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84 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from Rotterdam

84 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from Rotterdam

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  • Day 1
    Rotterdam
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Lisbon
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    Cruising
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    Madeira (Funchal)
  • Day 7
    Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Mindelo (Sao Vicente)
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Santarem
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    Amazon River (Cruising)
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    Ariau
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    Amazon River (Cruising)
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    Amazon River (Cruising)
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    Icoaraci
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Bahia de Salvador
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    Cruising
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    Rio de Janeiro
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    Rio de Janeiro
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    Cruising
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    Buenos Aires
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    Buenos Aires
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    Montevideo
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    Cruising
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    Stanley
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    Cruising
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    Punta Arenas
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    Alberto de Agostini National Park
  • Day 41
    Alberto de Agostini National Park
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    Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
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    Puerto Williams
  • Day 43
    Cruising
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    Gordon Island
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    Londonberry Island
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    Stewart Island
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    Cape Horn
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    Stewart Island
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    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
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    Strait of Magellan
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    Cruising
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    Darwin
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    Puerto Montt
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    Cruising
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    Santiago (Valparaiso)
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    Santiago (Valparaiso)
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Arica
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    Cruising
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    Lima
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Guayaquil
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    Guayaquil
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 63
    Puerto Limon
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    Cruising
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    Roatan
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    Belize City
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    Cozumel
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Freeport
  • Day 71
    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    King's Wharf
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Ponta Delgada
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Vigo
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
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    Rotterdam

Magellan

Magellan - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Pros

Value-for-money ship offering a traditional British cruise experience in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere

Cons

Only the suites have balconies

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises


Cruise Reviews

So many negative comments about this ship which I thought unfair. When you book you know it's an old ship and that it's rated 3 star. We've just returned and had a great time. Because of the seriousness of the virus it was ... Read More
So many negative comments about this ship which I thought unfair. When you book you know it's an old ship and that it's rated 3 star. We've just returned and had a great time. Because of the seriousness of the virus it was obvious to us that extra measures were being taken to keep passengers safe. This was enforced at Tilbury with a thermal camera being used to screen passengers before they embarked. In spite of this additional screening and extra paperwork, embarkation was very well organised with the minimum of delay. The ship is kept scrupulously clean. Handrails constantly being wiped and cabins cleaned to a high standard. Hand gel has always been in use on cruises but obviously now to a greater degree when entering and leaving restaurants. Some passengers didn't seem to realise the importance of this! This was our third cruise with CMV and just as enjoyable as the previous two on Columbus. The food was excellent, always hot - don't know how they manage to do this with so many meals served - and well presented. The entertainment was good and they all work so hard; particularly the Cruise Director who also took part in the shows. The band were great and the guitarist and singer in the Captain's Club were so talented. All the shore excursions were very well organised and were well worth the money. We particularly enjoyed Shetland and the Faro Islands. We did have some very rough sea days and nights and at times it was difficult to walk around the ship but the Captain and his crew made every effort to keep passengers safe; waiters even assisting the less mobile and making sure they didn't fall. Because of the crisis with the virus we sailed back to Tilbury a day earlier than planned which undoubtedly increased the crew's workload as this was unexpected. We were pleased to get back safely. We were on the final cruise on Magellan prior to all cruises being suspended. All the crew were fantastic and it was service with a smile in spite of their unknown future; when will they be able to return to their own country and will they have a job in the future!! We met lots of great people on this cruise who enjoyed it as much as we did. Maybe write your own review and give others something positive to read rather than all the negative comments from the moaners!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was my 2nd time with CMV. I chose this cruise due to the itinerary and price. I am happy to travel on any cruise ship with any company, and would usually chose by itinerary and price (specifically solo supplement - I refuse to pay a ... Read More
This was my 2nd time with CMV. I chose this cruise due to the itinerary and price. I am happy to travel on any cruise ship with any company, and would usually chose by itinerary and price (specifically solo supplement - I refuse to pay a large supplement). CMV doesn't do frills, however it never claims to. This trip, as with my last one with CMV provided a good itinerary, edible (and sometimes really nice) food, a comfortable cabin, and entertainment that kept me amused although will not win awards for excellence or originality. I drove down the drive down the day before and stayed the night at Stifford Park Hotel. This was CMV's suggested hotel, and provided decent accommodation for the night, breakfast, parking and a taxi, for close to the cost of just parking at Tilbury Port. First time I have done this, and would do again. Hotel was fine, think Travelodge with some nice gardens, and a good breakfast. Not somewhere I would stay for a holiday, but definitely more than good enough for 1 night. NB there is no lift to some rooms, so do say when booking is you have mobility issues (or just lots of luggage!) Embarkation Smooth enough at Tilbury. It took longer than usual due to additional health checks for COVID - 19. I arrived at the time requested, and went straight through to check in. I wouldn't want to arrive earlier as the port has few amenities. Cabin My cabin was the cheapest inside cabin and I liked it. Really big for 1 person, and plenty of storage. Shower great, with lots of room, hot water consistently and good power. The bathroom however had a slightly unusual layout; when you sat on the toilet, a shut door was right in your face. I was solo so just left it open. You need to step up into the bathroom, and there are no grab rails. No rails in shower either. Cabin steward brilliant, and even fixed my bed when the poor sea conditions broke it. Food Im gluten free, so as with most cruise companies I pre booked the meals the night before. Main courses were really nice. Lots of meat and potato options which they did well. I also had some nice pastas. Desserts were disappointing. Mostly because they couldn't make many gluten free. This included black forest gateau which I thought would be easy to do gluten free - even a brownie with blackcurrant jam and some creme would have been fine. When something was not possible to make you were given what they had that was naturally gluten free - usually a creme caramel or creme brulee. As someone who has been gluten free for 20 years, this desserts bore the hell out of me. Hey ho. I had cheese one night, and the cheese crackers were fine. Afternoon tea was really disappointing. GF rolls used horrible, and the scones were literally inedible. I tried twice, but gave up. The food in the buffet I thought was the same standard in the restaurant. All food had allergen labels as well which was good, although they cannot guarantee free from cross contamination due to other passengers sharing tongs etc. I ate most breakfasts here, and some lunches and had no issues. For breakfast gluten free toast was available from the omelette chef. At lunch gluten free rolls were available, but you need to ask at the same station as breakfast. Entertainment This I thought was broadly as expected. I attended most of the shows and enjoyed what was put on. Male vocalists were better than female, and as in usually the case the older cabaret singers based in the bars were (vocally) better than the show team. I particularly liked Pauline. Other activities included quizzes, dancing, creative writing classes, and craft classes. There were also unhosted events such as a book club, and knit and natter sessions. There were also a number of films shown in the theatre. This I really enjoyed especially the Greatest Showman (think I have now seen this 106 times). Some of the other films though I thought were odd. However a selection I suppose means wider groups are catered for. I accidently went into the gym, and it looked quite big. There were also some exercise classes put on, catering for literally all accessibility requirements eg chair aerobics. They had a couple of people giving lectures. Both were really interesting and I enjoyed, although one was definitely a more compelling storyteller. Misc thoughts I appreciated the TV in my room had a recent range of UK channels. As a solo traveller it was nice to have the news on while dressing for dinner. There were also a couple of film channels, although again I thought the films shown were slightly odd choices. The weather was poor, and we had 3 sea days that were really terrible. Staff and ship coped well, but, possibly for the first time in my life I missed the option for room service. I couldn't even stand up, so for those 3 days I didn't eat. I lost 5 lbs on the cruise which is the opposite of usual. I would have so appreciated a cheese sandwich from room service on those days. In fact i dreamed so much about that sandwich, it was the first meal I had once I could stand again. I bought the drinks package, which I thought was good value. I'm not a big drinker, so don't think it worked out cheaper for me personally. However I definitely tried drinks I wouldn't have before, because it was 'free' to try. So I probably would do the package again. I bought wifi, and although it is expensive compared to home, for me it was worth it and I would buy again. I am self employed so needed to do a little work while away. As a solo traveller I also usually buy a little wifi, so I can check in as safe with family. Signal is only available in public areas, however I found it coped consistently really well with emails, messages including whatsapp, and browsing social media. I don't think I would try uploading videos, or video calls though. Service getting drinks was often slow. Many activities in the theatre also lacked drinks service which was disappointing. Library (including book cases) were open 24/7. There was also a large book swap service, which was a greater range of authors and genres than the CMV loans available Most public toilets required a step into them. A few disabled toilets were around the ship, although one was inside the mens bathroom, so open that door with caution if you're female. Shop onboard was pointless. Nothing interesting or useful to buy. Definitely take your own chocolate and crips, as these were expensive to buy in the shop, despite being duty free. They did have a small range of toiletries if you forget anything. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose this cruise for Iceland, and the Scottish islands. Overall, the itinerary was great, and from this perspective we loved the cruise. The weather was definitely against us, though, and some extremely rough days at sea meant we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for Iceland, and the Scottish islands. Overall, the itinerary was great, and from this perspective we loved the cruise. The weather was definitely against us, though, and some extremely rough days at sea meant we didn't leave the cabin much - not necessarily a bad thing in light of virus concerns. However, there are many reasons we wouldn't sail on this ship again and the cabins were one of them: of the three cabins in our group, all had problems, and two of them were significant enough to interfere with getting a good night's sleep. The ship made gestures of dealing with them, but told us in the end it is an old ship and the noise issues are to be expected. Sound-proofing is terrible - whatever they are watching on the TV in the next cabin, so are you effectively. It's a shame, as the cabins are actually quite cosy looking. As note in other reviews, embarking and disembarking was a bit chaotic. In Rotterdam there was only a steep set of steps to get on and off the ship, which meant we queued for over an hour to get off as many elderly passengers had to be helped down the steps individually. Dinning is another reason not to go with this ship again: towards the end of the trip there were a couple of outbursts in the buffet from passengers sick to death of the same old food being put out each time. The restaurants were better, but not by much. Food was a major disappointment. It smacked of cost cutting. What was served wasn't bad, just unimaginative and a bit basic. Caviar was on the menu one evening - but just three tiny eggs, more for decoration. Blink and you'd miss it on the plate. The menu often looked promising, but what was served in front of you just didn't live up to the hype. Entertainment was hit and miss; this is an area of personal taste, so hard to assess. Certainly not very imaginative or engaging, but it killed 45 minutes. The talks were terrible - the speakers just gave a power point presentation and read their notes aloud. Service was generally fine. Many passengers ended up falling during the stormy seas and crew were quick to help out. The cabin stewards were great - mine even cleaned up my cabin after the worst night of the storm and everything ended up on the floor. Having spent the night wishing I was dead, I didn't clear up myself in the morning just staggered out to get some fresh air. Bit embarrassed to be honest that he'd picked everything up... but grateful too! One of our group ended up on the floor when the mattress parted company with the bed... it was really rough at times. Feel sorry for passengers on decks 3,4 and 5 who had the windows covered for most of the cruise in the end to storm the windows being blown in by the storm. Even when it was much calmer they didn't remove the deadlights on the windows, which seemed a bit lazy on the part of the staff to be honest. We took the ship's excursion in Rotterdam, a city tour, which was very good. We arrived in the Faroe islands just as the shops were closing, and it is raining hard so not a great experience. In Iceland we did private tours with Discover Iceland: very expensive, but worth every penny. In Shetland the tourist office recommended a local guide who was very elderly: turned out to be like having your grandad show you around. Hilarious after the event ( he couldn't/wouldn't talk and drive at the same time, nearly killed us all after reversing out into traffic and not seeing a bus), but a bit trying at the time. Shetland was sunny and wind-free, which we were repeatedly told was exceptional. The island looked gorgeous, though, so happy to have seen it at its best! After Shetland we were informed the ship would be skipping the next port of call, the Orkneys, and heading straight for Tilbury. Overall, the ship handled the cancelling of the cruise quite well. This must have been a nightmare logistics operation, and it went more or less OK. Two more days of rough sea ahead, so by the time we arrived back in Tilbury I have to say we were all very happy to get off the ship. Overall, I would recommend the itinerary, warn you that the weather can be very stormy ( 26 feet waves, gale force winds) so be prepared for that, but have to recommend picking a different ship if the ship matters to you. We went more for the itinerary and the ship was a means of getting there, which it did. We've been on other cruises when the ship was a destination in its own right, but this isn't one of those ships. The biggest plus point was that by and large the other passengers were some of the most down to earth and friendly people we've ever had on a cruise - lots of laughs and story swapping. If this is the sort of passenger CMV attracts then on that strength I'd be prepared to try out one of their other ships. Several passengers noted that having cruised on the Magellan before cost-cutting measures were clearly evident, and standards had dropped. If you can get the itinerary you want on this ship with a massive discount (which we did), then OK, it'll do the job. Otherwise, avoid... Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
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