M is off to Antarctica tomorrow aboard the above.
I checked out the MS Marco Polo. Built in Russia in 1965, thoroughly rebuilt in 1991-1993 when she became Marco Polo rather than Alexandr Pushkin. “Crown Odyssey left the Orient fleet in 2003, and Marco Polo became again the sole ship of the brand. Since 2005 she has also been the sole surviving Ivan Franko class vessel, the other sisters having either sunk or been scrapped. On June 4, 2007, Norwegian Cruise Line announced sale of the Marco Polo, effective March 23, 2008. The buyer was later revealed to be the Germany-based Transocean Tours. The sale of the Marco Polo will also mean the end of the Orient Lines brand.”