9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I was actually on the Baltic cruise 10/8/17 but for some reason cant choose that date. Very few cruise lines offer single cabins at a reasonable cost (+25%) or sail from Northern Ports (I live in Scotland) - CMV offered both along with get ... Read More
I was actually on the Baltic cruise 10/8/17 but for some reason cant choose that date. Very few cruise lines offer single cabins at a reasonable cost (+25%) or sail from Northern Ports (I live in Scotland) - CMV offered both along with get together events throughout the cruise for single travellers. On other ships I have felt marginalised by the guests being mainly couples and often quite lonely - not the case at all on Magellan. The cabin (on deck 6) was of a good size with twin beds/king size bed (when put together). Lots of storage space and a good sized shower room. No kettles though which meant a trail up to the free hot water machine on Deck 10... only on the last few days did I discover you could have a jug of hot water delivered at no charge. The air con was noisy but otherwise a quiet cabin - those on lower decks tended to be noisy. The food was excellent and the Kitchen catered for my food allergy brilliantly. The food was not 'luxury' grade but for just over 2,000 for a 14 night cruise i didnt expect that. I was on the very early 5:30 sitting and did feel the miss of, unlike other cruise lines, no late evening buffet otherwise all OK. The entertainment was poor compared with other cruises, the singers good individually but whoever booked them could not have envisaged them singing together as whenever they did their voices just did not compliment each other. The acoustics in some of the bars was poor and made the classical musicians sound tinny - they were much better when in the main show lounge. Craft and other activities were plentiful and of a good standard - i enjoyed some writing and watercolours classes. I did think the port presentations were really dumbed down - if you want to know more I suggest you get a guide book or research in advance. Embarkation great - staff attitude very friendly/good service all very good EXCEPT the tours desk - beware they know nothing about the (over expensive) tours they are selling- I am disabled and needed to check accessibility and ended up on free port wifi doing it myself! Emailing museums etc. Magellan gives an authentic small ship - old style cruising experience with libraries and sun decks instead of wave pools and climbing walls - I liked it so much Im going again next year BUT Im going to book my own port tours! Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I chose this cruise as it visited some great cities: Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, I booked through Solos holidays so I would have other solo travellers to have dinner with. From the moment I ... Read More
I chose this cruise as it visited some great cities: Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, I booked through Solos holidays so I would have other solo travellers to have dinner with. From the moment I arrived at Tilbury I knew it was a mistake. The waiting room to board was like God's waiting room - full of the old and infirm. I was asked twice within 30 secs of boarding by crew if I was 'alone' - thanks for reminding me. Cabin was very out of date, in dire need of a refurb. I paid £468 extra for an outside cabin (window, no balcony) and then found out 2 people in the Solos group had been given outside cabins without paying the extra. Daily programme (4 days at sea so you need some activities): they were the activities my grandma did in her old people's home : making a card, making a needle case, chair aerobics, line dancing, bingo. Plus: I could run up and down the stairs with no obstruction - all old people queuing for lifts. Food at dinner was nice, breakfast and lunch were average and a scrum to get a seat/ elbow the fatties out of the way. Drinks package is good value. On sea days when the sun came out it was impossible to get a seat in the sheltered area, full of ancients asleep with their mouths hanging open. It's a shame, although the destinations were great, the experience on the ship left me v disappointed with this holiday (and it cost me £2k plus so was not cheap). Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Chose this cruise as I had always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Magellan, despite her age is in fair condition and my inside single cabin was comfortable and clean, indeed the cabin steward did an excellent job whilst remaining ... Read More
Chose this cruise as I had always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Magellan, despite her age is in fair condition and my inside single cabin was comfortable and clean, indeed the cabin steward did an excellent job whilst remaining unobtrusive. Food on board was just about what I expected for the price paid. The buffet breakfast remained unvaried throughout and there was enough choice to satisfy everyone. Lunch, I stuck to the 'buffet' , again provided plenty of choice and quality was average. Dinner, table service often slow but good variety and the quality slightly better than breakfast or lunch. Entertainment was average and if you were on second sitting for dinner, involved you going to the early show which lasted 45 mins and then you rushed straight to your table. I found the crew friendly, attentive and eager to please. Drinks, were of average quality and price and if you are an average drinker I would recommend taking the 'Drinks package' which at £17 per day is very good value.The overall standard of cleanliness and hygiene on board was very high. Excursions, though not cheap were well organised and overall value for money. Overall, I enjoyed the whole experience and would consider cruising with Cruise & Maritime again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my second time on Magellan and I had a wonderful holiday. It was relaxing and the itinerary and weather were fantastic. Very good value for money. A special mention to all the staff on Magellan who are friendly and very hard ... Read More
This was my second time on Magellan and I had a wonderful holiday. It was relaxing and the itinerary and weather were fantastic. Very good value for money. A special mention to all the staff on Magellan who are friendly and very hard working, they certainly go the extra mile. The food I found was very good indeed. Some people complained about the size of the portions but with five courses for dinner, how much food do you want? I am a large person with a big appetite and was more than satisfied with the variety and amount of delicious treats. The soup was especially mention worthy. First time I had lemon soup. Very refreshing. The only reason my review does not give five stars are the lack of seating and size of some of the public spaces. The library is too small and the show lounge seems to have too many pillars and Perspex screens for a decent view of the stage. As the weather was very good a lot of people were on deck but I'm not sure if I could go on a cold weather cruise on Magellan. The casino which was barely ever used could be changed to more seating I think. My cabin was great. Shower best on any ship. Great supply of hot water with really good force. Read Less
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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