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CLASSIC CRUISES: Funchal bound for Asia

Classic International Cruises’ 580-passenger Funchal (1961/9,563gt) will operate nine cruises for the Australian market from Singapore and Hong Kong between January and April next year. The programme includes two nine-night round-trip cruises from Singapore, four ten-night one-way sailings between Singapore and Hong Kong, two 14-night round-trip cruises from Hong Kong and a long 33-night liner voyage from Singapore to Portsmouth starting on 15 April 2012.

The 9,563gt Funchal, which completes a long €5 million refit and SOLAS upgrade in Lisbon in July, proved popular with Australians when she was based in Fremantle from 2004 to 2007, before she was replaced by her larger 600-passenger fleetmate Athena. Meanwhile, Princess Daphne (1955/15,833gt) is undertaking a 16-night Christmas and New Year roundtrip cruise from Portsmouth.

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