertification, gangway platforms repair.
More information and details of the Marco Polo can be found at 'ms Marco Polo Cruises' at
A brilliant page on the 50th Anniversary of the Marco Polo can be found on the Antwerpen Cruise Ship website at:
Astoria is the oldest operating cruise ship in the world.
Astoria was originally built in 1948 as the SS Stockholm, a trans-Atlantic ocean liner. In 1994 she was virtually stripped to her hull and re-constructed, and restored as a beautiful more contemporary cruise ship at a cost of €150 million.
With her handsome profile and a traditional teak walk around promenade deck, Astoria is a classic cruise liner, beautifully restored ocean going ship and offers a wide selection of very well appointed and comfortable public lounges and cabin accommodation spanning eight passenger decks serviced by two lifts.
Her enhanced facilities include:
- The impressive two sectioned Olissipo Restaurant
- Buffet dining option in the Lotus lounge
- Five comfortable lounges and bars
- Calypso main show lounge
- Shopping boutique
- Card and bridge room
- Fitness and health centre with sauna and massage facilities
- Swimming pool
- Beautiful marbled reception area
More information and brilliant photos of the MS Astoria can be found at the 'Cruise Ships in Antwerp' website at: