Ibero Cruises

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Ibero Cruises
Former type Subsidiary
Industry Transportation
Fate Brand discontinued, Merged with Costa Crociere
Founded 2007
Defunct 2014
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Products Cruises
Website http://www.iberocruceros.es

Ibero Cruises (Spanish: Ibero Cruceros) was a British-American and Spanish owned cruise line based in Madrid, Spain. The cruise line is aimed at the Spanish and Portuguese speaking market. In 2013 Iberocruceros appointed their first Uk agent Vamos Holidays to market their product to the UK and Irish markets. Iberocruceros operates voyages in Europe, the Mediterranean, and in South America.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2003 as Viajes Iberojet and renamed in 2007 and became a joint subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc and Orizonia Corporation,[1] under the executive control of Costa Cruises Group, Carnival Corporation's European division.[citation needed] Ibero Cruises started with four ships; Grand Mistral, Grand Latino, and Grand Voyager provided by Orizonia, and Grand Celebration, provided by Carnival Cruises.[1] An additional ship, the Grand Holiday, was transferred into the fleet in 2009 from Carnival.

Recent History[edit]

It was announced in November 2014, that Costa Cruises would absorb Ibero Cruises in its entirety by the end of the year. The Grand Celebration would be transferred to the main fleet of Costa Crociere as the Costa Celebration.[2] Also the Grand Holiday would be transferred to The British Cruise & Maritime Voyages as the Magellan.[3]

Ibero's docking slots in Barcelona would be devoted solely to Costa's newest ship, the Costa Diadema as well.[4][5]

Former fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built Entered Service for Iberocruceros Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Grand Latino Royal Viking Star class 1973 2004-2005 21,891 GRT  Portugal Now with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines as Boudicca. Boudicca departing Tallinn 7th September 2013.JPG
Grand Voyager 2000 2004-2011 24,427 GT  Portugal Previously Olympic Voyager for Royal Olympic Cruises, In 2011 transferred to Costa Cruises as Costa Voyager. Sold to Bohai Ferry in 2014 as the Chinese Taishan. MV Grand Voyager 2009-06-30 filtered.jpg
Grand Mistral Mistral class 1999 2003–2013 48,200 GT  Portugal Previously Mistral for the failed Festival Cruises, Now with Costa Cruises as Costa neoRiviera. Grand Mistral Tallinn 22 May 2012.JPG
Grand Celebration Holiday class 1987 2008–2014 47,262 GT  Portugal Previously Celebration for Carnival Cruise Lines. Transferred as the Costa Celebration to Costa Cruises in November 2014; sold last minute to an unknown buyer. Grand Celebration Rhodes 2012 (2).jpg
Grand Holiday Holiday class 1985 2010–2014 46,052 GT  Portugal Previously Holiday for Carnival Cruise Lines. She will join the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet in March 2015, as the Magellan.[6] Grand Holiday - Marseille.JPG

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