As this was our first cruise we were very apprehensive, especially when seeing the very mixed reviews previously, however, we can honestly say the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
We took out the drinks package, but in all honesty if you are not big drinkers, (as we are not) it was not worth it, the drinks were reasonably priced eg, £3.20 for a large larger/beer, £5.00 for a large glass of wine to have with dinner.
The staff were polite and efficient, entertainment was good, with a variety of options available during the day, lectures, craft, sport, games but to name a few. The entertainment staff were friendly and professional.
It was a shame to hear others complaining about the portion sizes at evening Dinner, the portions were sufficient, bearing in mind you could have a 4 course option every evening. For those wanting "larger portions" then the "all you can eat" Raffles buffet would have been the right option!!
On the point of Raffles!!, it was difficult to get a seat on occasions, this was predominantly due to the fact that once guests had eaten they remained at the tables, chatting, most annoying when they can see other guests struggling to find seat to have their meals. This was not a fault of the ship/crew, but other inconsiderate diners!!
There was a daily bulletin providing all the information you needed for the following day, this was clearly set out and easy to follow.
Excursions: now these were expensive and how the company had the "cheek" to charge the prices they did for some of the excursions amazes me.
The stop off destinations were very scenic and nice places to visit, it was a shame the Northern Lights were a little elusive, but alas they can not be ordered to show when you are there!! This however did not take away the enjoyment of the cruise.
Would we go on another cruise - Yes
Would we go back on the Magellan - Yes