Cruise & Maritime Voyages has officially named its new ship Magellan, in a ceremony at Tilbury’s London Cruise Terminal.
The 1,250-passenger vessel, which was named by Gloria Hunniford, is the third CMV-owned ship in the company’s four-ship ocean fleet.
CMV now owns Magellan, Marco Polo and Astor while it charters the Azores and its river ship, Bellefleur.
Mike Hall, CMV’s head of marketing said “Judging by the very positive feedback we have received we got it about right. Guests were treated to a spectacular show by Luke Miller and Laura Robinson, one of the UK’s hottest Latin American dance couples, and the wonderful voice of Yvonne Howard.
“All the guests enjoyed a five-course meal followed by a spectacular firework display, a stunning floor show then various cabarets and entertainment. We had various look- a-likes roaming around including the Queen, Dame Edna, Del Boy, Jack Sparrow from ‘Pirates’ and David Beckham. Plus caricaturists and magicians. So our busy smart phone guests have left with some memorable photos.”
The company welcomed 1,200 guests onto Magellan to celebrate its naming among a guestlist which included past CMV customers, travel agents and the media. CMV hosted evenings on board on Friday and Saturday night, after Thursday’s naming, with the ship sailing on its inaugural cruise on Sunday.
It’s first sailing is a 12-night cruise to the Faroe Islands and Iceland, which will also take in the solar eclipse.
Magellan was previously owned by Ibero Cruises, predominantly operating cruises for the Spanish market.
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