The Magellan has been a new ship to Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2015, having also undergone a mini revamp and refurbishment. She is a medium sized ship, and sails a variety of itineraries around the world, mainly sailing from and returning to the London Tilbury Cruise Terminal. Magellan is an adult only ship.
At 46,000 gross tonnage she’s the biggest of CMV’s ships and their new flagship – accommodating about 1250 passengers in 726 cabins. She had a major rebuild in 2010 and a small refurbishment in 2015, and a further update in 2016. At 726ft long, and 92ft wide she’s no mega ship, but has an impressive look about her.
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She seems fresher than one might expect, and is likely to become well regarded by avid cruisers. Modern style interiors are to be found through most of the ship, though one or two things shine through from the last couple of decades, that make you realise she’s not a brand new ship.
For example, you don’t enter into a multi-level lobby, but into a smart single level reception area where you’ll be greeted by crew ready to show you to your cabin.
On the stairway silver birds provide interest as to navigate up the levels.
There’s a delightful informality and open plan nature to much of the layout – the Captain’s Club with its music stage gradually gives way to the Casino Royal as you move towards the Aft on Magellan Deck 9.
There are plenty of pockets of seating throughout – in groups by the windows on The Mall, at the Internet Cafe, or outside in view of the pool.
More hidden away is Sinatra’s Lounge Bar, a pleasant piano bar, which can accomodate perhaps 70 people for some entertaining evenings and daytime pauses.
For those wanting some quiet moments, there’s the secluded Nansen Card & Bridge Room, or the Livingstone Library
Decor throughout is simple and smart, generally block colours not patterns, with occassional touches of softness.
A tour of her staterooms show a contemporary design with some simple touches to make the most of the space.
A Junior Suite would provide very comfortable space and the opportunity for some privacy for 2 independent singles travelling together (e.g. mother and daughter, or father and son). The Junior Suites and above are spacious and updated in their decor. The regular inside and ocean view cabins are much more simply appointed, and some a little compact. Some of the twins make better use of space with L shaped bed alignments, but not suitable for a double bed.
CMV have allocated 150 superior inside and ocean view cabins for single occupancy, and price these more competitively than most cruise lines.
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Outside on the upper decks there’s lovely spacious areas, for sunbathing on warmer Itineraries, or gathering to view the Northern Lights on winter tours to the Fjords or Iceland.
The classic tailfin funnel is a stylish adornment, but also harks back to her past, when she sailed under a different name with Carnival.
Outdoor bars, performance areas, pools and spacious layout do also hold some promise of making the most of your time on board. And some great seating areas to while away time as the world sails by.
The Raffles Bistro cafetieria hosts straight forward but plentiful and well prepared food choices, and the main dining rooms provide a fine setting for evening dining and lunchtime special meals.
There is none of the multi-level grandeur of some of the cruise ships, but the layout is well spaced and spread making sensible and imaginitive use of available space to make the Magellan seem bigger than she actually is.
The Kensington Restaurant is a classic layout, though very green in decor (not unpleasant but noteworthy) with a contmporary lounge area adjoining – Hampton’s Lounge Bar- a perfect venue for pre-dinner drinks.
The Waldorf is perhaps a more refined dining room, with imaginative ceilings and lighting.
The food we experienced on our ship visit was ahead of expectations, well presented and delicious, with friendly service.
The theatre – Magellan Main Show Lounge – feels reminicent of the 80s with chrome and glass all around – but the tiered layout with comfortable lounge like seating, and small drinks tables punctuating many rows will enable the evenings entertainment to be enjoyed to the max.
Scott’s Nightclub which was present when we first visited CMV’s Magellan had been turned into the Taverner’s Pub when we re-visited in December 2016. A traditional style pub which is obviously more in demand that the quirky nightclub which preceded it.
The contemporary furniture which the nightclub had, has been located onto the sun terrace to give an attractive area with soft furnishings outside.
Every ship needs its Spa- and Magellan surpassed expectations here with good facilities, attractive treatment rooms, and smart relaxation beds.
CMV’s Magellan is a great ship, well refurbished, and smart throughout. Good facilities, spacious layout and with all the main features you’d expect, including some lovely outside deck spaces. She’s neither ultra luxury or with an unending range of experiences on board, but a most pleasant place to spend time and host your holiday.
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