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MV Magellan – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8217881

🇰🇲 MV Mages

ex Magellan, Grand Holiday, Carnival Holiday, Holiday

© Sydney Sinclair

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

Steel twin screw ‘Holiday Class’ 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: 620800000
  • Official Number: 706638
  • IMO Number:¬†8217881
  • Ports of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Panama City/Panama 🇵🇦, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Madeira/Portugal 🇵🇹, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Moroni/Comoros 🇰🇲

Current AIS 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 ‚Äď March 2006: Chartered to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‚Äď 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 and laid up due to the suspension of sailings owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Tilbury, 16/03/2020)

June 12th 2020: CMV Extends Suspension Of Cruises Until 25th August 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.

Source : Cruisemiss

July 20th 2020: It was announced that Duff & Phelps Ltd. had been appointed Joint Administrators of CMV Holdings London Limited, Cruise & Maritime Voyages Limited, South Quay Travel & Leisure Limited, South Quay Transport Services Limited, Independent Coach Travel (Wholesaling) Limited and Viceroy Limited and that all companies had ceased trading with immediate effect.

August 2020: Advertised as “For Sale.

September 9th 2020: It was announced that the ships of the now defunct Cruise & Maritime Voyages would be sold at auction.

Five former Cruise & Maritime Voyages ships have been put up for sale at auction following the demise of Britain’s largest independent cruise line in July.

The ships put up for auction are VASCO DA GAMA, COLUMBUS, ASTOR, MAGELLAN and MARCO POLO. The ships are currently laid up in London Tilbury and Bristol Avonmouth. ASTORIA is not part of the auction as plans were already in place for when she was due to leave the fleet in October 2020.

Deadlines of between October 8 and 22 have been set for bids to be lodged with the broker CW Kellock & Co. Each vessel will be sold separate, although no indication of values have been disclosed.

VASCO DA GAMA ‚Äď Bid deadline: Midday Thursday 8th October 2020

COLUMBUS ‚Äď Bid deadline: Midday Monday 12th October 2020

MAGELLAN ‚Äď Bid deadline: Midday Monday 19th October 2020

ASTOR ‚Äď Bid deadline: Midday Thursday 15th October 2020

MARCO POLO ‚Äď Bid deadline: Midday Thursday 22nd October 2020

Source: Cruise Capital

October 22nd 2020: Announcement made that she had been acquired, at auction, by Seajets for $3.4 million. Meanwhile, it is still unclear what specific plans Seajets are pursuing. Seajets do not currently operate as a cruise line.

November 11th 2020: Sailed from Tilbury showing destination Gibraltar.

November 17th 2020: Arrived in Gibraltar.

December 16th 2020: Arrived Port Said Anchorage.

December 17th 2020: Transited the Suez Canal.

December 28th 2020: Arrived Duqm, Oman.

January 15th 2021: Media sources indicate that she will now sail to Alang for scrapping.

January 15th 2021: Renamed MAGES, registered under the flag of Comoros with Moroni as her homeport. Currently at anchor off Duqm, Oman.

January 18th 2021: Departed Oman for Alang, expected to arrive on 22/01/2021.

January 28th 2021: Arrived at Alang and waiting to be beached.

January 29th 2021: Beached.

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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)


  1. I am not sure what it going on but according to marinetraffic she is off Brest and hasn’t moved for over 4 hours. She is also not due in Gibraltar for 6 days, which is a very slow trip if true. I Gogled around and both Magellan and Marco Polo seem slated for scrapping.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      I think it’s more than likely they were waiting for a weather window before heading South. The weather in Biscay the last few days has been pretty bad with Westerly and Southerly gales.

      From looking at her AIS location at the time it may have been a case of sheltering in the area of Brest. I see she is now well South of Biscay and has just passed Lisbon bound for Gibraltar. I did read somewhere (can’t find the link now) that she was due in Piraeus, Greece until Seajets decide what to do with her.

      In regards to Astor, Astoria and Marco Polo, in my personal opinion, I think the future is looking rather bleak ūüôĀ

      All the best

      1. Together with Columbus anchored East of Malta. Magellan sowing awaiting orders….. Both had been reported as destination Piraeus when they left Gibraltar

        1. After being anchored east of Malta for a few days together with Columbus she’s now off to Suez…… or maybe Alang

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