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The cruise line originated in 1991 with the purchase of the former Russian ocean liner Alexandr Pushkin, a ship with ice-strengthened hull. After two years of rebuilding the ship was renamed to Marco Polo. The idea from the very beginning was to offer upscale cruises for experienced and adventurous passengers to exotic, unusual places at reasonable prices. Orient Lines is known for its creative, "one-way" cruises that feature more ports per itinerary, more time in each port and more overnight stays than other cruise lines. Marco Polo is the largest ship cruising to offbeat destinations on regular basis and one of only two luxury cruise ships with permission to cruise Antarctica. The cruise line is catering to experienced, mature and sophisticated travelers (mostly from the U.S., Canada and Britain), who would come on the cruise more for the destination and ship's ambiance, rather than holiday-at-sea party atmosphere. Orient Lines was created by Gerry Herrod, whose most recent endeavor was the launching of Discovery World Cruises, a similarly-minded cruise line. The company was acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line in 2000.

What is this all mean from crew member's point of view? Potential employees should also possess good manners and have broader interests, cruise staff members can not expect to be able to entertain passengers with the typical mainstream-cruise-industry activities like line dancing, Island Night and karaoke parties only.

 

Cruise ships and itineraries:

Marco Polo: Bahamas registered, renovated 1993, 22.000 gross tons, 915 passengers, 356 crew members.
Itineraries: Scandinavia/Russia, Norwegian Fiords/Island, Mediterranean, South America, Falklands/Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, Far East, India, Africa.
  Marco Polo cruise ship