Marco Polo Hits Sand Bank In St Petersburg

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo has hit a sand bank during her departure from St Petersburg, Russia.

“Just hit a sand bank coming out of St Petersburg. I was coming out of the shower and started sliding across the bedroom floor. We saw the water coming towards the porthole,” Mike Hillerby, a passenger aboard Marco Polo, explained. “It was a minute before we started coming upright again.”

The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. local time, but Marco Polo managed to set sail again shortly after and is now bound for Helsinki.


Chris Coates, Commercial Director of CMV told Cruise Capital that, “the comfort and safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority and our passengers have been kept fully informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

All the necessary health and safety checks have been carried out following the incident in line with Maritime guidelines. Marco Polo, which is currently carrying 1,150 passengers and crew, did not receive any significant damage from the incident.

The channel in and out of the port at St Petersburg is notoriously narrow and ships are required to make a series of turns to avoid sand banks and shallow water either side of the main channel.

The 50-year-old liner is currently on a 12-night ‘Baltic Cities & St Petersburg’ itinerary, which departed Hull on 23 May and is expected to return on 4 June.


  1. And what did CMV offer passengers as compensation for this shocking and frightening incident – one complimentary drink the following evening!

    Won’t be using CMV again!

  2. I was on that cruise too and CMV weren’t interested. An announcement was finally made by the Entertainment Officer, who was sh1ting himself on the tannoy!

    Very old boat, very small portions of food and unrealistic excursions designed to take maximum money with minimum effort.

    They’re a joke!

  3. Yes I agree – don’t cruise with these cowboys. It is a VERY OLD SHIP which creaks and groans and is an accident waiting to happen.

    Food portions are ridiculously small, but the quality is OK, which is more than can be said for the ‘entertainment’ team who spend more time ‘entertaining’ themselves than the passengers,

    One excursion at one of the stops was entirely on motorised segways. I ask you – there wasn’t a passenger younger than 80!!!!!!!


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