A New UK-Based Explorer

by Peter Newall

An artists rendering of the CMV MAGELLAN
An artists rendering of the CMV MAGELLAN

Cruise and Maritime Voyages has chartered the 46,052grt GRAND HOLIDAY from the Carnival Corporation for the 2015 and 2016 cruise season. Renamed MAGELLAN she will carry about 1250 passengers and will be the new flagship of the CMV ocean fleet which includes the classic smaller cruise ships MARCO POLO, ASTOR and AZORES.

A new 2015 special launch edition brochure has been released detailing MAGELLAN’s inaugural CMV summer 2015 and winter 2015-16 programme. Special introductory fares with savings of up to 50% plus a 25% single supplement deal for the solos market will be on offer to launch the programme. The maiden CMV voyage will be a 12 night cruise to Iceland and the Faroes for the Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights sailing from London Tilbury on March 15, 2015. She will also be sailing from Newcastle Tyne.

Completed in 1985 by the Danish yard Aalborg Værft as Carnival’s HOLIDAY she was an enlarged version of TROPICALE and the first in a new generation of Carnival ships. All the public facilities were on the top decks, including the dining room. She was also the first cruise ship with a multi-level, two-deck high show lounge and a single double-width enclosed promenade on one side, allowing easy access to the public rooms. She was transferred to Carnival’s Spanish subsidiary Iberocruceros in 2009 and renamed GRAND HOLIDAY. The trade-mark Carnival gullwing funnel will be modified for the CMV charter whilst her interiors have been completely refurbished with hardly a trace of the Farcus designs remaining. Her public rooms are now very attractive and she should do very well in the UK market.

Peter Newall

Peter Newall

A well-known shipping writer, cruise journalist and cruise ship lecturer,
Peter Newall is a former British Airways executive who has, in the past 57
years, visited and travelled on many famous ships.  As well as numerous
articles he has written nine highly acclaimed books including the
definitive histories of Union-Castle, Orient and Cunard Line.  He also owns
the Newall Dunn Collection, the extensive collection of historic merchant
shipping images.
Peter Newall
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