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Magellan Cruise Review
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Magellan Cruise Review by PhoebeM

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  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

This was our 5th cruise so we had lots to compare the Magellan to. As it was cheaper than our usual cruises we didn't expect it to be as good as it was. We booked though a local bus company (J McGinley coaches) who picked us up practically at our door and returned us home immediately on disembarking no airports or hanging around a great plus for the holiday.Embarking and disembarking was super fast and efficient and our cases were at the cabin with an hour.

The Magellan is older and not as glitzy as some we have been on but we really enjoyed the cruise. The fjords are magnificent and we saw lots of magnificient scenery both on excursions and while sailing on the ship.

Food : we managed to get a table for 2 in the Kensington 2nd sitting and we thought that the food was excellent. Small portions but lots of courses and it was like fine dining every night. I loved their consomme style soups we had a different one each night - very high standard. Our waiters Menino from Goa and Kwang from Burma were very charming and looked after us well . I opted for the lobster thermidor one night at £16 extra and it was lovely. We don't like dressing up for formal evenings ( a thing of the past thankfully on NCL who we usually cruise with ) so we ate in the buffet on formal nights. The food wasn't as good as in the dining room and was mostly too cold . The buffet in the evening ends far too early at 8.30 . Our 2nd sitting dinner was only starting then so why so early? The staff in the buffet were no overly helpful they watched me struggle to carry chairs to an empty table and didn't offer to help.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea were good but often hard to find a table. They had smoked duck for breakfast quite often amazing!

Its a nice touch that they bring around canapes after 10 to the bar area but the calamari is inedible hard and tough . One night they put on a Magnifique buffet at 10.30 with all sorts of starters, salads, suckling pig and desserts but it was too late to enjoy and just after dinner surely this would be better at lunch time?

Drinks : We opted for the premium drinks package which included our gratuities and felt we got good value with it although the drinks prices were very reasonable compared to other cruise line . The big negative we had on the Magellan however was the bar service , it was awful, we always waited at least 15 min to get a drink often much longer and frequently had to go to the bar to be served ourselves. Surely they can do away with the need to sign for each drink as well as swiping the guest card. Any other cruise we have been on the card was swiped and that was it , the signing slowed down the whole process . The bar waiters were a bit laid back too and were in no hurry to serve and if you went to the bar to order often just ignored you. The Taverners and Sinatra lounge were the slowest .This is an area Magellan needs to address.

Safety Drill The safety drill took far too long it needs to be better organised and more efficient other ships we have been on do it in 15 min.

We enjoyed the entertainment , the comedian ( can't remember his name was excellent) and the Broadway night was very good. Abba and We will rock you were not so good but shows lasted less than an hour which was just right .

The cabins were fine plenty of room to store our luggage but the walls were very thin when our neighbours had their TV on until 3.am we heard every word of it . Nina our stewardess looked after us well .

One thing I really dislike about CMV is that they overlap cruises. We were disembarking in Dublin some guests got off in Liverpool but new guests also got on to start a new cruise.This spoiled our last night as we didn't have our usual dining room table or sitting so opted for the buffet which was chaotic with all the new guests having to eat there . Also the bar closed before dinner from 6.30 to almost 7.30 while the new guests did the safety drill just at the time for our pre dinner drinks.

I have listed a few negatives but overall it was a great cruise the disembarking and tendering ran well and we loved our excursions . We didn't really avail of the sunbeds and pool as the weather was cool. The day time activities weren't very good I think the older people would have liked Bingo and we would have likes more interesting talk relevant to the area instead of talks about African animals .

We would like to do Iceland and the Faroe island with the company next . Please do away with the outdated dress code we had formal ,informal and causal evenings let everyone wear what they want when they want please and have more tables for 2 not everyone wants to eat with the same group every night

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