Review of CMV Magellan deck 8 (Amundsen)
Magellan Lounge (793 seats) is the ship’s 2-tiered theater (main show lounge) furnished with soft benches, chairs and tables. Daily, the lounge hosts cooking demonstrations, itinerary-related port talks, shore excursions-related presentations, expert guest lectures (themed on history, politics, culture, etc). The evening’s live entertainment program offers stage shows (performed by a resident show team of comedians, singers, dancers) and live band music. The theater’s evening shows are two (each 40 min long) with 2 sittings – early (at 8:15 pm) and late (at 10:30 pm).
Hampton’s Lounge & Bar (72 seats, open between 11:30 am - 12-midnight) is a classy piano bar and also hosts daily arts-crafts classes. This lounge has a grand piano, wall-mounted LCD TV, plenty of comfortable sofas and tub chairs, small round tables. Like the Captain’s Club, this is a great place for pre-dinner drinks. The evening entertainment program offers live musical performances (singers, resident pianist). The Hampton’s Bar also sells beers priced between GBP 2,80-4.30. Beer selection includes (canned and bottled) Heineken, Bass, Becks, Guinness, Franziskaner, Boddingtons, Corona, Grolsch, Cider Strongbow, John Smith’s Smooth, also non alcoholic beer, Shandy and the Bitburger draught beer.
Shopping Galleria is the area for the ship’s two duty-free shops. They are open between 9 am - 11 pm (seadays) and between 7:30-11 pm (portdays). The shops sell perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry, books, chocolates, alcohol, cigarettes (GBP 4,50), also clothes (gowns, dresses, shirts, T-shirts).
Kensington Restaurant (344 seats) is the smaller, midship-located dining room. Most tables are round-shaped (6-8-seats) plus some square-shaped 4-seat tables with leather seating. Dining tables are even-numbered. The restaurant is open for Breakfast (8-9:30 am) and Lunch (12-noon - 1:30 pm / seadays only) and Dinner (with 2 assigned sittings – early 6:15 pm, and late 8:30 pm).
Waldorf Restaurant (514 seats) is the bigger, aft-located dining room. Most tables are round-shaped (6-8-seats, 2-seat tables available upon request). Dining tables are odd-numbered. Breakfast (7:30-9 am) is self-service and offers an omelette station plus traditional British meals (cereals, yogurts, baked beans, grilled vegetables, fried/scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, pancakes, french toast, breads, pastries). For Lunch (12-noon - 1:30 pm) are offered 2 starters, 2 soups (1 chilled), 4 main courses and 2 desserts. Lunch menu includes self-serve items (salads, desserts /incl ice cream and sorbet) and waiter-served main courses (soups, pastas, sandwiches, meat / seafood dishes). Dinner is waiter-served, with 2 fixed sittings (early at 5:45 pm, and late at 8 pm). Dinner is 6-course and waiter-served. Dinner menu includes 3 starters (1 vegetarian), 2 soups, 4 main courses (pasta, seafood, poultry, meat /beef, lamb, pork, veal) and 3 desserts (incl chocolate cake, a variety of ice creams, fresh fruits, cheeses). Lunch and dinner menus always include Healthy (low-calorie) and Vegetarian items.
Both Kensington and Waldorf restaurants are complimentary (cruise price inclusive). At extra cost is “Surf and Turf’ (an alternative dinner option with lobster and steak) available on selected evenings at surcharge GBP 22 pp. Pre-ordering is required (at either of the dining rooms during lunch).