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Porto Review and Specifications

Specifications of Porto

Year built 1965  /  Age : 53
Flag state Madeira
Builder Uljanik Shipyard (Pula, Croatia)
Speed 18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA) 117 m / 384 ft
Beam (width) 16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage 5888 gt
Passengers 324 - 372
Crew 200
Passengers-to-space ratio 16
Decks 5
Cabins 162
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Istra, Astra, Astra I, Nautilus 2000, Arion

Review of Porto

MV Porto is Portuguese-owned and operated by Portuscale Cruises vessel. The cruise ship mv Porto has an individual style and looks more like a private yacht. Guests are attracted by her charm and grace. 

History - construction & ownership

The 5,888-ton, 372-passenger cruise ship mv Porto was built as the Istra in 1965. In 2000 she was purchased by Arcadia Shipping Company, Lisbon and was completely reconstructed from her hull up, and renamed Arion. Arion was put in service with Classic International Cruises, but after the liquidation of tge company was bought by a Portuguese entrepreneur and remained under the Portuguese flag. In 2013 the ship was renamed Porto, being currently operated by the Portuguese company Portuscale Cruises.

Passengers now can benefit from the recent refurbishment of the ship. In mid-2013 mv Porto was rebuilt in Navalrocha shipyard, Lisbon. Since 2000 the cruise ship has sailed around the world. There were numerous changes in the decor and design aiming to create a subtle ambience in the public rooms and passenger cabins.

The Portuguese-owned Porto was detained for unpaid fuel costs on September 17, 2012 in Montenegro. Fellow ships Princess Danae and Athena were detained for similar issues.

mv Porto


There are a total of 162 cabins onboard mv Porto, 127 of which are Outside. Cabins are generally small but well furnished and feature safe, hairdryer, aircon. Bathrooms are compact. The bigger cabins offer bathrobes and optional breakfast cabin service. 

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The dining room features picture windows all around and offers good quality European style food. The Lido lounge provides continental breakfasts and lunches. Service is friendly and attentive. 

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Sailing with Porto is a unique cruising experience, a perfect choice for visiting harbours and ports of call that are unreachable by bigger vessels, wrapped in an intimate and relaxing ambiance. Portuscale Cruises attracts clients with excellent service and top-level gastronomy. MV Porto has limited open deck space. The swimming pool is small, however there are 2 enclosed promenade Winter Gardens. There is a Beauty salon, but no fitness centre.