19 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan Family Cruise Reviews

This is the fourth cruise we have been on, with various lines and destinations. Departed Liverpool, seemlessly, and cruised to Dublin, then on to the Shetlands and then to the Norwegian Fjords. It does amaze me how nit-picking some ... Read More
This is the fourth cruise we have been on, with various lines and destinations. Departed Liverpool, seemlessly, and cruised to Dublin, then on to the Shetlands and then to the Norwegian Fjords. It does amaze me how nit-picking some people are. This was a great value cruise - we weren't paying Cunard prices, and we were taking our two kids. The Magellan was very well run and extremely friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, and the food in the buffet was very good with plenty of variety (our children loved it) and the restaurants were excellent. Ivan and Oleksandr, our waiters each night were outstanding, and the food was beautifully presented, very slickly served, and the restaturant itself spacious and comfortable. Indeed the whole ship was very spacious, and at no point did we ever feel remotely crowded. Although the clientele were mostly aged 70+, there were enough families on board to make sure it didn't feel like a floating care home. The crew had put on some super activities for families and children, and really went the extra mile. Our cabin was clean, comfortable, and our steward excellent. We purchased four excursions, and while they weren't cheap, they were very well run and we thoroughly enjoyed them all. The Norwegian Fjords are breathtaking, and make sure you visit the Oil Museum in Stavangar - absolutely brilliant and you will love it. Ignore the whingers, some people are never happy. This was a great cruise, on a nice ship, with an really hardworking and conscientious crew. Well done C&MV. We'll not hesitate to travel with you again. AP Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I have just returned from the Hidden Baltic treasures cruise. Not our first cruise with CMV and various other companies. Embarkation was good. Our cabin 7073 was very nice and kept well cleaned by our cabin steward Alleyna who ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from the Hidden Baltic treasures cruise. Not our first cruise with CMV and various other companies. Embarkation was good. Our cabin 7073 was very nice and kept well cleaned by our cabin steward Alleyna who was very helpful and pleasant. We travelled on the Magellan last year to the Northern Lights and I must say that the ship has gone down hill since then. The food in the Raffles Grill at breakfast was good but people stay at the tables after their breakfast and it is hard at times to find a table. We were seated in the Kensington Restaurant (2nd sitting). The food served was not as good as last year and several times had to be returned as it was cold. This applies to us and others on our table. The two waiters that we had on our table were very good. We were on a table of eight and had a great time with the other guests. We went to the Indian fusion twice and will say it was excellent and very good value. Now the bad points. Why do CMV seem to think that everyone over 65 likes classical music. In the bar at the Kensington restaurant before dinner there was a violinist and a pianist playing classical music. In one of the bars early evening there was a guitarist playing Spanish music in my opinion very badly. Guest lecturers talking about art, Quizzes, game shows ,nit and natter, carpet bowls and painting made up the daytime so called entertainment then there were the shows . I have never seen such a load of out of tune and out of sync dancers and singers on any ship that we have been on,the shows were terrible. This is not only my opinion. We met others who said the entertainment was DIRE, who walked out shortly after it started. There were at least another half a dozen couples who said the same thing This ship needs to liven up its act and realise that just because a lot of people are elderly they cant enjoy a bit of lively music to dance to earlier than 11pm. I am 74 and find it boring. Shore excursions very expensive. Would we travel on CMV again, possibly. but not the Magellan. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I booked because I wanted to go to the Scilly Isles. The other stops also looked good. My daughter wanted to re-visit Guernsey. The five ports all held interest for us. When we got on board I noticed a leaflet on my bed regarding a ... Read More
I booked because I wanted to go to the Scilly Isles. The other stops also looked good. My daughter wanted to re-visit Guernsey. The five ports all held interest for us. When we got on board I noticed a leaflet on my bed regarding a shore visit to Cherbourg, this was not a port on our itinerary and I panicked thinking we were on the wrong boat. Then I saw there was a change of ports, due to bad weather. We were being taken to Cherbourg and Portsmouth instead of The Scilly Isles and Guernsey. To my mind the only reason to go to Cherbourg is to get off a car ferry and head straight out. Well as for Portsmouth, only an hour away from home and another place very low on the want to visit list. It beggars belief that the cruise line thinks these were a good exchange. The cruise line knew of the change before we boarded. They should have offered a refund before sailing if had wished one. To make matters worse the French dockers were on strike and we never got to Rouen. Only two ports were of interest. Had we known about the change we would not have gone on this cruise. Such a disappointment, it ruined our holiday. The cruise line we felt had "made us prisoners" we were certainly taken places against our will. The ship itself held a mixture of feelings. We had to sort out problems. There were two cabins booked for myself, daughter and grandchildren. Yet they put us on different sittings, so we had to alter that. The cabins were very hot and that had to be seen to. The toilet in my cabin blocked three times and on a fourth time it flooded. The cabin was very noisy, a large notice at reception said the boat was full and there would be no changing of cabins. I and my daughter are very heavy sleepers, but we were kept awake most of the night, and my daughter ended up like a bear with a sore tooth. The food was reasonable, but not for foodies. The shows were for a mixture of tastes and some, especially the Easter Panto, were very enjoyable. The staff were all very polite and helpful with smiles (except the reception desk, no smiles there) The cocktails were nothing 'to write home about', had much better on other cruise lines. I asked for some monetary compensation but the cruise line will not give me any. That would have helped to sweeten the bitter taste. Therefore this is not a cruise line I shall use again, and certainly will not recommend, in fact I shall advise against them. Had we been aboard and the weather worsened so we could not go to our chosen destinations I may have felt a little sympathetic, but they knew before we got on and could have said something. Very dishonest. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The date of sailing and port suited my family and myself. Slight hickup on boarding. Cabin was comfortable. Could be better with a kettle in the room. Dining room was remarkable. Staff were pleasant,friendly, professional and only willing ... Read More
The date of sailing and port suited my family and myself. Slight hickup on boarding. Cabin was comfortable. Could be better with a kettle in the room. Dining room was remarkable. Staff were pleasant,friendly, professional and only willing to help. We had a cold and they willingly provided honey and lemon at dinner.All the meals were of a high quality and most tasty and flavoursome. We had the best lamb curry which was prepared by the executive chef. On the whole, we had a wonderful time and will travel on the ship again.We tried to have meals in the restuarants as it helped to save time finding a table. Choice of meals were wide ranging and special diets were catered for. Entertainment was adequate during the day and evening shows were wonderful. Exiting the ship was made simple by friendly staff and there was a shuttle bus provided for one of the cities visied. All the cities were wonderful, as well as the trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords with out two sons, which was planned as possibly our last family holiday. it was booked on the basis of value and location. Overall we all really enjoyed our holiday on Magellan, especially the ... Read More
This was a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords with out two sons, which was planned as possibly our last family holiday. it was booked on the basis of value and location. Overall we all really enjoyed our holiday on Magellan, especially the exemplary standard of food and service we received in the restaurant and elsewhere. In particular, I must praise our waiting staff, Roy and Miu, for their attentiveness and their friendly efficient conduct. My one Son, who travelled with us, works in a Michelin listed restaurant and felt that the service they offered would meet the standards expected in his restaurant. Unfortunately, two issues impacted on our enjoyment of the cruise. First, my wife and I were given room 5176. Whenever the boat was under power there was a dreadful noise in this room. Interestingly, when we walked along the corridor this noise completely disappeared a few cabins further forward of us. The level of noise was such that it was almost impossible to sleep. When my wife raised this issue with reception she was told that since the ship was fully booked we would be unable to change cabins. They did give us earplugs, which did enable us to have improved sleep; however, the earplugs gave my wife earache and left me with mild deafness. The level of disturbance that we experienced does mean that we would find it difficult to book with Cruise and Maritime again. Second, on boarding the ship we purchased the All-Inclusive Drinks package for all four of us, including a reduced price package for our older son who does not drink alcohol. Unfortunately, on the first night when our younger son (dob 13 June 1999) attempted to order a drink he was refused. The Maître D’hotel in the restaurant cited that this was because the ship was registered in the Bahamas Bahaman law applied. On the first evening the problem was resolved by my wife signing to give consent for him to drink alcohol. The matter was eventually sorted out by reception on the Sunday evening when my wife showed them the small-print in the advert for the All-Inclusive package, which clearly stated ‘...Offer only available to passengers aged 18+’. Although I appreciate that maritime laws are somewhat complex, the above raises a number of issues. First, it was very disappointing that people in management positions were not fully aware of the terms of the All-Inclusive drinks package. Second, from a simplistic position we had assumed that since the boat was sailing from the UK to Norway, but was actually in a British port when the issue was raised, that the alcohol laws of these countries would apply. Finally, and of major concern to my wife and I as people who have been involved in safeguarding of young people, was the notion of parental consent. Since he was eighteen he no-longer needed to seek our consent for anything that he did. Thus, the consent that my wife gave had no legal basis and the asking of such consent could be construed as an infringement of his rights. Luckily our relationship with our son is very good and asking for consent did not create a problem. However, both of us have been involved with young adults where asking for such consent would erode trust between the parent and child. At a practical level, by the time the issue had been resolved, the continual discussion of this issue whenever he wanted a drink caused my wife and I considerable annoyance and our son embarrassment: two emotions that are not really appropriate on a holiday. The combination of both of the above does mean that Cruise and Maritime will not be particularly high on out list of companies for future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
An e mail dropped into my inbox with an exceptional offer 6 weeks before this cruise & it was the first time I had seen it advertised it just had to be done!! Suzie Quatro, Troggs, Manfreds, Animals, Slade, Big Country, Jam & many ... Read More
An e mail dropped into my inbox with an exceptional offer 6 weeks before this cruise & it was the first time I had seen it advertised it just had to be done!! Suzie Quatro, Troggs, Manfreds, Animals, Slade, Big Country, Jam & many more the entertainment was fantastic & future cruises will be a little quiet in comparison. Embarkation in Newcastle was a breeze it took all of 15 minutes which is the fastest ever (this was cruise number 13 & 6 different cruise lines) We were shown straight to our cabin which was lovely we normally have to find it ourselves & our cases were already there. The cabin was spacious & comfortable (6206 superior single inner) Although its called a single It had a queen size bed which was 2 pushed together & space for 2 people it caused much confusion before we sailed as I had seen a photo online with a single with upper bunk!! We had dinner in the Waldorf restaurant & were superbly looked after by James & Aung they went above & beyond & really made us feel special, the food was amazing & among the best that we have had at sea, 5 courses to choose from, well cooked & presented & always hot. The Entertainment was spectacular we haven't stopped talking about it this was a different cruise to normal so can't comment on the usual entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
A Cruise from Newcastle to Iceland taking in Faroe Isles, Shetland and Orkney. Booked into a superior plus single cabin 7181, very comfortable, spacious and clean. Tea and coffee facilities provided. Stewart friendly, helpful and very ... Read More
A Cruise from Newcastle to Iceland taking in Faroe Isles, Shetland and Orkney. Booked into a superior plus single cabin 7181, very comfortable, spacious and clean. Tea and coffee facilities provided. Stewart friendly, helpful and very efficient in maintaining cleanliness. Thank you. Food superb at each meal, well presented and so varied allowing all diets to be met. Enjoyed the craft/art activities, lectures on days at sea. While most shows in the evening involved extremely talented dancers, instrumentalists and singers. The Russian evening would not have looked out of place on Drury Lane. Excursions catered for all interests and abilities. Only downside could not visit both the glacier and blue lagoon! Maybe mean a second visit! Did not make use of gym or Library. As a dreaded smoker, facilities provided to enjoy a cigarette with a drink but as at 60 degrees north could have done with a outdoor heater in the evenings!! Although we are now in the minority there were a large number of friendly passengers who needed these facilities. All together a superb holiday and value for price paid. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We booked this 6 months before departure so paid c. £3500 for 4 of us. Last minute passengers can pay much less (£500-600 each) and I imagine CMV struggle to break even. I had no problem with the price. Embarkation at Liverpool was ... Read More
We booked this 6 months before departure so paid c. £3500 for 4 of us. Last minute passengers can pay much less (£500-600 each) and I imagine CMV struggle to break even. I had no problem with the price. Embarkation at Liverpool was extremely efficient. Greenock and Lerwick were dreary places so you will need to arrange excursions. I would do this in advance or you may have to use CMV tours at a price. These small places are not equipped to cater for independent tours especially if another cruise ship arrives at the same time. We enjoyed the Faroe Islands, Kirkwall and Tobermoray was pretty but simply a small harbour. The evening meals on the ship were very good - lots of choice for everyone. Breakfasts less acceptable and a bit of a scrum. There is an a la carte option at breakfast which is less choice but more peaceful. We usually had lunch at our port destination but there was a buffet on board, pizza and a burger bar. There are hundreds of staff on board from around the world and they were all exceptionally helpful and it seemed a happy ship on the face of it. They are obviously very reliant on tips so worth remembering that. The evening entertainment was enthusiastic and had its moments - some good and also excruciating. Didn't expect too much! It was mainly fun. Contrary to popular belief cruises are not really suitable for the very elderly/ infirm unless they remain on board all day! Even then disembarking is stressful as is the emergency drill (lifts out of action both times and many stairs to climb). Also bear in mind that the boats may drop anchor outside small ports and it is then necessary to reach shore on small tender boats - very difficult for the elderly. Finally do think about disembarkation and onward travel. The final port may be miles from the rail station (eg Newcastle) and taxis can be limited Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
About us. We are a mid aged couple and quite new to cruising this being our third cruise. We always read the reviews so it's important to write our own, sorry if it's long but I like to try and include as much info as I can ... Read More
About us. We are a mid aged couple and quite new to cruising this being our third cruise. We always read the reviews so it's important to write our own, sorry if it's long but I like to try and include as much info as I can and include details I have not seen on other reviews. I am experienced at writing reviews and it's what I do when I go away and I use another site for hotels rather than this cruise site. THE SHIP It was built in 1985 but it has been updated. OUR ROOM We we in room 6197 so please don't think all rooms are like this. If you look at the ships plan it's the biggest room on the ship but it's a inside cabin. I think it's intended for family's as it's a suite. Who needs a widow when you have two rooms and wardrobe's. The room was just as expected, it was a little dark for me and I would of preferred brighter lights. I take a torch on all holidays and this was needed for me to arrange my hair. RESTAURANT We were booked into the Waldorf and the early sitting which suited us. We had dinner then watched the entertainment. The dinner menu was five courses if you wanted them all. We could not fault the restaurant the staff and food were great. One tip is to ask not to sit in the booth type seating this was far too tight for us to fit between the table and chair. The round tables are much better, we chose to seat with other guests. Seating as a couple is an option but we loved chatting to other guests. BARS All are great, we had the all inclusive drinks package which cost £17 and for us this was great value. I do not drink that much but for me the non alcoholic beer was just tight. SWIMMING POOL On the cruise we were on we were told the pools were out of use as we had no cruise days. I hope I can add the photo to show how poor the pool was when we go on the ship. It was cleaned the next day but this was poor of them to leave the pool in such a poor state. The two jacuzzi's were bubbling away but not heated. Such a shame we would of used the pools and jacuzzi's. STAFF Friendly enough but the poor English was an issue, many things were lost in transaction. ENTERTAINMENT Some of the entertainment is dia but mostly we thought it was ok. You have to take in account its not a big ship so has not the budget of a big ship. Often the entertainment in the tavern was fun. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise as it was departing from Dublin so no flying needed for us! We had 2 wheelchair users with myself and my husband. Embarkation We arrived in plenty of time. Only downside is the port has no parking at the berth ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was departing from Dublin so no flying needed for us! We had 2 wheelchair users with myself and my husband. Embarkation We arrived in plenty of time. Only downside is the port has no parking at the berth they used for Magellan so my husband had to drop us off and drive up to Terminal 1 to park. Basic tent and fold-up chairs greeted us. It was bit tough getting the wheelchairs up the wooden ramps but I got there! Bags where whisked away very swiftly. Check-in was fast, we had all documentation ready, we had our photo taken and checked-in within ten minutes. Then the trouble started. We had to get the wheelchair users out of the wheelchairs (they can walk just very slowly) and walk them up the "ramp" onboard. This ramp consisted of extremely treacherous metal steps that were upright so you had to step over each one up to the top. Slow going and nerve-wrecking for an elderly person already a bit self-conscious of walking slowly! wheelchairs were ready after we scanned through. My husband had 1 wheelchair user up ahead of me and so got on first, rather than allowing them to wait for me and my charge. As a consequence they were shown to the room and we were stranded. I had to ask to be shown. Staff were unorganised and some rude, they just ignored you, or in my case, left the wheelchair behind a rail I couldn't get to and had to ask for it to be brought in to me. CABINS We had 2 interior cabins. One was an L configuration to allow the two folding wheelchairs in. Plenty of space, tv, storage and ensuite. Our cabin was double bed configuration and this does make the room appear smaller but still useful. Mirrors make the room lighter. Not enough power points. Cabin steward very attentive and on one occasion, came tot he rescue when one relative fell out of bed he rang us straight away and we got her up. All was ok. He asked how she was every time he saw her after that! ENTERTAINMENT Poor. There really was very little going on. A few singers, a band that played the same every night. Bingo and activities conducted by bored staff so really was a waste. Shows in main lounge was boring most nights, the comedian was good but short (no idea why people reported it was offensive!) trying to get a good seating area free from poles and suitable for wheelchairs was a nightmare. EXCURSIONS None were suitable for wheelchairs on this cruise due to that bloody ramp. The fright they got going up the ramp at the start put them off ever going back down it unless it was the last time! So we could only really go on 1 excursion, Hornfleur. Myself and my husband got the free shuttle up to the town center and saw the sights ourselves. Very nice shopping areas, architecture etc. We watched the rest of the excursion disembarkation from the deck as most where by tender. All I can say is that if I was anyway nervous or on a stick I would probably never sail again!! They manhandled poor old dears like luggage! Shocking. FOOD The restaurant was very good, made all the better for our table servers. The first night he hand cut the steak for our relative and then fed it to her like some Roman Villa scene. She laughed and it was just perfect hosting, knowing boundaries and politeness, not being pushy etc. Just super. We ate dinner here every night and were never disappointed. The buffet is just a bit too much like a canteen. All breakfasts and lunches similar, no atmosphere. SPA Prices similar to other cruiselines. Was disappointed not to have been shown to the relaxation area or thermal area after my treatments. The first treatment was a full body massage & facial. This was amazing. I cannot remember his name now but it was a deep but not sore massage, the way a massage should be. As a bodywork therapist myself, it surprises me how few therapists know not to dig deep for the sake of it but rather pay attention to the muscles and perform deep massage when the client is ready. This stops the treatment from turning into torture! The second treatment was a hot stone massage. I enjoyed this but not as much as the other package. Again I was given no tour, no access to the other areas of the spa and no add-ons recommended or specials. BARS We noticed the English pub had a bar menu on embarkation day but the next day the menu was gone. Maybe it only runs on certain routes? It looked a nice lunch menu of pies, stews, sandwiches etc. and would've been nice to try for a change. Drinks prices similar to at home, we had the drinks package and it was well worth the price. TIP: ask for Smirnoff instead of Vodka, for some reason my husband would get double measures instead of a single measure. Same happened to me when I asked for Bacardi. They do ask for cards for all in the group to make sure everyone is paying what they should. This was sometimes extremely rude when we got drinks but our relatives had tea or coffee. The supervisor made a big deal out of how they didn't have the package and needed the cards....she has arthritis and was struggling to get the card at time of ordering but cards where all on the table for anyone to check from then on. The sinatra lounge was always packed and had piano or jazz music in the evenings. The casino is tiny with about 20 machines, a blackjack table and roulette. Its on the main thoroughfare. Overall, I felt it was a glorified ferry. I had hoped it would feel like a small cruise ship but no, it felt like going on the sea ferry across to England just without my car! We definitely wouldn't do this cruiseline again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My Daughter, her husband, my Wife and I spent three nights on the Magellen for a short Christmas Cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp, we had a nice time but it could have been so much better. Transfer from the long stay car park was very ... Read More
My Daughter, her husband, my Wife and I spent three nights on the Magellen for a short Christmas Cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp, we had a nice time but it could have been so much better. Transfer from the long stay car park was very quick, as was check in, the baggage arrived at the cabin within 15 minutes. A very good start. The ship has a good balance of communal areas, bars and shops, all very clean and spotless. Sinatra’s became our choice as the new English Tavern (replacing the nightclub) played very loud rock music most of the time, not our choice when we wanted to talk to each other. Service was good and fairly prompt, one thing we noticed was the charge for a mixer drink was the price of a can/bottle rather than a splash, if you have a vodka and coke ask for the can and add your own splash. other drinks were reasonably priced. We had a Superior cabin on deck six, it was very spacious and clean. The cabin attendant was not very attentive but he was very friendly, I am sure if we needed anything he would have helped. The downside for us was the quality of the dinning. We were placed in the Waldorf restaurant, which on appearance looked very nice, but unfortunately the quality of the food and the service is on a par with one/two star dinning. The evening “fine dining” experience (6 courses) is delivered at speed, just over an hour, and thrown at you from all angles. I don’t think they know of service from the left, dishes were delivered across table, stretched across other dinners and delivered to hand in some instance. The quality matched the service, pasta was gloopy and could be cut into slices, sauces had films of oil on them and meat very dry. Breakfast had the usual extensive choice but looked like it had been thrown onto the serving dishes. The Waldorf had the slowest omelette cook I have encountered, using one small frying pan rather than a grill. Breakfast on disembarkation morning was chaos in every restaurant, the ship cannot cope with everyone arriving for food at once. Not enough seating, cutlery or cups, I didn’t get a chance to experience if there was enough food. Everybody had to vacate their cabins by 7am, if they staggered checkout this might avoid this problem. Leaving the ship was straightforward and hassle free, it didn’t look like anybody paid attention to the disembarkation time slot but queues did keep moving and transfer busses were frequent. My first impressions of the Magellan were very good, unfortunately the quality of the dinning service and food would drive me mad on a sailing any longer than three days. In fact, if I had paid full cabin price I would be complaining formally rather than adding a review. This is such a shame for what is a nice cruising environment and a very pleasant ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We paid around £500 per person for our 7-night ‘Autumn Fjordland’ cruise. This is a cheap cruise. We generally cruise in a large party of 7 and we were only able to coordinate leave to be available to go away in the last week of ... Read More
We paid around £500 per person for our 7-night ‘Autumn Fjordland’ cruise. This is a cheap cruise. We generally cruise in a large party of 7 and we were only able to coordinate leave to be available to go away in the last week of September. Due to this and a number of other considerations, this Magellan cruise was our only option. As we usually go with P&O, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity we felt some degree of trepidation about our first CMV holiday. We were prepared for it to fall short of our usual expectations and it did - but not by that much! Check-in/embarkation was good, quick – probably better than I’d had before. I found the cabin to be pretty spacious and well appointed. My only complaints here would be that the TV signal was unreliable for the majority of the cruise and I wasn’t a fan of there being a separate room key card (in addition to the cruise card). We purchased the drinks package and I have to say this was brilliant value for us. We like a drink when onboard and at £17 a day the package cut our bar bills in half – or even more on one or two days. The cocktail choice in particular is pretty exhaustive. The food at dinner was very good and we found our waiters to be attentive. Our wine waiter was particularly good. Knowing that we all had the drinks package, he would be at your shoulder to replenish your drink as soon as your glass was empty. There was a decent selection at breakfast and lunch, but finding a table was a challenge – even with our party broken up into couples. However I would say that this has often been the case on other much larger ships I’ve been on. I was disappointed that the breakfast in the à la carte restaurant was the same buffet as upstairs – and not a la carte with table service as I’d come to expect from other lines. People have complained in a number of reviews about the variety of food available at lunch. While this was not a ‘around the world’ buffet, there were a few different choices and they were generally pretty tasty. Quizzing is usually a big part of our cruise holidays and CMV was a mixed bag in this respect. We liked that they’d have a minimum of 2 quizzes a day, but they were too short and generally too easy. 20 quick-fire questions. From start to finish, the quiz took about 15 minutes. The winning score would generally be 18 or 19 out of 20. Particularly obscure questions were often ruined by the quizmaster offering up a clue. I realise that this area may not be of relevance to many people. Anyone who is used to cruising on the likes of P&O, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity etc will find the distribution of bars and entertainment facilities across the ship to be odd. Most public areas seemed to be concentrated in the centre/upper decks of the ship – rather than having a mix of cabins and bars, shops, lounges etc throughout. The lack of atrium is part of this. Though there were ample bars for the number of passengers, the lack of journey between them made the ship feel a bit cramped and nowhere in particular felt like a destination. I don’t think I could have done more than a week for this reason. I usually come home from a cruise with an element of regret that I wasn’t able to see the whole ship – this certainly didn’t happen this time. This was my partner’s first cruise. As I’m only 24, I figure I’ve got about another 50 years of potential cruising left in me. I was anxious that she should have a good time so that we might go on many more in future. I think she did, but there were a few occasions where I found myself apologising for the ship and saying things like “on a proper cruise …”. Would I recommend CMV to those looking for a ‘once in a lifetime’ ‘holiday to remember’ type experience? No. But it’s definitely a good option for regular cruisers who are looking for a decent standard on the cheap. Be warned, though, if you are used to larger ship cruising you will notice the difference. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Embarkation to Tilbury was quick and efficient. Only problem was the queue waiting to get in to the car park in Tilbury Docks. Once in, cases disappeared and we were on the bus to the cruise terminal. Once on board we were shown to our ... Read More
Embarkation to Tilbury was quick and efficient. Only problem was the queue waiting to get in to the car park in Tilbury Docks. Once in, cases disappeared and we were on the bus to the cruise terminal. Once on board we were shown to our cabin and our luggage turned up outside our door before we had had time to look round. First class. This is our 6th cruise with C&MV but the first on the Magellan. On the good old M P for the first 5. As with our previous cruises the cabin was bright and clean and was kept that way throughout our voyage. The public areas of the ship are also always kept very clean. We ate in the Waldorf and the choice of food and service was first class. Waiters very attentive and efficient. Some nights we ate in Raffles, where again the menu was excellent. Only on one night the waiters failed to clear our starter dishes and then main dishes, so before our dessert I took the dirty plates to their work station. NOT very impressed. The shows are very professionally produced and very varied. If I have a complaint it is our fellow passengers. When we were at sea on the Friday and everyone was on board at meal times, in Raffles at lunch time.Two ladies sat at a table one reading a book the other doing a crossword. At no point did they get any food, and across from them 4 people sat playing Scrabble, again not eating. There are loads of places to read and play games,without taking tables up at meal times. Disembarkation was superb, we were due off at 10.15, into the baggage hall picked up cases onto bus, in car and back home at Peterborough by 12.30hrs All in all a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Two friends had booked the Norwegian Fjord cruise on the Magellan after seeing an advert in the Daily Telegraph. When we saw the itinerary we decided to join them as a late booking. Embarkation in Dundee was very quick and efficient ... Read More
Two friends had booked the Norwegian Fjord cruise on the Magellan after seeing an advert in the Daily Telegraph. When we saw the itinerary we decided to join them as a late booking. Embarkation in Dundee was very quick and efficient once we had arrived at the ship, our taxi driver got lost on the way to the quay, apparently cruising from Dundee is a new and fairly infrequent event. This was our tenth cruise with various other companies and non have equalled the quay to cabin luggage speed of CMV. Our cabin numbered 5172 was on the port side on deck 5 and was four from the stern, not where we would have selected but late bookers have no choice. We found the cabin accommodation to be very satisfactory, clean with a large picture window, plenty of hanging and drawer space, comfortable beds, a reasonably sized shower room and shower enclosure with soft lighting instead of the usual hard spotlights so prevalent on other ships. So far so good we thought. That was until the ship left the quay and started to pick up speed. Whilst still in the sound and under the control of the pilot a strange and persistent clanking noise began to make itself heard. We thought that this was a glitch which would be attended to but no. if anything it increased in volume when the open sea and cruising speed was reached. When we retired to bed it became glaringly obvious that sleep was out of the question so we contacted reception to report the noise. At first nothing was done, but on complaining again at about 2am a member of the crew came to listen and arranged for us to be moved temporarily to a "sleeping cabin". The following morning we were offered another outside cabin numbered 5054, situated amidships. Bliss, no noise whatsoever. Our friends, who were situated four cabins away from our original cabin also had to put up with the noise but when they complained they were given ear plugs! Another couple who were closer to the stern did succeed in getting moved. I checked the starboard side stern area corridor and found the noise to be there as well but the volume was a bit less. It is obvious that the Magellan has a problem which would appear to be with the propulsion system and this has the effect of making the last ten or so cabins on deck 5 suffer from a distressing amount of mechanical din. I cannot comment on other areas in the stern, it certainly could not be heard on deck 8 in the Waldorf Restaurant. Apart from this unfortunate shortcoming it has to be said that the Magellan is a very pleasant ship to cruise in. The staff were all attentive and polite, the food was very satisfactory with adequate choice, the whole of the ship was spotlessly clean, entertainment more than satisfactory allowing for the fairly small size and drinks reasonably priced. We did not encounter any rough seas so cannot comment on the sea worthiness, The ports of call were delightful and the shore excursions we took were enjoyable and well supervised. Would we cruise on the Magellan again? The answer is yes but we would make sure that we were well away from the stern especially on the lower decks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I have to say I do not usually write a review because I think it colours peoples opinion of the ship before they have tried it. But I feel compelled to let everyone know what a complete shambles the whole experience was. The ship is ... Read More
I have to say I do not usually write a review because I think it colours peoples opinion of the ship before they have tried it. But I feel compelled to let everyone know what a complete shambles the whole experience was. The ship is unstable and cannot cope with rough seas as the other liners I have been on has. The food was luke warm at best the entertainment was worse that a Karioke. The drinks package was not worth it unless you are both really heavy drinkers, we were getting other passengers drinks to use it up. They seem to cancel shedule ports of call quiet regularly which was very annoying. The cabins were clean and the cabin guys were very efficient. We made some awesome friends whilst on board which we are still in communication with so that was our highlight. This of course made our time on board great (nothing to do with the ship) So pay the extra money and cruise with P@O etc well worth the extra spend Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Having read some of the negative reviews about Magellan I can't say I was exactly looking forward to our recent trip but my fears were unfounded. From start to finish the cruise was absolutely amazing. Our arrival at the Tilbury ... Read More
Having read some of the negative reviews about Magellan I can't say I was exactly looking forward to our recent trip but my fears were unfounded. From start to finish the cruise was absolutely amazing. Our arrival at the Tilbury car park was easy and hassle free - our luggage was whisked off and we boarded the shuttle bus to the departure lounge. There was a long queue but everyone was attended to very quickly and we had soon had our photos taken and received our security passes and were on board. We were taken to our cabins - 4117 and 4119 and our luggage was waiting for us!! We had taken extra coat hangers, as we had read that there weren't many coat hangers and this is true so pack a few extra. However that is the only downside - everything else in our cabin was perfect. There is plenty of soap (a dispenser in the shower), loads of storage space and a really brilliant shower. I have to say it was great being on the lower deck too as we made ourselves walk up to decks 8, 9, 10 and 11 where all the action was to make us feel better for all that amazing food we were eating!! The food can absolutely NOT be criticised in any way. I think the fact they have two restaurants, the Kensington and Waldorf where you are allocated a table for your entire stay is a brilliant idea and we ate in our allocated Kensington every night. Despite having intentions to try the Bistro we never did as it was just so nice to have a 5 course meal served at our table. These restaurants are also used for breakfast and lunch although that is free seating, and they do get busy although we always found a seat in the Waldorf when we did go to breakfast. More often than not my husband and I skipped breakfast (which finished at 10 - a tad early for us!!), and then had lunch in the Bistro - we always managed to find a seat but I do admit it gets busy there. I never saw anything duplicated in the 12 nights we were on board - we had something different every day for lunch and dinner and the food really was brilliant and beautifully served. We took advantage of the wine package which is £85 for 5 bottles of wine and 10 of water although we swapped the 10 bottles of water for an extra bottle of wine. I think you would need to have a serious alcohol problem to make the £17 per person per day drinks package worthwhile!! Having read earlier reviews as to the expense of the drinks nothing is further from the truth - cocktails for £4!!! And very nice ones too. They have a tea/coffee station open 24/7 in the Bistro so we never had to buy a coffee. My husband would agree about the Liptons tea - maybe because of complaints they now have round bags (Typhoo??) in the Bistro which he reckoned were much better. The entertainment was brilliant - the Carmen Duo were amazing and we tried to go to Hamptons Bar most nights to listen to them. All the entertainment was great - we went to every show, but the Guest Acts, Les Bryan who was brilliant and such a lovely man too, and Lawrence Robinson gave two performances each and they were exceptional. The dancers and singers are lovely young people and some of the shows they did - especially the penultimate night "Magellan's Voyage" was absolutely brilliant. It was so nice to be able to get straight off the ship and be in the centre of town everywhere we visited which is exactly what we did - no problem at all. We did book the organised excursions in St. Petersburg so we didn't have to worry about a visa and they were really good trips - well worth the money. We found at every port the disembarkation was managed exceptionally well - except in Stockholm when the people who had not booked excursions were called - and then the excursions so it turned into a bit of a bun fight which was a shame when they had done so well the entire cruise - it didn't help that this was our only port of call where it was raining. We used the gym several times - there seems to be plenty of equipment for the amount of people who actually use it - although they only have one mat for floor work!! The water is perfectly safe to drink from the tap and, in fact, my sister used that water all the time although we bought bottled water in a couple of the ports and had no trouble taking it on board. On our last day, when obviously everyone had had to vacate their cabin by 10, it was pretty busy everywhere but even then we found somewhere to sit and they still had games and quizzes in the Captains Club that morning. I agree with other reviewers that if you get the chance to do the "behind the scenes" tours of the galley and the bridge - do as it gives a great insight in to what goes on and how hard they all work - especially in the galley. I have to say I can't imagine why people in their 70's think it would be nice to have families and kids around - we are in our 60's and have children but the big plus for us was not having families with young children around - the cruise is advertised as that so why would you expect young families on board??? Perhaps they should have taken their own kids with them. The express disembarkation was a huge plus at the end of the cruise and we were off the ship and on the road in 45 minutes!! We have been on several cruises before on Thomsons and Ocean Village and, to be honest, my husband has not been keen but he truly loved this cruise. I do think the big plus for us was having the allocated seating in a lovely restaurant - on previous cruises we have been required to book the restaurants and even pay extra!! Of course I'm sure cruisers who are used to cruising on P&O and such like would find this a bit "down market" but we found it incredibly enjoyable and it so surpassed our expectations. None of us would have any hesitation in booking again - and I can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
12 night cruise to Iceland/Scotland. Embarkation was quite quick. We did not have any of our passports or bags checked, there were 4 of us. Our cases came quickly except one. But not too bad. Not many of the staff spoke much English, ... Read More
12 night cruise to Iceland/Scotland. Embarkation was quite quick. We did not have any of our passports or bags checked, there were 4 of us. Our cases came quickly except one. But not too bad. Not many of the staff spoke much English, but you could get a long way with a smile. Most staff were friendly and helpful. Cabin staff were lovely, and cabin was always cleaned well. However,trips could be absolutely chaotic. On one trip we had to climb up two steps, then we had to try and put our foot onto two black tyres that were attached to the dock side. We were then hauled on to the dock side. Not a very dignified way to arrive! The lady in front of me was elderly and was obviously in pain as her arms were pulled so she could start her trip! On another trip they called about 300 passengers to fill up 5 coaches all at once. My mother and I went down in the lift, unfortunately we couldn't get out as the way was blocked by hundreds of other passengers! Some people waited on the stairs for 20 mins. The entertainment company were enthusiastic, not much more to say! Food was much the same on most days. It was however, tasty and hot. Trying to get a table in the Bistro was horrendous. Many people just sat there reading/doing crosswords and refused to move, meaning people trying to eat were forced outside. Which when in Iceland, was a bit cold! After a few mouthfuls we didn't bother. The Kensington restaurant food was barely warm, and the portions were so small, we just fell about laughing. We didn't use it again. The tables by the pool were acceptable for maybe a drink, but they weren't far off plastic garden furniture. They were dirty,scruffy and uncomfortable if you were forced to eat there. They were unsuitable for an extension of the Bistro restaurant, for which they were often used. It was also the place for all the smokers on board! The cabin that I was In was so hot. I did ask for it to be sorted out, but it was never resolved. The air conditioning unit was on the ceiling, which at 5ft 2in was impossible for me to reach. My husband who is 6ft 2in did try but it made no difference. I feel that the negative points were too many to overlook, I would therefore, not use this company again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We wanted a relaxing break with no fuss and good service and that's what we got. The Magellan may not have the panache and facilities of many more modern and larger ships but if you want a more intimate traditional cruise that is good ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing break with no fuss and good service and that's what we got. The Magellan may not have the panache and facilities of many more modern and larger ships but if you want a more intimate traditional cruise that is good value then this was hard to beat. The food was fine and they accommodated Gluten free dietary needs very well which was a big plus. The buffet restaurant was probably average by other standards but the Kensington and Waldorf restaurants were excellent. We had an inside cabin which was roomy, clean and modern. The staff were excellent and could not have been more helpful. This is a new ship for CMV and there is some fine tuning to be done for sure but they have a good all round liner here. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Had a lovely time on the Magellan sailing to Amsterdam and Antwerp, a very nice ship.. Very good prices in the bars, food was very nice especially the evening meals..Beds were really comfortable... I can't really see why people are so ... Read More
Had a lovely time on the Magellan sailing to Amsterdam and Antwerp, a very nice ship.. Very good prices in the bars, food was very nice especially the evening meals..Beds were really comfortable... I can't really see why people are so negative about this ship... this was myself and my daughters first cruise and we enjoyed it very much... We would definitely go on this ship again... Lovely!! 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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