MV Lisboa

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Princess Danae in Corfu harbour, 2008.JPG
The present MV Lisboa (still as the Princess Danae) in Corfu harbor, 2008
Career (Portugal)  Portugal
Name: Port Melbourne (1955-1972)
Therissos Express (197?-197?)
Danae (1975-1992)
Starlight Express (199?-199?)
Baltica (1994-1996)
Princess Danae (1996-2013)
Lisboa (2013-present)[1]
Namesake: Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese)
Operator: Port Line (1955-1972)
Delian Cruises (1975-1979)
Costa Cruises (1979-1990)
Prestige Cruises (1990-1992)
Classic International Cruises (1996-2012)
Portuscale Cruises (2013)
Unknown French Operator (2015) [1][2]
Port of registry: Madeira (MAR)
Builder: Harland and Wolff
Launched: 1955
Homeport: Lisbon
Status: Under going refit as of March 2014.[2]
Notes: Expected to resume cruising in 2015.[2]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 16335

MV Lisboa is a Portuguese cruise liner owned by Portuscale Cruises. She was built as the Port Melbourne, a fast cargo liner for Port Line's UK-Australia express service. She was planned to be rebuilt as a car ferry, the Therissos Express, but instead became the cruise ship Danae. In later years, she was named Starlight Express, Baltica, and then Princess Danae.[1]

From 1994 until 2012, the ship was operated by Classic International Cruises as the Princess Danae. In late summer of 2013, the ship was arrested in Dublin, Ireland for non-payment of a fuel bill.[3] Early in 2013, she was bought by the recently created Portuguese cruise company Portuscale Cruises and renamed Lisboa.

Her sister ship is the Princess Daphne, built as the Port Sydney.


  1. ^ a b c "Danae". Simplon. Ian Boyle/Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Is Portuscale Cruises in Trouble? (Updated 13/3/2014)". travelswithanthony. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Coulter, Adam (5 October 2012). "Fourth Ship from Classic International Fleet Arrested". Cruise Critic. The Independent Traveller Inc. Retrieved 18 December 2014.