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We chose C&MV for their cost and scheduling. Ship, Magellan, also possessed the amenities we desired. Once embarked we found our impressions gathered from the C&MV literature to have been accurate. Ship was clean, crew professional at all levels, food very good and shore visits as described. We like the adults only provision. We chose to go cruising as it afforded us a leisurely way to see an area (the Baltic and its nations) that we'd not spent a lot of time in. We also wanted to travel in a way that would allow us to spend a maximum amount of time with an older British friend that we've traveled extensively with in the past. He is in his mid 80s, my wife and I in early 70s. Both our friend and I have given up driving (our friend has given up completely, I have given up in England and to a limited extent on the continent). Thus a driving tour was ruled out. We also wanted to avoid the perturbations associated with bus touring - off the bus, eat your meal, go to bed, get up, get your bag down stairs, gobble down breakfast, get on the bus - wait for the slow to eat/act - set off for your next destination. This is not for the elderly! Dining aboard Magellan was a pleasant experience. Food was very good, well presented and properly served. Some of the more junior service staff did, however, seem slightly unsure of the finer points of service, but they always tried hard and were always pleasant and up-beat. Cabin, a standard plus twin inner was adequate in size, bed (queen size) was comfortable. Closet space a adequate with enough hangers provided, drawers adequate as well. We didn't come aboard for "entertainment" so didn't participate and thus can't comment. Lectures were, for the most part, good and contributed to more enjoyable shore visits.s The only area we found slightly lacking was our debarkation. Seas had come up, wind and tide against us for the approach into Tilbury. Ship would be late arriving and thus putting a wrench into many passenger's arrival plans (how would the party meeting you know you'd be late . . . Internet connectivity problematic). Crew returned luggage to staterooms, stateroom cleared, and then the wait for our arrival began with passengers spread all about the ship. Every lounge filled. If one needed help with luggage - fortunately our party of three did not - you might not get off the ship for two hours after we docked. My wife had hustled the two men off to a position that put us very near the front of the line. So, as soon as we were pier side and could clear customs and immigration we raced off the ship and found our party. I would also add that Tilbury is hard to find. We were driven from West Malling to Tilbury by a friend who had been a London taxi driver for many years. He had some difficulty in finding the C&MV facility. So you can see how difficult it would be like for a person, first time in the London area, to find Tilbury Port and the pier area where the ship would be . . . put up more and better signs!

We had a delightful time!

Magellan Cruise Review by kylyle

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We chose C&MV for their cost and scheduling. Ship, Magellan, also possessed the amenities we desired. Once embarked we found our impressions gathered from the C&MV literature to have been accurate. Ship was clean, crew professional at all levels, food very good and shore visits as described. We like the adults only provision.

We chose to go cruising as it afforded us a leisurely way to see an area (the Baltic and its nations) that we'd not spent a lot of time in. We also wanted to travel in a way that would allow us to spend a maximum amount of time with an older British friend that we've traveled extensively with in the past. He is in his mid 80s, my wife and I in early 70s. Both our friend and I have given up driving (our friend has given up completely, I have given up in England and to a limited extent on the continent). Thus a driving tour was ruled out. We also wanted to avoid the perturbations associated with bus touring - off the bus, eat your meal, go to bed, get up, get your bag down stairs, gobble down breakfast, get on the bus - wait for the slow to eat/act - set off for your next destination. This is not for the elderly!

Dining aboard Magellan was a pleasant experience. Food was very good, well presented and properly served. Some of the more junior service staff did, however, seem slightly unsure of the finer points of service, but they always tried hard and were always pleasant and up-beat.

Cabin, a standard plus twin inner was adequate in size, bed (queen size) was comfortable. Closet space a adequate with enough hangers provided, drawers adequate as well.

We didn't come aboard for "entertainment" so didn't participate and thus can't comment. Lectures were, for the most part, good and contributed to more enjoyable shore visits.s

The only area we found slightly lacking was our debarkation. Seas had come up, wind and tide against us for the approach into Tilbury. Ship would be late arriving and thus putting a wrench into many passenger's arrival plans (how would the party meeting you know you'd be late . . . Internet connectivity problematic). Crew returned luggage to staterooms, stateroom cleared, and then the wait for our arrival began with passengers spread all about the ship. Every lounge filled. If one needed help with luggage - fortunately our party of three did not - you might not get off the ship for two hours after we docked. My wife had hustled the two men off to a position that put us very near the front of the line. So, as soon as we were pier side and could clear customs and immigration we raced off the ship and found our party.

I would also add that Tilbury is hard to find. We were driven from West Malling to Tilbury by a friend who had been a London taxi driver for many years. He had some difficulty in finding the C&MV facility. So you can see how difficult it would be like for a person, first time in the London area, to find Tilbury Port and the pier area where the ship would be . . . put up more and better signs!
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