My family and friends and I have just returned from a lovely 10 nights spent on the Magellan. We booked this trip last year and the main benefit to us was we would be departing from Liverpool so just an hour up the road from us. The Magellan is usually adults only but they have a couple of sailings in the summer that are multi-generational cruises and there was a real mix of age groups on board.
As there was 8 of us we decided to travel by minibus we arrived quite early so we were able to check our luggage in which was right by where the taxi dropped us off which was great, we then walked over to Liverpool One and the children did some last-minute shopping and we had a quick drink in the sunshine.
On the cruise we visited Dublin, La Coruna, Cadiz, Gibraltar and Lisbon. We didn’t book full on excursions because of the children so we just booked the hop on hop off buses to show us around some of the different places.
After we left Dublin we had a day a night and day at sea ) I won’t share the photos as my family will kill me ) unfortunately we got caught in the storm that had hit the UK causing all the festivals and events to be cancelled. It has got to be one of the worst nights at sea I have ever had they had boarded up the windows on deck 4 and the whole ship including a few staff we witnessed had been struck with seasickness. The ship and the staff were so accommodating changing plans and dining arrangements and for anyone confined to their cabin they were offering room service. Thankfully the Bay of Biscay was kind to us so it calmed down and the worst was over.
The highlight destination for me was definitely Gibraltar it was one of the other reasons that I booked this cruise. We did do an organised trip here and had a guide that took us to the top of the rock and we visited the caves and saw the monkeys, unfortunately it was horrendously foggy so we could not see any of the views you normally can.
We had an inside cabin which I was dreading but I was so pleasantly surprised when we opened the door we had loads of room for storage and plenty of wardrobe space and the bathroom was the norm ( including the dreaded shower curtain ) as its an English company we had tea and coffee making facilities. The only thing it lacked was anywhere to sit we because of the births , however apart from sleeping ang getting ready we didn’t spend any time in the cabin at all.
We were all really impressed with the food and the varied menus and they did cater for children. We paid for the drinks package which we all agreed was well worth the money as this included the tips and we also got a free night.
The entertainment was ok there was plenty of planned activities which we didnt really get involved with and the shows in the evening were good when the entertainment team did them , they also had a couple of guests onboard which one was a magician kind of show the other was opera singer which was probably not the best for a family cruise.
Any questions you have on the Magellan just let me know