MV Magellan – Past and Present

MV Magellan

ex Grand Holiday, Carnival Holiday, Holiday

© Sydney Sinclair

Magellan – © Sydney Sinclair (Lerwick, 13/03/2020)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1985 by Danyard Aalborg AS, Aalborg. Denmark (Yard No 246) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Carnival Cruise Lines

Technical Data

  • Length: 221.60 m (overall) 183.01 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 28.17 m
  • Depth: 21.06 m
  • Draught: 7.768 m (Summer)
  • Tonnage: 46052 gross/23844 net/7186t deadweight (Summer)
  • Engines: 2 x Sulzer 7 RLB 66 – 2 stroke 7 cylinder diesel engines
  • Power: 23518 kW/31972 bHP
  • Speed: 16.0 knots (Service) 19.5 knots (max)
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Capacity: 1250 passengers
  • Crew: 557
  • Call Sign: C6KM, C6FM6, CQNH, C6BR5
  • MMSI Number: 311000343
  • Official Number: 706638
  • IMO Number: 8217881
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, Panama City/Panama, Nassau/Bahamas, Madeira/Portugal, Nassau/Bahamas

Current Location

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September 5th 1982: Ordered.

March 25th 1983: Keel struck.

December 10th 1983: Launched.

January 1985: First sea trial.

June 3rd 1985: Delivered to Carnival Cruise Lines, Panama.

June 22nd 1985: Left Ålborg for Miami.

July 13th 1985: Maiden cruise to the Caribbean.

September 1990: Continuous survey.

© Brian Fisher  © Raisuke Numata

Holiday – © Brian Fisher (April 1991) (Left) and © Raisuke Numata (St Catalina, 25/03/1997) (Right)

September 2005 – March 2006: Chartered to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – USA. Used as a hotel ship after Hurricane Katrina’s ravages in Mississippi.

December 2007: Renamed CARNIVAL HOLIDAY.

November 9th 2009: Final services for Carnival Cruises.

November 2009: Registered to Grand Celebration, Madeira, Portugal (management Costa Crociere SpA) and renamed GRAND HOLIDAY. Cruising for Ibero Cruises.

© Simonwp  © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

Grand Holiday – © Simonwp (Barcelona, 01/10/2010) (Left) and © Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Gandia 16/10/2010) (Right)

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Marseilles, 16/06/2013)

January 2015: Sold to Epic Cruise Ltd, Athens, Greece and renamed MAGELLAN. Manager: Global Cruise Lines Ltd

February 2015: Manager; Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), Dartford- England

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© Erwin Willemse  © Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (IJmuiden, 16/05/2017)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Cobh, 11/09/2019)

© Lyndon Henry (Castries 06/02/2020)

March 15th 2020: Arrived at Tilbury for indefinite lay-up due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Tilbury, 16/03/2020)

June 12th 2020: 

CMV Extends Suspension Of Cruises Until 25th August 2020

Due to the continued escalation of the global pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Government advisories still in force and the lockdown of many countries and ports around the world, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has taken the decision to further extend the suspension of all its worldwide cruises from 1st July to 25th August 2020.


July 20th 2020: Cruise and Maritime Voyages placed into administration.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brian Fisher, Lyndon Henry, Pieter Inpyn, Bob Scott, Sydney Sinclair, Wil Weijsters and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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