Got a few million to spare? You now can own your very own Carnival cruise ship

Sep 9, 2020

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Call it the ultimate gift for the Carnival Cruise Line fan.

One of the iconic vessels from Carnival’s early years, the former Holiday, is coming up for auction next month in the U.K. and, in theory, anyone can make a bid.

London-based CW Kellock & Co, a ship auctioneer and broker, is handling the auction, which will be by sealed tender.

For more cruise news, reviews and tips, sign up for TPG’s new cruise newsletter

The auction is taking place in the wake of the July collapse of British line Cruise & Maritime Voyages, which has been operating the vessel since 2015 under the name Magellan.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is one of several cruise lines that have shut down for good amid the coronavirus-caused halt to most cruises around the world.

Offer from ShermansTravel: Luxe 10-night Monte Carlo-to-Venice cruise in 2021 w/Air, $3699+

Unveiled in 1985 when Carnival was barely a decade old, the 1,452-passenger Holiday was only the second vessel custom-built for the line. It arrived at a time when Carnival only was operating four ships and still was a relatively small company.

Related: How to book a cruise with points and miles 

Magellan cruise ship
Even when sailing for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, the former Carnival Cruise Line ship Holiday still featured its original signature Carnival winged funnel. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos/Corbis/Getty Images)

At 46,052 tons, Holiday is significantly smaller than many of Carnival’s current vessels. But it shares some of the same basic design elements found on newer Carnival ships — particularly when it comes to its exterior profile. Perhaps most notably, it features the iconic Carnival winged funnel that is perhaps the best-known marker of a Carnival ship.

Holiday was only the second Carnival ship to feature one of the funnels — a design flourish dreamed up by the noted ship designer Joe Farcus. Holiday’s signature Carnival funnel is now painted with the Cruise & Maritime Voyages logo but is otherwise unchanged.

Carnival Holiday
The Carnival Cruise Line ship Holiday as it looked when it was still in the Carnival fleet. (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Holiday sailed for Carnival for 24 years. In 2010, it was transferred to Iberocruceros, a now-defunct, Spain-based line that was owned by Carnival’s parent company, Carnival Corporation. It sailed for Iberocruceros as the Grand Holiday through 2014.

Carnival Corporation sold the vessel to Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2015.

Holiday is the second oldest former Carnival ship still in existence. The oldest former Carnival ship that still exists is the former Tropicale, which now sails as the Peace Boat. Three earlier Carnival vessels — Mardi Gras, Carnivale and Festivale — have been scrapped.

Holiday isn’t the only Cruise & Maritime Voyages ship coming up for auction. CW Kellock & Co also is handling the auctions of four more of the line’s ships. They include Vasco da Gama, which long sailed as Holland America’s Statendam, and Columbus, which once sailed as Princess Cruises’ Star Princess.

Related: The ultimate guide to Carnival Cruise Line ships and itineraries 

The other two Cruise & Maritime Voyages ships up for auction are Marco Polo and Astor.

Holiday currently is docked at the Port of Tilbury near London and can be inspected by would-be buyers by arrangement with CW Kellock & Co.

CW Kellock & Co says bids for Holiday are due by Oct. 19. They should be submitted by sealed envelopes marked with the vessel’s current name (Magellan) to CW Kellock & Co Ltd, 5th Floor, 2 London Wall Buildings, London EC2M 5PP, U.K. Bids also can be emailed to

CW Kellock & Co has not posted a pre-auction price estimate for the ship. But the final selling price is likely to be in the millions of dollars. That said, a former One Ocean Expeditions vessel sold at auction for just $600,000 in June. It was, notably, a much smaller ship.

Planning a cruise for the coming year? These stories will help:

Featured image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.