Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 by Peter Knego
Luis Miguel Correia reports today on his Ships and the Sea blog that four of the ships operated by Classic International Cruises (CIC) have been sold by creditors to 44-year-old entrepreneur Rui Alegre, who plans to start a new cruise line. A fifth ship, the 1955-built PRINCESS DAPHNE (ex PORT SYDNEY, DAPHNE, etc.) has gone to the Greek-based Potamianos brothers who still operate a branch of the now-defunct company.
In November, creditors seized the PRINCESS DAPHNE along with the 1955-built PRINCESS DANAE (ex PORT MELBOURNE, DANAE, etc.), the 1948-built ATHENA (ex STOCKHOLM, VOLKERFREUNDSCHAFT, etc.), the 1965-built ARION (ex ISTRA, ASTRA, etc.) and the 1960-built FUNCHAL when the Portuguese division of CIC collapsed. The FUNCHAL was in the midst of a stalled refit at Lisbon and the other ships were employed in charter service for various operators.
Hopefully more news will soon become available about the deployments of each ship but at least for now, it looks like several classics have been granted a reprieve from continued lay up or retirement.
Special thanks: Luis Miguel Correia