A Taste of the High Life on the cruise ship Magellan
Recently, GTO readers were invited to visit the Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ship Magellan to see the facilities on offer, and to enjoy a festive dinner, evening entertainment, overnight stay and breakfast. Events and Entertainment Editor Fiona Horan jumped onboard.
In early December, GTO Magazine Graphic Designer Erica Smith and myself joined 32 GTO readers and their guests at the London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury – ready to board Cruise & Maritime’s ship Magellan for a Welcome Aboard Festive Overnight Event. We checked in through the historic Customs Hall and then onto the vessel, guided all the way by helpful CMV staff members. We were shown to our cabin, and then went to explore the ship and hunt down a cocktail or two.
Several show cabins in different categories were available for inspection – including one which was wheelchair-accessible and one of the Royal Suites near the top deck which had a walk-in wardrobe and lovely balcony. Our own cabin was very comfortable with generous-sized twin beds, plenty of storage space, good powerful shower, and tea-making facilities.
We had a good look around the ship – discovering a library, gym, swimming pool, open-air hot tub, sun deck, beauty salon and numerous bars and restaurants. We also admired the festive decorations throughout – especially the iced gingerbread house display.
After this, it was time to head to Sinatra’s Bar for an exclusive drinks reception and a chance to catch up with the rest of the group. This was followed by dinner at the Waldorf Restaurant. I was impressed by both the food and the menu. We had three starter courses followed by a main course, desert and coffee. All the food (and the wine) was very good, and the waiters were attentive. We enjoyed the Baked Alaska Parade where the catering staff danced in with desert whilst we all waved our napkins in appreciation.
Following dinner, it was time for a show. I was surprised and impressed by the size of the venue – a real, proper theatre with two floors of raked seating. We were treated to a medley of singing and dance routines. The performers were excellent, and the mix of musical styles offered something for everyone.
We went to bed after this, but hardier souls were able to enjoy the casino, live music in the bars, and a disco until 2 am.
The next morning it was back to reality. After an extremely filling and tasty breakfast in Magellan’s Kensington Restaurant, we disembarked – leaving the ship to continue with its cruise schedule without us (sadly). As I write this, the Magellan is off to Antwerp Christmas Market followed by Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean and Mexico. I knew we should have stowed away under the life boat covers!
I’d like to thank Deborah Rixson, Group Sales Manager, and her team for looking after us so well during our fabulous cruise ship experience.