TV presenter Gloria Hunniford served as godmother to the newest ship of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Magellan, on March 12.

Before christening the 30-year-old ship, Hunniford thanked Her Majesty the Queen who named Britannia on March 10, joking for her being "a great warm up act".

Magellan will accommodate 1,250 passengers and is currently the largest CMV ship, boosting the fleet size to four.

Cruise & Maritime CEO Christian Verhounig said Magellan was larger than their other ships, but still had an intimate feel, which was the trademark of CMV brand. He welcomed the ship to the new, exciting chapter of CMV success story.

Chris Coates, commercial director, said that 75% of Magellan's debut season had been already  sold.

Previously, the ship was owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Though in dark blue, Magellan still retains Carnival’s distinctive funnel shape. Most recently the vessel was owned by Costa and sailed as Grand Holiday.

CMV Magellan was built in 1985, last refitted in 2010. In November 2014 Cruise & Maritime confirmed the purchase.

Yesterday, March 15, Magellan set sail on her inaugural voyage in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, to watch the solar eclipse.