Magellan

Magellan Review and Specifications

Specifications of Magellan

Year built1985  /  Age : 33
Flag state Madeira
BuilderAalborg Vaerft Aktieselskab AS (Aalborg, Denmark)
OwnerGlobal Maritime Group Inc
OperatorCMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)
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 namesMS Holiday (Carnival), Grand Holiday (IberoCruises)
Christened byGloria Hunniford

Review of 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”.

CMV Magellan cruise ship

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 temporary interrupted in order to serve as a shelter for those suffered 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.

Curious fact is that as "MS Grand Holiday", the vessel was chartered as hotel ship in Port Sochi Russia during 2014 Winter Olympics (February 5-24, 2014). As "CMV Magellan", the vessel was again chartered as 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 the 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.

Magellan wiki

  • MS Magellan is a cruise ship of Holiday class (owned as "MS Holiday" by Carnival Cruise Line) and as "MS Grand Holiday" (operated 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).
  • On 3 November 2014, the CMV cruise company 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.
  • This CMV cruise ship is named after Ferdinand Magellan (Fernao de Magalhaes, 1480 - 1521) who was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish sea expedition (between 1519 - 1522, westward route) to the East Indies. The voyage became the world's first circumnavigation of the planet, starting with a Transatlantic crossing to South America.
  • The vessel's christening ceremony was on March 12, 2015, in Tilbury (London Cruise Terminal). The 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.
  • The 1985-built vessel was last refitted in 2010. CMV confirmed the purchase in November 2014.
  • On  March 15, 2015, departed 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 (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.

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Magellan Itineraries

The below listed 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
2018 Oct 06 15 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Madeira Cobh-Cork
2018 Oct 07 15 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Madeira Bristol
2018 Oct 21 21 days, one-way from Cobh-Cork to London Greenwich Cobh-Cork
2018 Oct 21 7 days, one-way from Cobh-Cork to London Greenwich Cobh-Cork
2018 Oct 22 20 days, one-way from Bristol to London Greenwich Bristol
2018 Oct 22 6 days, one-way from Bristol to London Greenwich Bristol
2018 Oct 28 14 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights to Norway London Greenwich
2018 Oct 29 13 days, one-way from Rotterdam to London Greenwich Rotterdam
2018 Dec 09 3 days, round-trip Rouen & Honfleur Christmas Markets London Greenwich
2018 Dec 12 2 days, round-trip Antwerp Christmas Market London Greenwich
2018 Dec 16 36 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Puntarenas London Greenwich
2018 Dec 16 25 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Cozumel London Greenwich
2018 Dec 17 35 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Puntarenas Amsterdam
2018 Dec 17 24 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Cozumel Amsterdam
2019 Jan 10 11 days, one-way from Cozumel to Puntarenas Cozumel
2019 Mar 31 32 days, one-way from Acapulco to London Greenwich Acapulco
2019 Mar 31 32 days, one-way from Acapulco to Amsterdam Acapulco
2019 Mar 31 10 days, one-way from Acapulco to Cozumel Acapulco
2019 Apr 10 23 days, one-way from Cozumel to Amsterdam Cozumel
2019 Apr 10 22 days, one-way from Cozumel to London Greenwich Cozumel
2019 May 02 16 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Newcastle London Greenwich
2019 May 02 2 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Newcastle London Greenwich
2019 May 04 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Newcastle
2019 May 04 1 day, one-way from Newcastle to Dundee Newcastle
2019 May 05 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Dundee
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland Newcastle
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland Dundee
2019 May 25 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Newcastle
2019 May 26 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Dundee
2019 Jun 08 13 days, round-trip Iceland, Faroes & Northern Isles Newcastle
2019 Jun 09 13 days, round-trip Iceland, Faroes & Northern Isles Dundee
2019 Jun 21 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Newcastle
2019 Jun 22 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & River Seine Experience Dundee
2019 Jul 02 7 days, one-way from Newcastle to Liverpool Newcastle
2019 Jul 02 1 day, one-way from Newcastle to Dundee Newcastle
2019 Jul 03 6 days, one-way from Dundee to Liverpool Dundee
2019 Jul 09 11 days, round-trip Iceland & Faroes Liverpool
2019 Jul 10 11 days, round-trip Iceland & Faroes Dublin
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Summer Gardens & River Seine Experience Liverpool
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Summer Gardens & River Seine Experience Dublin
2019 Jul 27 12 days, round-trip Grand Fjordland Splendour Liverpool
2019 Jul 28 12 days, round-trip Grand Fjordland Splendour Dublin
2019 Aug 08 10 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Liverpool
2019 Aug 09 10 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Dublin
2019 Aug 18 11 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Liverpool
2019 Aug 19 11 days, round-trip Summertime Fjordland Dublin
2019 Aug 29 14 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2019 Aug 29 3 days, one-way from Liverpool to Bristol Liverpool
2019 Aug 30 12 days, one-way from Dublin to Cobh-Cork Dublin
2019 Sep 01 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Bristol
2019 Sep 11 12 days, round-trip Iceland’s Land of Ice & Fire Cobh-Cork
2019 Sep 12 12 days, round-trip Iceland’s Land of Ice & Fire Bristol
2019 Sep 23 16 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Cobh-Cork
2019 Sep 24 16 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Bristol
2019 Oct 09 3 days, one-way from Cobh-Cork to Dublin Cobh-Cork
2019 Oct 10 3 days, one-way from Bristol to Liverpool Bristol
2019 Oct 12 13 days, round-trip Iceland, Faroes & Land of the Northern Lights Dublin
2019 Oct 13 13 days, round-trip Iceland, Faroes & Land of the Northern Lights Liverpool
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 Greenwich
2019 Dec 15 36 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Acapulco London Greenwich
2019 Dec 15 26 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Cozumel London Greenwich
2019 Dec 16 35 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Acapulco Amsterdam
2019 Dec 16 25 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Cozumel Amsterdam
2020 Jan 10 10 days, one-way from Cozumel to Acapulco Cozumel
2020 Apr 19 35 days, one-way from Acapulco to Rotterdam Acapulco
2020 Apr 19 34 days, one-way from Acapulco to London Greenwich Acapulco
2020 Apr 19 11 days, one-way from Acapulco to Cozumel Acapulco
2020 Apr 30 24 days, one-way from Cozumel to Rotterdam Cozumel
2020 Apr 30 23 days, one-way from Cozumel to London Greenwich Cozumel
2020 May 23 2 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Newcastle London Greenwich