Today, 12:13 PM
Well, I'd like to tell you all what a wonderful time we had onboard the Magellan, but I can't.
We were well-prepared for the ship to be nothing like we are used to, we knew it wouldn't be glamourous, that it's dated and the clientele would be predominantly British, older folks.
After dinner on the first night we decided that it wasn't for us, that although there was nothing 'wrong' with the cruise we wouldn't use the line again due to matters of personal choice, such as not enjoying the entertainment or the food as much as we usually do.
Then we got in to bed... noticed the light above it had a load of what I thought was flies so stood on the bed to have a look so I could then ask the steward to sort it when we saw him... it was thick with dust, probably not been cleaned in the 36 years since the ship was built.
Couldn't sleep on the first night due to a bizarre whistling type noise - presumably as we were experiencing rough seas. Showed reception a video of it, they just said the ship was full so tough.
The walls, as we had heard, are very thin, so you can hear your neighbours talking so if you're going on the ship definitely take ear plugs!
The two full days in Dublin were fantastic, although the gala night was organised for whilst the ship was in port over night, whilst a number of passengers had taken an excursion or gone to Dublin for the night. We decided to make a night of it out in Dublin.
Got back to the ship and had another night with very little sleep, as the fan in the room is incredibly noisy but with no other source of air it gets too hot if you don't have it on.
Following day had a great day out in Dublin, went to the Guinness stores and that killed a couple of hours, plus plenty more walking around the city, got back to the ship and found that our cabin had been flooded. An industrial dryer was in place, and our steward came to tell us it would be dry within the hour. We thought ok these things do happen and went and had a drink for an hour.
Went back to shower and change, Andy went to get a glass of coke from the bottle at the side of the bed and the carpet was absolutely sodden to the point the water was over the soles of his shoes. Dry in an hour!? Didn't mention which hour of which day I guess. Went to reception to see what could be done, response was that it wasn't their fault and to not stand in the wet bit! We insisted we moved cabin which we did. No apology - didn't expect a grand gesture but just a simple sorry for the inconvenience would have been nice!
Went to dinner and two ladies on our table had also been flooded, they were told on arrival back at the ship earlier in the day to go to reception and had a much better experience, but again no apology etc.
Arrived back at the cabin after dinner to find someone else's suit carrier, toothbrush and an empty medicine box on the bed. I wonder if as we'd got the cases on the bed the stewardess thought they were ours after finding them in the wardrobe or under the bed perhaps if she'd not cleaned it earlier?
Arrived in Liverpool after another poor sleep, was looking forward to disembarking. This took longer than expected. After queing to leave, was told to go back to reception. Went to reception and it was because of a message being left to tell me the cabin had been flooded! Was one last parting shot I think.
Needless to say, we won't be booking another CMV!!