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Magellan Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Magellan Cruise Review by Bibi52

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: Europe

We have recently returned from CMV's cruise of European cities. The ship looked inviting with attractive public rooms and a clean cabin with ample storage space. Unfortunately the cabin and public rooms were very cold with cold air conditioning blasting out in October in the North Sea! Complaints from many of the passengers brought about no noticeable improvement or explanation. The corridors seemed to be heated but nowhere else. So I would definitely not recommend this for any winter cruises.

Another issue with the ship was the food. Although the breakfasts were quite good the main courses of lunch and dinner were generally poor and often garnished with a highly unpleasant gravy or sauce that tasted as if it came from a packet. Desserts were unimaginative and unappetising. While I am aware that this was a budget priced cruise it was disappointing. It seems standards have slipped since we first went on a CMV cruise five years ago. Perhaps the management should be less absorbed with expanding their portfolio and more with improving standards on their existing ships.

The service in the dining room was very good, also the cabin steward. Service in the bars was perfunctory and joyless. The entertainment in the show lounge was very good.

Arrangements at the ports of call were efficient, however this was cancelled out by the complete chaos and ineptitude of the arrangements at Tilbury, particularly in regard to shuttling passengers to the car parks.

All in all it was not an experience to encourage a repeat cruise on this ship

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