Thursday, August 15, 2013

M.V. "FUNCHAL", the rebirth of a classic









"FUNCHAL" has been a regular here, but this will most certainly be the most important "post" so far about this beautiful classic passenger ship, she was built back in 1961 and has been a very successful and lucky ship at the same time, back in September of 2010 "FUNCHAL" was laid-up in Lisbon facing uncertain future, in February of this year a newly formed Portuguese Cruise company, PORTUSCALE CRUISES bought the ship together with other three classic ships operated by former owners C.I.C., since then "FUNCHAL" has been going through a process of total renovation, surely one of the most important refits of her long life, the ship spent 72 days at NAVALROCHA Lisbon shipyard undergoing a complete renovation. "FUNCHAL" left dry dock a couple of days ago and will soon be going for her first sea trials, she is due to leave Lisbon on the 31.8.2013 and proceed directly to Gothenburg to start cruising again, a few cruises had to be cancelled because of delays at the shipyard, situation completely normal under the circumstances, please keep following the Blog, new entries and updates on the "FUNCHAL's" return to cruising coming here soon. Photos showing the ship leaving NAVALROCHA kindly sent by Noemi Nobrega and some of the brand new passenger facilities taken from Portuscale Cruises website.

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