The Magellan (formerly the Holiday), built at Aalborg Shipyard in 1985, has made the first-ever return to her place of birth, calling in the port of Aalborg.
The reunion was enthusiastically witnessed by a large crowd in Denmark’s fourth city, many of them former yard workers who took part in building what was then one of the world’s biggest cruise ship.
Despite the 30 years since her completion and several renovations, the ship was never forgotten by those who brought her into the world. It took some 3,800 workers to build the ship, many of whom turned up at quayside to enjoy a reunion with the imposing vessel. Present were also members of Aalborg’s Cannon Society, who gave the liner a noisy welcome salute.
To mark the special occasion, 100 former ship yard workers had been invited on board for the so-called Plaque and Keys ceremony. Commercial Director Christopher Coates took the opportunity to thank the yard workers for their fine craftsmanship. After a tour of the vessel, the event was rounded off by a dinner in one of the ship’s restaurants.
Besides the on-board event the 30-year anniversary also offered an opportunity to book a voyage from Aalborg to the Magellan’s home berth in Tilbury by London. The Magellan is due to return to Aalborg in October, when more shipyard workers will be welcomed onboard.