Classics Come Back?

The MV FUNCHAL at Lisbon this past September.  Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
The MV FUNCHAL at Lisbon this past September. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.

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

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 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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