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Aleksandr Pushkin
Aleksandr Pushkin - Marco Polo
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Soviet liner Aleksandr Pushkin, which became the Orient Lines' Marco Polo in 1992. The Aleksandr Pushkin was constructed at V.E.B. Mathias-Thesen Werft Shipyard in East Germany and she entered service in 1966 with the Baltic Shipping Company on their regular trans-Atlantic service between Montreal and Leningrad. She became a full-time cruise ship in 1975. Between 1979-1985 Aleksandr Pushkin was chartered to Transocean Tours, after which she was transferred to the Far Eastern Shipping Company, with occasional charters to UK-based CTC. Aleksandr Pushkin was laid up in Singapore in 1990, but was bought a year later by Gerry Herrod, who had just sold his Ocean Cruise Lines to Paquet. Aleksandr Pushkin was renamed Marco Polo and began a lengthy rebuilding period. Marco Polo re-entered service with Orient Lines in 1993 on varied programme of cruises around the world. Orient Lines considered purchasing her sister Ivan Franko in 1991, but the increasing cost of the Marco Polo rebuilding deterred them. In 1998, Orient Lines was acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line, who retained the Orient Lines brand.
 
In June 2007 it was announced that NCL would retire Marco Polo and the Orient Lines brand in March 2008 when Marco Polo arrives in Lisbon from Rio de Janeiro. Marco Polo was chartered to Transocean Tours and operated a series of cruises from Tilbury and Dover in 2008 for the UK market. Transocean Cruises filed for bankruptcy in late 2009 and Marco Polo passed to Cruise & Maritime Voyages, continuing to run mainly from Tilbury.
 
Aleksandr Pushkin was the second ship of the Ivan Franko Class to be built, and the only one to survive in 2011. Her sisters were Ivan Franko (built 1964, scrapped 1997), Shota Rustaveli (built 1966, scrapped 2003), Taras Shevchenko (built 1967, scrapped 2005) and Mikhail Lermontov (built 1972, sunk 1986).
 
 
Ship Names on this Page:-
Aleksandr Pushkin - Soviet Cruise Ship 1965-1991
Marco Polo - Orient Lines 1991-2008
Marco Polo - Transocean Tours 2008-2009
   2008 Transocean Tours Images
   2009 Transocean Tours Images
Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages 2010-  
   2010 Cruise & Maritime Images
   2011 Cruise & Maritime Images
 
Brochure Archive:-
Aleksandr Pushkin - 1977 Baltic Shipping Co (5.2 MB Adobe PDF file opens in new window)
 
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Soviet Passenger Ships
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Ocean Liner Postcards
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Aleksandr Pushkin
(Black Sea Shipping Co: 1966-1985)
(Far Eastern Shipping Co: 1985-1990)


Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin



Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin



Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin
Scan: Ken Murayama
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Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin
Scan: Ken Murayama
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Official calendar showing Aleksandr Pushkin
Scan: Ken Murayama
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Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin
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Official postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin
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CT postcard of Aleksandr Pushkin



1977 brochure cover for Aleksandr Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov
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Marco Polo
(Orient Line: 1992-2008)
 
Marco Polo was built as the Soviet liner Aleksandr Pushkin in 1956. She was bought from the Black Sea Shipping Co in 1992, and substantially rebuilt before re-entering service as Marco Polo.


Official art postcard Marco Polo issued before her entry into service.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official Orient Lines postcard of Marco Polo.



Official plain-backed and over-sized card of the Marco Polo plus destinations.



Oversized Tur-Yay postcard 09-30 of Marco Polo, at Kusadasi (photo: Hasan Basri OZSU)



This is an M.N.W.Edwards postcard TdC9 of Marco Polo, shown leaving Table Bay
Photo: Dr Errol Cornish.



Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic 2004
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic 2004
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic 2004
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Neven Jerkovic 2004
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Neven Jerkovic 2006
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
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Marco Polo at Dubrovnik
Photo: © Neven Jerkovic 2006
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Marco Polo at Dover
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st September 2006
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Marco Polo at Dover
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st September 2006
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Marco Polo at Dover
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st September 2006
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Marco Polo at Dover
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st September 2006
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Marco Polo at Dover
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st September 2006
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo at Helsinki
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th August 2007
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Marco Polo
(Transocean Tours: 2008-2009)


2008 Transocean Tours Images

Marco Polo arriving Tilbury
Photo: Ian Boyle, 25th April 2008  -  Click images to open larger copies in new window





Marco Polo arriving Tilbury
Photo: Ian Boyle, 30th July 2008  -  Click images to open larger copies in new window





Marco Polo leaving Tilbury
Photo: Ian Boyle, 10th August 2008  -  Click images to open larger copies in new window







2009 Transocean Tours Images

Marco Polo passing Coalhouse Fort
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th May 2009  -  Click images to open larger copies in new window
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Marco Polo arriving at Tilbury
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1st June 2009  -  Click images to open larger copies in new window
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Marco Polo
(Cruise & Maritime Voyages: 2010- )



Cruise & Maritime Voyages - 2010 Images

Marco Polo leaving the London Cruise Terminal (Tilbury Riverside)
Photo: Ian Boyle, 29th April 2010
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Marco Polo arriving at the London Cruise Terminal (Tilbury Riverside)
It took over an hour to get Marco Polo berthed with just one tug in high cross winds - her bow thrusters are very weak
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th May 2010

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages - 2011 Images

Marco Polo at the London Cruise Terminal (Tilbury Riverside)
Photo: Ian Boyle, 20th December 2011
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