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Magellan Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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A different kind of cruise.

Magellan Cruise Review by bandray

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: undefined

This cruise was a charter for Cruiseco in Australia who hired it to host a Rock the Boat themed cruise 2017.

We saw the advert in the supplement in our Saturday paper and although it seemed expensive for 7 days around the UK it did have a fantastic line up of acts from our era so we decided to jump in and book it. We took the upgrade which included the drinks package and gratuities and an outside cabin which seemed ok to us.

We booked through cruise 1st who were efficient in the beginning but let us down when it came to booking parking at Newcastle.It took us weeks to sort it out and finally after saying they could not book it, CMV ended up doing so.No vouchers arrived so contact with Australia was necessary in order to get one sent by email which we printed off and all went well at Newcastle. We have never had such an efficient and quick embarkation as we had at Newcastle and the same was true on our disembarkation. Newcastle has really got it's act together, something other ports to take a lesson from.

We were shown to our cabin 6064 and found it bigger than other ships and a double shower was very good.The walls had sticky finger prints all over as had the doors and wardrobe doors, otherwise it was clean and had a kettle, hairdryer but no fridge.

We found the ship quite easy to get around with all the bars etc on the same deck but finding the Waldorf MDR took a bit of getting used to.

We did not like the house wine offered with the drinks package ( dry rough Spanish plonk) so went without with our evening meal ( CMV need to look at this, we will not have the drinks package again and the only beer available my husband found undrinkable).

The food left much to be desired, having read some good reviews on the food by other cruisers we can only assume that as this was a charter the usual chef was on holiday. We enjoyed 2 main meals but not much else.Very poor cheap ingredients( Talapia fish for example) buffet food varied but often luke warm , bland or just unappealing. We went onshore and bought a decent meal out when in port as I believe did some of the crew!

It was only the superb entertainment and the bands which made this cruise enjoyable and the lovely people we met but I cannot imagine we would go on Magellan again if the food is standard. Pity because we liked a lot about the ship, cabin etc.

MDR staff very good but bar staff left much to be desired at times as did buffet staff and the officers rarely acknowledged passengers in passing. Too many nationalities , many having little or poor English and we saw quite a bit of friction between them as some seemed less efficient than others.

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Cabin Review

Cabin superior outside twin 6064

Good size, bathroom good size, towels very small bath towels, soap and shampoo terrible, dried out our skin after 1 shower so used own and plenty of moisturiser. Comfortable beds, generous duvets on twins, had best sleep on any ship ever. Could have been cleaner, walls and doors needed a good clean.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Newcastle (England)

Newcastle is the best port to embark/disembark we have ever come accress.

Portree (Isle of Skye)

Tender from ship very well run pity it was raining so hard and the tender leaked like a seive. Did own think, very short time in port so no trip for us as not good value for money.


Did own thing and enjoyed it, much cheaper than trips offered.


Organised own trip and it was fabulous at less than 2 /3rds the price of the same one through the ship.

Invergordon (Inverness)

Just went on shore for a wee while to stretch the legs and pick up some bits and bobs.

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