Written by on Wednesday June 3, 2015
Leigh Collis, our Head of Cruise, recently embarked on a cruise on-board Cruise & Maritime’s brand new ship Magellan which was launched in March this year. Magellan is due to embark upon her Grand Maiden Round the World cruise in 2017 with highlights including French Polynesia, the Panama Canal, Komodo, Borneo and Sri Lanka.
By today’s standards MS Magellan is referred to as a small ship or at best medium sized. At 46,052 gross tonnes she is the same size as the now retired SS Canberra that was considered huge as recently as the late 1980s. Cruise & Maritime have taken the unusual but positive decision to reduce the customer limit on this ship to a very comfortable 1,250. I found that space was abundant inside the public areas both above and below decks.
The theme of spaciousness continues into cabins and suites with most inside and outside cabins enjoying a generous size when compared to similar ranked accommodation on other ships. The suites are obviously a step up in dimensions and benefit from state of the art décor and fittings. Single passengers get to stay in standard size twin/double cabins with only a 25% supplement.
Wandering around the Magellan and Columbus decks with a stop off for refreshments in the bars, shops and lounges guests like me will not fail to be impressed by the ‘open’, bright and light interiors. Furniture is tastefully contemporary, artistic and hints at European chic.
The Magellan is an all adult ship that has all the facilities that a cruise passenger ‘needs’ for both short or long itineraries but minus a ‘kids-club’. It possesses a casino, bars, dance floors, library, quiet spaces, pools, spa, restaurants, shops and more. The two-tiered theatre is very impressive and the productions delivered by the on-board entertainment team is very well received.
For those who choose a cruise for the destination first and the ship hardware second but love the service and food standards that are common to most cruise lines, Magellan will fit the bill perfectly.
Leigh Collis, CruiseKings Head of Cruise