Magellan is the former Holiday of Carnival Cruise Lines, Built in Denmark in 1985, in 2009 she moved to Ibero Cruceros. Which was Carnival attempt to attract the Spanish market, however with the global recession, high unemployment and the Eurozone crisis Spain hasn’t been the profit centre Carnival had hoped. Ibero Cruceros has been merged into Costa Cruises and its fleet disposed or integrated into Costa.
In November 2014 CMV announced that Holiday was to join as there new flagship ‘Magellan’. Magellan is to CMV what Oasis was to Royal Caribbean or Destiny was to Carnival. This ship is a significant step change from the previous vessels in the fleet and represents an exciting addition to the UK cruise market. Magellan will be cruising from London Tilbury, Newcastle and Dundee starting in March 2015.
Substantially refurbished in 2010 Magellan offers 726 cabins, including 14 balcony cabins and a contemporary on board style. Magellan is the first cruise ship for CMV to carry over 1000 passengers, with a capacity for 1250, this represents an increase in capacity of 40%. It’s not just the passenger numbers which make Magellan a great addition to the UK cruises scene, it’s the fact that Magellan’s size offers space for more choice, with two pools, three hot tubs and a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from. The on board entertainment offer is improved by the two level theatre.
I am tempted by the ships facilities, and really do think that CMV, and UK no-fly cruising in general, has come along way in the last five years. Best of luck to them and their new flagship!
What do you think? I’ve added more pictures to our Facebook page. You may be interested in our visit to the Discovery, a previous CMV ship.