Magellan Cruise Review by wakey
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
As an opportunity to visit the Belgian Christmas markets and pre evaluate the Magellan ahead of booking am iceland tour i am glad i did.
I appreciate iam used to the celebrity and Royal Caribbean experience but this was ahuge step down I terms of experience.
Embarking was slick, no problems and kept well to time. Impresssed.
Cabin. The size of my seaview cabin was fine, the protruding ciachman needs which sick or even when closed was the cause of a few bumped heads but not a real problem. Very clean throughout. Thank you to Olga.
General ship experience. The ship is ok, it is abut of a midpoint between a cruise ship and a ferry but ok. Obviously too cold for the unheated sea water pool which had been drained.
Food. This was one area which hugely disappointed. The breakfast range was three however the quality of good was not great. Croissants did not appear fresh, more like the long life croissants you can buy in a supermarket.
Black scarred bananas, dry muffins also below par. The main restaurant food was generally acceptable but not that impressive. All edible but certainly not melt in the mouth meat for example. Additionally, availability of snacks and cold drinks was very poor.
From closure of the main restaurant there was no cold drink available (not even water unless you want to drink from your bathroom tap which is not for me! ) unless purchased as as extra cost from the bar. No access to savoury snacks or even biscuits afterdinner. Only Cakes available for purchase in one bar.
Formal night declared on pre cruise information brought formal wear to find Only very casual nights.
Entertainment. I am afraid the cast tried valiently but the show was poor in comparison to what we have previously experienced. Long gaps between songs which did not flow from one to another, weak and unfortunately, fairly average vocals i would place in a holiday camp. (Far far better than anything i can achieve i acknowledge and not meant as a personal attack on the artists).
Really nice theatre though.
Excursion to brussels.
Your guide Bob was very good. Knowledgeable, engaging and helpful. A good day out.
Asked to vacate cabin before 07.30 although disembarkation scheduled for post 9.30. The ship is laid up for several days before next trip so not sure why it was necessary to crowd lounges unnecessarily either.
In essence i would suggest as a first cruise experience this is an acceptable trip but if you have enjoyed the more refined offerings of the likes of royal Caribbean or celebrity this will probably not hit the mark.
The cruise came in a little cheaper than the big players but to be honest when you add what you spend on the 'Missing extras' like cold drinks it works out pretty much the same cost.
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