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Magellan Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Underwhelmed by Iceland

Magellan Cruise Review by Jantheman132

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

We booked this cruise as it seemed an ideal way to visit Iceland and the Faroe Islands, something a bit different.

Another bonus for us was embarkation in Dublin - no flights! We were onto the ship in 5 minutes. It was very quick indeed. Cases were at our cabin before we were, so top marks to the porters.

The ship was, as we knew, an older model, but very good in most aspects except the size of our cabin which was limited in circulation space.

I'm no spring chicken, and we knew the CMV demographic, but the age group on this ship was quite the oldest we've ever seen. There could only have been about 10 people under 60 and you had to feel sorry for them!! The buffet was therefore a pretty slow process, as you were constantly holding back behind less agile passengers. We thought Fred Olsen had the market cornered in respect of the nursing home market, but this was a real eye opener.

Food was excellent, and our drinks package was more than adequate.

Entertainment was not great however. The one show I did venture in to see could only be described as up to the standard of our local amateur dramatic society. Singing and dancing were not up to much. Others of our party did go to further shows, and were appalled at the comedian, but felt the 'crooner' was good and there was a classic night which went down reasonably well too. Music in the bars was decidedly average, but after a few pints didn't seem to matter too much.

Reykjavik: We were picked up at the dockside by a local tour company for the standard Golden Circle tour. Geysers, Craters, Waterfalls, Tectonic plates, 8 hours in total, but half the price of the CMV tour, which covered less.

Isafjordur: 5 of our party took a walk around the town itself, but I hired a bike and went around the coast for 20 miles, pretty spectacular views, really enjoyed it. Clear blue skies for the afternoon.

Akureyri: Went whale watching with a local company, again, cheaper than the cruise ship excursion. Spent an hour watching one particular whale in waters which had hardly a ripple. Took a walk around the town in the afternoon. Again, sun in the afternoon.

Klaksvik: Not very much to see here. Just a stopping off point for excursions but we hadn't booked anything here. Dull and wet.

Thorshavn: Bigger town, more to see, hired a bike again and climbed out of the town and rode along the coast. Faroes are very bleak and the weather was dull and misty which disappointed some, but is only to be expected.

Liverpool was our last port and it was great to visit again after many many years. Lots to see, even if you never left the dockside area.

All in all, the number of sea days (5) felt like just too much. Now I know you can't move Iceland any closer, but 2 days in a row on the Magellan was too much. I bring a kindle for reading purposes, but didn't use it at all, so the time must have passed rightly, but the 11 day trip did feel a bit too long for us all, and that was down to the days at sea.

All in all, we got what we expected I suppose. We've seen Iceland now, but wouldn't be rushing back. Unlike Norway, for example, which we've returned to with Fred, and would love to go again. Scenery more spectacular and easier to get to!

Would use CMV again without a doubt, if the itinerary was appealing.

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Cabin Review

Cabin IG 5008

We always book an inside cabin - it allows us to do more cruises per year. However this cabin was the smallest we've ever had. It wasn't so much an issue for me, but my wife felt that it was disappointing. Not much space due to the forward location. We were with two other couples who were more than pleased with their inside cabins.

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Golden Circle

8 hour tour which covered all the bases.

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Bike hired to tour the coast. Sunny day added to the experience.

Whale Watching

Very calm day, sailed for 45 mins, watched whale for an hour. Walked around the busy town in the afternoon.

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