Funchal to become hotel ship under Signature Living

Photo: Pinto
Photo: Pinto

The 1961-built Portuguese cruise ship Funchal was sold at auction in Lisbon on December 5 to UK-based hotel chain Signature Living.

The vessel was sold for €3.9 million (US$4.42 million) with Signature Living outbidding three other interested parties.

The ship’s new owners intend to operate it as a hotel vessel permanently berthed in Central London.

Funchal has been laid up in Lisbon since January 2015 after its previous owner, Portuscale Cruises, went bankrupt.

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