Cruise NewsFormer Carnival Cruise Ship Put Up for Sale

Former Carnival Cruise Ship Put Up for Sale

If you’ve ever wanted to own a cruise ship, you now have the chance.  A former Carnival cruise ship, Holiday, is currently for sale on QPS Marine Ships for $55,000,000.
The 1,452 passenger cruise ship was built by Carnival Cruise Line as the first Holiday class ship.  The 46,052 gross ton ship went into service in 1985 and was named Holiday.  The cruise ship remained with Carnival until 2009 when the ship was transferred to Iberocruceros.  After a five year stint with Ibero, the vessel was bought by Cruise & Maritime Voyages and now sails under the name MS Magellan.

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The cruise ship has the following features:

  • Americana Lounge: 900 maximum guests reception, 725 maximum guests theater, 200 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Doc Holiday’s: 350 maximum guests Theater, 150 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Reflections Dance Club: 400 Reception, 150 Theater, 50 modified classroom
  • Lounge: 110 maximum guests Reception, 60 maximum guests theater
  • Piano Bar: 60 maximum guests Reception, 30 maximum guests theater
  • Library: 15 maximum guests board meeting
  • Wharf Bar & Grill: 300 maximum guests reception
  • Four Winds Dining Room: 414 maximum guests
  • Seven Seas Dining Room: 480 maximum guests

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The cruise ship was used to house victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 .  The vessel was also used as a hotel for the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

The listing page where the cruise ship is for sale has the following history listed for the ship:

“Built by Aalborg Værft in Ålborg, Denmark, this ship entered service for Carnival Cruise Lines in 1985. The ship’s condition had been in decline until 2003, when she was sent into the dry docks and renovated. In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina, she was taken out of service to be used as temporary housing for the victims of the storm, and to also be used to aid the victims of the storm. After leaving Mississippi, she again went to the dry docks for an additional three weeks of renovations. New carpeting and plumbing were added and repairs to the propellers were made, among other improvements.

She resumed her normal route in the Western Caribbean, sailing from Mobile, Alabama until November 2009. In November 2009, she was retired from the Carnival fleet and was later transferred to the fleet of another cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. However, the Carnival style funnel was only repainted.”

What the cruise ship looks like today

You can view the listing on QPS Marine Ships here.

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Cruise NewsFormer Carnival Cruise Ship Put Up for Sale


  1. My wife and I sailed on Carnival Holiday in 1989, our first cruise. We have over 45 cruises now.. but our first cruise on Holiday was most memorable.

  2. The Holiday was the first cruise I ever took and I sailed on her 4 or 5 times before moving up to the larger ships. Long live the Carnival Holiday!

  3. How awesome! The Carnival Holiday was the ship I had took my very first cruise as a high school graduation gift from my grandmother back in 1999.

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