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Review: MS Magellan

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

United Kingdom

Northern isles and Iceland

  • By SilverTraveller madders

    3 reviews

  • June 2016
  • Husband
  • Regular holiday
  • Oceanview
  • Tilbury

155 people found this review helpful

Having recently returned from yet another cruise on MS Magellan I’m already looking forward to my next one! Magellan is not a 5* ship so if this is what you’re looking for she isn’t the one for you. However, I couldn’t fault her, the crew were excellent, cleanliness was high on their list, the cabin was comfy and clean, the food was good, entertainment ok, especially the comedian in charge of bingo in the afternoons, and the organised tours were excellent with exceptionally good guides. We cruised to the Orkneys and the Shetlands first, but as we’d been to both on another cruise last year we didn’t take any of the excursions. Iceland, however, was a totally different matter. We took as many excursions as it was possible to take and thoroughly enjoyed them all. We saw fjords, geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes and some beautiful little villages. The roadsides were covered in beautiful blue lupins, which grow wild, and look stunning. We visited the Arctic Fox Centre and a village where there had been a landslide killing many people so they just moved the houses further down the road and created a new village. It was interesting to learn that all the schools are equipped with bedrooms in case the weather is so bad that pupils can’t travel home. The school year finishes in May so the schools are then turned into ‘hotels’ for the tourists. Reykjavik, although very nice, was very expensive, two cups of tea costing about £8, but it was worth every penny as the cruise was excellent. If you’re thinking of shopping in Reykjavic then think again….there aren’t that many shops and the designer names that we know so well just don’t seem to be there. We were told that nearly everything has to be imported hence the high prices. We cruised around Iceland completely and the scenery from north to south and east to west is so different. On the way home we called at the Faroe Islands and, unfortunately, as it was a Sunday there was nowhere open but even so we still enjoyed a walk around. It was the second time we’d been on Magellan and it certainly won’t be the last. Altogether it was a fabulous cruise allowing us to visit all the places we wanted to see on a smaller and more intimate ship that was extremely welcoming to its cruisers. We can thoroughly recommend it.

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  • discerning-traveller
    almost 3 years ago
    Hi Madders , I've not long come back from a cruise on MS Magellan to the Faroes, Orkneys and Shetlands. Might look at this one too as I really enjoyed. Travelled solo, as did many others, and it was very friendly. Cost a bit more as CMV do 'take one free' but was still good value
  • Barrowman
    about 5 years ago
    Hi Madders,nice little review. Iceland is a place on our list to do soon, maybe next year. Magellan is not a ship we would turn our noses up at, its a fine ship......Pleased you enjoyed your cruise.....
  • madders
    about 5 years ago
    Dress code appeared to be fairly smart in the evenings with just a couple of black tie evenings, although most men just wore suits for these two nights and most ladies wore evening or cocktail dresses.
    I'm pleased they've found some use for the Lupins, although they look so pretty they must be quite a problem.
  • ESW
    about 5 years ago
    What is the dress code on teh ship and do people dress up for dinner?

    Iceland is wonderful isn't it. We ran out of superlatives to describe it. I too loved the blue lupins but they are a terrible weed. They were brought in from Alaska to help stop soil erosion and improve fertility but proved very invasive, replacing native plants. Attempts have been made to eradicate them, but the seeds can survive for decades. Apparently a drink is made from it which is now sold commercially has proved beneficial for people suffering from asthma, arthritis, as well as other inflammatory symptoms, such as aching joints and as an overall immune booster.