Today, arrived at Funchal´s harbour 3 cruise ships: the Italian ship Costa Allegra, the German ship Aida Vita and the giant North American ship Independence of the Seas. Costa Allegra was the first cruise ship to ancho in port, she arrived at 7h30 a.m., approximately, from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, and she sailed away at 9h00 pm in direction to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. I emphasize that Costa Allegra from the italian cruise company Costa Cruises, is actually chartered to the French operator "Croisiers Paquet". Costa Allegra was built in 1969 by the Wartsila Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland as the container ship MS Annie Johnson. In 1986 she was sold to Compania Naviera Panalexandra and renamed MS Alexandra but continued laid up. In 1990 the ship was acquired by Costa Cruises and rebuilt into a cruise ship at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy. She started a new phase as Costa Allegra in 1992.
Porto of registry: Genoa, Italy
Sister Ship: Costa Marina
At 9:20 a.m. approximately, the German ship Aida Vita arrived at Funchal harbour from Tenerife, in Canary Islands and she sailed away at 5:00 p.m. to La Palma. Aida Vita is the second ship in Aida Cruises´fleet. Aida Vita was built in 2002 by the German shipyard Aker MTW in Wismar. She is identical to Aida Aura. Aida Vita has approximately, 42, 289 gross tonnage, it is 202 meters long and it has 28 meters beam. She can accomodate, at the most, 1687 passengers and 426 crew.
Port of registry: Italy
Sister Ship: Aida Aura
Service Speed: 19.4 knots
The Aida Vita funnel
The North American ship Independence of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean International Cruises arrived at Funchal at 11:30 a.m. from the English port of Southampton and she sailed away at 6h30 pm to Tenerife. MS Independence of the Seas is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15 decks ship can accommodate 4370 passengers served by 1360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, her sister ships of the Freedom class.
Port of registry: Bahamas, Nassau
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