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Funchal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Funchal

Flag state Madeira
Year built 1961
Speed 14.5 kn / 27 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 152 m / 499 ft
Beam (width) 19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage 9563 gt
Passengers 480 - 524
Crew 155
Passengers-to-space ratio 20
Decks 6
Cabins 240
Decks with cabins 6
Last Refurbishment 2013

Review of Funchal

MV Funchal was built in 1961 under the guidance of Rogério d'Oliveira (Portuguese naval engineer), and is currently operated by the Portuscale Cruises company. Previously, the cruise ship was owned by one of the richest families in the Azores.

History - construction & ownership

The 9,563-ton, 524-passenger Portuguese cruise liner mv Funchal entered service as the Portuguese Presidential Yacht for transatlantic visits. Later, the yacht was transformed into a cruise ship. After serious rebuilt and upgrade, now it represents a 4-star vessel. 

In early 2013 Rui Alegre, Portuguese entrepreneur, purchased Funchal to serve the newly-formed Portuscale Cruises. The ship was extensively refurbished the same year in Lisbon's Naval Rocha shipyards at a cost of about 10 million Euros. Funchal's hull was re-painted black, its original colour.

Cruise itinerary program

MV Funchal is an example for a classic cruise liner sailing around the world. The vessel's routes pass along the South American coastline, the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian Fjords, the Atlantic Islands, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Red Sea, Australia and the Far East. 

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The Funchal accommodates just 524 passengers and has updated Suites, Mini-Suites, Staterooms and Cabins. All accommodations are beautifully fitted out and contain the latest facilities.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

MV Funchal offers her passengers two fine Dining Rooms located on Azores Deck. One of these is The Coimbra, an intimate restaurant located on the starboard side, aft of the Main Lobby. The spacious Lisboa stretches right across the vessel and is accessible from the aft Lobby or amidships stairwell and lift.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

What is significant in mv Funchal is its design, a combination of beautiful profile and fascinating interior. The beautiful shape of this classic cruise liner offers a yacht-like atmosphere to its passengers. Funchal's crew members are higly trained and dedicated to their work. Most of them are Portuguese and have been sailing with the ship for more than 20 years. Passengers are loyal and come back on board the ship again and again.

The features of Funchal include stabilisation, three lifts, air-conditioning, a main show lounge called Ilha Verde, Porto Bar (piano bar), lido bar, club room, card room, library, shop, photo shop, excursion office, medical centre, and reception with exchange facilities.

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