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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2013, 02:53:45 pm »

Thanks! Does anyone know if the russian charter brings her on a cruise to Cork?Can anyone provide recent pics of Athena and Princess Danae in Marseille?Are Classic International Cruises making a comeback : http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/8685-classic-international-cruises-mounting-comeback.html
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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2013, 04:02:13 pm »

All five former ships of Classic International Cruises will be back in cruise service in the near future.
FUNCHAL saw her refit resumed as soon as new owners finished purchase of the ships from bank Montepio Geral.
Four owning companies have been set up in MaDEIRA Island, Portugal, on 11 January, each one to take ownership of a single ship. Meanwhile a new cruise management company called PORTUSCALE CRUISES has been established on 27 February and an office has opened already in downtown Lisbon with several former staff of CIC back at work.
ARION which had been detained last September in Kotor and later moved to nearby Montenegro port of Bar was realeased in March and left Bar on 9 March sailig for Lisbon with a crew of 22 men. She arrived Lisbon on 15 March and a refit is due to start this week in Lisbon.
Captain Filipe who brought ARION home is now on his way to Marseilles to bring ATHENA to Lisbon as soon as possible and PRINCESS DANAE also has already a Portuguese crew onboard and is due in Lisbon soon.
ATHENA is already contracted for a season of charter cruising from the Black Sea for the Russian market under the name ASTORIA. She will operate in the Black Sea and Mediterranean (East Med and the Adriatic) from July until late November.
New owner Mr. Rui Alegre is considering to rename all ships with Portuguese names except FUNCHAL. So let's wait and see how things evolve, but so far it could not have been better news four this group of classics.
Mr. George Potamianos sons, Emilios and Alexander Potamianos kept the PRINCESS DAPHNE under their own ownership and they got the ship also from bank Montepio free of debts, so let's see if they will be able to follow their Father footsteps and are able to develop their business the way George Potamiaos did after he purchased FUNCHAL in Lisbon in August 1985.

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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2013, 04:23:56 pm »

Thanks Luis, GREAT news indeed.
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« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2013, 11:01:51 pm »

Thanks Luis.Anyone in Marseille know if Athena or Princess Danae have been given clearance to depart for Lisbon yet?
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2013, 05:07:00 pm »

Hi, Princess Danae it's now called "Lisboa" and Arion is called "Porto". The name of the two biggest cities of Portugal. The name isn't visible in hull, but during this month maybe it will be visible and changed. They will go to dry dock, maybe they do it there. For more about it and see photos from them, taken today, visit my blog, link below.

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« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2013, 06:01:34 pm »

Thanks for update and pics.  Cheesy Does anyone know when Athena heads for Lisbon
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« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2013, 08:20:54 am »

Athena has been renamed Azores
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« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2013, 08:48:08 am »

Bearing in mind that the other two's names are reported as the portuguese language names PORTO and LISBOA, I wonder whether ATHENA will become AZORES or AÇORES?
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« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2013, 03:04:10 pm »

Athena will be renamed Azores, in English not in Portuguese language. It's sputip, because they rename the ships with city names, and Athena will have a archipelago name...
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« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2013, 03:49:04 pm »

Thanks Ricardo.
Now all we are waitng for is the paintbrushes and the first photos!
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« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2013, 07:10:15 pm »

Thanks guys interesting can't wait til the fleet enter service
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« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2013, 01:58:21 am »

Update:

Arion haven't no more the dolphin in hull, and also no name at moment in hull...maybe in next days i can take photos...
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« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2013, 06:51:36 pm »

Thanks for this further update
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« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2013, 11:24:26 pm »

Hello Everyone! I'm from Singapore and would like to know Portuscale Cruises Website address if any, their address, email and telephone number. Appreciate your kind assistance please. Thanks
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« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2013, 04:26:45 pm »

Hi rlwamphyri unfortunately no info on contacts for this company yet but hopefully soon
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