Classic International Cruises
|Defunct||20 December 2012|
|Headquarters||Neutral Bay, Australia|
|Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa|
|Owner||World Cruises Agency|
Classic International Cruises was a British-Australian owned shipping company operating five luxury cruise ships, most notably their flagship, the rebuilt ocean liner MS Athena. The company only operated cruise ships that are former ocean liners, the classic ships of their day (hence the company's name).
Classic International Cruises was seemingly founded in 1985, with the purchase of the MV Funchal as the Arcalia Shipping Company Ltd, which eventually became Classic International. They operated the one ship until 1994, when they bought the Princess Danae. The Princess Danae entered service with an all-white hull and a sailing ship logo on her funnel. Funchal was given a yellow and blue striped funnel and a white hull, but by 2000 her livery was changed to what now all Classic International ships have. Since 2000 they have purchased 3 ships, Arion, Athena and Princess Daphne, the near-identical sister of Princess Danae. With their main headquarters in Neutral Bay, Australia, the company also has several branches based in Paris, France, Piraeus, Greece, Lisbon, Portugal, Stockholm, Sweden, and London, England.
Due to unpaid bills by the line, the company's four ships, Princess Danae, Princess Daphne, Athena & Arion have all been arrested, the only ship not arrested is the Funchal which is laid up pending refurbishment for SOLAS.
In the beginning of 2013, the recently created cruise company Portuscale Cruises, led by the Portuguese entrepreneur Rui Alegre, bought Princess Danae, Athena, Arion and Funchal, assuming as well the liabilities of Classic International Cruises.
|Ship||Built||In service||Tonnage||Status as of 2015||Image|
|Funchal||1961||1985-2013||9,563 GRT||Formerly a Portuguese passenger liner and presidential yacht. Transferred to Portuscale Cruises in 2013, keeping the same name, and currently in service.|
|MV Princess Danae||1955||1994-2013||16,335 GRT||Rebuilt 1972, identical to Princess Daphne. Transferred to Portuscale Cruises in 2013 and renamed Lisboa, Scrapped in Aliağa, Turkey, in 2015.|
|MS Arion||1965||1999-2013||5,888 GRT||Originally Yugoslavian passenger ship MS Istra. In 2013, transferred to Portuscale Cruises and renamed Porto, laid up.|
|MS Athena||1948||2005-2013||10,603 GRT||Originally Swedish ocean liner MS Stockholm, rebuilt 1994, under charter to Phoenix Reisen in 2009. In 2015, transferred to Cruise & Maritime Voyages and renamed Azores.|
|MV Princess Daphne||1955||2008-2013||15,833 GRT||Rebuilt 1972, renamed Princess Daphne 2009, Scrapped in Alang, India, in 2014.|
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- "Classic International Cruises Pty Ltd". Press Release. Lawler Partners. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "New Names for Princess Danae, Arion and Athena". Maritime Matters. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.