Portuscale Cruises

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Portuscale Cruises
Cruising
Industry Cruise line
Founded 2013
Headquarters Lisbon, Portugal
Area served
Europe
Services Cruises
Owner Rui Alegre
Website http://www.portuscalecruises.pt

Portuscale Cruises is a Portuguese shipping company. It is the first Portuguese company specifically dedicated to maritime cruises.

Portuscale Cruises spent 20 million euros in the refurbishment of its fleet of four cruise ships, bought from defunct Classic International Cruises in early 2013.[1]

As of 2014, the Funchal is in active service, the Azores is currently under charter to CMV, the Lisboa was under refit due to technicalities with the vessel, but was sold to an unknown italian buyer and shortly after beached at alang india for scrap .and the status of the Porto is laid up; it is unknown when she will enter service.

As of late 2016 little is known about the future of the company. Both the Funchal and the Porto" are currently laid up side by side, with the Portuscale logos on the funnels painted over. The only ship to remain in service is the Azores which is currently under charter to CMV which have renamed her Astoria. From May 2016, until March 2017, the ship is on charter to French tour operator Rivages Du Monde. In June 2016, it was announced that Astoria would be leaving the CMV fleet after her final cruise on 27 April 2017, she will then be chartered again to Rivages Du Monde until December 2017.

Fleet[edit]

Ship Built Tonnage Status as of 2015 Image
Funchal 1961 9,563 GRT Formerly a Portuguese passenger liner and presidential yacht. Transferred from Classic International Cruises. Funchal Göteborg 01.jpg
Lisboa 1955 16,335 GRT Rebuilt 1972. Transferred from Classic International Cruises, where she was the Princess Danae, Sold for scrap in 2015. "Lisboa" & "Porto" - Lisbon, 2014.jpg
Porto 1965 5,888 GRT Originally, the Yugoslavian passenger ship MS Istra. Transferred from Classic International Cruises, where she was the Arion. Funchal and Porto docked in Cais da Matinha (Porto).JPG
Azores 1948 10,603 GRT Originally, the Swedish ocean liner MS Stockholm, rebuilt 1994, charterted briefly by Phoenix Reisen in 2009. Transferred from Classic International Cruises, where she was the Athena. Long-term service for Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Cruise ship Azores (2).jpg

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