Has Another Holiday-Class Cruise Ship Been Sold for Scrap?

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The Magellan cruise ship that previously sailed for Cruise & Maritime Voyages and Carnival Cruise Line has reportedly been sold for scrap. The ship is formerly known as the Holiday, could soon be setting course for the scrapyard in Alang, India.

Is the Magellan Going to Be Scrapped?

It looks like we could see another former Carnival cruise ship be scrapped, and this would be the last to see go in the Holiday-class. According to a close source of Cruise & Harbour, the Magellan has already been sold for scrap and will soon set course for the ship-breaking facility at Alang, India.

The ship has apparently been undergoing scrap inspections over the last few days and is expected to arrive in Alang for scrapping at the end of January or early February. It seems the ship is still preparing the process for scrapping.

The vessel is currently anchored off the coast of Oman, and just across the Arabian Sea is the province of Gujarat, where the scrapyard is located in Bhavnagar district.

Magellan (StudioPortoSabbia / Shutterstock.com)

The vessel was auction off after British-based operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages went out of business in summer 2020. The cruise line was impacted by the pandemic and the suspension of operations. UK authorities also detained five ships due to crew member contract issues.

Magellan was eventually sold at auction for over $3 million along with former CMV ship Columbus to the new owner SeaJets. The plan was to use the ship to house workers, but it now seems this will not happen.

SeaJets is a Greek-based ferry operated, and it was believed the company would hang on to the ship to sell at a higher price once the market picks up. With the market in pretty bad shape at the moment, it’s possible the company decided to offload the ship for scrapping instead.

The Last in Her Class

The Magellan is the final ship in the famed Holiday-class. She is the sister ship to Grand Celebration, which was beached for scrapping in India on January 14. Henna, formerly known as Jubilee, was scrapped back in 2017 at the same facility in Alang.

Carnival Holiday Cruise Ship
Photo Credit: Carl Carpenter (Creative Commons/Flickr)

All three vessels were in the same class and built for Carnival Cruise Line, as the cruise line grew in the late 80s and through the 90s the ships were eventually sold off to other smaller lines.

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Magellan, or Holiday as she was originally named, first entered service for Carnival in 1985. The ship also cruised for Spanish-based Ibero Cruises as Grand Holiday, but the line went out of business and was sold to CMV. The ship is over 46,000 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 1,400.

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