CRUISE AND MARITIME ACQUIRES NEW FLAGSHIP

Marco Polo will have company in 2015

Marco Polo will have company in 2015

Cruise and Maritime voyages has announced the addition of a new fleet flagship. While it is known that the company has been looking for another ship for a while, the choice comes as a bit if a surprise.

The line has acquired the former Grand Holiday from the now defunct Iberocruises. The 46,052 ship, with a capacity for 1,250 passengers, will join the Marco Polo and the Azores in March, 2015 as the Magellan.

For her inaugural season, the new flagship will offer some thirty one cruises in all, from overnight voyages to a 42 night Caribbean odyssey.

While the ship will be based primarily in London Tilbury, there will also be a series of cruises from Dundee and Newcastle. The maiden voyage will be a twelve night, Northern Lights cruise round trip from Tilbury.

Originally built for Carnival Cruises as the Holiday, the ship became that line’s first large cruise ship when she made her debut in 1985. Among her features are a total of 712 large standard inside and outside cabins that come in at a generous 185 square feet, and some fourteen  upper deck balcony suites. There are two main dining rooms, several pools, and some upper deck hot tubs as well.

The inaugural programme will offer cruises to Norway, the Baltic and Scandinavia, while winter will usher in a series of cruises to the Canary Islands and a spectacular, 42 night voyage to the Amazon and Caribbean.

Despite being twice the tonnage of the beloved Marco Polo, the Magellan will carry only half as many passengers again, creating much more space and entertainment options.

A full list of 2015 itineraries will be on line shortly. Stay tuned.

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