Magellan joined the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet in March 2015. As the flagship of the fleet, this adult-only ship is proud to offer her guests a casual and intimate cruise experience, coupled with friendly service and attention to detail. She sets sail with a maximum of 1250 passengers in 726 stylish cabins. The ship has nine passenger decks, home to a range of restaurants and bars, sports and leisure facilities, as well as plenty of expansive deck areas.
Days at sea are your chance to relax and make the most of the on-board facilities. Relax by the two pools, take a dip in one of the three whirlpools, or indulge in a full-body massage in the Jade Wellness Centre. Curl up with a book in the library or enjoy a touch of retail therapy at the shopping galleria. Days ashore reveal iconic cities, famous sights, chic seaside towns, and the chance to sample the local cuisine.
There is a diverse range of dining options on board, with the elegant Kensington and Waldorf Restaurants providing full English breakfasts, a five-course lunch and a daily-changing menu of tasty treats for dinner. The informal Raffles Bistro is open throughout the day to enjoy a selection of international buffet-style dishes, with the option of alfresco dining on deck. If you feel peckish poolside, you can tuck also into hot dogs, burgers and salads at the open-air Grill.
Magellan has a bar or lounge to suit your every mood. Enjoy panoramic ocean vistas in the lounges on Magellan Deck or head to Neptune Observation Bar on Deck 11 for a bird's eye view. No need to wander too far from your sunbed for refreshments with Eros Bar and Lido Bar close by. Enjoy some downtime with a glass of wine in Hamptons Lounge Bar or chat with friends over a drink in the stylish Captain's Club. The monochrome Sinatra's Lounge Bar combines great views with piano music and an intimate atmosphere.
The entertainment on Magellan caters to every taste. Magellan Main Show Lounge spans two decks and hosts cooking demonstrations and guest speakers by day, and twice-nightly shows with singing, dancing, and comedy. Risk a few coins at the slot machines and gaming tables in Casino Royale. End your evening in style at the 1960's-style Scott's Nightclub, where the DJ and karaoke keep things going until the early hours.
Day 1: Newcastle, UK
Arrive in Newcastle and embark on board Magellan.
Day 2: Dundee, Scotland
Dundee is located on the east coast of Scotland, on the north side of the sheltered Firth of Tay. The port itself is set close to City Quay and the rejuvenated Dundee Waterfront - home to the RRS Discovery (Captain Scott's ship) and the 19th-century warship, HM Frigate Unicorn. Explore the city's historical past at the Verdant Works Museum and admire the artworks and archaeological finds at the McManus Galleries. Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibitions at Dundee Science Museum or scale rock walls at Avertical World Climbing Centre. Dundee is also the gateway to golf at St Andrews, Glamis Castle in Forfar, and Arbroath Abbey in Angus.
Day 3: Lerwick, Shetland
Lerwick, Shetland's capital and only town, is a bustling seaport with a range of tourist attractions. The waterfront is packed with pleasure boats, yachts, historic crafts and working fishing boats. Visit the Shetland Museum and Archives and view the artefacts and interactive displays offering a glance into the area’s historical story, or feel part of history at Clickimin Broch, an ancient archelogy site. Wander along the atmospheric Commercial Street where the sandstone buildings date back to the 18th century.
Kollafjordur, Faroe Islands
The village of Kollafjørður is located on the island of Streymoyis in the Faroe Islands. Centred along the northern shore line of the Kollafjørður Fjord; there are plentiful trails to hike and admire the picturesque views of the nearby towns. View the Faroese 1837 wooden church that has a turf roof, immerse yourself in the Faroese daily life at the fishing port and fish factory, or grab a bite to eat at the local café. If you have more time, why not travel to see Sørvágsvatn, the largest Lake on the Islands that boasts a beautiful waterfall out to sea?
Day 5: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Kirkwall is both the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. This vibrant and busy port town was granted Royal Burgh status by James III of Scotland in 1486 and is the main transport and port hub in the Orkneys. The medieval St Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline, with the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces close by. Step back in time at Orkney Museum in Tankerness House before strolling around its delightful walled gardens. Explore the art of whisky making at Scapa Distillery or shop for souvenirs at the niche shops and boutiques in the town centre.
Day 6: Portree, Isle of Skye
Portree is the largest town on the Isle of Skye. Visit Somerled Square in the centre of town with its mercat cross and war memorial, before indulging in retail therapy in the quaint shops on Wentworth Street. Pay a visit to the Aros Centre to discover Skye's history, birdlife and dramatic scenery through interactive exhibits and audio-visual presentations. Head out of town to admire the spectacular scenery of Trotternish Ridge and rock formations such as Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr and the pinnacles of the Quaraing.
Day 7: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.
Day 8: Liverpool, UK
Disembark in Liverpool and make your way home.