Fitting Out FUNCHAL For The Future

FUNCHAL's new livery, which will return the vessel to her original black hull and yellow funnel. Rendering courtesy of Luis Miguel Correia.

Luis Miguel Correia, ship historian, photographer and owner of the Web site LMC Ships and the Sea was kind enough to share some images of the 1961-built MV FUNCHAL, which is undergoing a Euro 12 million refit in Lisbon. FUNCHAL is one of five classic cruise ships in the aptly-named, Lisbon-based Classic International Cruises fleet. The ship is much loved and well cared for by her owners who have gradually transformed her over the years to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace.

FUNCHAL in her current livery at her Lisbon berth, undergoing transformation. Photo and copyright Luis Miguel Correia 2011.

Sadly, the rich woodwork that was such an integral part of the FUNCHAL’s public areas is being removed in order to comply with SOLAS 2010. If this was not done, the ship would have been forced into retirement and likely sale to the shipbreakers.

According to Mr. Correia, the refit “will also include totally new passenger and crew cabins and her capacity will be reduced with larger cabins and 45 suites. Her engines and steel structure have also been renewed. Next May, her hull will be blasted and all old paint removed. She will be redelivered on 30 June and then there will be two 50th anniversary special cruises from Lisbon including one on her original route from Lisbon to Madeira before she positions to Germany in mid July.”

Very special thanks to Luis Miguel Correia for the update…

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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