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We were looking for a cruise around X'mas time and the New Year, so the cmv Magellan to Madeira Cape Verdes Canary Iles seemed OK. We embarked in Amsterdam and soon found out that the average age of the passengers was about 80.Lots of wheel chairs, electric scoot mobiles with beep sound signals etc. The cabin was OK and the steward was exellent. Only the airco smell in the cabin was like a smokers room that lasted for 22 days. The ship is old and very unstable it rolls fiercely in waves of only 3- 4 m. Lots of old passengers fell of stairs and in cabins. The hospital and the Servian female doctor was very busy with all the coughing guests. The pneumonia germs were spread throughout the ship by the apparently not well filtered or sanitary cleaned airco air. Twice a rescue helicopter had to collect sick passengers. The kitchen chef was Indian as well as most of the cooks. The soup was every day the same only a different name and colour. At breakfast the bacon was dried out because it was baked in the middle of the night. The entertainment girls and boys came from the former East block . The quality was below the standard one would like to experience on a X'mas cruise. The excursions were acceptable except for the waiting time for diasbled passengers that were coming while they could hardly walk up a stair. The final bill showed a creditcard charge of GBP 141 for payment of an amount of GBP 1690 , a small charge for paying by credit card we would accept but this is robbery. In short we do not recommend this ship or cruise line.Our experience with the HAL is much better.

Old ship airco smells, unstable ship

Magellan Cruise Review by Bakkio

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We were looking for a cruise around X'mas time and the New Year, so the cmv Magellan to Madeira Cape Verdes Canary Iles seemed OK.

We embarked in Amsterdam and soon found out that the average age of the passengers was about 80.Lots of wheel chairs, electric scoot mobiles with beep sound signals etc.

The cabin was OK and the steward was exellent. Only the airco smell in the cabin was like a smokers room that lasted for 22 days.

The ship is old and very unstable it rolls fiercely in waves of only 3- 4 m.

Lots of old passengers fell of stairs and in cabins.

The hospital and the Servian female doctor was very busy with all the coughing guests.

The pneumonia germs were spread throughout the ship by the apparently not well filtered or sanitary cleaned airco air. Twice a rescue helicopter had to collect sick passengers.

The kitchen chef was Indian as well as most of the cooks. The soup was every day the same only a different name and colour. At breakfast the bacon was dried out because it was baked in the middle of the night.

The entertainment girls and boys came from the former East block . The quality was below the standard one would like to experience on a X'mas cruise.

The excursions were acceptable except for the waiting time for diasbled passengers that were coming while they could hardly walk up a stair.

The final bill showed a creditcard charge of GBP 141 for payment of an amount of GBP 1690 , a small charge for paying by credit card we would accept but this is robbery.

In short we do not recommend this ship or cruise line.Our experience with the HAL is much better.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 7018
Very nice cabin, good shower, carpet was old,beds narrow, television channels very poor mostly no reception of international channels due to bad sattelite reception system.
WIFI speed is very slow, you pay GBP 59 and fall asleep during use.So forget about the wifi and save the 59