456 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan 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
We have recently returned from a 13 night Icelandic cruise from Newcastle on the Magellan and all I can say is wow. This was our 10th cruise and definitely one of the best. I’ve sailed with CMV before, together with Celebrity and Royal ... Read More
We have recently returned from a 13 night Icelandic cruise from Newcastle on the Magellan and all I can say is wow. This was our 10th cruise and definitely one of the best. I’ve sailed with CMV before, together with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. The CMV ships can’t complete with the others when it comes to high tech modern features, but neither does they try to. What you get instead is great service, good quality food and drinks and the ability to travel from local ports, which is a major plus point for those of us who don’t live close to Southampton. The itinerary for this cruise was first rate and we enjoyed all of the ports of call, and Iceland itself is magnificent. We were blessed with great weather for the entire duration. I’ve heard the seas around Iceland can get a bit rough, even in summer, but we didn’t have any issues. There was one night when travelling around the north that the seas got up a bit, but the Magellan handled it perfectly and we barely felt a thing. The ship is a little old fashioned in its décor but that’s a minor issue. It’s kept spotlessly clean by a hard-working team. The ship was full for this cruise but there was rarely a problem getting served or finding a seat. I think the most we waited was five or six minutes and this was at peak time. The staff are very attentive and we would usually have our order taken in a couple of minutes. We chose the VIP drinks package which was great value compared to other cruise lines. This included all premium drinks, gratuities, bottled water for the cabin and an invitation to a private cocktail party. It also gave a 50% discount on speciality dining. We ate in Fusion, the Indian themed restaurant twice (stunning food), and also did Chef’s Table, a sumptuous 10 course dinner with wine pairings. Highly recommended. There is also a speciality steak night but I’m not a steak lover so we didn’t try this one. We ate each night in the Waldorf restaurant and the food was excellent. Always hot and good quality with plenty to choose from. I’ve heard complaints that the food could be luke warm but this was never the case in my experience, perhaps these complaints relate to buffet. We only used the buffet a couple of times for lunch as I’m not a fan of self service, but it seemed pretty good to me. As good as any buffet ever gets. The entertainment team were also very good. Some of the shows weren’t my cup of tea so I gave them a miss, but the ones I did see (Broadway, Queen) were very enjoyable. The late night cabaret in the Captains Club was always worth a look too. We’re a couple in our mid-forties and were definitely among the youngest people on the cruise, but I quite enjoyed this. We met some lovely people and had a great time. Things tended to wind down quickly after midnight, but because of the heavy itinerary we weren’t looking for late nights anyway. We did one excursion through CMV – Loch Ness, which was excellent, and booked another independently. In Iceland we took the 8 hour Golden Circle trip with a local tour company for a third of the price of the one on the ship, so I’d recommend doing a bit of research before you go. As it was our first time in Iceland we just went ashore at the other ports and explored on our own. Everything was within walking distance of the ship. Having done a few Royal Caribbean cruises in the last three years, I’d got a bit jaded with their massive ships which are increasingly marketed to families and young kids. They tend to be very noisy and poorly behaved. CMV with it’s adult only policy was exactly what I was looking for this time. I loved this cruise on Magellan and can’t wait to experience her sister ship Columbus in September. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The ship is lovely and our cabin 4060 was spacious, comfortable and quiet. We had 3 wardrobes - full hanging, half hanging and shelves with safe. Bathroom compact but shower larger than the one on the Marco Polo. The restaurant ... Read More
The ship is lovely and our cabin 4060 was spacious, comfortable and quiet. We had 3 wardrobes - full hanging, half hanging and shelves with safe. Bathroom compact but shower larger than the one on the Marco Polo. The restaurant (Waldorf) was a bit strange to reach from our cabin. You had to go up to deck 9 walk past Captain's Bar, Sinatra's Bar and Tavener's Bar then down to deck 8. The 5 course evening meal had a good choice each night and there was always something I liked to eat. We had a Chocoholic Night one night and Magnifique buffet near the end of the cruise. Both brilliant. We did ship's tours in every port except St.Petersburg (Alla Tour detailed below) and Helsinki - rest day. Dundee and St.Andrews was a wet day. Aarhus and Edeltoft was good and a lovely village to walk round. Warnemunde and Schwerin Castle was good.Tallin was in a small mini bus so saw Upper and Lower Tallin as well as a tour of the area. Stockholm has a lot of road and building work going on so cranes everywhere. This was the only guide who was a bit hard to hear and understand as we think she was Spanish. Our final tour of Copenhagen and Dragar was very good. And Dragar was a lovely old village on the coast. Our visit to St. Petersburg was with Alla Tours and we did the Must See tour. There was 8 in our party and lunch both days was included. First day was 3 courses and second day was 4. Both delicious. Our guide was Katya - a local who was also an English teacher so understanding her was no problem. We were in all the places straight away and in Catherine's Palace the small groups go in through the servant's entrance and tour each room from the right hand side whereas the public and large groups tour on the left and were very crowded. Would highly recommend an independent tour company. When we left the queue apparently was over 40 mins wait in the rain. We visited Church of Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's, The Hermitage (wow), Catherine's Palace, Peterhof Gardens. Also went to the subway and a boat trip. Everything so enjoyable and lovely being in such a small group. Highly recommend anyone to do rather than the large ship tours.St.Petersburg is definitely a MUST SEE and would to have done and seen more. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We wanted to visit the Baltics and chose this cruise because of the departure from Scotland having previously travelled on this ship to Iceland in 2017 also from Scotland . Embarkation quick and efficient cabin ready and waiting luggage ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Baltics and chose this cruise because of the departure from Scotland having previously travelled on this ship to Iceland in 2017 also from Scotland . Embarkation quick and efficient cabin ready and waiting luggage at our door shortly after we got to cabin Cabin Steward Aung Soe quiet courteous and good at his job . Unpacked then time for Lifeboat drill which is mandatory Lovely views of the Tay from the deck things explained well staff very helpful with life jackets making sure no trip hazards from straps . Kensington 2 nd sitting our allocated dining which we went to every night with the exception of our first night and also one evening when we were going to an evening excursion in St Petersburg . Waiters Denys and Thia were excellent at looking after the 6 people at our table ?The ladies at the table 4 of us Recieved red roses one night and hand made origami flowers on one other evening .The company at table all lovely and we had a good time . Shows in Show lounge all good some I preferred .One evening the artist from Hamptons did a show in the main showroom and it was Fantastic Gerswin,s Rhapsody in blue one of the notable pieces but both artist gave great performances .Show Team good fun and Orchestra Great .Cruise Director Changed at Copenhagen to the same one we had on Iceland Cruise .We welcomed this as Toby is a great performer and joins in with the Show team . We discovered Hernan the Guitarist in Taveners Bar and most evenings caught a good bit of his performances Hernan a solo performer with great guitar skills and his music choices suited our taste . We caught snatches of game shows and cabaret in Captains club Particularly enjoyed Stephanie solo cabaret where she had chosen great old songs which suited her voice In Magellen Show lounge we enjoyed the From Russia with love show in particular. Food overal is very good .Bacon tends to be a bit hard at breakfast other than that I had no complaints .Always something on the menu choice I could have . Craft classes I managed to get to 2 which I really enjoyed Art classes my husband and I both Attended and found Nina,s classes very helpful .We attended Dave Wrights lectures and he filled the Show Lounge he was so good and informative about all of his subjects from the Romanovs to Mary Queen Of Scots .Didn,t manage to get to the pop music lectures from a different Lecturer as they clashed with other things we were doing .Prebooked leisurely shore excursions in most ports and enjoyed all of them especially the Russian Folklore show which was fantastic .Weather was mixed but overal not bad considering the time of year early May 2019 Overall we had a great cruise met some lovely people Both staff and passengers and returned to Scotland Getting off ship organised well waiting in allocated areas till staff member comes to collect you . Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Good value for money, not too big a ship. It sailed well and felt comfortable despite a swell on the sea our first full day at sea, I never felt it like others did. Lunch was available before we sailed on the 13th and it was a lovely ... Read More
Good value for money, not too big a ship. It sailed well and felt comfortable despite a swell on the sea our first full day at sea, I never felt it like others did. Lunch was available before we sailed on the 13th and it was a lovely buffett, good selection and included a special diet buffett for vegetarians, vegans and diabetics, the diabetic desserts were very good in taste and presentation. No after taste. The bars were very comfortable, I made the Taverners my spot as great window seating to spend drinking after dinner and enjoying the sea or fjords scenery. The evening meals in the Waldorf were delicious, five courses... wow. Lots of selections and all very well presented and delicious... I never heard one complaint. The breakfast buffett was full English, a buffet of croissants, pastries. An omellette station, there was porridge, a cereal station... then lunch buffet from 1130 to die for. Or you could go to your designated restaurant and sit down for breakfast or lunch. I liked the buffet, everyone chatty in the buffet area's when eating. Very friendly cruise. Always someone happy to have a conversation. The staff were kept on their feet and I felt for them working so hard to keep our tables cleared, and cups supplied. I will say on day one the 13th it seemed everyone of the 1200 passengers wanted a cup of tea and got bitchy when cups ran out and they had to wait five to ten minutes for fresh ones. I did point out that a dish washing machine has a cycle and that's about ten minutes long. Some rude passengers who bitched about anything and everything, I guess they enjoy being miserable or unreasonable because the crew did a great job. Good service everywhere, good cabin staff, discreet. Bar staff kept very busy, hardly time to look up and smile much as they were busy making cocktails by the dozen, lol. Great drinks package, I mean you could drink yourself into oblivion as most cocktails included, also spirits included. My friend had double whiskies every night - bells? I loved the small gym. I liked the decks to sit out on. The ship was very comfortable. Evening entertainment is what you make it, sit there or dance. The shows were fun, not west end but good enough with fantastic male and female vocals.. lovely voices. I can't wait to go again. There are short cruises coming up of two or three nights I hope to catch.. the Captains cocktail hour was fun. The Captain was seen every morning on deck available to the public as he always did a walk through. Very nice. Thanks Magellan. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our third cruise, but our first with CMV. We chose it for the itinerary and price. Having read the the reviews we were concerned as to what we may find. However the embarkation at Bristol was well organsed and efficient. The ... Read More
This was our third cruise, but our first with CMV. We chose it for the itinerary and price. Having read the the reviews we were concerned as to what we may find. However the embarkation at Bristol was well organsed and efficient. The cabin, 7044, was absoluetly spotless and perfectly adequate for our needs. Throughout the voyage it was kept beatifully by our very friendly steward. The ship was clean comfortable and easy to get around. The food was very good in both restaurants and the Bistro and Grill. The staff in the Warldof restarurant were excellent. The Raffles Bistro is very popular, and at peak times can be very busy. However it is not the only place to eat. We never had any problems. There are bars to suit everyone, from pub to cocktail lounge. The staff in all of them were friendly and efficient and anticipated our requirements with a smile. We took the VIP drinks package and found it very good value. The ship's entertainment staff were brilliant and the shows very good. The guest speakers were not to our taste, but others enjoyed them. The entertaiments manager, David, was excellent and during the after show entertainments held in the Captains Lounge cleverly adjusted his approach to suit each passenger he got up on stage. St Petersberg was a true wow, and a definite must see. The itinerary was good, although our time in Cobh was reduced due to heavy weather all the way from Denmark. C'est la vie, it is a ship after all! All in all we had a wonderful cruise. The friendly crew worked really hard to ensure we enjoyed ourselves, with sailaway parties, barbeques and gala buffets to be proud of. The ship is not new but has got character. If you want glitz glamour and Las Vagas hype then go on one of the floating blocks of flats where you will find it aplently. This ship was for those who like comfort and with a bit of style. Will we sail with CMV again? We have already booked our next one and are really looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose the Cruise as it was departing locally (Dundee), visiting Iceland, Orkney and Shetland which were places we wanted to visit and at a time we could go. Cruise benefit is you unpack once rather than re-packing every day for next ... Read More
We chose the Cruise as it was departing locally (Dundee), visiting Iceland, Orkney and Shetland which were places we wanted to visit and at a time we could go. Cruise benefit is you unpack once rather than re-packing every day for next location. Overall we were very impressed. Ship was great - lovely teak decks and in good repair. Embarkation - a small queue but much shorter than expected, and the suitcases were arriving at our cabin by the time we were shown to it which was a pleasant surprise. Dining - Waldorf second sitting for Dinner. Five course meals on a nightly basis - amazing variety of meals (I don't think any main courses were served twice over the 12 days), excellent quality of food, and outstanding service from the waiters. Nothing was too much trouble - dishes were altered if requested with no hassle, no dishes ever unobtainable, and all speedily served. Also went to the Breakfast Buffet here as well as lunch buffet as calmer and more easy to access than the Bistro. Again food excellent and great variety. Afternoon Tea was in the Bistro. Wide variety of on-board activities - the series of talks by the Music and Vikings experts were excellent (Viking LongShips, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Elgar, Gulf Stream) and learning to do Ballroom dancing was great, as well as Line Dancing and Aerobics whilst we were at sea. Evening entertainment was good - outstanding violinist, and pianists (including in Sinatra's Bar), plus guitarist/DJ. Some good evening shows too. Ports were good although for a couple were some way outside town centre e.g. Reykjavik and Newcastle. We mostly used the CMV excursions in order to see as much as possible and these were very good. In Reykjavik the tours we wanted were full so booked externally which worked well. Overall it was an excellent experience and we are aiming to go back to the Magellan next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose the Baltic cruise to see St Petersburg primarily but found all the ports visited were excellent apart from Aalborg which although a nice town it wasn’t brilliant. The Magellan was clean, the staff very helpful and friendly ... Read More
We chose the Baltic cruise to see St Petersburg primarily but found all the ports visited were excellent apart from Aalborg which although a nice town it wasn’t brilliant. The Magellan was clean, the staff very helpful and friendly and our cabin a good size and very clean. We were in 6136 an ocean view. We ate in the restaurants and early sitting for dinner in the Kensington. I have coeliac disease and the staff were brilliant. The food was good, fresh and if you wanted something different the staff would help. We’re not keen on the entertainment on any cruise but did go to three lectures on Russia and they were brilliant. We wished we’d seen the other two! There seemed to be plenty of activities with keep fit and painting. I treated myself to two facials by Julie and they were very good. You’ve got to book in advance though. The embarkation was very easy as was the disembarkation. Newcastle has a shuttle bus from the terminal to the ship. Some people do seem to have to rush at this time! Dundee - we stayed on the ship but go up to the top for disembarking as a fabulous wee lassie piper was on the dock she was awesome. Waramude - we walked into town which was lovely. Lots of little shops and a lovely promenade. Hubbie did the steps up to the lighthouse. Copenhagen- again we walked into town. Beautiful just to look around. Stockholm - we did take a tour to Vasa and the sights as it was only in port for about six hours. We did manage to get to the ABBA museum too. Helsinki - we did the highlights tour which was great and the tour guide was fabulous. This included a vintage tram trip. St Petersburg- awesome. We did a two day tour with ALLA. Only nine on our coach. Well worth it. Tallin - early shuttle bus into town and walked up to the old town which is beautiful. Lovely little market just outside the town worth a visit. By 11 it was heaving so we left. Aalborg - nice town but a bit disappointing after our other ports. Would have preferred Riga. Great cruise and ship. Just booked for the Magellan and the Panama trip March 2019. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation at Newcastle was efficient and quick. Suitcases arrived at our cabin very quickly. We had cabin 5016, small but with an extremely comfortable queen sized bed, plenty of room for clothes and spotlessly clean. We found the ... Read More
Embarkation at Newcastle was efficient and quick. Suitcases arrived at our cabin very quickly. We had cabin 5016, small but with an extremely comfortable queen sized bed, plenty of room for clothes and spotlessly clean. We found the whole cruise extremely enjoyable, staff friendly & efficient, food absolutely amazing, plenty of activities and good entertainment. Information onboard was good, other passengers very friendly, the ship was easy to negotiate and we thought just a nice size. Plenty of sunbeds on various decks and always a quiet corner if you wanted that. Would not hesitate to book again, very good value for money- well done CMV. Don't know where the negative comments come from, if you want to pay thousands for a cruise do so, but don't be so negative - its a holiday- just enjoy it. All the staff onboard just wanted everyone to have a good time , you can't ask for more. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We sailed on the Astor 30 years ago for our honeymoon, and she is now owned by CMV, we decided to choose this company for our anniversary cruise, as we haven't cruised since! I'm pleased to say we weren't disappointed, as ... Read More
We sailed on the Astor 30 years ago for our honeymoon, and she is now owned by CMV, we decided to choose this company for our anniversary cruise, as we haven't cruised since! I'm pleased to say we weren't disappointed, as every aspect of the holiday was first class. Embarkation at Port of Tyne was smooth and impressive, with no queueing or hold ups, and we were in our cabin in record time. Our cabin, 5079, was conveniently located just beside reception, and was perfect for our needs. It was an outside cabin with a picture window, plenty of room, and kept spotlessly clean. It also had plenty of storage space, and the bathroom was big enough too, with a nice hot shower. It was also quiet, we couldn't hear any engine noise, and slept well every night, in really comfortable beds. The staff on board were really friendly and helpful, and the ship was kept spotlessly clean. The food was delicious, with plenty of choice. We ate in the Kensington restaurant every evening, and got on very well with the others at our table; their company added to our enjoyment of our holiday. My husband is a vegetarian and was impressed with the range of food he was offered, and I was relieved that the portion sizes weren't too big, which was helpful when there are five courses to get through! I loved the ship itself, not being a fan of huge modern cruise ships with thousands of passengers; this was much more friendly. And you could always find space to sit, either on deck, or inside in a lounge or bar. The entertainment was good, apart from the comedian, and that is my only complaint. I was surprised at CMV employing this person, as I found him offensive, his material was racist and sexist. But all the other entertainers worked really hard and were very talented. The Norwegian Fjords were absolutely beautiful, and the weather was perfect, so we saw them at their best. We called at Eidfjord, Olden & Bergen, and did not book any tours through the cruise line, preferring to explore the ports independently. This worked very well, and it was possible to get a bus to the glacier from Olden, which was well worth doing, as there is not a lot to see in the village itself. I would recommend CMV to anyone, and can't wait to sail on the Magellan again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I have to agree with ThomasUK. We have also just returned from trip to Fjords, sailing from Newcastle. From embarkation, very quick, to leaving, the staff were efficient, cheerful and helpful. Our cabin steward was excellent and ... Read More
I have to agree with ThomasUK. We have also just returned from trip to Fjords, sailing from Newcastle. From embarkation, very quick, to leaving, the staff were efficient, cheerful and helpful. Our cabin steward was excellent and couldn't do enough to help, our waiter in one of the main dining rooms was always smiling and nothing was too much trouble, his young assistant likewise. Everywhere around the ship the staff greeted the passengers with a smile. yes the ship is old but it is spotlessly clean and it is unfair to compare it to other lines, it is half the price. Food and entertainment were very good. I unfortunately needed the services of the medical team but again they were first class. Cabins are not large but enough for two people and beds were comfortable. My only complaint would be the noise from the engine during the night but that is no one's fault. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise with breath taking scenery in the fjords. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Having previously done a Hurtigruten cruise, we wanted to try a “proper” cruise. That is one that has entertainment in the evening and I get to dress up a bit. We chose CMV because they leave from ports in the North of England and ... Read More
Having previously done a Hurtigruten cruise, we wanted to try a “proper” cruise. That is one that has entertainment in the evening and I get to dress up a bit. We chose CMV because they leave from ports in the North of England and we didn’t really fancy spending almost a full day just getting to Southampton to board a ship. Also the buy one, get one free offer seemed a really good deal to us. We chose Norway again because it is such a beautiful country. I travelled with my mum and my husband. As we weren’t sure what time the Magellan would leave Newcastle we booked a nearby B&B. It was an easy journey from Preston to Newcastle by car, and we even had time to look around the shopping centre next to the port before we embarked on our cruise. Arrival at The Port of Tyne went very smoothly, we had booked the port car parking and were directed to the parking lot by the port staff. No sooner had we arrived than the guys took our cases off to the ship. We then boarded a bus to the terminal and got ourselves booked in, passports checked and through security. We were meant to go on board at 3pm, but we were there earlier and there was no problem with us going on board straight away. We had been upgraded and were in cabin 6108. It was a good size, especially after we moved the beds around to give us more floor space. There was a triple wardrobe, I’ve never had so much wardrobe space on holiday before, a big dressing table and most importantly a kettle with tea and coffee. The bathroom was compact, but the shower was plenty big enough. Our cabin steward looked after us very well, and our cabin was cleaned twice a day. We dined in the Waldorf Restaurant. We all really enjoyed the food, from the many choices at breakfast, through lunch, to the 5 course evening meal. After our first day eating breakfast and lunch in the bistro and struggling to find a table, we realised that we could have these meals in the Waldorf Restaurant too, and that’s what we did for the rest of the holiday. Breakfast and lunch were buffet-style; plenty of choice at breakfast and a chef to make fresh fried eggs or omelettes for you. Lunch was 3 hot choices and plenty of salads, along with lovely desserts. I had to limit myself to 3 pieces of cake at lunch, lol. We also liked the coffee bar, with Whittard’s tea and coffee and the most divine cakes. These were not part of the CMV Premium package, but were discounted by 50%. So a lovely pot of tea served in nice china cost 80 pence! The drinks package was worth buying, just for the ease of not having to worry about how much you are spending on board. I must recommend the frozen Strawberry Daiquiri! It was my favourite drink on board, and lots of people wanted to know what it was. The cocktail menu was good, the house wines were reasonable. The only downside to the drinks package was that the only beer included was a continental style lager,my husband had to pay extra if he wanted a pint of bitter, although again it was discounted by 50%. He managed though, and was even tempted to try a few cocktails. Each night you get a newsletter with information about what is happening the next day. On days at sea there is plenty to do from quizzes to lectures to craft demonstrations. Or you can just sit on a sunbed on deck and read if you want to. Nobody pressures you into joining in if you don’t want to. The newsletter also told you what the dress mode was for the next day’s evening meal. You can wear what you like, my husband refused to have a dinner jacket and wore his best suit with his regimental tie, me and mum had the nicest dresses we could afford. In future I would take some dark trousers and a selection of glittery tops as well as dresses just to change it up a bit. The entertainment wasn’t bad, there was a show after each dinner sitting, everything from 50s, 60s and 70s. If you’re in your 70s you’ll enjoy the music. If like me, you’re heading for your 50s, you’ll remember hearing this music as a kid when you went on a night out with your parents. So for me, I would have liked a bit more 80s music, but I still enjoyed myself - I’m still laughing at the fact that I know all the words to ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’! The staff were all lovely, smiley and so so helpful. If we got a bit lost, as it’s a fairly big ship, there was always someone to point us in the right direction. To sum it all up, I would say: A fabulous holiday Good value for money Plenty to do Posh enough for us, but not too posh. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I sailed from Dundee, not Newcastle but the option to put that on the review wasn’t there! First cruise for me and I went alone. Boarding was quick, efficient and simple. Plenty of staff to show you the way to your cabin. I felt the ... Read More
I sailed from Dundee, not Newcastle but the option to put that on the review wasn’t there! First cruise for me and I went alone. Boarding was quick, efficient and simple. Plenty of staff to show you the way to your cabin. I felt the whole trip (to the Norwegian fjords) was extremely good value for money. Excursions were well organised and informative. On board activities were fun and well attended. The restaurants were efficient, friendly staff and good food. The Chef’s Table was a superb evening. Book it if you get a chance. Cabin was clean and spacious and tended twice daily. If I had read some of the awful reviews before going I might have cancelled but I have absolutely no complaints. This isn’t a 5 star luxury miner so if you want that, go elsewhere. It is a small(ish) friendly ship which I really loved. I will sail with this company again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I don't usually write reviews for cruises but having travelled on the Magellan three times I feel the need to add some balance to all the negative reviews posted on this site. I've just come back from another great holiday, ... Read More
I don't usually write reviews for cruises but having travelled on the Magellan three times I feel the need to add some balance to all the negative reviews posted on this site. I've just come back from another great holiday, sailing from Newcastle to Norway for seven nights. The Magellan is an old ship and can never compete with the new-build state of the art ships run by Royal Caribbean etc, but what it does excell at is excellent service and value for money. We were in an inside cabin on deck four. "Isn't that down with the crew and the engines?" one ill-informed and rather stuck up fellow passenger asked me. It was a room for two, with plenty of space and a comfortable bed. I have a very sensitive sense of smell and despite what's been written here before, there was no smell of diesel or sewage. Nor were we stricken down by the killer air conditioning. The room was serviced twice a day and I slept well every night of the cruise. The low, mid-ship position of the cabin meant I didn't feel any motion when the ship was moving. The passenger decks are all clean and comfortable, with enough bars and sitting areas to move around across the day. The quality of food and drinks are where CMV really excels. I've done six previous cruises with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity and can honestly say that the food and wine selection onboard Magellan are far superior to those companies. We had all our meals in the ala carte restaurants to avoid the buffet scrum and I enjoyed every one. We also ate in the speciality restaurant Fusion, which was open two nights of the cruise, and this too was outstanding. We took out the VIP drinks package, which is far cheaper than packages on Royal Caribbean, with a much better wine selection (I think the quality of wine included in RC's packages really let them down). It also included a private cocktail party which was a nice opportunity to meet other people, and allowed 50% off the speciality restaurant. The service from all staff is excellent. Another area in which CMV scores over it's bigger competitors. There are always staff on hand to take drink orders, and if you do go to the bar to order for yourself, someone will bring the order to your seat. Even at very busy times, such as after the evening show, I never waited long to be served. I enjoyed the entertainment this cruise. No, it's not as expensively produced as on other lines, but the main theatre shows are all well performed by a talented team, headed by Cruise Director Jonathan Dulson. We weren't interested in the craft activities but there seemed to be something on every day for those who were. I did hear a lot of moaning from other passengers but it was all ridiculous stuff. "This porridge is made with milk, I wanted it with water." Someone else was very rude to a waiter when she didn't receive a plate of fruit with her breakfast , a plate of fruit she didn't order in the first place. People complained when they turned up at the ala carte restaurant and there was no buffet there. All absolute rubbish from people who should take responsibility for there own failings rather than moan. We met someone else so mean spirited that he'd worked out how much he thought the staff would make in gratuities, and then bragged how he'd stolen a pen from a waiter. I suspect all these people will delight in posting their negative reviews but don't believe it. As mentioned above this is my third time on Magellan and I loved it. Would we book again? We already have. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Have never been on a cruise before, so decided an 'overnighter' would be a good introduction, and have to say we enjoyed every minute. To be honest we weren't expecting much for what we paid, but it soon transpired that like ... Read More
Have never been on a cruise before, so decided an 'overnighter' would be a good introduction, and have to say we enjoyed every minute. To be honest we weren't expecting much for what we paid, but it soon transpired that like many others we spoke too, it was amazing value. Check in was quick and efficient, as was parking at Tilbury. Our cabin wasn't ready on boarding, but we were directed to the bistro to grab some lunch, which was a unexpected. We heard many comparing the Magellan with other ships, but couldn't fault it. It was clean and comfortable, with plenty of places to sit and relax. The emergency drill was a bit drawn out (and disorganised) but had to be done. Our cabin was excellent (Atlantic Deck, Outside Superior) and bigger than we expected. The staff in the restaurant's and bars couldn't do enough, and the food excellent. Drink prices were reasonable too. The evening entertainment was a bit 'Butlins' however the classical 'Duo' in the piano lounge were excellent. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Chose this ship and cruise because I didn't want to holiday on a ship that held thousands! Was my first cruise on a larger ship, having only done river cruises, so was a bit apprehensive, but once embarked, everything went smoothly, ... Read More
Chose this ship and cruise because I didn't want to holiday on a ship that held thousands! Was my first cruise on a larger ship, having only done river cruises, so was a bit apprehensive, but once embarked, everything went smoothly, and I didn't find the amount of passengers on board too daunting. This was a cruise that included the Shetlands and Orkneys, as well as Iceland and I enjoyed every port of call. I thought Rekyavik was beautifully clean and fresh, as was Lerwick and Kirkwall. Disembarkation too went smoothly and I was off the ship in less than 10 minutes. Personally I wouldn't use Raffles self service as it was a free for all and seating was difficult to find, plus many persons were lacking in manners! So I dined all three meal servings in one of the two waited restaurants, and I couldn't fault the service from waiters and most days the food was good. As for the show entertainment in the theatre - well, I've seen many West End productions and the shows on the Magellan excelled and were thoroughly enjoyable. All-in-all, generally for me it was a very good cruise and value for the money I paid. We did encounter some rough seas - only to be expected in that area, but if you were careful, and took heed of the advice given, walking around on ship was easily negotiable. And sea sick pills were given out free from reception desk! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Coach transfer We arrived at Victoria coach station, greeted by cruise and maritime representative. Suitcases were put on coach, We did not see them again, until they arrived outside cabin, Embarkation On arrival, we were told to ... Read More
Coach transfer We arrived at Victoria coach station, greeted by cruise and maritime representative. Suitcases were put on coach, We did not see them again, until they arrived outside cabin, Embarkation On arrival, we were told to take a seat, wait for colour of our tags to be called out, this was a matter of minutes, we then proceeded to get the boarding card, then Register our Credit cards, this was done all very swiftly, no hanging around we was on the ship within 20 minutes, Cabin 7126 Our cabin was a superior inside 3 birth, which was spacious and had two very comfortable double bed, and bunk bed, There was a generous sized en suite including toiletries. There was plenty of storage space, three large wardrobes, It was kept beautifully clean by our cabin stewardess who came in twice a day to ensure it stayed that way. It Was equipped with air-conditioning. Raffles Bistro, (self service) commonly Known as pig troff, Not quite the case this time, Food was excellent, different each day, and plenty of it. Dinner Waldorf Restaurant 1st sitting, 5 course dinner! Well what can one say? Well presented as if I was in a first class restaurants, food was delicious, lots of it, there was 27 different cheeses on board boat ship, Cheeseboard was different every night, The staff in the Waldorf were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, I like port with my cheese, port was not on the drinks menu in this restaurant, but the waiters soon got it organised that I was to have my port and Calvados at my table every night, we even made small changes to Our food orders, we even ordered a prawn cocktail one night, which was specially prepared, nothing was too much trouble, Drinks on board We had drinks package, I drank my normal for on cruise, by god they were not watered down or full of ice like some cruise lines, you could get intoxicated quite quickly. Entertainment Magellan show team were first class with great shows each night, two special guests performing, as well as many and varied day time activities. The part nobody wants to see. Medical department My mother was taken ill, blacked out, days into the trip and needed to use the ships medical department. The treatment She received was first class 3 ECGs blood tests, all don and results back in 30mins, the doctor decided to have our cabin changed, to 5034. she was put on heart pills and sent to bed, and go back next day for another ECG, she was then fit to enjoy the rest of the cruise. On the day leaving the ship, doctor had written a full report, which was left in the cabin to take way. Cabin change 5034, Our cabin was now a superior outside which was spacious and had two very comfortable single beds. With bunk bed, There was a generous sized en suite including toiletries. Also included were tea and coffee making facilities. There was plenty of storage space and it was good to have a window. Was told to put all clothes in suitcases, and they would to the rest within 10 minutes the cases were at the new cabins door. Cruise director Word got around my mother was taken ill, when the cruise director, stopped us and asked my father how his wife was, as he had heard she was taken ill, every day if he see us he asked how she was, The ship, Old looking on the outside, but new modern on the inside, lick of paint here and there on the out side, handled with weather quite okay, not a problem for me.... loved it Now the negative bits I can’t think of any! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This Northern Lights Cruise surpassed all my expectations. I chose this cruise because it had been a very long standing ambition to do so and I had at last found a friend was willing to go with me. Shortly after booking I was diagnosed ... Read More
This Northern Lights Cruise surpassed all my expectations. I chose this cruise because it had been a very long standing ambition to do so and I had at last found a friend was willing to go with me. Shortly after booking I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, which causes severe episodes of vertigo and sickness and for some weeks was convinced I would have to cancel. However, I researched the condition thoroughly with the help of the Meniere's Society and my doctor and with careful planning to cover every eventuality I decided to fulfill my dream. I booked all the on-shore activities I really wanted to do and determined not to over-reach myself. As a result I was able to enjoy all my choices and kept well. It is almost 2 weeks since I returned home. Was it worth it? Did I make the right decision? Absolutely. It was a fabulous experience and helped me regain my confidence. I had such admiration for all other passengers with health problems and their courage in undertaking such an adventure. For two weeks the weather was coming from Siberia and temperatures were lower than they had been for years. The results were perfectly clear skies: blue and sunny every day; starry by night. The benefits were several Northern Lights sightings; breathtaking scenery with fabulous photographic opportunities; access to all the scheduled ports; remarkably calm seas and good humoured passengers. I haven't enjoyed myself or laughed so much in years. The crew was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. They all seemed very happy in their work and nothing was too much trouble. I was particularly impressed with the standard of hygiene. Wherever you went, crew were continuously cleaning and "disinfecting" all surfaces being touched by passengers. The excursions were superbly organised and managed. The food was fantastic. We had been allocated a table in The Waldorf restaurant where the waiter service was slick, cheery and professional. I would recommend sitting at a table for 8 people for dinner as my friend and I had a table for two and missed out on sharing experiences with other passengers. We ate Dinner at 8.15pm and just retired to our cabin afterwards, so I cannot comment on the quality of entertainment. The excellent quality of accommodation, service and excursions was enough for me I am hard of hearing and had to rely on my friend to relay to me information being disseminated via the tannoy system. On our return to the UK my friend and I developed colds but during our absence so had her husband and daughter who live in different regions of England. Some tips: take an extra battery for you camera; if the sea is rough put a wet paper serviette under your mug of tea or coffee to prevent it moving; beware of being oversold in the fitness centre; choose a cabin that satisfies your expectations. Unreservedly, the best holiday I've ever had! I would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted a winter cruise to celebrate my 70th birthday. Having called into the co op travel agents in Lincoln ,this one was recommended to us by one of the cruise specialists.we couldn't have enjoyed it more! The staff on board were ... Read More
We wanted a winter cruise to celebrate my 70th birthday. Having called into the co op travel agents in Lincoln ,this one was recommended to us by one of the cruise specialists.we couldn't have enjoyed it more! The staff on board were all amazing and friendly- nothing too much trouble. I was ill a couple of days into the trip and needed to use the ships medical department. The treatment I got was first class and with a couple of days intensive treatment I was fit to enjoy the rest of the cruise. Food on board was delicious and plentiful and was presented in the first class restaurants as if in a top class hotel. There was a less formal restaurant but the food was excellent in there too. Entertainment was first class with terrific shows each night as well as many and varied day time activities. There was also a wide range on shore excursions ( not cheap as Norway is expensive) and we took advantage of a few of them which we thoroughly enjoyed. We made some good friends who we hope to cruise with again in the future with this line. Now, try as I might, I can't think of any negatives. There was an incident of burst pipes which I believe caused flooding to some areas but the staff worked so hard to sort the problem and did so quickly. I did overhear some guests complaining about various things but they all sounded quite trivial to me. I do feel that some folks complain for complaining X sake!! However, everyone is of course entitled to their opinion. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend cruise and maritime and the Magellan to anyone. Many thanks for a memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I only read the reviews for this ship just before we left for our holiday and there were quite a few bad ones. I was a little apprehensive but I needn’t have been because we had a really good experience! The ship was spotless, all the ... Read More
I only read the reviews for this ship just before we left for our holiday and there were quite a few bad ones. I was a little apprehensive but I needn’t have been because we had a really good experience! The ship was spotless, all the staff we encountered were absolutely brilliant - professional, friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. We loved the excursions we did and were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights from the ship every night that we were in the Arctic. We also saw whales off the side of the ship. Then there was the food which was just fabulous! The evening entertainment could have been a little more varied but having said that there were some good shows including a very funny impressionist, and the resident singing duo were great. There were a few problems with an air conditioning unit freezing and causing leaks while we were in the Arctic but the problem was well dealt with by the crew. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would use Cruise and Maritime again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Just to counter the negative reviews from others. We chose this cruise because it went up the Amazon and it was being heavily advertised and discounted just prior to departure. We never actually thought we would cruise, and most of the ... Read More
Just to counter the negative reviews from others. We chose this cruise because it went up the Amazon and it was being heavily advertised and discounted just prior to departure. We never actually thought we would cruise, and most of the downsides I imagined were there, but there wasn't really anything I hadn't predicted, so the upsides more than made up for it. I want three things from a holiday. Destination, destination, destination. More seriously, destination, a clean bed and some food and drink. So, the places we went were amazing, we upgraded to a suite so the bed was amazing,and the food was really good. Downsides? There were some opinionated, rude people on the cruise who felt entitled to be treated better than everyone else. But I expected that and they weren't all like that. The entertainment was stuck in the 1970s. But I expected that and I wasn't really bothered. CMV didn't have an onboard naturalist so many people left feeling that they had not seen any wildlife, which was disappointing. Boca de Valeria was so false. The organised onshore excursions were horrible - look out the window, sorry we missed it, five minutes to take a photo then back on the bus, don't stop there, hurry up, and now lets spend ages in my brother's/Cousin's/friend's cafe. But then I expected that. Upsides. I went up the Amazon. I found a brilliant guide to take me to interesting places in Manaus. I loved Cabo Verde. I loved the Azores. Tobago was brilliant. Grenada was brilliant. St Lucia looked brilliant but I ran out of time. We travelled to all these amazing places and never had to repack our bags once. I'm doing it all again, but it will all be about the destinations, and what we make of it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We have just returned from a 6 day cruise on board the Magellan. When we arrived, we found the staff really helpful and friendly and within 20 minutes of checking in, we were on board the ship. We had a Seaview cabin on the 7th deck, which ... Read More
We have just returned from a 6 day cruise on board the Magellan. When we arrived, we found the staff really helpful and friendly and within 20 minutes of checking in, we were on board the ship. We had a Seaview cabin on the 7th deck, which was more than adequate for our needs. The walk in shower was a good size and the bed comfortable. The cabin steward was excellent, keeping our room clean and provided guidance and assistance throughout the cruise. We found all of the restaurants clean and well presented, with a good and ample selection of food. Our evening meal was in the Kensington. Due to health problems, I am often restricted with what I can eat. Maryo was so helpful each day ensuring that my diet was catered for. Something I really appreciated as he didn't make me feel a nuisance. All in all we found the whole experience on board a pleasure and we would definitely recommend the holiday to others. We have already booked for 13 of our friends to join us on board for a Christmas overnight stay. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise for a Birthday Retirement present for my husband The Good: Excellent food, entertainment, friendliness and hardworking staff were amazing The Bad: Music that did not suit the age group of the people on board as ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a Birthday Retirement present for my husband The Good: Excellent food, entertainment, friendliness and hardworking staff were amazing The Bad: Music that did not suit the age group of the people on board as most were over 55 The Ugly: My husband died in July before he could have his holiday. When I rang in CMV to change the booking name to that of my sister-in-law (my husbands sister) I was told they would be charging me £232.50 as no matter how unfortunate the circumstances it is their policy to charge 25% of the holiday for this. CMV obviously lack compassion and are completely heartless. Although both my sister-in-law and myself enjoyed the cruise immensely I still feel robbed by CMV many other cruise lines do not charge to change booking names. I would have been happy to have paid an administration fee but I actually feel that they ripped me off while I was mourning the death of my husband. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Was a bit surprised at some of the reviews for the Magellan cruise to the fjords. We were cruise virgins so did not know what to expect but must say we are well pleased with our experience. Surprised at some of the moans ie. no ... Read More
Was a bit surprised at some of the reviews for the Magellan cruise to the fjords. We were cruise virgins so did not know what to expect but must say we are well pleased with our experience. Surprised at some of the moans ie. no orange juice after breakfast - you could always get that from the bars if needed. No kettles in cabins - excellent idea for health and safety as tea and coffee stations available 24 hours around the ship. Does it hurt to walk a few steps for your morning cuppa???? The lifeboat drill has to be done and although tired from our travels to the ship hubby and I still managed to get a laugh out of this very important exercise. Whilst yes, we are on holiday I think it doesn't hurt to step into the shoes of the crew who we think did an excellent job catering for everyone with cheery smiles and a can do attitude. As for worrying about the older and less mobile passengers from where I was standing (excuse the expression) they seemed to cope very well. Most of them I would think were cruise veterans and knew the score anyway. All in all - very good value and we are looking forward to booking our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we got an excellent deal and it was sailing from Newcastle. We weren't sure what to expect with it being an older ship but were pleasantly surprised by decor and cabin. I must congratulate the Port of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we got an excellent deal and it was sailing from Newcastle. We weren't sure what to expect with it being an older ship but were pleasantly surprised by decor and cabin. I must congratulate the Port of Tyne for their efficiency, having been guided to a parking space, our luggage was removed from the car for us and taken to our cabin. Check-in was very quick and we were bussed to the ship and were onboard within 30 minutes of arriving at the port. We were shown to our cabin and then advised lunch was available in the Bistro if we wanted it. We found the food excellent and being diabetic was invited to a talk with head chef Shone who advised those of us with dietary concerns what the process was so they could provide us with the type of food we needed. Our table stewards were made aware of our needs and I had no problems receiving sugar free options. There was also a special dietary needs counter in the bistro. The entertainment was very good and theatre was full every evening. When I boarded the ship I had a shoulder problem, so availed myself of two hot stone massages which helped. The second massage was done by a physiotherapist who when she finished gave me exercises to do. Since then my shoulder has been virtually pain free. We would certainly sail on Magellan again especially when she sails fron Newcastle. Disembarkation was as efficient as embarkation and we were home in just under an hour of leaving the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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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