3 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Baltic Sea from London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)

Found this cruise online and the itinerary was the main attraction. To be honest I hadn't heard of CMV before, having traveled with P&O, Royal Car, Princess, NCL and Ocean Village. Without any doubt this cruise was up there ... Read More
Found this cruise online and the itinerary was the main attraction. To be honest I hadn't heard of CMV before, having traveled with P&O, Royal Car, Princess, NCL and Ocean Village. Without any doubt this cruise was up there with the best of them. Our embarkation time was 11.00am. We arrived at 10.50 were quickly through the paperwork, checked our cabin with luggage already there and having our customary first drink at 11.40. Magellan is a bit older than others we have been on but has loads of character. It is very clean, cabins are bigger than normal and as most reviewers have said the showers are brilliant. The drinks package at £17 per day is great value and we certainly got our moneys worth without going mad, I think on Princess it could have been close to double the price, The staff on board were very helpful and friendly, reception was the only place we encountered a grumpy face. We were on second sitting in the Kengsington with food selection and quality very good. We were on a table of eight and had great craic with a brilliant mix of people. To be honest we never had much trouble finding a seat in the bistro, maybe a few minutes wait and having to share but it was part of the fun getting to know other people. Other reviews had mentioned the lack of seating on sea days but again we always found somewhere to relax. The entertainment was very enjoyable with the dancers working very hard. The four main singers very good as were the musicians. The comedian was good the first night average the second night. The two older ladies were not really my cup of tea but other passengers really seemed to enjoy them. It was also nice to go to the night club for a night cap and not feel to old although the DJ could have made more of an effort to provide music to suit the crowd. The selection of ports was spot on starting with Amsterdam. The ship docked about ten minutes walk from Central Station. We had been before but really enjoyed a river cruise at only €14 each purchased at the terminal. Copenhagen: We got the local 26 bus close to the terminal into the city centre. We had pre-booked a free walking tour with SANDEMANS which I would highly recommend.It was a lovely sunny day which helped in a lovely city. The tour finishes at the Royal Palace which was only fifteen minutes walk back to the ship. Warnemunde: What a lovely town with great selection of coffee shops. From the amount of deck chairs and hotels on the beach front it is obviously a very popular summer holiday destination. Again it was an easy walk to the town past the train station if you wanted to go to Berlin. Tallinn: Another lovely stop although it was a little cold on the day. We walked into the centre which was really quaint and had a two for one Irish Coffee offer to warm us up. We walked up to the vantage point with help from the tourist information office where there was also free Wi-Fi. St.Petersburg: Had an overnight here with an organised trip each day due to the visa issue. Lovely city with a lot of iconic sites, the guide on the bus on day two offered to do an impromptu walking tour which was excellent giving a great insight into Russia. Helsinki: Another local bus and tram with an all day ticket only €8 so we sailed around taking in the sights and doing our own hop on and off. Very clean and friendly city with great local markets. Aarhus: We couldn't get into our scheduled port and diverted to here. It was a great replacement again the centre was an easy walk from the ship. It is a great shopping town and the locals were very friendly and helpful. Now for a little moan, you can't use your on board charge card in the casino. My wife and myself both enjoy a game of Blackjack but the only thing they accept is sterling. Not thinking we would need any we had to change Euro at a poor rate to allow us to play. There was no prior information on this and despite asking a few times we never found out why we couldn't get chips on our card. Overall a great holiday and without doubt I would use CMV again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
When looking for a good deal to go to the Baltics CMV came up with a very tempting offer, at first very sceptical as it seemed to good to be true, however we were pleasantly surprised on what a great deal and experience it was. We have ... Read More
When looking for a good deal to go to the Baltics CMV came up with a very tempting offer, at first very sceptical as it seemed to good to be true, however we were pleasantly surprised on what a great deal and experience it was. We have sailed before with other companies before so knew what we wanted and would expect from a good cruise and the staff and ship did not disappoint. Our room on deck five outside view was very roomy and had a very good size bathroom. The food in the restaurant was all very good and plentiful. The entertainment was very good although we didn't think the speakers were very interesting. It would have been nice to have had some movies on the days we were at sea rather than days in port as we were out on excursions. We Would recommend the Magellan and looking forward to our next cruise with CMV . Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I genuinely believe most of the negative feedback on this cruise to be very harsh/pickie...but everyone is allowed their opinion, so here is mine/ours. Firstly embarkation/disembarkation - Fine, particularly getting on the ship....well ... Read More
I genuinely believe most of the negative feedback on this cruise to be very harsh/pickie...but everyone is allowed their opinion, so here is mine/ours. Firstly embarkation/disembarkation - Fine, particularly getting on the ship....well apart from a small issue with security about my Skean Dhu...Scottish Sock knife. I took my kilt for the formal nights and when our bags went through the security x-rays obvious concerns were raised. This episode was more funny than inconvenient and when you think about it....my fault!! After that we sailed (sorry) through embarkation. Disembarkation was more time consuming so if on a tight schedule consider using the express service. But it was a glorious day when we arrived back in Tilbury so we just waited our turn and enjoyed the company of a couple of sisters who had been on the cruise. The Ship - Lovely! Apparently old but clean and well maintained. I have nothing to compare it to as this was our first cruise...but I really liked the the Magellan and her crew. The ship was immaculately clean...staff constantly cleaning...constantly....I mean constantly!!! I am sure other ships have better, do different and are bigger, faster and prettier but the Magellan is a lovely ship with a fantastic crew. Dining - Breakfast: not my priority meal of the day...I'd rather sleep/relax my way into the day rather than chase breakfast. As far as the quality of the food at breakfast...this was probably the most disappointing thing. Sausages...blah...bacon as usual when you leave home even more blah. I generally stuck with fresh fruit or the meats/cheeses. TIP...if you are happy with a buttered roll or some fruit and tea/coffee then order room service...it's free and prompt. Lunch: Reasonable varied selection of hot and cold foods, they seem to like making variations of Bread/Butter pudding so watch the hips!! A bit of a challenge to get a seat in the Bistro but we considered that part of the hunt!! As a kinda cafe/bistro style thing I think it was fine. Dinners - I loved every meal we had. I find the criticism of the portions astonishing as I am a big lad with a strong appetite and not quite so far into my senior years as most of the passengers. Individually the portions may not be as big...but the evening meal is 5 courses...eat them all and you are good!! I never had one desert as I am not a sweet person (shut it wife) and I never left hungry. And if you are not having all the courses and are feeling particularly hungry...ask for extra mains...not a problem and no extra cost..shhh.... There were a couple of theme nights thrown in also which were nice. Our waiters were superb and very accommodating to all our needs/requests. Entertainment and Activities: Hmmm this was OK. Kind of Butlins holiday park style but with a far better looking Theatre. I suspect the older audience enjoyed it more. The entertainment team were absolute professionals and gave it their all with some great voices and attitude. The musicians and dancers also were very good. The quizzes and other activities...well remember that not all of your passengers are over 70 years old!! Questions about 1942 radio shows and tv...gimme a chance guv!! This would be my only real complaint about the cruise...please remember CMV, that not all your passengers will be 70+ although I do appreciate that the majority are and you are catering to the majority. For everyone's info my wife and I are 49 and knew full well what we were getting into on this cruise...we researched thoroughly. The subject matters of the lectures by the guest speakers was dreadful and of no interest to us whatsoever. Maybe that is an age thing...and Bridge is not our thing either. All in all the entertainment was ok but the team were lovely and I agree with other comments made that it was a nice touch when they mingled after shows and chatted to their audience. The Disco had no point at all. Virtually empty and a DJ that was better a ruining an atmosphere than generating one. The best night in the Disco was the Karaoke night but when that evening finished and the dj had a chance to play to his audience...he only succeeded in emptying the place in record time...you would have thought it was an evacuation!! The boy was as sharp as a beach ball !!! I believe the disco is being turned into another bar for next season...probably best but a shame. Service - Well what can I say but sorry to those who criticise, you are way too fussy...it was OUTSTANDING. From boarding to departure. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone. I will single out some people...Sasha our room maid...a lovely girl. Waiting staff Than and Pavlo...good lads always wanting and able to help....entertainment staff...Tony, and Katie...professional, lovely, fun people and interested in your comments..Bar staff...Ivan, George...and..damn I may get this wrong..Valery, a big Ukrainian lad all in the Captains club/bar and lastly the fantastic Kristina...outstanding friendly, happy and genuinely nice young lady. Nothing too much for this girl!! Although we had the pleasure of her last voyage as she was going home with her savings to help in the family fishing shop!! She made our holiday so much more enjoyable. Next...Ports and Excursions - If I didn't have great things to say about these I would look pretty silly. Surely everyone who picked this cruise..researched the hell out of it. Nothing to complain about here...My wife and I were a bit more able than some of the folks so decided to do our on things when we arrived at the various ports...Never paid for the excursions except in St Petersberg. Copenhagen: Wonderful (sorry)....a lovely place. Don't do the open top tours...not value for money at all. Town is a nice walking distance away and you can walk past the Little Mermaid on the way. Beautiful city center with many great sculptures, buildings old and new. If not fed up with water...do the canal tour from the center of town...5 Euros and well worth it for 1 hour. Warnemunde: Beautiful town with a fantastic beach. Never signed up for the 3hr each way trip to Berlin and instead planned to go to Rostock but never made it as Warnemunde was so nice!! Spent the whole day there. Loved it. Tallin - Again a beautiful town. Old town is lovely with some great buildings and a medieval wall that you can walk up and view the town from...3 euros for that privilege. A lot of development going on in the old town just now. St Petersberg - To see this you will be tied to the excursions, unless you get your own visas to do your own thing...at £150 each with a trip to the Russian embassy perhaps not worth it...but I'd argue this...I thought the ships excursions were over priced for what you got. Paying for the two full day excursions package was £250 each...and you are tied to what, when and how that trip goes whereas the visa gives you your own time to do what you want...maybe book a room in St P...just a thought folks. The city itself while viewing from coaches and canal boats like we did is fantastic. Vodka at the dock duty free is a great price btw...just saying. Helsinki - Beautiful city and I really liked it. Very modern and old at the same time. Lovely market just near the docks and then further in town all the latest fashions and brands you could ask for. Nynashamn - again we opted not to bother with the 1hr journey very early in the morning to Stockholm...perhaps a mistake. The wee town was lovely and the surrounding area was picturesque, but there wasn't much open to satisfy the visiting tourists in my opinion. We did have a nice few hours just wandering but consider Stockholm. I do not understand the reviews that complain that this town was expensive or that town was to hilly and not user friendly. Do your research folks...yes Russia and Helsinki were expensive...I new that three days after we booked our cruise and budgeted accordingly. It is not CMV's fault the this country is expensive and that country is hilly. As I said earlier my wife and I are 49...well she's 50 now....sorry Debs and were among the youngest on the ship which was a concern of mine. I must take a moment and thanks our fellow evening table guests in the Kensington Restaurant...Kris & Jackie and Linton & Anne...lovely couples and you made or holiday so much more fun...thanks for your company. I would say that CMV could just spare some thought that not all your cruisers are 70+ but all in all my wife and I loved the cruise and had a wonderful time. Would I recommend this cruise to others...of course!! I already have!! Would I cruise with CMV and the Magellan again...absolutely can't wait for the next time we see you all again. Would we pick this itinerary again, yep again whats not to love about these countries and we certainly never seen all of there is to them. I hope you find this review helpful folks...great cruise...but that's just my opinion!! Oh I nearly forgot to mention the drinks package!! If you are fond of a wee drink this is excellent value...£400 and odd quid for the two of us....And we burned that up....I added up our receipts and we spent a whole lot more than that so we got our moneys worth...and some!! Great value for money....£17 a day...lol....hic!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Magellan Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 3.0 3.2
Public Rooms 4.0 3.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 2.9
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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