I have never been on a cruise before, let alone travel by sea, so as you can imagine, I was very excited to be experiencing my first cruise, even if it was for only two nights.
On a warm sunny morning, I met Magellan at the port in Tilbury, and I have to admit, she certainly looked bigger than what I had imagined. As I entered the ship I was instantly struck by how lavish the ship was. I was greeted gracefully by my cabin steward and couldn’t wait to see my cabin. I must say, it really didn’t disappoint, with a modern bathroom, the layout of the cabin was fantastic. I was given a cabin with a large window, giving me an impressive view of the beautiful blue ocean that we glided on. Before I embarked on exploring the ship and what it had in store for me on my travels, I unpacked and took my time and got comfortable with my new home for the next two nights.
Being a regular gym goer, it was the obvious stand out room that had to meet my expectations; thankful, it didn’t disappoint! Having the opportunity to actually workout for the next two days was marvellous (crazy, I know!).
As we sailed the ocean, I spent time and enjoyed the open deck experience with my fellow passengers, soaking up the sun and taking the time to relax in the Jacuzzi, whilst indulging in a cold drink. A truly wonderful experience.
We arrived at our first destination, the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Our shore excursion was a walking tour around this wonderfully beautiful city and with the weather being as glorious as it was, walking for three and a half hours didn’t sound too bad. Many locals also took advantage of the warm afternoon by taking their boats out and spending the rest of the day on the water.
Our tour was tremendous, with the tour guide providing a very educational and funny history of the city as well as demonstrating some of the landmarks of the Dutch capital. Amsterdam was brilliant, a beautiful city with a great history, I loved it.
We arrived in Hamburg on the 2nd day, unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye to the stylish Magellan as I was due to jump on a plane back to the London. Luckily, I did get to see how amazing Hamburg really is on the way to the airport, definitely a city worth coming back to.
My first cruise, it was a magnificent adventure. If you’re the sort who loves exploring different countries and cities with ease, then cruising is for you, it takes the hassle out of travelling entirely. In fact, cruising is just that – an introduction to new places. I would definitely recommend cruising (particularly if you want a little introduction to different cities and then exploring it in-depth later on. Although it was only a 2 night cruise, I truly couldn’t believe I actually got the time to fully explore two great cities in the world, Amsterdam and Hamburg in one weekend!
As a food lover, having the chance of having catering included in the package was just a dream. The buffet was amazing; the evening dining was one I couldn’t miss. Absolutely one of the best dining experience I have ever had, great staff, great company, along with an outstanding menu dressed to perfection.
A huge thank you to everyone on board Ms Magellan for making my two nights unforgettable. Thanks for the adventure, hope to sea (see what I did there) you soon.