Funchal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Funchal

Year built1961  /  Age : 57
Flag state Madeira
BuilderHelsingor Skibsvaerft og Maskinbygger (Helsingor, Denmark)
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)153 m / 502 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage9563 gt
Passengers480 - 524
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2013

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

In 2013, Rui Alegre (Portuguese entrepreneur) bought from Classic International Cruises Funchal plus three other ships - Princess Danae (Lisboa), Athena (Azores) and Arion (Porto). With them he established the new company Portuscale Cruises (based in Lisbon, Portugal). Funchal was extensively refurbished in Lisbon (Naval Rocha shipyards) and upgraded to a 4-star cruise vessel at the cost of nearly EUR 10 million. The hull was re-painted black, its original colour.

MS Funchal cruise ship

Funchal is a classic-design ocean liner, and sadly - among the last remaining cruise ships of the once great fleet of Portuguese passenger ships. The vessel has been operated by the Portuscale cruise line since the beginning of 2013. The ship was constructed in 1961, under the guidance of the naval engineer Rogerio d'Oliveira. Its features include air-conditioning, full stabilization, three lifts, piano bar, main show lounge, lido bar, club room, library, card room, shops. The Funchal ship also served as a presidential yacht owned by one of the wealthiest families in the Azores.

MS Funchal cruise ship

In August 2013, MV Funchal left the drydock to arrive on August 27 in Gothenburg (Sweden), starting a new passenger shipping career. However, on August 28 the ship was not released from Gothenburg's harbour due to security issues (denied by the Portuscale line). On September 2, 2013, the issues were resolved, certifications granted, and the ship left the Gothenburg port heading to Scotland.

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. 


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.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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.

MS Funchal cruise ship

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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