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  • Sterkoder
    started a topic M/S FUNCHAL - a classic cruise ship

    M/S FUNCHAL - a classic cruise ship

    I know a certain someone plan to make a special topic for this classic ship, but I relly hope it's ok for her that I start the hole thing :-)
    First noticed FUNCHALs sailing along the Norwegian coast when 'Seagull' made a spotter alert to 'Grindøya', and I was rather happy to see the cruise ships next stop would be Åndalsnes.
    It's a sad thing SAGA ROSE and SAGA RUBY are history, so me too have wanted to see such a classic vessel as FUNCHAL myself, hopefully if she should visit Kristiansund once.
    As 'Seagull' told us this ship is her favourite non-hurtigrute ship, I desided to take time off work from lunch 17th October and drive to Åndalsnes to take pictures for my friend, and of course to see the classic liner with my own eyes.
    Please enjoy a trip to Åndalsnes, and here's my first sight of the ship after parking my car


    The view from down by the sea behind the port authority security office


    From the same spot, we see autumn colours are getting stronger by the days


    A detail shot


    Look a little angry?


















  • Seagull
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    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    .... Looks nice on board, very chic.....
    Umm ...not so sure the deck in those renderings is going to look nice or very chic when she encounters stormy weather in the Bay of Biscay - imagine those potted palm trees tossed around (or overboard), and drunken booze-cruise ravers (hopefully not ending up overboard) puking up all over the place!
    We’ll see, but it is a shame that the recent interior refurbishment that was in keeping with a classic ship will presumably be ripped out and replaced in extravagant party boat style.

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  • nari
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    Not just you, Sterkoder. For such an elegant vessel, a cheap and nasty ending. Maybe something will come up......

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    Well, the latest speculation (I hesitate to call it information! ) appears to have shifted from 'hotel ship in London' to 'party ship sailing out of Liverpool', if you can believe these items from a Liverpool newspaper:

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news...6BENKW3BvqjkT8

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news...s-_NzGiXMGapLM
    Look at the renderings of the ship. Looks nice on board, very chic, but those black and white stripes along her hull is ....ehhh... not fit for a ship of this caliber, me thinks.

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  • Seagull
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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    So party boat or the Alang beach ...what would you wish for your favourite classic ship?
    Well, the latest speculation (I hesitate to call it information! ) appears to have shifted from 'hotel ship in London' to 'party ship sailing out of Liverpool', if you can believe these items from a Liverpool newspaper:

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news...6BENKW3BvqjkT8

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news...s-_NzGiXMGapLM

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  • Seagull
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    No no ...it is not 'just you' Sterkoder! I'm with your every word.

    I suppose much of the enthusiastic reaction of those that have been 'following' the ship was sheer surprise that she had not been bought by breakers, as was the smaller Porto (ex-Arion) so very recently ...the ships had been laid up together in Lisbon. But there was a difference in the two fleet-mates - Funchal had had money spent on her when she was acquired by Portuscale Cruises, retaining a classic interior look, and I believe she may even now be SOLAS compliant. She could have been bought to sail, and there are a number of classic ships still sailing that, personally, I'd rather exchange her with.

    Anyway, on the hotel front, the latest information emerging caused me unease. It is now widely reported that she will be located in London, not Liverpool. Although no specific location has been mentioned, I immediately felt that she would be lost in the big city without an obvious connection there, and so likely to loose her unique character and maritime history in the process of transformation into a viable business as hotel, event venue, visitor attraction or whatever.
    https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/c...7m4Q9gp5ZGUluM

    The connection of Signature Living to the White Star building Albion House had initially seemed promising...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_House,_Liverpool

    ...but the saviours of Albion House now seem the tip of a rather threatening iceberg so to speak, as I discover more of what else they are currently into in Liverpool...
    https://www.signatureliving.co.uk/?f...1xjbtl13oIa28Q

    ...and elsewhere...
    https://www.signatureliving.co.uk/si...nce-kenwright/

    So party boat or the Alang beach ...what would you wish for your favourite classic ship?

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  • yvneac
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    Maybe Rui Alegre was not the right man at the right place.
    Here an article from Tourmag (in English)
    https://www.tourmag.com/Portuscale-C...ne_a72617.html
    And the previous article of François Weil,former manager of Hurtigruten France (in French)
    https://www.tourmag.com/Bateaux-de-c...ue_a64258.html

  • Sterkoder
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    I'm glad I took some time off work that day in October of 2014, to go to Åndalsnes and see this classic ship with my own eyes.
    I'm also happy to hear that she is saved from the scrappers, BUT: a continued life as a hotel ship???
    Ships aren't ment to be moored or tied down, not being able to come to life every time the engines start, they are ment to sail...., full of life, maintained by usage.
    Why does every ship that's saved, have to become a hotel ship? How many successful stories of hotel ships do we know of?
    As soon as they become hotels (they are when in service, but I mean tied down), they start to deteriorate..., and after a short period of time it goes fast.
    If it is so that the FUNCHAL will be moved to UK (or any place, for that matter) just to become a hotel ship, I'm going to be sad on her behalf.

    But hey, that's me...

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  • Seagull
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    The encouraging news from the auction in Lisbon (which took place on the ship) is that it seems there were several bidders,and Funchal has been saved from the scrappers. She was bought for 3910 million euros. The new owner is so far undisclosed and Funchal enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting authoritative confirmation.

    However there is talk of a Liverpool, hotel group, interestingly linked with the luxury Titanic-themed hotel that was the former Albion House of the White Star Line. Thus speculation about whether Funchal might be moved to the UK as a hotel ship.

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  • Ralf__
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    Let's hope some have an eye on her and will bid a few bucks more than the breakers... she is a very attractive classic liner.

  • Seagull
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    After being laid up in Lisbon since 2015, the ship on which I had booked a cruise but never got to sail on is facing her destiny today, 2018 December 5th.
    She is up for auction.

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  • PoloUK
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    Can put in an offer if you like ... http://www.ship-broker.eu/ferries-ve...-199219751982/

  • Ralf__
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    I read in a German newsletter, that Portuscale Cruises, which took over the Funchal, the Azores, the Lisboa and the Porto, gave up the business, The ships are for sale now. Azores became chartered, as we could read in her thread, but the other ones seem to have no other bidders than the scrappers.

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  • pakarang
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    I wasn't feeling too well that day, and intended not to go to town that day.

    Until the last possible moment.... grabbed the camera and flew out the door, just to arrive at the port as she pulled away from the dock. I could not have been any later, or she would have been gone. What made me go to town, is that I'm perfectly well aware that when it comes to classical ships, you never know when will be their last visit ever.

    Another one that I truly miss is the Canberra, and the Daphne and Danae.

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  • Sterkoder
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    I'm so happy I took a day off work ONLY to go to Åndalsnes to experience this beauty and take her pictures. Little did I know about her destiny....

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