Scrapped Cruise Ships
Specifications of Lisboa
|Year built||1955 / Age: 60|
|Builder||Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd (Belfast, Northern Ireland UK)|
|Speed||17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph|
|Length (LOA)||162 m / 531 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||16531 gt|
|Passengers||576 - 640|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Last Refurbishment||2013, Aliaga-scrapped in 2015|
|Former names||Princess Danae, Baltica, Starlight Express, Danae, Therisos Express, Port Melbourne|
Review of Lisboa
The 1955-built MV Lisboa cruise ship originally was a fast cargo liner (named "Port Melbourne") constructed for Port Line's UK-Australia express shipping service. The vessel was later reconstructed as a car ferry and finally rebuilt as a cruise liner and named "Danae".
The ship's identification numbers were 5282483 (IMO) and 255987000 (last MMSI, Madeira-flagged).
History - construction and ownership
The 16,531-ton, 670-passenger cruise ship mv Lisboa has changed her name several times. The cruise company Classic International Cruises operated the Princess Danae ship from 1994 until 2012. The vessel was transferred to the fleet of Portuscale Cruises (now defunct) in early-2013 and renamed MV Lisboa (after Lisbon City). In 2014 the ship was partially refurbished. In July 2015, the vessel was dismantled by Aliaga Denizcilik at company's Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (Turkey).
During its operational history, the vessel was named Port Melbourne (1955-72, operated by Port Line /1955-72 defunct), Therisos Express (1972-75, by Delian Cruises /1975-79 defunct), Danae (1975-92, by Costa Cruises), Starlight Express (1992-94, by Prestige Cruises) and Baltica (1994-96), Princess Danae (1996-2013, by Classic International Cruises /1996-2012 defunct) and Lisboa (2013-15, by Portuscale Cruises).
A curious fact is that in the summer of 2013 mv Lisboa was arrested in Dublin Ireland for not paying a fuel bill.
Cruise itinerary program
On February 28, 2015, it was announced that the classic ship, Lisboa, had been sold for scrap and on March 15 would sail for Turkey.