The Queen "Warm Up Act" For Cruise & Maritime

March 16, 2015

Cruise & Maritime Voyages have launched their new vessel “Magellan.” The ceremony took place in Tilbury Docks in London, where TV presenter Gloria Hunniford christened the ship.

Before she pulled open the curtain to rename the ship, Gloria jokingly thanked The Queen for being such “a great warm up act,” as she christened the Britannia on Tuesday.

Gloria is known for her presenting on the BBC and ITV on programmes such as This Morning, The One Show and Rip Off Britain.

On-board Magellan there are 726 cabins spanning over 9 passenger decks. She will be able to carry 1250 passengers – making her Cruise & Maritime’s largest ship.

The Magellan will operate as an “adult friendly” vessel, meaning that its adults only, retaining the intimacy and personal attention which is sometimes missing from larger, resort style ships.

She was previously owned by Carnival Cruise Line, as well as Costa Cruises and was called “Grand Holiday.”

Christian Verhounig, Cruise & Maritime’s CEO, said: “Magellan is larger than our other ships, but still has an intimate feel, which is the trademark of the CMV brand. I welcome this ship to the new, exciting chapter of the CMV success story.”

Three quarters of the cabins for her debut season have already been sold. were lucky enough to be at the ceremony and you can have a look at some of our pictures of her below!


Reception on Magellan


Entertainment on Magellan


Gym on Magellan


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