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86 Cruise & Maritime Voyages First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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I.L.C.
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We wanted to visit Iceland and, having initially looked at flights/hotels, this cruise, our first, fitted the bill. Although the good weather and calm sea helped, the cruise exceeded our expectations. Despite the previous negative reviews ... Read more
Jenthesailor
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was our first cruise and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Embarkation was a very smooth process ;taking less than an hour from arrival at the car park to eating our lunch aboard. It was well organised and we were instructed ... Read more
Jan371971
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Just returned from six days on the Marco polo, an old ship but well maintained, as this was our first cruise didn't know what to expect.... The food was excellent also the service was too, couldn't do enough for you, being a small ship was ... Read more
BeaumontRoad
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
A fabulous 4night cruise on the iconic Marco Polo. I loved this ships art deco interior and it reminded me of an episode of my favourite Hercule Poorly series! Unable to disembark at the Isles of Scilly due to bad weather, the ... Read more
HughDSys
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to visit the Norwegian Fjords. We got a buy one get one free offer. The facilities on the ship were excellent. It was all very clean. The food choice was amazing and the staff were very ... Read more
The dog rescuers
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Four of us booked a Fjord cruise having never cruised before, we were a little worried by the varying reviews on the Magellan, however all we can do is give our honest opinion....we loved it. On arrival at tilbury there was a little bit of ... Read more
Crouchsailor
Member Since 2016
1 review
44 helpful votes
Having spent a lifetime sailing and never having seen the point of cruising in a big ship my wife finally persuaded me that is what we were going to do. She had enjoyed Christmas shopping trip on Marco Polo with a friend and was keen to ... Read more
PeMoA
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
This was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare it with but were a bit wary given some of the bad reviews this ship and company get. Tilbury is an odd port and probably needed refurbishment 40 years ago, it still does and after ... Read more
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NewCruiser1970
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Our embarkation was at Amsterdam Cruise Terminal, very nice terminal at walking distance of centre of Amsterdam in comparison to the Tilbury terminal which was located in an industrial area 40 km from London. Well done Amsterdam!! After ... Read more
AJSheppard
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
As this was our first cruise we were very apprehensive, especially when seeing the very mixed reviews previously, however, we can honestly say the experience was thoroughly enjoyable. We took out the drinks package, but in all honesty ... Read more
marill01
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise, and probably my last. Cruising simply is not for me. Over and above that I have a few grumbles some of which apply as much to a hotel as a ship. The lifts in the Magellan are very slow {very}. And yet half the ... Read more
starlight123
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise and we loved it Very clean room and common areas constantly being cleaned This was a short cruise but a great introduction whilst the Astor is small compared to others I see why many love her it's not ... Read more
Bootlebarth
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
As first-time cruisers we weren't sure what to expect, or how a small ship like Astor compares with a 4,000 passenger monster. We were attracted by the bargain rate of $900 for two people for five nights. If the cruise had cost two or ... Read more
mgolder
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Marco Polo What better name could there be to conjure up exploration and adventure. This was my first cruise. I had never really been attracted to the cruising lifestyle. A solo sailor from the west coast of Canada, the idea of ... Read more
judith_cottage
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
I have just returned from MV Magellan’s cruise to the Amazon, West Indies and the Azores. I wanted to share my experiences with you and to thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. I took my late husband’s niece with ... Read more
Maxine Cook
Member Since 2016
1 review
71 helpful votes
Where do I begin? This experience was one absolutely, without question, straight from hell. We waited for almost twenty years for our Marco Polo experience, and we cannot believe how truly horrible it really was. When they originally ... Read more
Andree Atkinson-Sanford
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was my first cruise and was very excited about it.The disappointment started on day one.It was chaotic communication. Confusing messages. The Representative at Victoria Cross was efficient and she was being given incorrect data. Said ... Read more
Hollinsval
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was my first ever cruise and will be my last cruise! The late departure was because of their poor embarkation procedures. We were due to board at 14:30 and didn't board until 15:45 even though we were there in plenty of time! I do ... Read more
Seasoned TravellerX2
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ten hour delay from Avonmouth due to bad weather so two excursions cancelled at La Corunna and Gibraltar. Four days at sea in Gale force 4 - 7 winds and then very short trips to Lisbon, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. Appalled at ... Read more
MLiz
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Just back from the Christmas in Bali cruise on the MS Astor. This was our first cruise and we took a bit of a risk as we weren't sure cruising is really for us, but very glad we gave it a go. All I needed out of it an extended period of ... Read more
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eighties
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
12/15 3 day cruise Fremantle to Fremantle Check-in at Fremantle Passenger Terminal was the first contact with the ship’s crew, very professional and friendly. Fremantle terminal is basic and dated! Oops, if you have trouble ... Read more
Leafe
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was my Husband and I's first cruise (apart from River boats in Germany and The Netherlands). We were both slightly apprehensive having read reviews about the Magellan. I'll start with the good points. Embarkation at Tilbury was ... Read more
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Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
740 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Although I cruise regularly this was my first time on the Cruise & Maritime Voyages "Magellan. The cruise was entitled "land of the Northern Lights". The ship called in Amsterdam for sightseeing and to pick up Dutch ... Read more
Marytom
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was our first cruise so we did not know what to expect . Well we did not need to worry because it was excellent from start to finish . Our cabin was very comfy lots of wardrobe space , bathroom was good, shower excellent, and we had ... Read more
JCA1
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Reaching Tilbury was not easy. The M25, the Dartford Crossing and roadworks on the A13 and approach to Tilbury. We arrived at the London Cruise Terminal around 14:00 hrs on Friday 18 September. Our allocated arrival slot was 15:30 hrs ... Read more
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