Thursday, February 12, 2015

FUNCHAL cruises for 2015 canceled today

Lisbon, February 12, 2015: The portuguese classic cruise ship FUNCHAL had her cruise program for the year 2015 canceled today by the owning company Pearl Cruises.
In a statement to the "Ships and the Sea
Blog" the dedicated owner of the ship, Mr. Rui Alegre, said that "the company failed to meet the conditions for ensuring the operation of cruises for the 2015 season. We will now put the ship in "lay up", keeping her in good care, and look for a long-term operator to charter the ship.We hope to find this charterer soon for the FUNCHAL to return to the seas again... "
The FUNCHAL has been berthed at Rocha do Conde de Óbidos cruise terminal in Lisbon since the 2nd January, when she actually returned from the New Year cruise to Madeira and Porto Santo. In 54 years of diverse and illustrious history, the FUNCHAL has always been a very special ship, calling every one's attention with her elegant and charming presence, and touching thousands of passengers and hundreds of crew members with a "soul" hard to find in other existing passenger ships. 
Over the years the FUNCHAL has turned herself into a unique ship, a legend that could well be classed as a piece of world maritime heritage, preserving traditions and qualities impossible to appreciate and feel without experiencing our beloved FUNCHAL. 
Let's wish 12 February 2015 is just another day in the long history of the last of the traditional Portuguese liners, and that a charterer will be found quickly allowing the FUNCHAL to resume her illustrious career with dignity and success. LUÍS MIGUEL CORREIA
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