Lonely Planet Writer

In the market for a boat? This much-loved cruise ship is for sale for $55m

If you are planning on buying a boat, a beloved cruise ship is for sale for US$55 million (€45.33 million). We jest, of course, as that figure would be out of most people’s reach, but former passengers and cruise ship aficionados may be interested to learn that the boat formerly known as the Carnival Holiday and now the MS Magellan is currently on the market.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ former ship Holiday is for sale. Image: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines

Built by Aalborg Værft in Denmark, the 46,052-tonne vessel launched in 1985 as Carnival Holiday and can carry 1452 passengers and 660 crew. At 728 feet long, the nine-deck ship’s attractions included a dance club, a pub, a card room, a piano bar, a library and three restaurants. It was considered revolutionary for its time thanks to its enclosed double width promenade, and it played an important role in pioneering the short cruise market, sailing from Mobile, Alabama.

In November 2009, Holiday embarked on its final voyage for Carnival Cruise Lines, after 23 years of operating a wide variety of itineraries for the line. Praising it on its last day, the company said that it played a critical role in the company’s rise to become the world’s largest cruise operator. In 2009, it was transferred to Ibero Cruises, Carnival’s Spanish subsidiary, where it was known as the Grand Holiday. It has been sailing for Cruise & Maritime Voyages since 2015 as the MS Magellan, operating from the UK.

As well as being a cruise ship, Holiday has had a colourful past. It was used as a floating hotel at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was also among three Carnival ships leased for six months as a temporary home for hundreds left homeless by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Holiday is for sale through QPS Marine Ships, with an asking price of $55 million (€45.33 million). For further information, see here.