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CMV Magellan

Former names: Grand Holiday (IberoCruises), MS Holiday (Carnival)

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Year built1985  /  Age : 34
Flag state Madeira
BuilderAalborg Vaerft Aktieselskab AS (Aalborg, Denmark)
OwnerGlobal Maritime Group Inc
OperatorCMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) via Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)221 m / 725 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage46052 gt
Passengers1250 - 1452
Crew660
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks10
Cabins726
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesGrand Holiday (IberoCruises), MS Holiday (Carnival)
Christened byGloria Hunniford

Current position of CMV Magellan

Review of CMV Magellan

CMV Magellan cruise ship is a Holiday-class vessel initially operated by Carnival Cruise Line as MS Holiday. It joined CMV's fleet in Spring 2015. As former Carnival "Fun Ship", Magellan still retains the distinctive funnel shape.

History - construction and ownership

The chartered by CMV 46,052-ton, 1,452-passenger cruise ship ms Magellan belongs to the Holiday-class of cruise ships. The ship was previously operated not only by Carnival but also by Iberocruceros as “MS Grand Holiday”.

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A renovation was needed for the cruise ship, because of her condition and the vessel was sent to dry docks for renovation in 2003. Two years later, during the natural phenomenon Hurricane Katrina, the cruise service was temporarily interrupted in order to serve as a shelter for those suffering from the storm. After the disaster, the Grand Holiday left the Mississippi River and was sent again to dry dock for renovations. Engineers and designers worked for several weeks under changes over the propellers and the addition of new carpeting and plumbing. The Grand Holiday was transferred to Iberocruceros' fleet.

A curious fact is that as "MS Grand Holiday", the vessel was chartered as a hotel ship in Port Sochi Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympics (February 5-24, 2014). As "CMV Magellan", the vessel was again chartered as a hotel ship in Newport Wales (South Dock) during 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff (June 2017).

CMV Magellan cruise ship

In February 2017, Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (part of DSC / Damen Shiprepair & Conversion), completed maintenance works on cruise ships Magellan and Marco Polo. Both vessels are currently operated by British based CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages), part of Global Maritime Group.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Magellan itinerary program is based on Western Europe and Baltic Sea cruises, departing from UK ports, including Dundee, Newcastle, Harwich. Magellan will operate a series of voyages to Norway and the Canary islands and a 42-night cruise to Brazil in winter 2017-2018 from Tilbury-London.

(new) CMV Mexican cruise brand "Cruceros Maritimos Vacacionales"

On December 19, 2017, CMV announced Magellan cruise ship's 2019 winter deployment to Mexican Riviera (Pacific Mexico).

  • The ship starts operations on February 3 (2019) under a new company brand name - "Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales".
  • The 7-day cruise itinerary program (February through March 2019) offers roundtrips from both Acapulco and Manzanillo. The roundtrip itinerary departs on Sundays and visits Pacific Mexico's ports Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and has 2 sea days.
  • Sunday departures allow passengers to spend overnight in Acapulco (by booking pre- and post-cruise packages combining up to 5-day land stay (hotels and tours) with the 7-day cruise.
  • The average 7-day cruise prices start from USD 700 pp (MXN 14,000 / Mexican pesos).
  • Maiden 2019 season's total passenger capacity was estimated at 12,000. For 2019, the ship will operate a total of ten 7-day voyages. CMV has plans to extend season 2020 to 5 months, eventually deploying the liner in Mexico for year-round operations.
  • CMV opened a sales office in Mexico City in April 2018. It is expected that 80-85% of the embarking passengers will be Mexican.

Cabins

MS Magellan has 9 passenger decks and 726 cabins in 15 grades, of which 14 Balcony Suites, 277 Inside and 449 Oceanview.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Magellan dining rooms include Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants, both featuring open seating breakfast and lunch, as well as two fixed time sittings for dinner. Raffle’s Bistro provides more informal experience.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

There are no “modern time” amenities on board CMV Magellan, like ice-skating rink or climbing wall. The ship is a typical adults-only (child-free) cruising vessel for passengers 16-years and above. Magellan's Lounges & Bars include Magellan 2-deck Main Show Lounge, Neptune Observation Bar, Lido Bar, Eros Bar, Scott’s Nightclub, Hampton’s Lounge Bar, Sinatra’s Lounge Bar, Captain’s Club, Nansen Card & Bridge Room and Internet Cafe. Other amenities include Jade Wellness Centre, Fitness Centre, 2 swimming pool, 3 jacuzzis, Sun Terrace, Casino Royale, Livingstone Library, Shackleton’s Conference Room, photo gallery and Shopping Galleria.

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MS Magellan is a Holiday-class cruise liner operated as "MS Holiday" by Carnival Cruise Line and as "MS Grand Holiday" by Ibero Cruises. As a former Carnival ship, Magellan has the distinctive "Fun Ship" funnel shape. The vessel was transformed into a 4-star floating hotel during the Winter Olympics in Port Sochi Russia (February 5-24, 2014).

The 1985-built vessel was last refitted in 2010. CMV confirmed the purchase in November 2014. On November 3, 2014, CMV announced "ms Grand Holiday" joins its fleet in March 2015 under the name "ms Magellan". The ship offers cruises departing from UK ports (in Scotland and England) - NewcastleDundeeTilbury-London. The voyage became the world's first circumnavigation of the planet, starting with a Transatlantic crossing to South America.

Vessel's christening ceremony was on March 12, 2015, in Tilbury (London Cruise Terminal). Ship's new godmother was Mrs. Gloria Hunniford - a presenter for Northern Ireland's ITV and BBC programs, with her own "BBC Radio 2" daily show. This CMV ship is named after Ferdinand Magellan (Fernao de Magalhaes, 1480 - 1521) who was a Portuguese explorer who organized the Spanish sea expedition (between 1519 - 1522, westward route) to the East Indies. 

On  March 15, 2015, was the Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage for CMV) to Iceland and Faroe Islands. Fun fact is that this CMV ship has a namesake - the 2010-launched "CMA CGM Magellan". The vessel is among the world's largest container ships (capacity 13,830 containers) and operated by CMA-CGM Line.

In June 2017, the vessel was chartered to serve as "floating hotel" for Champions League Final's visitors in Newport Wales. CMV Magellan entered Newport on June 2. The docking area (South Dock's quayside) was transformed into events and activity space managed by Hopscotch Groupe (a French company) on behalf of Nissan. The quayside events operation was co-organized also by CMV and ABP South Wales. The sporting event (2017 UEFA Champions League Final) was held at National Stadium of Wales (Cardiff).

In 2019, the ship started Mexican Riviera cruises under a new CMV brand name - "Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales". The 7-day itinerary program (February through March 2019) offered roundtrips from both Acapulco and Manzanillo, with ports of call MazatlanPuerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), plus 2 sea days. Maiden season's total passenger capacity was estimated at 12,000.

CMV Magellan Itineraries

The below listed CMV Magellan cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Cruise and Maritime Voyages fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Dublin
2019 Oct 27 6 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Liverpool
2019 Nov 01 2 days, one-way from Dublin to Liverpool Dublin
2019 Dec 08 4 days, round-trip French Festive Getaway London Tilbury
2019 Dec 15 3 days, round-trip French Christmas Market & River Seine London Tilbury
2019 Dec 18 21 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Cape Verde, Madeira & Canaries London Tilbury
2019 Dec 19 21 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Cape Verde, Madeira & Canaries Rotterdam
2020 Jan 08 42 days, round-trip Amazon, West Indies & Azores London Tilbury
2020 Jan 09 42 days, round-trip Amazon, West Indies & Azores Rotterdam
2020 Feb 19 14 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights to Norway London Tilbury
2020 Feb 20 14 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights to Norway Rotterdam
2020 Mar 04 12 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights to Iceland London Tilbury
2020 Mar 05 12 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights Iceland Rotterdam
2020 Mar 16 15 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Madeira London Tilbury
2020 Mar 17 15 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Madeira Rotterdam
2020 Mar 31 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery London Tilbury
2020 Apr 11 12 days, round-trip Easter Hidden Baltic Treasures London Tilbury
2020 Apr 23 2 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Newcastle upon Tyne London Tilbury
2020 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland Dundee
2020 May 02 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 May 03 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Dundee
2020 May 14 6 days, round-trip Faroes & Northern Isles Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 May 15 6 days, round-trip Faroes & Northern Isles Dundee
2020 May 20 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 May 21 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Dundee
2020 May 31 13 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Jun 01 13 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Dundee
2020 Jun 13 1 day, one-way from Newcastle upon Tyne to Dundee Newcastle upon Tyne
2020 Jun 14 9 days, one-way from Dundee to Greenock Dundee
2020 Jun 23 8 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Greenock
2020 Jun 24 8 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Belfast
2020 Jul 01 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Greenock
2020 Jul 02 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Belfast
2020 Jul 10 13 days, one-way from Greenock to Liverpool Greenock
2020 Jul 10 2 days, one-way from Greenock to Liverpool Greenock
2020 Jul 11 2 days, one-way from Belfast to Dublin Belfast
2020 Jul 12 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Liverpool
2020 Jul 13 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Dublin
2020 Jul 23 12 days, round-trip Iceland and Faroes Liverpool
2020 Jul 24 12 days, round-trip Iceland and Faroes Dublin
2020 Aug 04 12 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Morocco Liverpool
2020 Aug 05 12 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Morocco Dublin
2020 Aug 16 10 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Liverpool
2020 Aug 17 10 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Dublin
2020 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Liverpool
2020 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Dublin
2020 Sep 02 2 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2020 Sep 02 13 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2020 Sep 03 1 day, one-way from Dublin to Bristol Dublin
2020 Sep 03 10 days, one-way from Dublin to Belfast Dublin
2020 Sep 04 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Bristol
2020 Sep 15 6 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Bristol
2020 Sep 16 6 days, round-trip River Seine Experience Cobh-Cork
2020 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Bristol
2020 Sep 22 14 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Cobh-Cork
2020 Oct 05 16 days, round-trip Grand Canary Islands & Madeira, Iberian Treasures & Morocco Bristol
2020 Oct 06 16 days, round-trip Grand Canary Islands & Madeira, Iberian Treasures & Morocco Cobh-Cork
2020 Oct 21 12 days, round-trip Iceland & Land of the Northern Lights Bristol
2020 Oct 22 9 days, one-way from Cobh-Cork to Belfast Cobh-Cork
2020 Nov 02 25 days, round-trip Grand Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde & Morocco Bristol
2020 Dec 06 5 days, round-trip German Markets & Festive Shopping London Tilbury
2020 Dec 13 4 days, round-trip French Festive Getaway & River Seine Experience London Tilbury
2020 Dec 17 21 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Cape Verde, Madeira & Canaries London Tilbury
2020 Dec 18 21 days, round-trip Christmas & New Year Cape Verde, Madeira & Canaries Rotterdam
2021 Jan 07 34 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Buenos Aires London Tilbury
2021 Jan 07 84 days, round-trip Grand Round South America & Amazon Discovery London Tilbury
2021 Jan 08 33 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Buenos Aires Rotterdam
2021 Jan 08 84 days, round-trip Grand Round South America & Amazon Discovery Rotterdam
2021 Feb 10 50 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to London Tilbury Buenos Aires
2021 Feb 10 51 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rotterdam Buenos Aires
2021 Apr 01 10 days, round-trip Easter British Isles Discovery London Tilbury
2021 Apr 02 10 days, round-trip Easter British Isles Discovery Rotterdam
2021 Apr 11 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures London Tilbury
2021 Apr 12 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Rotterdam
2021 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland London Tilbury
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland Rotterdam
2021 Apr 30 3 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Dundee London Tilbury
2021 Apr 30 2 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Newcastle upon Tyne London Tilbury
2021 May 01 2 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Dundee Rotterdam

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