Grand Holiday

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Grand Holiday - Marseille.JPG
Grand Holiday docked in Marseille
Name: 1985–2009: Holiday
2010 onwards: Grand Holiday [1]
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: 1985–2009: Carnival Cruise Lines
2010 onwards: Iberocruceros
Port of registry: 1985–2009: Nassau,  Bahamas
2009–2014: Madeira,  Portugal
Builder: Aalborg Værft, Ålborg, Denmark
Completed: 1985
Maiden voyage: May 18th, 2010 as Grand Holiday
Identification: Callsign CQNH
IMO number: 8217881
MMSI number: 255803790
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Holiday-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 46,052 GT
Length: 728 ft (222 m)
Beam: 105.6 ft (32.2 m)
Decks: 9
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 1,452 passengers
Crew: 660

MS Grand Holiday is a Holiday class cruise ship, formerly owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. In April, 2010, she underwent dry dock refurbishment and was then transferred to the Ibero Cruises fleet. Sailing as the Grand Holiday began on May 18, 2010[2]

Ship history[edit]

Built by Aalborg Værft in Ålborg, Denmark, the Grand Holiday entered service for Carnival Cruise Lines in 1985 as the Holiday. The ship's condition had been in decline until 2003, when she was sent into the dry docks and renovated. In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina, she was taken out of service to be used as temporary housing for the victims of the storm, and to also be used to aid the victims of the storm.[3] After leaving Mississippi, she again went to the dry docks for an additional three weeks of renovations. New carpeting and plumbing were added and repairs to the propellers were made, among other improvements. Holiday resumed her normal route in the Western Caribbean, sailing from Mobile, Alabama until November 2009. In November 2009, Holiday was retired from the Carnival fleet and was later transferred to the fleet of Iberocruceros,[4] another cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc as the Grand Holiday. However, the Carnival style funnel was only repainted.

The ship was transformed into four-star floating hotel in Port Sochi Imeretinskiy during Winter Olympics from the 5th until 24 February 2014.

Meeting facilities[edit]

  • Americana Lounge: 900 maximum guests reception, 725 maximum guests theater, 200 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Doc Holiday's: 350 maximum guests Theater, 150 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Reflections Dance Club: 400 Reception, 150 Theater, 50 modified classroom
  • Lounge: 110 maximum guests Reception, 60 maximum guests theater
  • Piano Bar: 60 maximum guests Reception, 30 maximum guests theater
  • Library: 15 maximum guests board meeting
  • Wharf Bar & Grill: 300 maximum guests reception
  • Four Winds Dining Room: 414 maximum guests
  • Seven Seas Dining Room: 480 maximum guests

Pictures of the Ship as Carnival Holiday[edit]

Docked in Pascagoula, USA.
At the port of Yucatàn, Mexico.
Alongside in Cozumel, Mexico.


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