15th June 2017: Whilst smaller than the average cruise ship Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Magellan certainly doesn’t feel like it. With 726 cabins spread across its nine spacious decks, the Magellan has an intimate feel without compromising on space. With a whole host of breathtaking itineraries to choose from plus plenty of leisure activities and spaces to keep you entertained on those ‘at sea’ days, the Magellan makes for a great choice for your next cruise, especially as Magellan will be cruising from the port of Bristol in 2018. Better yet, a cruise on board Magellan won’t break your budget.
For its size, the Magellan has a wealth of public spaces for you to explore and relax in whilst on board. From its fine dining restaurants to poolside lido bar and casino, there’s so a show lounge, pub and spa on board just to name a few. Some of the newest additions to the ship include:
The newly renovated Taverner’s pub (formally Scott’s Nightclub) is a wonderful space to meet in a casual and friendly atmosphere and with its deep green chairs and comfortable, spacious booths it’s not hard to see why. The Taverner’s Pub also boasts draught beer on board, a luxury not found on many other cruise ships.
Jade Wellness Spa
Another jewel in Magellan’s crown is its newly renovated on board wellness spa, the Jade Wellness Centre. There’s so many different beauty treatments and relaxation techniques available in this state of the art spa. Not only this, but the spa is also home to a sauna and includes a hairdressers so you can ensure you’ll be looking picture perfect when you step ashore.
A new addition to the Magellan is its tranquil and pretty Sun Terrace. Its main water feature is the centre of attention here and provides guests with a beautiful backdrop as you take in the fresh sea air. The best bit? The Sun Terrace is the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in the views as you arrive and depart ports.
The Magellan’s large, open spaces aren’t the only thing which make this ship a pleasure to sail on. Magellan is home to some brilliant entertainment much of which varies greatly. From fitness programmes, quizzes and elaborate evening entertainment you’re sure to find something to entertain you for those ‘at sea’ days. One of my personal favourite activities on board is the Captain’s Cocktail Party where you can get your glad rags on and dance the night away with your new found cruise friends. The party usually begins in the Taverner’s pub and goes on long into the night. Perfect for those who love a boogie!
Evening entertainment again, ranges quite a bit. Almost every evening, the ship’s entertainers put on a glitzy performance which coincides with meal sittings so you don’t miss it. Set in the amazing environment of the Magellan’s Show Lounge, this traditional looking theatre is where the show really begins. Its semi-circular design ensures no one misses any of the performances which can range from acrobatics, dance to classical pianists and violinists, definitely worth a trip.
Or, if you’d prefer, in the late evening, the ship puts on quizzes with the theme differing each night. Hosted in the ship’s Captain’s Club, this space encapsulates the laid back atmosphere, perfect for an evening of relaxation. On longer cruises, the Magellan plays home to guest performers such as comedians, lecturers and professional musicians.
One of the best things on board Magellan in my opinion is the food! The ship’s two main restaurants, the Waldorf and Kensington, offer guests the option to formally dine at lunch and in the evening, with a buffet breakfast in the mornings. The standard of service in these restaurants is very high with close attention to detail.
Breakfast on board is served in a buffet style and can be accessed by one of the fine dining restaurants above or in one of the more casual bistro styled ones. Breakfast on board is quite traditional with cooked English or continental style breakfast as options. Importantly, those who have dietary requirements are also catered for; if you’re unsure just ask a crew member for assistance.
There are a delicious range of meals available on board with many of the evening meals containing five courses in the ship’s fine dining restaurants. Below is a sample of just some of the food available in the fine dining restaurants on board:
If however, you prefer dining in a more informal setting you can always grab a bite to eat at the ship’s Raffle Bistro/ Lido bar located on deck 10.
Sailing from Bristol in 2018
Above is just a handful of reasons of why I think you should cruise on board Magellan, and, better yet, cruises on board the beautiful Magellan are now more accessible than ever as sailings on board will cruise direct from Bristol from 2018. So you can cruise to amazing destinations such as the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and new to the Magellan from Bristol; the Baltics and St. Petersburg.