5 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Norwegian Fjords from London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)

Embarkation was to say the least chaotic, headless chickens come into mind. However we got on board and started our holiday. Have cruised before and this was the worst, not bad however and had we not cruised before our expectations may ... Read More
Embarkation was to say the least chaotic, headless chickens come into mind. However we got on board and started our holiday. Have cruised before and this was the worst, not bad however and had we not cruised before our expectations may not have been so high. Layout of ship is weird, if you dine in the Waldorf restaurant, we had no choice, you have to go past restaurant level, onto floor 9, and then back down to floor 8, not good for the less agile diners, or wheelchair users. We didn,t use any of the organsied excursions, but chose to do our own thing whilst on shore. This saved us as a couple well over £150.00, all similar excursions are available independantly onshore. You have been warned. When going ashore in Andalsnes, the exit was on level 5, the gangway was VERY steep, therefore less mobile people struggled to get off, causing huge congestion. In my mind it was Dangerous! People wanted to get off to catch their excusion buses or trains and were getting frustrated. It took the crew a long while to get passengers off, until they decided to open a door on level 3. This should have been done in the 1st. instance. The staff seemed to be in a complete panic as to what to do. All of the staff do their best, but sometimes their poor English language makes it difficult to get understood. All in all not a bad cruise, they do their best to keep your holiday pleasant, entertainment quite amatuerish, but I suppose you do get what you pay for. This is not P&O or Cunard. Doubful if I will use this company again Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
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 a hold up as the last trip had arrived back late so there was a two hour of the ship trying to play catch up. After that slight hiccup everything was super. Our cabin, an inner was roomy, very comfortable beds, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and the bathroom a decent size. The food on the ship was lovely, though we heard grumbling a of 'small portions' there was 5 courses every evening...how much do people really want to eat. Breakfast, plenty of choice from continental to full English. Breakfast not being long over then lunch, again something for everyone. Afternoon tea from 3ish...who could possibly eat any more? The staff on board we met were all very friendly, happy to chat and a pleasure to talk to. We were undecided as to take the drinks package...we did and when we cruise again we would probably not use the drinks package as the drinks were on par with UK pub prices. So unless you drink quite a lot, it's probably cheaper to pay for drinks as you go. We took a couple of the trips, but we all felt that the trips we took, could have been booked and arrange very easily independently, just do a bit of homework before you travel. Around the ship all he areas are spotlessly clean, there seems to be a staff member cleaning all the time. The ship,is immaculate. Not really sure why the ratings are only three star...we will certainly book again...loved every moment....well done! Don't worry about the negative reviews on the Magellan....we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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
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 friendly and polite! The entertainment was brilliant and the comedian was very good indeed. I'd never had a cocktail before, but now I think that they're lovely!! The musical entertainment was superb, especially the pianist and the violinist. There was also a large number of shore excursions to choose from. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The Captain went around and spoke to people, which we thought was very nice and he seemed a really nice guy. All of the staff worked incredibly hard and they were always very attentive and smartly dressed. All in all a superb cruising experience and we would go again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After dropping luggage off at car park at terminal we parked car and came back to terminal. Quick and easy to board Magellan liked being taken to our up-graded cabin on deck 6. Luggage outside door. Excellent service everywhere. Food and ... Read More
After dropping luggage off at car park at terminal we parked car and came back to terminal. Quick and easy to board Magellan liked being taken to our up-graded cabin on deck 6. Luggage outside door. Excellent service everywhere. Food and service fantastic. Dina our cabin steward always around with a smile and a greetin. Sai our waiter in restaurant was also always smiling. Always got a table for breakfast in bistro and lots of choice breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea!!! Went for evening meal once to bistro but was upset at lack of choice. Entertainment was OK but first week of shows so would hopefully get better. Saw comedian Gerry Graham from Yorkshire and one of his jokes mentioned where we lived!!! Richard Sykes entertainment director also from Yorkshire was also good and enthusiastic!!! All in all a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I booked this cruise just ten days before departure, and was stupid enough to read the reviews after booking. Must say I was dreading the experience as all the reviews were extremely negative. Anyway I think I must have been on the wrong ... Read More
I booked this cruise just ten days before departure, and was stupid enough to read the reviews after booking. Must say I was dreading the experience as all the reviews were extremely negative. Anyway I think I must have been on the wrong ship. Despite some difficulty getting the tickets due to my late booking I found the the cruise to be a wonderful experience. Our luggage was taken from us at Tilbury car park and returned outside our cabin on board ship. Our cabin an outside one on deck 6 was emmaculate. The crossing was smooth and the food was of excellent quality and plentiful. The crew were so polite and helpful at every juncture particularly Dina our cabin steward who was always bright and sunny and our waiters in the Waldorf restaurant Shelfii and Serhii. Alright the entertainment wasn't West End quality but it was made up for with enthusiasm. If you are going on a cruise for the first time don't lay the negative reviews put you off. Go with an open mind and I'm sure you will be positively surprised. After all you can't please all of the people all of the time. Will certainly book again with this company on board this ship. Should add this is the first time I've ever been compelled to write a review about anything. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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 3.0
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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