This was our sixth cruise, one of the previous ships also belonged to CMV, the Astor.
The Astor was a lovely ship with the right number of passengers.
We soon realised that most passengers on the Magellan had chesty coughs and bad colds, so we were furious that, after getting through the winter with just one cold, we fell for the bugs on this ship.
Before embarking at Tilbury each passenger had to complete a health questionnaire. I don’t think people were entirely honest.
Even on the excursion buses we were surrounded by unhealthy people so felt really uncomfortable.
Our cabin was well appointed but the biggest problem was the air conditioning. Either it was too noisy or, on four occasions we had the smell of diesel oil. Just awful !!
The same smell was evident in the lift area on Pacific deck 7.
Because the air con was a problem we had to keep it shut meaning a stuffy air cabin.
The Raffles Bistro restaurant was the worst food experience of any ship we had been on. There were too many people trying to eat there at popular meal times. If you could get near the food you could not find anywhere to sit.
We ate in the Waldorf restaurant and the food and service were excellent.
Staff around the ship were friendly and efficient and even tried to assist us with ingress of diesel in to our cabin.
We booked this cruise at least six months in advance and paid full price for it. I think we can safely say that many of the passengers would not have paid the same ! On formal nights, for instance, people would turn up in T shirt and jeans when most of us would be in DJ.
To add to the bad experience we have found out since getting home that this cruise is being advertised at Buy One and Get One Free !
This was a twelve day cruise and five of them were at sea. Too much !
The Scenic Reykjavik excursion was rediculous. Who wants to see a housing estate and a church that was closed ?
The entertainment was good and the lectures were from experienced professionals.
Having highlighted the good and the bad parts of this cruise we would not travel on the Magellan again, and especially out of Tilbury which was a logistical nightmare.
Well appointed and well serviced by the cabin attendant but the ceiling vent for the air con was a nightmare. Either too noisy or nasty smells coming through.