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M/V Funchal vital statistics
Company: Classic International Cruises (until 2011)
Home Port: Madeira
Gross Tonnage: 9,900 tons
Cruising Speed: 16 knots
Passenger Capacity: 400
Passenger Decks: 6
Voyages sailed on this ship: 2 x Arctic, North
The Funchal in Grundarfjörður, Iceland in June 2006.
The Funchal in her Arcalia Shipping colours in Bodø,
Norway, in June 1999.
The Lisboa Restaurant was the main dining room on
the Funchal. This is how it looked in 1999.
The Porto Bar is the piano lounge and would stay
open as late as you wanted - sometimes we were
there until 2.00am. :-)
The Portuguese built and owned M/V Funchal has
been around as long as I have; since 1961 in fact, and she
is the oldest of the ships we’ve been on. She was
originally built as the Portuguese presidential yacht and
was steam powered; since then she has had several
owners and several extensive refits, the most recent being
in 2013, and she is now fully modernised and almost as
good as new.
Like a lot of classic ships she has a loyal fan base, and
everyone who sails on the Funchal loves her - we have
had the pleasure of three memorable cruises on the