2 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to South America

I have read some of the reviews and I wonder if the reviewers travelled on the same ship as myself. This was an excellent cruise visiting some interesting ports. I am not a hardened cruiser and possibly this is the last cruise that I ... Read More
I have read some of the reviews and I wonder if the reviewers travelled on the same ship as myself. This was an excellent cruise visiting some interesting ports. I am not a hardened cruiser and possibly this is the last cruise that I will take simply because I have visited most of the places accessible by cruise ships that I want to visit. I prefer Adventure Travel. The comments about the list of the ship were correct but never of any problem and if you cross the North Atlantic in mid-Winter then you must expect rough weather and the ship responded accordingly. We did have a severe turn in the Amazon which resulted in the breaking of plates and having spoken to a retired Naval Officer who was a passenger, he said that this could well have been caused by a sudden change of direction and it should be remembered that the ship was under the control of the Brazilian Pilots at that time. I did not participate in the Bequia excursion but I agree with the complaints on the beach transfer excursion. I walked to the beach in fifteen minutes. The excursions I undertook were good and I had no complaints and the Amazonian Experience was excellent. There was several tendering ports and the crew had some difficult sea conditions particularly at Isle d'Salut and they dealt with these admirably and I wrote a letter to the Cruise Director asking him to give the crews my thanks for their good work in difficult circumstances. I refused to use the lifts so cannot make any comment except to say that many of the lift users should have tried the stairs and had some exercise. Evening entertainment was good with some exceptions and the films shown were a contrast. The Entertainment Team were hard working and were often seen on other duties. The best cabin that I have had on a cruise ship with an excellent steward Min who is now taking a well earned holiday home in Myanmar. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I sometime wonder if the reviewers had been on the same ship as myself because I found this cruise to be very enjoyable and took me to those places that I had wished to visit in the past and the programme of visits was perfect. The ship ... Read More
I sometime wonder if the reviewers had been on the same ship as myself because I found this cruise to be very enjoyable and took me to those places that I had wished to visit in the past and the programme of visits was perfect. The ship is old and well travelled but one passenger was overheard in saying that they had never travelled on such a clean ship. The crew were constantly cleaning and the use of hand sanitisers was required whenever you entered the restaurants. My cabin 6087 was the largest I had ever had and was kept spotlessly clean by Kway Min OO who is now having a well earned holiday in Myanmar. The Cabin was well appointed. Check-in was straightforward following an easy twenty minute walk from Tilbury Town Station and was ahead of schedule in spite of the ship arriving in Tilbury later than planned. I only cruise to see places that I wish to travel to so am not a hardened cruiser and this cruise took me one thousand miles up the Amazon to Manaus which is a fascinating city although as some passengers found to their cost, it has a violent undertone. The excursion that I took from Manaus, Amazonian Experience was excellent and I had no complaints on any of the excursions although I fully appreciate the annoyance of those who did the beach transfer on Bequia to a beach just fifteen minutes walk from the landing stage. The crew were excellent although I did have some reservations about the attitude of the waiters. The tender crews had some difficult work to do at times and they should be complimented for their work on Isle d' Salut where there was a heavy swell but they ensured that all passengers who wished to go ashore did so in as great a comfort as was possible. One reviewer has commented about the sudden violent vibration when we were travelling up the Amazon and has said that it must have been caused by the ship hitting a sandbank and dismissing the Cruise Director's comment that it was caused by a sudden change of course. I spoke to a retired Naval Officer just after this incident and he had said that the incident could well have been caused by a sudden change of course and it should be remembered that the ship was under the control of the Brazilian Pilots at that time. Overall, this was an excellent trip and as one reviewer has said too many passengers want Cunard standards at CMV prices. Read Less
Sail Date January 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 3.0
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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