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We booked a 3 night Christmas market cruise with CMV on Magellan to check out the company with an eye to longer cruises and to see how we coped with an inside cabin instead of our usual ocean view. Overall we had a good time. Embarkation was smooth we queued up at our allotted time and were moved through reasonably quickly. Our inside cabin on deck 7 aft was clean and had everything we needed plenty of hangers and draws and a very powerful shower. Shampoo and shower gel were provided in dispensers also bars of soap. There was a lot of engine noise and vibration coming into port but no noise from our neighbours or the dining room above. Our steward was excellent, friendly and kept the cabin immaculately clean. We eat in the MDR on all three nights, the the first two nights the food was really good but poor on the last night. The Buffet had a good salad selection and we enjoyed lunch and breakfast there. It is small when the outside area is not in use but as we get up early we never had a problem getting a table in the morning. Pretty much the same food is served in the dining rooms for breakfast, also buffet style, so if it was very busy passengers could always find room some where. A pizzeria operates within the buffet between lunch and dinner and the freshly made hot out of the oven pizzas were not to be missed. The main evening shows were entertaining, one was Broadway based the other featured Abba songs. What the performers lacked in talent they made up for in enthusiasm although the sound was not balanced correctly so the voices were often drowned by the music. The ship was 1 1/2 hours late arriving in Amsterdam but no announcement was made until the time we were expecting to disembark so everyone was ready with coats and cameras only to be told it would be another 90 minutes before we docked, which was frustrating. The most disappointing aspect, and one which would make us think twice about booking a longer cruise with CMV, was the wine. We are not fussy, supermarket vin plonk or homemade suits us fine, but the wine by the glass was frankly unpleasant. The choice was red, white or rose- no choice of Pinot or Chardonnay just white. We ordered one bottle which was a little better but looked and tasted as if it had been watered down. We self disembarked and we're off the ship 40 minutes before the advertised time. Not having to face a flight at the end of our holiday was a huge plus and we would certainly look at no fly cruises again. We had a great mix of fellow passengers of all ages and many first time cruisers.

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Magellan Cruise Review by Catchum

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We booked a 3 night Christmas market cruise with CMV on Magellan to check out the company with an eye to longer cruises and to see how we coped with an inside cabin instead of our usual ocean view. Overall we had a good time.

Embarkation was smooth we queued up at our allotted time and were moved through reasonably quickly. Our inside cabin on deck 7 aft was clean and had everything we needed plenty of hangers and draws and a very powerful shower. Shampoo and shower gel were provided in dispensers also bars of soap. There was a lot of engine noise and vibration coming into port but no noise from our neighbours or the dining room above. Our steward was excellent, friendly and kept the cabin immaculately clean.

We eat in the MDR on all three nights, the the first two nights the food was really good but poor on the last night. The Buffet had a good salad selection and we enjoyed lunch and breakfast there. It is small when the outside area is not in use but as we get up early we never had a problem getting a table in the morning. Pretty much the same food is served in the dining rooms for breakfast, also buffet style, so if it was very busy passengers could always find room some where. A pizzeria operates within the buffet between lunch and dinner and the freshly made hot out of the oven pizzas were not to be missed.

The main evening shows were entertaining, one was Broadway based the other featured Abba songs. What the performers lacked in talent they made up for in enthusiasm although the sound was not balanced correctly so the voices were often drowned by the music.

The ship was 1 1/2 hours late arriving in Amsterdam but no announcement was made until the time we were expecting to disembark so everyone was ready with coats and cameras only to be told it would be another 90 minutes before we docked, which was frustrating.

The most disappointing aspect, and one which would make us think twice about booking a longer cruise with CMV, was the wine. We are not fussy, supermarket vin plonk or homemade suits us fine, but the wine by the glass was frankly unpleasant. The choice was red, white or rose- no choice of Pinot or Chardonnay just white. We ordered one bottle which was a little better but looked and tasted as if it had been watered down.

We self disembarked and we're off the ship 40 minutes before the advertised time. Not having to face a flight at the end of our holiday was a huge plus and we would certainly look at no fly cruises again.

We had a great mix of fellow passengers of all ages and many first time cruisers.
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Cabin 7178
Large clean and comfortable but lots of vibration when docking

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