When we arrived, one of the first venues we visited was the Taverner’s Pub, which was only added to the ship during 2017. This pub is always filled with passengers, no matter the time of day, as they can relax with a drink on draught and watch the many sporting events shown on the various flat-screen TVs. This English-inspired pub is said to have a traditional atmosphere that’s been a hit amongst British passengers – it’s like a home away from home.
It’s the perfect place for guests who wish to meet new, like-minded people, giving you the chance to engage over classic pub games such as darts or table football, or over a live sporting event projected around the venue. However, most guests come here before or after their evening meal to enjoy some live music played by a band each night, on the stage.
Jade Spa Beauty Salon
The next stop on our tour was the Jade Spa Beauty Salon. Here guests can receive spa treatments such as massages or facials in the various treatment rooms or get a brand new hair style in the salon. However, if you’d prefer to just relax then you’re in luck as there’s a relaxation room filled with comfortable beds, including two heated ceramic seats that are curved to match your body shape. A sauna and mood shower are located next door too.
There are various treatments rooms in the Wellness Centre, some for one guest and others for two. So, if you wish to have a treatment with a friend or partner, you can, however, you may want to book because the double room goes quickly. The extensive list of treatments includes various facials, body wraps and massages, as well as hand and foot care treatments. Most passengers book their spa packages for the days at sea, as you have plenty of time to explore.
Raffles Bistro is the ship’s casual dining option where guests can help themselves to freshly cooked cuisine every single day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. This buffet has plenty of seating, meaning you can come here without a reservation and always get a seat. The layout ranges from tables of two to tables of 10, so you can choose whether to dine alone or with friends.
The Pool Deck is located next to the restaurant and is perfect for passengers who wish to have an al fresco dining experience, with a beautiful ocean view. When filling up your plate, you’ll notice exotic fruits on the ends of the food stations, some with famous faces carved into them; my personal favourite was the one of the Queen. However, if that’s not weird enough for you, check out the walls by the buffet as you’ll see dried pasta in the different sections.
One of our personal highlights on this ship was seeing the different levels of cabin. The only suite we looked inside was the Junior Suite, an expansive room with a double bed, separate lounge area, private balcony and en suite bathroom with a bathtub.
Afterwards, we browsed the staterooms, the first being the Standard Twin Oceanview. This cabin featured an L-shaped layout of the twin beds, which made the room feel very spacious. The final cabins we saw were Twin Inner Staterooms that, although have no window, were very well lit and spacious; we all agreed we’d feel more than comfortable staying in one of these cabins. Keep an eye out for the towel animals that could be lurking in your room.
The final stop on our tour of Magellan was the Waldorf Restaurant, where we indulged in a delicious three-course lunch. As you enter, the first feature you’ll notice is the beautiful, black varnished baby grand piano that’s played during the two fixed dining times in the evening. We were wowed by the identical table layouts, perfectly placed onto each table with a vase of fresh, colourful flowers in the centre.
The staff serving us in this magnificent restaurant were extremely welcoming, attentive and professional. We dined on a table of eight with a porthole window behind, looking out to sea. The tables in the restaurant are set up to accommodate either four, six or eight guests, so why not grab some friends to sit with? The menu featured pâté and salads for starter, meat and fish options for main and a few tasty deserts. Vegan and vegetarian options were available for each course.
Overall, we had a great time aboard Magellan and would love to stay on board to experience its sailing atmosphere and daily hustle and bustle.
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