Cruise & Maritime Voyages cater mainly to British passengers and offer itineraries from many UK ports. They have kept their fleet small in size with traditional style ships and their success formula is well proven. With their flagship, the Magellan they will offer many new ports and itineraries.
The Magellan is well suited for her short and long haul duties and the ship accommodates over 1,250 passengers amongst nine decks. She also follows the protocol of the other members of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet and remains ‘Adult-Only’. Her maiden voyage to the Faroe Islands took place in March 2015.
The ship is ideal for those that seek old world elegance with contemporary amenities. There are 15 categories of cabins ranging from Inside cabins, Ocean View staterooms, Junior Suites and Royal Suites. All grades have a décor that is elegant and with ample storage space. Flat screen television, hairdryers and personal safes come as standard.
There are 14 cabins that have balconies and boast fantastic views no matter what deck they are on.
There’s always an impressive menu in the two main dining rooms, The Waldorf and Kensington. International cuisine is served and may be themed to a particular port of call. For those that want a more informal dining experience, Raffles Bistro offers a buffet style option and the pool deck is perfect for a quick poolside snack.
The three lounges onboard are well stocked and each one has their own personality. Sinatra’s is a modern dazzler that’s nothing short of sophistication, whilst Churchill’s is refined and comfortable. The third area for a drink is at Neptune’s Observation Bar near the pool area.
ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Magellan has more laid back and refined activities. This is not the ship for rock climbing and devotees of water parks!
Enrich the mind in interesting seminars and complimentary activities at the newly opened Additions Programme. The Programme is available whenever you want, so you can plan your port excursions accordingly.
Get creative at the Arts and Crafts centre where you can learn how to make beautiful artwork such as beaded necklaces or mosaics. You may have to purchase some materials but the cost is well worth both the knowledge and the artwork that you will create.
Magellan also has a well stocked library for those that like to relax with a good book.
The Main Show Lounge, with full orchestration has two levels and plays host to shows, guest entertainers and concerts.
Check out the hilarious comedic styling of the wacky stand-ups at the ‘A Laugh on the Ocean Waves Show’. The shows take place in the evening and end with a Q&A session where you can ask the comedians anything about their life experiences.
Music is provided in Scott’s Nightclub with many choosing to dance until the early hours.
SPA AND POOLS
Speaking of pools, there are two of them onboard plus three hot tubs. Enjoy a swim and then head off to the whirlpools to relax.
For pampering, head to the Wellness Centre which offers a varied menu of treatments, all of which are sure to renew the body and soul. There’s a sauna to take advantage of afterwards to open the pores and maybe strike up a conversation with some new people. Make time for the relaxation area as well, the centre has hotbeds and a large hot tub that is the perfect way to end a day at the spa.
The Magellan not only has everything you would expect from this cruise brand but also offers many interesting and diverse itineraries. A cruise holiday that reflects a truly British cruise experience is available without the fuss of flying out to get to the ship.
Leaving from its homeport, London Tilbury, the summer schedule for the Magellan promises the ‘Scandinavian Cities & Fairytales’, ‘Norwegian fjords’ and the ‘British Isles’ in 8 night or more segments and a 33 night ‘Treasures of the West Indies Cruise’ departing in November of this year. This sailing promises to take in nine Caribbean islands.
The Magellan will then be heading towards warmer waters once again and sail to South America with a 43 day Amazon, West Indies and Azores cruise. Departing from Tilbury on the 5th of January next year, many a fantasy will be achieved for passengers who will explore the mighty Amazon River and its neighbouring rain forests. The cruise is reportedly selling out quickly.
More recently, the cruise industry became alive with the announcement that Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer a Grand Maiden Round the World Cruise onboard the Magellan.
Departing on 5th January 2017, the ship will return on the 5th of May, meaning that there’s over 120 days of adventure. The ship will head through exotic locations such as the Panama Canal, French Polynesia, Australia, South East Asia, India, the Red Sea, Suez, the Holy Land and the Mediterranean amongst many other ports.
Images courtesy of Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Written by Veronica Shine