7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The itinerary for this cruise was very appealing - not many cruise ships sail up the Amazon, and the price was extremely attractive: 42 nights for under £2k (inside cabin), or around £2.5k (sea view). The boat is old, but having ... Read More
The itinerary for this cruise was very appealing - not many cruise ships sail up the Amazon, and the price was extremely attractive: 42 nights for under £2k (inside cabin), or around £2.5k (sea view). The boat is old, but having cruised on some of the biggest ships, I found that the Magellan is small enough that you soon get to know your fellow travellers, and many of the crew (who were generally very helpful and friendly). We had force 9 storms in the Bay of Biscay, and the ship pitched and rolled, but strangely enough very few people seemed to suffer drom sea sickness. I found the gentle movement of the boat in heavy seas quite relaxing! Unfortunately an earlier review draws attention to the problems with coughs and chest infections on this ship. We suffered the same problem. In fact we heard that 13 people died on this trip (unconfirmed, as the cruise companies naturally do not want this publicised), but we certainly saw hearses driving up to meet the ship in some ports, and enough rumours circulating around the ship to suggest the numbers were well into double figures. The medical centre seemed to be out of its depth and unable to cope - it is a private practice, so money seems to be the overriding motivation for them. We heard of passengers being lumbered with bills for thousands of pounds after their travel insurance companies declined their claim. It is interesting to note that the medical centre ran out of cough mixture after less then two weeks, and there is no on-board pharmacy, so buying even basic medication from them will result in extortionate charges being added to your onboard account. Entertainment was OK - we appreciate its difficult to do 42 consecutive shows on a limited budget. The entgertainers are very talented, and do their best. Lauren (Assistant Cruise Director) is particularly outstanding, and Tony (Cruise Director) did a great job of whipping up the entertainment, but he is now off to Australia to join the Columbus. There were some dodgy old-school stand-up comedians from the UK who should probably have retired years ago! Service in the restaurants was, I thought, outstanding. The food was a bit variable, but generally very adequate, with a good choice. The ship is kept very clean, so I think the infection problem is probably something to do with the ductwork - most people I met suffered coughs and sore throats, and I suspect germs are cirulating through the old piping. The on-board accounting system is outdated - posting an account under your door every two weeks, without even an envelope, is ludicrous. The staff at reception were sometimes a bit stroppy about dealing with errors (and there were a few.....). Cruising the Amazon was interesting, but at times a bit false. Boca da Valeria is a fake village where you will be greeted on arrival by scores of kids demanding money to take photographs of them posing with various animals. We saw a half dead catfish plonked on a table for all to see. Horrible. The 'indigineous tribespeople locals' (ha ha) will happily offer to take you up river to see where they really live for a fistful of dollars...... The rest of the itinerary was great, though the ship-bought excursions are very expensive, and you will do far better buying locally organised tours at the ports. But overall this ship has a good atmosphere, all the facilities you need and, if you stay healthy, you will have a great time. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
we wanted to try and see the northern lights at the northern tip of europe. The Magellans itinerary ticked all the boxes for us. We did indeed see the lights both from a shore excursion and from the ship's deck. it is a bucket list ... Read More
we wanted to try and see the northern lights at the northern tip of europe. The Magellans itinerary ticked all the boxes for us. We did indeed see the lights both from a shore excursion and from the ship's deck. it is a bucket list experience and were glad we did it. The service was excellent - staff worked really hard to make the experience enjoyable. nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was good although a little predictable, but choice in the bistro was somewhat limited. Seating in the Raffles area is limited and resulted in several long waits for a table. i don't know how they could improve this as there didn't seem any available room to fit in extra tables. The entertainment was good by both dancers and guests. The shore excursions were well managed and the guides were really well informed. All in all we enjoyed the cruise and would travel with CMV again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose to cruise the Fjords for 7 days. After reading reviews was not expecting the ship to be up to much, but to our surprise it was a lot better than reviews we had read, having been on P&O, Royal Caribbean cruises in the past we ... Read More
Chose to cruise the Fjords for 7 days. After reading reviews was not expecting the ship to be up to much, but to our surprise it was a lot better than reviews we had read, having been on P&O, Royal Caribbean cruises in the past we thought we would like to go to the Fjords on a cheaper cruise for 7 days. We arrived at Newcastle on the Friday night after a 250 mile trip from down south to make sure we would arrive on time at port on the Saturday. After parking our car at port terminal, all cases removed and not seen again till you reach your cabin. The terminal is well laid out not to big, but we did not have to wait long before being called up to book in, very efficient and not much hanging around, then hop on bus to cruise ship. When on board we were shown to our cabin on deck 5, cabin 5010, and to our surprise cases waiting outside our cabin, that the quickest they have ever been delivered. The cabin is big enough for two people with all the usual things, no tea maker though, cabin nice and clean and cabin steward was very efficient and nothing too much trouble for her. I must say the inside of ship is no way as bad as people make out, everywhere is clean and easy to find as ship is not to big. Lifeboat drill goes on a bit but very efficient. Breakfast was ok, with plenty of food to choose from, the usual breakfast fare. Lunch was also very nice with no complaints from us, plus we never had to cue for a seat, always lucky to find one. At night we were on 1st seating, 5.45, which was a little bit earlier than we were used to on a table of 6, all very nice people, and I must say the food was very good and waiters very nice and polite. We went to the theatre every night and thought the shows were good, singers were ok, but the the dancers were excellent and band was very good to, had a Scottish singer, comedian on for 2 nights, he was alright to. Other venues on ship for drinks and music were very good and well supported, had the drinks package, but found could not keep up with it, to get moneys worth, but if you drink a lot well worth the value. The only down side I will say against the ship was it was not very warm on the ship, plus when ship docked in ports in early hours of morning, you could here engine noise quite loud which woke you up for 45 mins. did not here any other noises, maybe higher up deck you are ok. Overall for the money you pay it was a good cruise, and the Fjords are beautiful and well worth the money, and the ports of call are lovely. I would not travel on Magellan again, because Newcastle is too far up for us to travel every time. But don't let that stop you if you live nearer, it is worth a try for your 1st cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was the first cruise we've done with Cruise and Maritime. We also booked to go back on her in May next year for two weeks to Russia etc. I have to admit that we were a little worried that we would get on the ship and regret that ... Read More
This was the first cruise we've done with Cruise and Maritime. We also booked to go back on her in May next year for two weeks to Russia etc. I have to admit that we were a little worried that we would get on the ship and regret that decision, especially given the number of negative reviews on here. Thankfully, that was not the case. Like others, I have to admit that having sailed with a few other companies, there are definitely better cruise companies out there but those cruise companies are almost double the cost in some cases, so it is a trade off to be fair. If you can afford it, you probably wouldn't choose this company. However, I do think it is the cruisers that makes the cruise and not the company... As for the cruise, it had its good and bad points... Embarkation was quick and efficient. We were on board within 30 minutes and our luggage beat us to our room which was great. After a quick unpack we went for some lunch and a wander round. The ship was clean and conformed to the expected layout. We were on the same floor as the reception, not too far away from the lifts which was great. Then the first negative...the muster. Wow! What an utter farce. I've quite literally never seen anything like it. It was over an hour in total of us all sitting like utter idiots in the large theater, mainly due to a handful of missing cruisers, though why they could not progress everyone and deal with them in due course, I had no clue! The actual drill felt like a complete worthless waste of time and an exercise in ticking the box. Next we were dragged from the hall in single file holding the shoulder of the person in front, which to my mind was downright dangerous! We were then taken to the lifeboats and left to stand in the cold for another fifteen minutes. Its a miracle we all didn't end up ill! This experience did not give us the best, first experience. Then came the next shock at dinner. We were sat at a table with four other people and were told that we had to be seated in the same seats, with the same people, at the same time for the remainder of the cruise and it was not possible to change them. We were lucky, thankfully. We were sat with four friendly, amazing people, whom we have became friends with as a result so it was all good. To be honest it added a dimension to our cruise that we hadn't really experienced before. Normally we tend to keep ourselves to ourselves but I shudder to think how it would have been if we had not gotten along with them. The food was really nice and we always tended to eat in the restaurants whenever we were able. On this cruise it was more of a necessity than normal as there were never enough seats in the buffet area. You literally floated around like ghosts in a pack-man game before giving up and going into the cold to eat instead. It was insane up there so we stayed in the restaurants as much as we could. We purchased the £120 per week drink package each but found out at the end of the week that we could have bought the £39.99 cocktail package each and simply paid for our wine as required, since we only really drank cocktails and a single glass of wine with dinner mainly. There are a number of different kinds of drink packages so make sure you check them all out before buying the expensive larger one as you may find you don't need it. The staff were mostly OK. The cabin steward was friendly and did a good job and the waiters in the restaurants were friendly and talkative and very attentive even when overworked but the remainder of the staff were very hit and miss and could be a little rude on occasion. The entertainment was an exercise in ticking the box. It was unimaginative and downright painful at times to listen to if you have any kind of musical appreciation whatsoever. There was a nice pianist and violin player that did the rounds on the ship and they were very pleasant but the venues they were placed in were not large and could not accommodate many people. Norway was spectacular and no matter what ship you go on, you really must see it. The scenery is breathtaking and no matter what the weather it is awe-inspiring. We did the flam railway in Flam and I would say it is a must see. We even enjoyed the soggy waffles that were served cold with sour cream (I wasn't looking forward to them to be honest lol). In Bergen we did Grieg's house which was incredible. Don't do the ship excursion if you have good mobility as its about twice the price of doing it as we did. Walk round the scenic road out of the harbor and right into town (it takes about twenty minutes) and head over the bridge to the tourist information center, and from there you can catch a bus tour which will do exactly the same tour as the ship for much less. We had a large coach and there was only about 15 people on there. We had a lovely guide and lots of time to wander around on our own. You can even book it online before you sail. Going on our cruise from Newcastle was a first as we only live ten minutes from the cruise port. It was the most relaxed we have ever been at the end of a cruise. We avoided the rush that was the restaurant and simply went home for breakfast! We tried to book a taxi but found that we could simply wait in a line at the port and get one from there quicker. All in all it was a lovely week and a very relaxing holiday. We are very much looking forward to going back in May (though we are praying that they will have improved their muster procedure by then lol). Don't be put off by the reviews. I would simply suggest that you go with a reasonable expectation of what you have purchased and figure out what works for you. Just make the best of it instead of trying to change what doesn't work. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The embarkation at Newcastle was seamless we were in our cabin 30 minutes after getting to the port with our luggage delivered to the cabin. The ship is getting on but is spotlessly clean. We had an inside cabin on deck four but it ... Read More
The embarkation at Newcastle was seamless we were in our cabin 30 minutes after getting to the port with our luggage delivered to the cabin. The ship is getting on but is spotlessly clean. We had an inside cabin on deck four but it was one of the biggest we have had and the bathroom was also large with a good shower. The staff both cabin steward waiters and bar staff were all excellent. The food was very good in the Waldorf restaurant. The buffet food was good but sometimes difficult to find a seat. The entertainment was good especially the comedian. The excursions were very good especially Norway in a nutshell from Flam. Disembarking was equally smooth. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and am already looking forwards to a Baltic cruise next year. We purchased the all inclusive drinks package which was great value at £17 per day each most drinks were available. Read Less
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
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Wanted to see the Fjiords and a cruise out of Dundee suited us perfectly. We were very surprised at the cleanliness and overall appearance of the ship as she is getting on in years. The staff were extremely polite and helpful apart from ... Read More
Wanted to see the Fjiords and a cruise out of Dundee suited us perfectly. We were very surprised at the cleanliness and overall appearance of the ship as she is getting on in years. The staff were extremely polite and helpful apart from one female at reception who was a bit curt when we returned to see if our complaint of a noisy air condition unit in Cabin 7052 had been dealt with .We had put up with the noise for 2 nights and resorted to complaining. We were given another cabin despite being told by the CURT attendant that the ship was full and no other cabins were available. Quite a few gusts had a similar complaint about noise and our second Cabin 7135 was noisy as well with the noise coming from the Dining room Galley above. We put up with it but it marred an otherwise brilliant cruise.The food was excellent in the Waldorf Dining room and the Bistro food was of a good quality albeit a bit difficult o get a seat at times for Breakfast. Entertainment was average apart from the Comedian who put on 2 great shows. However bearing in mind the price of the cruise it was excellent value for Money. Both Cabins we had (both inside) were very big with spacious Bathroom and kept spotless by our cabin attendants. We visited Eindefjiord, Flam , Bergen and Newcastle before returning to Dundee. Best weather was in Newcastle with a mixture of rain and Sun in Norway.Overall an excellent trip but sadly we would not rush back on board Magellan due to the noise issue which was a common complaint . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the value for the dollar (pound). It did not disappoint. The ship is a bit old and tired, but was clean and very acceptable. The cabin was a Standard Twin Plus Ocean View and had ample ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the value for the dollar (pound). It did not disappoint. The ship is a bit old and tired, but was clean and very acceptable. The cabin was a Standard Twin Plus Ocean View and had ample space. The bath design was certainly better than on the Azamara Quest. It was quite acceptable. The food was edible, but certainly nothing to brag about. It was standard British fare. The two pianists were very good, but the duet in the Captain's Lounge was absolutely lame. I could not believe they were being paid to perform. Their was no dancing band or dancing venue. The service was very good. A sizeable group of Ukrainians were particularly excellent in their service. The staff as a whole was friendly and excellent. I had a physical problem during the cruise -- hip and leg pain. The medical staff was outstanding and did their best to help me. Since my wife is a diabetic who does not drink, most cruise lines allow me to by the beverage package, but not her. CMV did not make me by two alcohol packages, but they did make me buy a soft drink package for her even though she doesn't drink anything on that package. That was their concession. The number of non-British couples on board was very low, but the Brits were friendly and entertaining on the whole. I would cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages again. They are a very good value. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We recently went on the above cruise which was our first experience of cruising. We very much enjoyed our voyage but would like to make the following observations in the interest of future improvements. • It would have been helpful to ... Read More
We recently went on the above cruise which was our first experience of cruising. We very much enjoyed our voyage but would like to make the following observations in the interest of future improvements. • It would have been helpful to have had a map outlining our voyage. We passed by many islands but had no idea of their names. A commentary of places we were passing would have been nice. • It would have been better if our journey had been a little more spaced out. I.e. not visiting somewhere every day. A pause would have been good. • Some staff need training in the English language and western ways. Most very pleasant but some appeared rude due to poor command of language. • The Captain did not present well. Again poor English which gave an impression of incompetence. • The menu could have been displayed outside restaurants giving guests an opportunity to browse it prior to meals. It would also have been good to have the wine list available to read in the bars as there was only a limited time to study it at dinner. • We found the shop very expensive with the exception of some alcohol. It would be useful for passengers if it sold toiletries and other items that might have been forgotten or run out. • We had an outside cabin which had an excellent view but an extra chair/stool to put clothes on at night would have been helpful. • The survey we were asked to complete was very limited. It would be better to be able to rate items on a 1-10 scale instead of being asked Yes or No. All in all we had a very pleasant time and loved the places visited. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise as we were able to embark in Dublin so no need to fly and we liked the ports which we had not been to before Very efficient check in we boarded straight away and were taken to our cabin and our bags were already ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we were able to embark in Dublin so no need to fly and we liked the ports which we had not been to before Very efficient check in we boarded straight away and were taken to our cabin and our bags were already there The cabin was fine not the most luxurious but clean and plenty of storage ocean view twin beds small bathroom with basic shower gel and shampoo in dispenser and a shower curtain This is an older ship but the 2 for 1 offer is less than we would pay for one person on other cruises and our friends had the cabin next door We have cruised before but it was their first time and they were happy with it We sailed at 8 to Liverpool had dinner in the Kensington Restaurant the staff were very friendly and the food excellent no complaints we asked for a different table next day and were seated by the window which was lovely the service was very good We took the great value £17 per day drinks package it was excellent value Lovely day in Liverpool and then a sea day before Honfleur then Rouen and Guernsey and the last port was Scilly Isles where we went to Abbey Gardens in Tresco the highlight of the cruise The entertainment was not the best but the Russian show was great the comedian was dire not at all funny but there was plenty to do and the pianist violinist and the band were excellent Twice there was slight flooding in the toilets in the public areas and the aircon in the room was quite noisy as we found engine noise when at sea but these are minor things Pity that the breakfast finishes so early as if not in by 9.30 they are closed and buffet on deck 10 is just average and seating at a premium on sea days Great selection of bars great prices for drinks and cocktails all areas clean with lovely staff We read some bad reviews which we felt were not fair as it can not be compared to the big cruise lines and it is very good value we have been on many others which were 5 star this would be 3 and our friends have booked for one on this ship for next year We would also use it again in the future Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Wanted to experience a cruise but wanted interesting places and photographic experiences. We decided on Iceland for this reason knowing it wasn't going to be a Sun holiday. Ship fine, food fine, staff really lovely with special ... Read More
Wanted to experience a cruise but wanted interesting places and photographic experiences. We decided on Iceland for this reason knowing it wasn't going to be a Sun holiday. Ship fine, food fine, staff really lovely with special mention of Gilbert our cabin steward and Edy from the Bistro restaurant. Not enough Cinema and the first two films were really Naf for an adult only cruise - finding Dory and La La land!!!!!!!!!. Entertainment crew not the best although the dancers were really good. One of the girls couldn't hold a note and put the others off. Jean Michel was by far the best singer. We booked an outside cabin and ended up with a porthole that was blacked out most of the trip, would have preferred a window. The Captain and crew marvellous and constantly walked about talking to the passengers. Iceland far far too expensive but not cruise fault. All in all cruising not out cup of tea. Talking of which our drinks package did not include coffees which it should do. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
ICELAND LAND OF ICE AND FIRE CRUISE JUNE 2017 Embarkation Our first time with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. There was a bus provided from Cork by JMG but we made our own way to Dublin Port. Having had experience of long ... Read More
ICELAND LAND OF ICE AND FIRE CRUISE JUNE 2017 Embarkation Our first time with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. There was a bus provided from Cork by JMG but we made our own way to Dublin Port. Having had experience of long chaotic embarkation procedures in the past we found this so simple. On board in 15 minutes . We were warmly greeted by staff and were escorted to our cabin and our bags arrived 5 minutes later. Everyone was given a time of embarkation which made it run much smoother. Our cabin 6129 - superior twin inner. Perfect location mid ship so equidistant to everywhere really. Great also for those who are not great rough sea travellers. We were next to the Fan room so expected the noise from that and had read people complaints in reviews in reference to this.. We heard a lot of people complain of this on this cruise but we did not notice it at all and I would be a very light sleeper. Our first time having an inside cabin without windows. Room very spacious. Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Adequate wardrobe space. Ensure suitcases are not too high to enable them to fit under bed - adhere to measurements given in pre cruise documentation. Shower room very spacious and retracting line in shower should you wish to do some washing. Plenty of shower and shampoo available in dispensers but if you are fussy bring your own. We did and found the smell of the shower gel very sweet flowery scent which I personally didn't like. Hair dryer adequate as a travel hairdryer would be. Two different amp sockets on wall so use higher voltage one to get better power. Bring an adaptor with you as sockets are European- two prong. Cannot fault the ship it being an older ship. Every feature was better than expected - cleanliness, staff, spacious public rooms, lovely theatre, open decks, etc. Nothing was too much trouble for their very peasant and well-trained staff. A very affordable holiday. We will certainly .cruise with them again. DINING We had requested an early sitting . We were allocated to the Waldorf Restaurant at the sitting of 17.45 . Late sitting was at 20.15. The other restaurant Kensington had sittings at 18.15 and 20.30 We liked the early sitting especially on days at sea. On our days ashore if late back we preferred to head to Raffles Bistro on our return. People at the late sitting didn't appear to leave the restaurants until after 10.30 which I would consider late. Food at Waldorf was lovely and staff so friendly. Raffles Bistro - typical buffet style perhaps not as good a selection as on bigger ships but very tasty and have to say we ate too much. We also chose Raffles for breakfast and enjoyed the delicious omelettes at the Egg station. The Bistro always packed for lunch especially on days at sea but you would always get a seat. Good selection of teas and coffee at the drink station . If you wanted a hot chocolate you had to pay for it. Drinks packages were available at £17 a day. Not great drinkers and not sure how we would be with some rough seas possible we didn't bother with this and bought a drink whenever we felt like one. Overall drinks very reasonable . Oh we did try a cocktail package - 10 cocktails for £29.99 which was fine. Bars were spacious with different entertainment at each venue. ENTERTAINMENT Singer in Taverners Pub was not the best but we made the most of it. Loved the classical music in Hampton Bar by two very talented musicians and a lovely venue. Pianist in Sinatra's lounge also very good. Evening shows - two shows 1930 and 2100. some of the shows unremarkable though enthusiastic singer, dancers and comedians. Some shows better than others. From Russia with Love particularly stands out - excellent. Morgan Lee Jones comedian. Enjoyed the formal nights. Mixed attire. Men in suits or tuxedos. Women in evening gowns, cocktail dresses or elegant day dresses. Whatever you are comfortable with. Enjoyed talks and lecture held during the day. Some excellent speakers - Cliff Jones in particular was amazing and the auditorium packed for all of his lectures. Also John Riley lectures on photography very good. Photographers following you everywhere especially if on tours. some people were very rude to them - they are only doing their job and were lovely young people. no harm browsing through the photos. We actually bought a few and they looked after us well having not bought a photo package. PORTS OF CALL Just a note that on other cruises that we were on the ship provided maps of the city or port that was being visited but not on the Magellan on this cruise. We had printed maps out before we left home and researched each port as we had not booked excursions except for one. Hint: Take down number of the ships emergency contact number on the daily programme and take it with you just in case you run into difficulty or run late. LIVERPOOL. Berthed at Liverpool Cruise Terminal a short walk to the city. Taxi rank adjacent to the exit of the cruise terminal. Tourist office located at the Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre. We firstly walked into the city and headed for the Cavern on Mathew Street - synonymous with the Beatles. Victoria Square nearby and Eleanor Rigby statue. Hop on hop off bus stop just outside terminal. We availed of this later on in the day ( £8 each. )Took about an hour to complete the full tour without getting off. We actually ended up going back to the ship for something to eat and a rest and headed back out again. We had a fantastic guide Chris . Recommend it. At the stop for the Metropolitean Cathedral which is an interesting building our guide recommended visiting the Philharmonic Dining Rooms - a listed building - one of the most ornate buildings in Liverpool - with exquisite interior - lovely for a glass of wine , a local ale or something to eat. And of course there is shopping for anyone interested! Got a wonderful send off from Liverpool with singing from the Mersey Choir and Beatles Puppets. DAY AT SEA A little rough as one can expect in the North Sea - it didn't bother us but some people were affected. Must recommend the Physiotherapist /Massage therapy in the Spa Centre. Rado gave us an excellent talk and a lot of people attended for a free consultation. Prices very reasonable and packages available. LERWICK SHETLANDS Tendered - so keep this in mind if reduced mobility and want to go ashore. Must say that the ship staff were fantastic assisting anyone who needed help. Tours were offered by the ship. We had arranged our own tour at this port. www.shetlandminibustours.co.uk . Shetland Minibus Tours is run by Grant Redfern, an experienced and independent Shetland tour guide who was born and grew up on the Shetland Islands. Offering minibus (8 seats) tours the length and breadth of the Islands. There were 6 on our tour. We had the tour booked for 9.00 as the ship was in very early. But the first tender for independent travellers was supposed to be at 9.15. We approached Staff at reception desk the night before and they kindly sorted us out. South mainland tour - EXCELLENT TOUR - we were able to travel to places that the bigger buses were unable to get to and were able to leave an attraction whenever we wanted to at our own pace. Weather wet and foggy but Grant our guide would go to where the weather was brighter. We visited Scalloway Castle, Croft house Museum, St Ninians Isle, Carols Shetland Ponies, Jarlshof, and Sumburgh Head - the highlight being the puffins visible at close proximity. Got to spend a little time in the town and worth a stroll around. Great selection of pubs , restaurants and shops. Don't forget to buy some Puffin Pooh or some lovely puffin toys available among other souvenirs at the tourist office near the pier. The locals love to stop and have a chat . If you decide not to do a tour there is a nice walk to the Knab along the shore line. KOLLAFJORDUR FAROE ISLANDS Magnificent scenery cruising into Kollafjordur. Not much to see or do around Kollafjordur itself unless you like to hike a little . Again we did not book a tour here. We had checked with the cruise company if there would be a bus provided to Torshavn and they replied that possibly so but that they could not confirm it until we were onboard the ship. Shuttle buses supplied but limited in number ( 3 ) so obvious queues . we waited 20 - 25 minutes and the journey to Torshavn which is lovely in itself took about 20 minutes- very much shortened by travelling through the long tunnel . Torshavn a delightful cosy little town - Bus stopped near the Fortress and Lighthouse and a short walk to the centre and to the old parliament - Tignanes area - Lovely little churches worth visiting and cemetery worth a visit and narrow streets to wander around. It was a Sunday so unfortunately for many people the shops were closed. There was a lovely little supermarket where one could get a nice cup of coffee or tea and cakes and staff very friendly. The young people working there were interested in where we came from and showed us the Faroese notes and we were able to get some as a souvenir. Lovely little cafe Paname Cafe was opened. There was just one little gift shop opened on the day. Tourist information centre in centre of town with toilet facilities. There is a local bus service - red town buses free to travel on which travels around the immediate town area if you wanted to see around the area without having to walk its an option. Amazing scenery cruising out of the fjord SEYDISFJORDUR ICELAND Yet another beautiful journey through the fjord - numerous waterfalls streaming down the volcanic cliffs visible on all sides. A tiny little village easy to walk around - short distance from where we were berthed. First stop a walk to the beautiful waterfall that we could see on arrival. Ground was wet and slippery in parts . Further along the road a walk to Tvisongur Sound Sculpture located on the mountain side. Tvisongur is a site-specific sound sculpture by German artist Lukas Kühne and is located on a mountainside above the town of Seydisfjordur. Again good walking shoes recommended.. About a 20 minute walk along a path across from the fish factory just outside of the village.. The work is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. The heights of the domes are between 2 and 4 meters and they cover an area of about 30 square meters. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone. Nice views from here also. The picturesque Bláa Kirkjan ( Blue Church) is one of the historic timber buildings in town. There are several other walks - a walk to Fjardarsel Hydro Plant about a half hours walk from the town. Take a short walk along by the river bank which is lovely. Purchased my stamps for postcards here in the supermarket as post office closed by the time I got to it. Also bank link at supermarket to get some Krona. Credit cards acceptable everywhere but its handy to have a few krona for public toilets - generally charge 200 - 300 Krona for toilet facilities. Shops opened selling souvenirs and Kaffi Lara - El Grillo Bar nice for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a snack or a local beer. One of our favourite ports of call. AKUREYRI Yet another magnificent fjord journey to here. A 5 to 10 minute walk to centre. We recommend travelling on the free of charge local city buses. Route 5 and 6 the most interesting and gives you a feel for the town. Lots of museums to visit. Lots of souvenir shops for you to browse in. Botanical gardens small but interesting and also visit to the churches. Nice little cafes. Home to the northernmost golf course in the world for those interested. ISAFJORDUR ICELAND Tendered here. Collect your tender tickets at the Taverners Pub when you are ready to go and they announce the boat departures - then head to the gangway. Called into the tourist information near the pier and they were very helpful and got a map with self guided walks. About a 5 minute walk to the town centre. A very small town . We liked it here - liked the remoteness . Small botanical Garden here also..We walked out of town climbing up on the avalanche blocking barrier walls great views over the town and fjord. Two churches to visit a tiny catholic church and the other Ísafjarðarkirkja a modernist church's altarpiece that has over 100 doves, each one made by a local during a group art-making project. Lovely little bakeries on the street Gamia Bakard and also Bakarinn bakery cafe. There is bar also if you fancied a drink. Visited the supermarket here and got a few items to bring home - actually a nice souvenir is some hand ground sea salt from the area presented beautifully and some delicious Icelandic sweets especially the liquorice ones coated in coconut and chocolate - went down a real treat with workmates and not that expensive compared to other items. REYKJAVIK Overnight here. Tourist visitor centre at pier - maps of city available. Good selection of souvenirs available and post box , last opportunity to send postcards. Phone internet and toilet facilities here. We weren't sure until week before that we were able to go on cruise so had not tours booked and by the time we got to book many were gone. Had thought about the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon combined tour but that was booked out - we did manage to book the Golden Circle tour for the second day - our last day. So our first day we had a late start. It is tiring after all the ports of call. We got the hop on hop off bus from the pier. €35 can use it for 2 days. We gave ours away to tow people that we met on the ship. Takes one hour to do full circle. We got off at Hallgirmskirkja Church. €8 to go in the elevator to top of tower and we thought worth it for the views. timing is everything we had visited the church first but it was then closed for an hour or two as there was a concert. Downhill to centre of town there is a nice cafe - Kaffitar on Bankastraeti which offers coffee refills among other drinks and nice sandwiches and cakes. For those interested there is I know !! a Christmas Shop on Laugavegur street the main shopping street - some beautiful ornaments - again a nice souvenir. Some more expensive than others. In the evening we actually walked into Reykjavik from Skarfabakki cruise quay were we were berthed - a 4.3 mile walk ( 50 minutes with stops along the way. ) along the shoreline path passing through Laugarnes - a quarter that contains a historic site probably where the first settlement was situated. Continue along until you come to Harpa the concert hall - worth a look inside. The local buses no 16 runs to the cruise terminal op to 19.99hrs and the no16 runs some of the way with a short walk - the bus driver would tell you where to get off. I think it worked out about € 3 to 4 for the bus one way. Bus station quite central Last day we took The golden Circle tour with the ship. An early start meeting point outside the visitor centre. Comfortable buses. Excellent tour guide. busy schedule - over 8 hour day. A little walking involved. The main stops - Hervagerdi ( where earthquake hit ) Geyser, Thingvellir and Gulfoss and Perlan on return.. Lunch included at Hotel Geyser which was lovely and catered for those of us that had dietary issues of didn't eat fish!! Amazing scenery - again weather not the best and cold. But that is what you can expect when you travel here so be prepared. A long day. I can see why those who had combined tour with Blue Lagoon were shattered as they had another 2 - 3 hours. Recommend splitting and doing on different days. Speaking with other passengers who had booked tours at each port of call especially the local area tours - they were disappointed and regretted not going independently. We were glad that we had booked the tour on the last day as it was followed by two days at sea so we could recover. Weather a little better on return journey so able to get out on deck - people availing of the pool area. Watch out for wonderful wildlife, birds and whales. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, for us it was the destination and we had no great expectations of the ship itself but it surprised us on all aspects. This cruise is available again next year we understand and we would do it all over again. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I am a very experienced cruiser having predominantly sailed with Cunard and Royal Caribbean. My daughter who is in her mid thirties had never cruised as she is a teacher and it is far too expensive in the school holidays. We jumped at this ... Read More
I am a very experienced cruiser having predominantly sailed with Cunard and Royal Caribbean. My daughter who is in her mid thirties had never cruised as she is a teacher and it is far too expensive in the school holidays. We jumped at this cruise as it was at half term, adults only and a great price. I will be honest and say I wasn't expecting very much but our experience was brilliant. We had a superior inside cabin which was spacious, comfortable and kept spotlessly clean by our lovely stewardess. We had chosen late dining which suited us and had lovely people on our table who we enjoyed meeting up with to chat about the day. The food was of a very good standard and we ate there every evening. Our ports of call were Antwerp, Rouen and Le Havre. Complimentary buses were provided to the town centre. This doesn't happen on Cunard if you are on the saver fares. You have to pay so well done Cruise and Maritime. We enjoyed all ports of call and just did our own thing which was great. Back on board there were quizzes, lectures, crafts etc. We enjoyed all of them and came away with some lovely homemade items. The maximum cost for classes was £5. We also had the drinks package at £17 which included wine and cocktails although the drinks prices were very reasonable. A cocktail was only £4. Our opinion was we had a lovely time and would not hesitate to use the Magellan again. Good food, friendly staff and clean. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have just returned from a very enjoyable Norwegian Fjordland cruise on the Magellan. After we booked it, I read some very negative reviews on the site but I am happy to say that our experience was somewhat different. Yes, the cabin may ... Read More
We have just returned from a very enjoyable Norwegian Fjordland cruise on the Magellan. After we booked it, I read some very negative reviews on the site but I am happy to say that our experience was somewhat different. Yes, the cabin may not have been bang up to date but it was spotlessly clean as was the rest of the ship. The food was excellent and the entertainment was good. All the staff were friendly and our waiters and cabin steward were brilliant. My husband has various food intolerances, especially to preservatives, and the Maitre D at our restaurant checked with the baker that he could eat the rolls, even going to his cabin to wake him up and check. Poor soul. Disembarkation was smooth . Some people had to queue for embarkation because the ship was late arriving but they had caught up by the time our slot came...we were the last. Trips were well organised and enjoyable. We were a bit worried when we saw where our cabin was, deck 4, the lowest passenger deck, next to the crew's restaurant, I think. But it was quiet and we never had any problems waiting for the lifts. A plumbing problem in the cabin was dealt with immediately it was reported, The waiting area in Tilbury is in a beautiful, historical building. Our only gripe is with the poor signage around the port. On leaving, we and a few others ended up at the freight terminal instead of on the road home. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
A good value cruise, but Tilbury was rather disorganised for embarkation especially as previously we had experienced Newcastle which was excellent. The ship is small enough to navigate where one needs to get to easily, without getting ... Read More
A good value cruise, but Tilbury was rather disorganised for embarkation especially as previously we had experienced Newcastle which was excellent. The ship is small enough to navigate where one needs to get to easily, without getting lost. The dining is excellent with lots of choice,& the staff are very obliging. Second sitting see the show before dinner, & first sitting see it after dinner. The shows reminded me of school productions, with gaps between scenes, & lots of whooping, & loud whistles. All the costumes were good, & the musicians were excellent. Some interesting history talks regarding the Russian Tsars, which gave us background for our trips to Peterhof Palace & Catherine Palace. The palaces are out of this world with lots of gold, & wonderful fountains, & I would highly recommend visiting them. They were the highlight of our cruise. A visa is required for Russia if you want to go it alone, & are expensive. If you pre- book online with a Russian tour company you do not need a visa, or indeed with the ship. Beware, we have been charged twice for our trips, & are in the process of trying to sort it out, so keep all your paperwork when you get home! We visited Copenhagen, Warnemunde (a pretty seaside place so advise not to spend 6 hours on a couch to Berlin.) Helsinki, & Tallinn. The days at sea mean the Raffles self service restaurant is inadequate to seat everyone, so rather chaotic, but the food was very good, & plentiful. We booked direct with Cruise & Maritime & expected to get the best price booking direct, however on the day we were booking Planet cruise were offering it for £100 less & CMV would not price match, so shop around! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We always wanted to see more of the world but work and family made it difficult so when retired Magellan gave us the opportunity. Cabin steward brilliant. Food ok but too spicy for us. Waldorf restaurant good. Entertaining really good ... Read More
We always wanted to see more of the world but work and family made it difficult so when retired Magellan gave us the opportunity. Cabin steward brilliant. Food ok but too spicy for us. Waldorf restaurant good. Entertaining really good shows. Should have been informed US dollars were accepted everywhere instead of us getting out various currencies. Shore excursions were well managed but people disembarking on booked excursions should have taken priority over independent passengers because it became very crowded at certain ports. Overall we had a wonderful experience. The countries we visited were an experience we will never forget. Some ports of call were too short more time needed to take in the sights. On board the staff were attentive and polite throughout. I was taken ill on one tour and received excellent care by the ship courier who came on the trip with us. Medical staff excellent. Could not fault level of care given. Birthday while on board was recognised by cabin staff and gave card &a towel decoration. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Cruise and Maritime. MV Magellan, round the world maiden cruise, 120 nights. Sailed from Tilbury UK. I joined the Magellan, on the 5th of January 2017. I have previoulsy sailed with Holland America, and Voyages of Discovery. I ... Read More
Cruise and Maritime. MV Magellan, round the world maiden cruise, 120 nights. Sailed from Tilbury UK. I joined the Magellan, on the 5th of January 2017. I have previoulsy sailed with Holland America, and Voyages of Discovery. I Picked this one as it was my 65th year. I made many friends, I particulary enjoyed the Restarant Open seating dining at breakfast and lunchtime. In the evening a seating plan was in use. The Bistro deck also had a Buffet style arrangement. Guest Relation's put on events for single travellers which was good for me, also other social events were staged, e.g. Quiz,Dance, and Bridge sessions to name a few. A range of guest lecturers kept us entertained on a range of subjects appertaing to our cruise itinery. a Full range of excursions as you would expect, reasonably priced in my oppionion. I enjoyed the trip so much iam going on CMV MV Columbus in january. This time around I aim to undertake more ship board life. Standards were genearlly good, if you are a top of the range traveller, this style would not be for you.However it was exceptional value for your pound. Read Less
84 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise to be away from home for Christmas and the New Year. The Ship, Cabin, Crew and most entertainers staff were absolutely superb. We chose the second sitting, and were served admirably by our waiters. Our table chums ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be away from home for Christmas and the New Year. The Ship, Cabin, Crew and most entertainers staff were absolutely superb. We chose the second sitting, and were served admirably by our waiters. Our table chums were very good company, the food on the whole was very acceptable. Although the entertainment was not really to my taste, but my wife loved it, i could see that a great deal of thought and rehearsal had gone into producing the shows. Both my wife and i did find the classical music in the Hamptons lounge great. Each evening we were there before going to Dinner into the Kensington. I found the on board lecturer a little tedious, with a subject matter of Yachting, DIY and weather i was looking forward to some good quality talks. Unfortunately this particular lecturer was most biased about his own self importance and past life, having listened to why his first wife left him (do i really need to know that?) i then listened to the first talk about sailing around the world. unfortunately his talk was all about him, not the yacht or voyage. I was aware of at least 2 offshore deep sea yachtsmen on board who all agreed that the talks were very uninformative. a surprise really as it transpired that he is a RYA instructor. I managed 2 talks before deciding i would rather do 6 dog watches in a storm than listen to him. The Garden lecturer was however very good, knowledgable about her subject and engaging. A down side to the cruise, was the constant moaning of any passenger's beyond a certain age. I have never heard so much gossip, untruths and rudeness. I dared to ask one passenger who was loudly moaning why he had chosen to come on a cruise, he said that his son made hm come away at christmas. Both my wife and i came to the uncharitable conclusion that the Christmas Cruise on board the Maggellan had many passenger's whose offspring had off loaded them onto CMV! Still we were not going to allow these sad passengers ruin our holiday, even though they tended to hog seats. We did try the on deck buffet a couple of times but left it to the old food monsters who had made the deck buffet their home. Unfortunately we missed madeira due to a heavy swell, but were treated to a wonderful firework display in the company of 10 other cruise ships, superb bit of "on station" handling of the ship, from the bridge. All other ports were just great. I agree with a previous poster that It was nice to see some Dutch passengers on the ship. The Ship rode any inclement weather very well, the worst sea state was a swell of around 4mts and winds of 30kts, but she rode the elements very well. nobody should have any problems with motion on the Magellan. Cabin? Big, comfy & great 4028.... but we chose carefully, fwd of midships. I heard anything aft of amidships was a bit creaky, but we never ventured down there! so in in five words? "WE HAD A GREAT CRUISE" Read Less
46 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This is our third time with CMV, and the second time we’ve been on the Magellan. The value for money is outstanding, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of our fellow passengers obviously went on the cruise simply to find fault with ... Read More
This is our third time with CMV, and the second time we’ve been on the Magellan. The value for money is outstanding, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of our fellow passengers obviously went on the cruise simply to find fault with anything they could, some of the best entertainment was listening to the moaning! Too many sea days and it was too cold in the Canaries were amongst our favourites - along with "the trouble with cruise ships is that they can't fly"... If you’re unhappy with life, then a cruise isn’t going to put it right, however hard they try. And the ship staff do try! Our last cruise was on the Regal Princess – with over 4000 passengers. Throughout the cruise, I kept asking myself if there was anything I missed from the Regal that wasn’t available on Magellan and really couldn’t think of anything. In fact, the smaller ship had many advantages over the larger ship – it was friendlier (you saw people twice!) and much easier to find your way around. We were delighted to find ourselves on the same table – with the same waiter – as last time on the Magellan. Zay Yar, hailing from Myanmar is still by far the best waiter we’ve had on any ship. Eating on the second sitting let him advise on dishes – if we chose something that didn’t go down too well on the first sitting, then he’d let us know. I can’t think that there was anything I didn’t like during the whole cruise. I’m not keen on desserts, so he’d always bring a cold starter or salad instead – and dealt with my allergy to cheese superbly – especially on Italian night, where he went through the menu the night before. Overall, we found the food to be excellent in the restaurants. We didn’t really go to the buffet, except for a couple of breakfasts as it was open slightly later than the restaurants. Having the drinks package meant that we didn’t have to serve ourselves with orange juice – and the day we went, I spotted a “minute steak special” – the regular waiters had no idea, but as soon as I asked the Maitre d’ (just look for stripes!), he asked where I was sitting and brought it to me. That’s my type of buffet! We sat by the pool and had no problem getting a table, but it’s a shame that breakfast isn’t served later in the restaurants, although it's still buffet style, we preferred it. The Waldorf tended to be quieter at breakfast and lunch as it’s at the end of the ship, both serve the same food. We’re gold passengers, so had a 5% discount on the drinks package, making it just over £16 a day, which we found to be good value, especially as it let us try out some cocktails – some of them we really wouldn’t have twice (like the Apotheke, a dreadful mix of crème de menthe, Martini Rosso and something else!) But I quickly got something I liked to take the taste away! We were impressed by the quality of the house wines and sparkling wine, although it would have been nice if tea/coffee were included. For the first time, we had a guaranteed cabin saving some money, meaning that we hadn’t chosen the cabin. Another first was that our baggage actually arrived before we did! We were very happy with 6082 until the sea was very rough on the way back and there was a very bad hammering noise. We’d convinced ourselves that they wouldn’t do anything about it, but after no sleep, I finally snapped at around 5am one morning and we called reception. Within minutes, a friendly face appeared, couldn’t fix the problem and said he’d report it to reception. A few minutes later, the phone rang and said that we could have a “sleeping cabin” on deck 4. We went in our dressing gowns and slept for the rest of the night. Why we didn’t do it sooner is beyond me, and very much our fault for not letting CMV have the chance to rectify the situation, which they did very well indeed. After all, they can’t put right a problem they don’t know about. The cabins are fine, if simple – one tip is that the toiletries are basic, so if you’re fussy, then bring your own favourite brands. Unlike some other passengers, we didn’t get any towel animals which are always a bit of fun. Fellow passengers were a fair mix – if you’re under 60, it’s a great way to feel young as most passengers will be older than you, although on the whole CMV passengers do seem to be full of life. There aren’t many ships where the main lounge is still busy after midnight! We're always delighted to see a smattering of fellow EU citizens on the ship from the Netherlands and Germany, just giving it that more cosmopolitan edge. Having said that, we were exceedingly careful to keep our political views to ourselves during the trip, knowing that we'd probably disagree with the vast majority of fellow cruisers. You really need to go with the flow with the daytime activities and evening entertainment – as much as carpet bowls on a rocky ship can be very entertaining, it’s true to say there are some things to laugh at, rather than laugh with… Christmas day was a bit quiet – until dinner – when we had rocket balloons which were exceptionally entertaining – probably the most fun meal I’ve ever had. Santa Claus was also kind - cufflinks, cards and chocolates were on the beds which was a nice touch. We were a little surprised to find no theatre entertainment on New Year’s Eve, but after dinner, it was great fun. The excursions well organised and interesting, and not too dear if you compare them with other cruise lines. Having spent $199 (plus $3.95 connection) on the Regal for 4 hours of internet, £35 for 12 hours wasn’t too bad at all, although I do wonder when it’ll be a little faster. I’ve no idea why, but we were invited to the Captain’s table one night which was a lovely and unexpected touch. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and felt very spoiled and privileged, having two senior officers and the Captain as dinner companions, although I did joke about having to eat with the staff! The next day, we were invited onto the bridge which is always fascinating. One thing that does need addressing, however, was that the gangways were inadequate, especially in Tenerife where it was a rickety staircase from Deck 5, not even a ramp. Considering the amount of frail and disabled passengers onboard, CMV really does need to liaise better with the port authorities. Ports - Amsterdam - 10 minutes easy walk into town for the able bodied, although a new cruise terminal is being built out of the city. We just had a coffee with friends. Gibraltar - If you’ve done the rock tour, then there’s not that much else to do. The walk into town is an easy 10-20 minutes, no need for a taxi if you’re able bodied. The biggest disappointment for some was that M&S was closed as it was Boxing Day! Lanzarote - Fire island tour – fascinating volcanic landscape, the only shame is that the tour didn’t drop us into town, rather than having to get the shuttle bus back in. Gran Canaria - First time I’d been – we had a wander around and a nice lunch on the square near the ship after nearly being ripped off at a beach café. We were lucky that the Science Museum had an open day - it was very interesting. Tenerife - Probably the outstanding tour of the trip – La Orotava was an amazingly gorgeous little town, with a highlight of a huge nativity scene at the Town Hall. We then went to Puerto de la Cruz, unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time there, but we were supposed to leave earlier than we did due to not tendering in Madeira. Again, the tour bus didn’t drop us off in town after our excursion, so we had to go to the cruise terminal and back onto the shuttle bus, which was an unexpectedly short journey. Madeira - Couldn’t tender as weather too rough, but still caught the fireworks, which were spectacular. Lisbon - Went to Sintra and Cascais. The weather was too wet to do much walking, but that certainly isn’t the fault of the cruise line. In Sintra, we went to the Myths and Legends museum which was great fun. In Cascais, we went to a lovely restaurant “Jardim dos Frangos” where we had a lovely lunch and sheltered from the rain To be honest, I can’t recommend the Magellan enough. Personally, I’ve been as happy (or even happier) in an inside cabin on the Magellan as I’ve been on any other ship, even if it’s got a balcony or a butler. We go with no expectations, and generally speaking, our expectations are usually exceeded. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I choose my 1st cruise because I didn't need to fly. I travelled from Aberdeen to London by train & stayed overnight before getting coach to Tilbury from Victoria. After traffic problems embarking was so easy & I was in my ... Read More
I choose my 1st cruise because I didn't need to fly. I travelled from Aberdeen to London by train & stayed overnight before getting coach to Tilbury from Victoria. After traffic problems embarking was so easy & I was in my cabin on Atlantic deck before I realised where I was.Lovely spacious clean cabin with so much wardrobe space.Took me a while to find my way about but soon worked out which lift took me to cabin. Invite to Solos Cocktail party was a lovely surprise & chance to meet people also on their own. My fellow table guests had all cruised before & soon put me at my ease. Meals were excellent & even when I didn't like the choices there was always something lovely to eat. Breakfast & lunch was free seating so gave a chance to mix with many different guests. It was always good to meet up at own table at dinner to catch up with the others. I went on 6 organised trips & had a great time especially the wine tasting ones. Shame weather was so bad in Lisbon that we really didn't see much. I loved the huge choice of drinks available on all inc package. It was fantastic & well worth it. I enjoyed the entertainment in Show Lounge & Captains Club as it suited my tastes.Shame so many people complained that it was poor but each to there own. I loved the chance to be in the Choir. It was a great experience being on stage singing excerpts from Les Mis. Brought us together as a group. I felt the days at sea lacked a little in entertainment especially if weather wasn't ideal for sitting out. All the staff were attentive & very friendly. Loved the fireworks in Madeira. A stunning experience. I will certainly try the Magellan or sister ships again as I met so many lovely people who helped make my 1st cruise a great success. On arriving back at Tilbury we were last off but arrived in Victoria in 50 mins. Once I got used to the odd noises & the layout I really did enjoy myself. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Got back today. We sailed from Tilbury, having used the Victoria Coach Shuttle service. This ran smoothly and professionally. Embarkation was the same ( the only problem were the passengers who insisted that they were far more important ... Read More
Got back today. We sailed from Tilbury, having used the Victoria Coach Shuttle service. This ran smoothly and professionally. Embarkation was the same ( the only problem were the passengers who insisted that they were far more important than anyone else ). Our cabin was spotlesss and apart from being too hot ( maintenance staff soon rectified this ) was very comfortable. Dining on the first evening was not pleasant, as all those allocated to their particular restaurant were kept waiting outside the restaurant until the doors were opened. Again the behaviour of some passengers pushing and shoving left a lot to be desired. The food was expertly presented, but nothing special. As a result of this we chose to use the buffet restaurant for the remainder, We had to choose our moment as it was very popular. The entertainment catered for everyone - classical violinists / lounge music or cabaret. Last night we chose to watch the pantomime. It was SO BAD...it ended up being really funny !! The drinks were, I thought, very reasonably priced. I would say that the level of service was 99% good - the exception being the drinks waiter we had for the restaurant meal. Very pompous but it could have been a language problem Our our disembarkation when visiting Amsterdam was smooth and the visit itself enjoyable but there are mad bicyclists EVERYWHERE, and their rules of the road differ vastly from the UK. Getting back on the ship was a nightmare - only one x-ray machine working. Much heightened security at Antwerp Xmas Market for obvious reasons, but loved it!! Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Took the shuttle from Victoria so embarkation was very smooth because we were the last to board. Even so there was time to eat before boat drill if you had wanted to. My cabin 6090 was sold as a superior single, actually contained two ... Read More
Took the shuttle from Victoria so embarkation was very smooth because we were the last to board. Even so there was time to eat before boat drill if you had wanted to. My cabin 6090 was sold as a superior single, actually contained two single divans and as such had ample storage space, very pleased with it. Unlike on previous trips with CMV we did not actually go to our lifeboats, reason given was that it was a bit cold.... do hope this is not the start of a trend. Dinner consisted of five courses and was of a good standard with efficient friendly service. The entertainment in the main show lounge was pleasant and energetic, ok its not West end standard but enjoyable non the less and the team are very versatile. After the show there is a quiz or game show in the Captains club followed by some of the show team putting on a half hour themed set, i.e. sixties... party. etc. Magellan does vibrate somewhat at low speed, this did not effect my cabin but heard some people complaining about it. My one gripe on the first night only, was that my cabin was quite hot.. fiddled with air con controls but to no avail, this was only a problem on the first night, temperature settled down after that. Due to other vessels approaching Amsterdam we were an hour and a half late docking, however our departure time was put back by the same amount so no sight seeing time was lost. Was actually quite useful because a lot of the tourist attractions do not open until about 10 or 11. Added bonus was seeing the Marco Polo who was in dry dock, had we arrived on time would have been too dark to see her. Our second stop was in Antwerp, docks within easy reach of the historic area, very easy to get around on foot. Free maps available as you enter terminal, friendly staff will circle any attractions you might be interested in. There are several lounge/bars on board and there is entertainment in all of them, ranging from an actual show in the main theatre to gentle background music. There were a couple of very good female violinists playing classical music who were particularly good. Really was something for all tastes musically. Service in the bars and lounges was very good, even when there was heavy demand. My cabin steward was friendly and helpful, did have a problem with the safe at one point but it was sorted out withing half an hour. Breakfast in the buffet offered a wide selection of hot and cold food, towards the end of service there did seem to be the usual problem of not enough tables, although some of this was due to people who had eaten lingering. Self service tea and coffee was available 24 hours a day, on last night did use this facility at 1.30am and there was no shortage of cups. could also get iced water. Magellan may not be the newest ship in the world but she is pleasant to travel on, atmosphere very friendly. The library features lovely chesterfield settees and a fire place, nice place to sit and read or relax. Reminded me somewhat of the Balmoral. There were those aboard who seemed to take delight in moaning about every little thing, there had been a mistake over the opening date of the Antwerp Christmas market and unfortunately , despite originally listings it as the main attraction in Antwerp, it was not due to open until two days after we visited. CMV however had addressed the problem and laid on free shuttles to Brussels for those who wanted to visit a market. There were also complaints that there was no Market in Amsterdam even thought the brochure had never claimed that there was. Most of the complaints about this seemed to stem from people who had booked via third party web sites and newspaper adverts. Had sympathy with those who had cabins effect by the vibrations, seemed to be mainly a few cabins towards the stern regardless of deck, did seem to improve once we were in the open sea. I totally agree with complaining if you think you are not getting the experience you paid for but , complain to the right person. Shouting at the person on the customer service desk generally will not produce results. Also be realistic, prizes on cruise ship generally are low value and likely to have come from the souvenir shop, not the duty free. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, met some interesting people, visited interesting places. and would happily travel on Magellan again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The cruise was booked a year ago because the itinerary looked interesting, the price was attractive and I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights (at the third time of trying). The ship: Far larger than the Marco Polo, which ... Read More
The cruise was booked a year ago because the itinerary looked interesting, the price was attractive and I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights (at the third time of trying). The ship: Far larger than the Marco Polo, which I've used twice before, and twice as many passengers. The facilities were very good. The cabin we had was spacious enough and kept spotless by a very caring maid. Restaurants were clean and fresh and the crew always attentive. The food was excellent - not 'fine dining' every time but tasty and plenty of it. The self-service bistro was available if Restaurants are not your thing. It can be daunting, at first, sitting with strangers. Dinner was allocated seating from day 1. However, lunch was a different matter and hereby lies my first gripe. Why did the staff insist on filling up tables as people arrived ? There were times when I just didn't want to talk to different strangers some days. I may be convenient for the staff but I found it disconcerting particularly as some passengers had a very different political stance to yours. . We should be allowed to sit with whom we want. The bars were very good and the prices reasonable. Thee could have been more comfortable seating for those long days at sea. The itinerary: Some stops were at little more than small villages with very little going for them. We stopped at Tromso, one of the larger towns, on a Sunday when most shops were shut. Trondheim was lovely. Bergen was brilliant. The highlight was the excursion to the Northern Cape. And we saw the Northern Lights three times. Read Less
Magellan Ratings
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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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