I was delighted to be invited by Cruise & Maritime Voyages to the naming ceremony of their latest addition to the fleet – the Magellan, in Tilbury earlier this month.
The ceremony took place in the tiered Magellan Show Lounge, hosted by passengers favourite cruise director Richard Sykes, with a selection of typical entertainment including dancing and vocalists. The godmother of the ship was Gloria Hunniford who delightfully christened the ship and welcomed her to the Cruise & Maritime fleet.
After dinner, most guests tend to head to deck 9, this houses the Magellan Show Theatre (also spans to deck 8 as well), which is a magnificent venue in itself. There’s Captains Club which also offers entertainment, a casino with tables and slot machines, an internet café to keep in touch with people back home, Sinatra’s bar a themed bar with further entertainment and also Scott’s Nightclub where you can grove on the dancefloor into the early hours with a live DJ.
Deck 9 also houses the salon and the Jade Wellness Centre, which is well appointed with Thermal Suites, Sauna and Treatment rooms for massages. The Magellan operates as an adult friendly ship, you won’t find rock climbing walls and wave machines, but she is ideal for individuals, groups or couples who prefer a relaxing cruise holiday. She is a real beauty and a rare find, do try a cruise on board the Magellan.
P&O Cruises have teamed up with literally an army of chefs and cooks to create the first cookery school on board a British ship, headed up by celebrity chef James Martin. James is joined by Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar and wine guru Olly Smith who are already well established P&O Cruises favourites. Also involved with the cookery school is acclaimed patisserie Eric Lanlard and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull, who together with James, Marco and Atul make up the ‘P&O Cruises Food Heros’. The chefs are cruising on selected sailings throughout the 2015/2016 programme, so worth checking when you’re looking to book to see who is on board.
For entertainment, P&O Cruises innovation continues in The Limelight Club, the fleets first dinner and entertainment venue in the great tradition of the supper club. The stunning Headliners Theatre boasts digital technology to rival almost any West End stage, and The Studio, Crystal Room and Live Lounge complete the line-up for both daytime and evening entertainment. Another place you can head to is Brodies on Deck 6 – delivering a menu of British beers from over 56 counties in the UK, from lagers, to ales, to ciders, to beers, you can find it all here.
On Deck 7, you will find the Crystal Room with its beautiful wooden dance floor to gleaming chandeliers, and this is the venue where stars from Strictly Come Dancing will perform on board selected cruises.