On 10th January 2013 there were three cruise ships visiting Funchal in Madeira island: the MARCO POLO, the SAGA SAPPHIRE and the BRAEMAR.
MARCO POLO is the older of the three, she started her seafaring life under the Soviet Union merchant fleet as their ALEXANDR PUSHKIN, the second of the five IVAN FRANKO class passenger ships builr in Rostock in 1964 to 1972, also known as the Poets class.
The Pushkin was introduced in 1965 and is the only survivor of that interesting class of passenger liner, although she has been much rebuilt, in Greece for Orient Lines.
MARCO POLO is a nice ship, one of the now very few survivors of the 1960s passenger ships. Although nice she lost her original elegance, the blue and white unimaginative livery foes nothing to make her look classic and elegant.
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