CMV Magellan, 1985-built for CCL-Carnival Cruise Line, departed its Oman anchorage (Persian Gulf) on Monday, January 18. Under the name "Mages", the vessel is heading east to India, where is expected to arrive at the end of the week.
Popular in the UK cruise market due to her smaller size, Magellan had been sailing for the past 5 years for CMV. The ship was the start of an effort to modernize the line's operation that later saw CMV buy additional vessels from Carnival Corporation.
When the cruise industry paused operations in March 2020, Magellan was laid up in Bristol (Avonmouth England) together with the other CMV boats. Unlike her fleetmates, Magellan was the only one having sailed for Cruise & Maritime Voyages that was not detained for safety violations by the British maritime authorities but was also sold at auction after the cruise line was placed in administration last summer.
CMV Magellan was acquired during the auction by the Greek company Seajets, which paid just over US$3.4 million for the ship while analysts had estimated Magellan would normally have been sold for over US$8 million. Not having found a charter for the vessel, Seajets has reportedly sold Magellan for a profit to the Indian scrappers.
CMV Magellan is the 3rd CMV cruise ship to be scrapped. The 1987-built CMV Astor was CMV's first vessel to arrive at Turkey's Aliaga scrap yard. CMV Marco Polo was beached in India in early-January 2021.