Ibero Cruises

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Ibero Cruises
FateBrand discontinued, merged with Costa Crociere
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain
Websitehttp://www.iberocruceros.es (via the Web Archive)

Ibero Cruises (Spanish: Ibero Cruceros) was a British-American and Spanish owned cruise line based in Madrid, Spain. The cruise line was aimed at the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. Iberocruceros operated voyages from Europe, the Mediterranean, and South America.


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 three ships; Grand Mistral, Grand Latino, and Grand Voyager which were provided by Orizonia. In 2008, the Grand Celebration, provided by Carnival Cruises was transferred to the fleet of Ibero.[1] An additional ship, the Grand Holiday, was transferred into the fleet in 2009 from Carnival.

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 Ibero Cruceros
Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Grand Latino Royal Viking Star class 1973 2004–2005 21,891 GRT  Portugal Built as Royal Viking Sky for Royal Viking Line Sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2005 as Boudicca. Scrapped in Aliağa, Turkey in 2021. 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 AIDA Cruises as AIDAmira. 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 to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in December 2014.
Scrapped in Alang, India in 2021.
Grand Celebration Rhodes 2012 (2).jpg
Grand Holiday Holiday class 1985 2010–2014 46,052 GT  Portugal Previously Holiday for Carnival Cruise Lines.
She joined the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet in March 2015, as the Magellan.[6]
Scrapped in Alang, India in 2021.
Grand Holiday - Marseille.JPG


  1. ^ a b "Iberocruceros". Cruise Critic. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Grand Celebration to become Costa Celebration Later This Year". Cruise News. Cruise Industry News. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  3. ^ "CMV announces new flagship to join fleet". Cruise Capital Image Archive.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Travel Daily | Costa to absorb Ibero".
  6. ^ Staff, CIN (3 November 2014). "Grand Holiday to CMV".

External links[edit]

Media related to Ibero Cruceros at Wikimedia Commons