MV Lisboa

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Port Melbourne
MV Lisboa
Princess Danae in Corfu harbour, 2008.JPG
The present MV Lisboa (still as the Princess Danae) in Corfu harbor, 2008
  • Port Melbourne (1955-1972)
  • Therisos Express (1972?-1975?)
  • Danae (1975-1992)
  • Starlight Express (1992?-1994?)
  • Baltica (1994-1996)
  • Princess Danae (1996-2013)
  • Lisboa (2013-2015) [1]
Namesake: Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese)
Owner: Portuscale Cruises
  • 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:
Builder: Harland and Wolff
Launched: 1954
Christened: 1955
Acquired: 1955
Identification: CQTK
Status: Undergoing refit as of March 2014.[2]
Notes: Expected to resume cruising in 2015, but as laid-up, was sold to Shipbreaking.[2]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 16531 t
Length: 162.30 m
Beam: 21.34 m
Draught: 7.65 m
Decks: 8
Installed power: 9708 kw
Propulsion: 2 × Wallsend-Doxford 6 cylinder Diesel
Speed: 15.5 kn
Capacity: 670 passengers

MV Lisboa was a Portuguese cruise liner owned by Portuscale Cruises. The ship was designed by Harland & Wolff as a freighter in Belfast built and ran in 1954 as 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 Therisos 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 2012, the ship was detained 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. Ship arrived in Aliağa at Shipbroker for dismantling.[4]

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. 
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