MS Magellan

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Magellan anchored in Flåm
  • 1985–2009: Holiday
  • 2010–2014: Grand Holiday [1]
  • 2015 onwards: Magellan
Port of registry:
Builder: Aalborg Værft, Ålborg, Denmark
Completed: 1985
Maiden voyage:
  • 13 July 1985 (as Holiday)
  • 18 May 2010 (as Grand Holiday)
  • 11 March 2015 (as Magellan)
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Holiday-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 46,052 GT
Length: 728 ft (222 m)
Beam: 105.6 ft (32.2 m)
Decks: 10
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 1,452 passengers
Crew: 660

MS Magellan is a Holiday-class cruise ship which was formerly owned by Carnival Cruise Line as Holiday and Ibero Cruises as the Grand Holiday. She sailed for Cruise & Maritime Voyages In Spring 2015.

Ship history[edit]

MS Holiday was built by Aalborg Værft in Aalborg, Denmark and entered service for Carnival Cruise Lines on July 13, 1985. 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.[2] 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.

MS Holiday resumed her normal route in the Western Caribbean, sailing from Mobile, Alabama until November 2009 when MS Holiday was retired from the Carnival fleet and was later transferred to the fleet of Iberocruceros,[3] another cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc as MS Grand Holiday. However, the Carnival-style funnel was only repainted. In April 2010 she underwent dry dock refurbishment and was then transferred to the Ibero Cruises fleet. Sailing as MS Grand Holiday began on May 18, 2010[4]

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

On 3 November 2014 British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced that MS Grand Holiday would be joining their fleet in Spring 2015 under the name Magellan.[5] She began cruising out of London Tilbury, Newcastle upon Tyne and Dundee commencing 15 March 2015 and also Hamburg on 12 July 2015.[6][7]

Gallery - Pictures of the Ship in previous liveries[edit]


  1. ^ "Vacaciones a bordo de Costa Cruceros" (PDF). Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cruise ships chartered for refugees". 2005-09-03. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Carnival Holiday leaving the fleet
  4. ^ "Vacaciones a bordo de Costa Cruceros". Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Home Page - Cruise and Maritime Voyages". Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Magellan". Retrieved 26 April 2016. 

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