We chose this cruise as it was from Liverpool, which is much nearer for us than Southampton and much easier than flying. The ship itself, Magellan was old, we knew that before we booked and that as far as we were concerned was fine.
We also understood the general age of other holiday makers would be 50+, that also was ok by, we are 50 & 54. Our main problem was that eating on board was aimed at a certain group of people be this older than us or not it was very regimented. We never used the main dining rooms as we just wanted to relax and be informal also being honest we aren't the type of people who want to sit with other people every night for our meals and there where no tables for 2 offered. The food on the buffet always seemed to us to be very similar, 2 choices of meat, 1 of fish and then pasta, boiled rice and frozen vegetables to go with it, all very edible but very predictable. Quite often we just had buns and cheese, deserts were also very much the same every day. Bread and butter pudding, made from the left over bread rolls from the day before and then some separate little glass dishes with mouse type cakes. Like we said edible but quite predicable after a day or two.
Our main problem was that if you ate at 5ish and fancied a snack or even a biscuit before bedtime there was nothing. All food finished at 8.30pm unless you were eating second sitting in the main dining room, which of course some people were happy with but on holiday we like the freedom to relax and not clock watch. By day 2 we learned that people took biscuits or scones up from the afternoon tea which was served between 3.30 and 4.30 in Raffles buffet and wrapped them in serviettes and put them in their cabins for supper. We have always experienced 24 hour dining on other cruise lines and like the relaxed atmosphere you get with that choice.
Really good spacious cabin, Immaculately clean and well kept by our steward Paing.
Very, very comfortable beds and pillows but 1 pillow and a cushion took a bit of getting used to
Fabulous port to visit, we didn't get there until 4pm but for us this didn't spoil what we wanted to do, we had a good look around and a lovely meal sat out on a terrace. We would visit again if the ship docked earlier in the day. We stood in line for a ticket for the shuttle bus but in retrospect we could have walked if we had know were we were going, it wasn't that far.
One of the best cruise ports we have visited. Its only a good ten minute walk from were the ship docked to the centre of town. A beautiful place well worth visiting, we look forward to going back there some day.
Very very busy when we visited, took what felt quite a long time crammed on a double decker bus to get into the centre. Really great place to visit but maybe too busy for me