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This cruise itinerary was great plus there was an excellent deal for solo passengers. I booked an inside and was upgraded to an outside cabin, L shaped beds, but a reasonable size, with shower, a decent size. It was set up for someone with mobility issues, extra handles in the shower room and a pull down seat in the shower, but these didn't get in the way at all. Shower/hair gell and conditioner were in two containers in the shower plus small bars of soap were provided. A kettle with tea/coffee was provided in the cabin plus a TV (but no BBC world service just a French channel giving news in English?). There was no daily newspaper to catch up on the news available as I had always had on other ships. The first two days was open sitting at dinner time with no allocated table which a lot of people didn't like (I didn't mind), then I was allocated a table but given the time of between 6-8 pm so after people joining at different times, my table agreed a time for us all to come, so that worked well. For a solo there were a lot of get togethers but I found I met a lot of people, just by chatting to whoever sat next to me. The jacuzzi was always sociable. I did a couple of ship excursions which were well managed, as you would expect, and priced reasonably £38 for a half day. The shows were ok and due to the numbers on board, there was only the one around 9pm, then another entertainment around 10pm. Quizzes were generally at 9.30 and 4pm and well attended (It was obvious some people do lots of quizzes as they regularly won). We didn't have a message from the captain at noon, which I enjoyed on other ships. There was one gala night (usual shake hands with the Captain, photo then into lounge followed by introduction to staff) and another evening termed 'elegant' the rest were casual though most men wore shirts and trousers and ladies smart trousers and tops, or dresses. Sea days there was usually a lecture (I found them so so) a creative writing session (this was great fun, really enjoyed this), deck games and a fitness session, plus the quizzes and other get togethers. Embarkation seemed a bit mixed, after an eleven and a half flight, I just wanted to get on the ship and it wasn't clear whether we had to take our own cases from the coach or not. Disembarkation worked well. I bought the Premier package before boarding which paid for gratuities, most cocktails and other drinks on board (not speciality coffees) and a small bottle of water. There was also a bottle of wine as part of this. This was reasonably priced and just made things easy for me as a solo to have a drink when I wanted.

Great cruise, good itinerary (Panama Canal) and good for solos

Magellan Cruise Review by coralk

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This cruise itinerary was great plus there was an excellent deal for solo passengers. I booked an inside and was upgraded to an outside cabin, L shaped beds, but a reasonable size, with shower, a decent size. It was set up for someone with mobility issues, extra handles in the shower room and a pull down seat in the shower, but these didn't get in the way at all. Shower/hair gell and conditioner were in two containers in the shower plus small bars of soap were provided. A kettle with tea/coffee was provided in the cabin plus a TV (but no BBC world service just a French channel giving news in English?). There was no daily newspaper to catch up on the news available as I had always had on other ships. The first two days was open sitting at dinner time with no allocated table which a lot of people didn't like (I didn't mind), then I was allocated a table but given the time of between 6-8 pm so after people joining at different times, my table agreed a time for us all to come, so that worked well. For a solo there were a lot of get togethers but I found I met a lot of people, just by chatting to whoever sat next to me. The jacuzzi was always sociable. I did a couple of ship excursions which were well managed, as you would expect, and priced reasonably £38 for a half day. The shows were ok and due to the numbers on board, there was only the one around 9pm, then another entertainment around 10pm. Quizzes were generally at 9.30 and 4pm and well attended (It was obvious some people do lots of quizzes as they regularly won). We didn't have a message from the captain at noon, which I enjoyed on other ships. There was one gala night (usual shake hands with the Captain, photo then into lounge followed by introduction to staff) and another evening termed 'elegant' the rest were casual though most men wore shirts and trousers and ladies smart trousers and tops, or dresses. Sea days there was usually a lecture (I found them so so) a creative writing session (this was great fun, really enjoyed this), deck games and a fitness session, plus the quizzes and other get togethers. Embarkation seemed a bit mixed, after an eleven and a half flight, I just wanted to get on the ship and it wasn't clear whether we had to take our own cases from the coach or not. Disembarkation worked well. I bought the Premier package before boarding which paid for gratuities, most cocktails and other drinks on board (not speciality coffees) and a small bottle of water. There was also a bottle of wine as part of this. This was reasonably priced and just made things easy for me as a solo to have a drink when I wanted.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6084
Noted above. Would recommend it as was quiet, next to the cabin stewards store cupboard so no noise at all one side. you could hear the murmour of a tv on in the next cabin but other than that nothing.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    taken to watch divers and was given a drink, watched a high level so i could sit down, but you could have walked down to a lower level. Then taken off to a shop, then a drive round stopping at a panaramic view. Was all ok. Wasn't expensive £38 for half a day
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  • Belize City
    Walked around Belize with a friend and visited St John Cathedral which was lovely, but the rest wasn't particularly interesting. My friend and I were pointed to a beach which turned out to be a lot of rocks, so gave that up. The cruise port was very noisy and we felt everyone was after money the whole time. Be warned, I bought a drink in a cafe and was given Belize dollars in return. These were not accepted by the shops at the port, only in the bar......... say no more!
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  • Cozumel
    Very commercialised cruise port. Not suitable for solos as they only had taxis which were expensive. To go to a beach, minimum price twenty dollars for entry. I ended up walking along the front to the other cruise port in the downtown area (where Marella Discovery was) which was a bit more interesting (supermarket selling scooters) and a small market, but not a place I'd want to come back to particularly. Thsoe that did the ruins said it was too exhausting from there, they'd left at 7 and didn't get back until 7.
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  • The Tortuguero Canals
    Booked as came off ship to go walk about and given a good deal. Taken to canals for trip looking for wildlife, then on to beach bar (good wifi) then to another bar to see a panaramic view of the city.
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  • Puerto Vallarta
    Taken to watch divers and given a drink. I opted to have a seat at an upper level but you could walk down to a lower level. Then taken to a shop (good wifi) and given a plate of fresh fruit. Then a stop for a panoramic view, then a drive round.
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  • Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    Tour taken to a square to watch and take part in local dancing, shop and plate of fruit and taste of liquers, due to fires on hillside didn't see monkeys btu did see samples of coffee, cashew and banama trees
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  • Roatan
    Collected by Diana at the port and taken to the sanctuary which was amazing. Went in a cage with 5 others with monkeys who jumped on us, then had a sloth put on us to hold (AMAZING) This was wonderful, unbelievable! Then taken into Macaw cage. All so wonderful. Then taken in mini bus with a family of 3 from Canada, with Daniel's father driving, and the family wanted to try conch soup, so was taken to a sea restaurant and had the soup with rice and a coke for six dollars. Then taken over to the West bay area where we visited a chocolate shop, before taking the family back to the ships. I was then taken to another beach so that i cold have a swim. I really enjoyed this, highlight of my cruise was having a sloth on me.
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