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Magellan Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
479 Reviews

Good for singles who like traditional cruising

Magellan Cruise Review by Highlandl8dy35

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

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!


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Cabin Review

Cabin Superior single 6090

Good size for a single - plenty of storage and a good size shower room. Twin beds pushed together to make a king size. Clean, comfortable but no kettle and no fridge. Air con very noisy but needed it on as otherwise cabin was very hot.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Rostock (Warnemunde)

Easy (and much cheaper than the excursion) to take the Blue Line Ferry from near the cruise terminal to Rostock which is a lovely Hanseatic town well worth a wander. On return Warnemunde is a delightful seaside town in which to spend an hour or 2. Nothing startling to see but a very pleasant day out. Beware if you have disabilities though the taxis from the terminal will not take you anywhere other than a very expensive ride to Rostock or Berlin and it is quite a walk to the ferry.

Old Town of Tallinn

Was advertised as the only tour (minibus) that takes you into the old town but over half the tour was driving around the new town and visiting the stadium where the singing festival takes place - I wish that I had just taken the free shuttle bus straight to the old town and will do so next time as it is a very beautiful town with huge town walls, many medieval buildings and historical sites. the markets are brilliant for souvenirs especially amber and knitwear.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Only 15 mins in church - repeated the city tour and another hour in a gift shop

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City Tour

Good overview tour - knowledgable guide - usual hour in expensive gift shop!

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Neva River Cruise

Poor - 20 minutes up the Neva, 20 minutes back - no commentary

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Ern good guide - lots of time to explore the museum.

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