MV Porto

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  • 1965–1991: Istra
  • 1991–1996: Astra
  • 1996–1999: Astra I
  • 1999–1999: Nautilus 2000
  • 1999–2013: Arion
  • 2013–2018: Porto
Owner: Arcalia Shipping Co. Ltd.
Operator: Classic International Cruises
Ordered: 1965
Builder: Brodogadiliste Uljanik, Pula , Croatia
Status: Sold
Name: Porto
Operator: Portuscale Cruises
Ordered: 1965
Status: Sold from Bank Montepio for Scrap in Aliağa
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,888 GT
Length: 116.82 m (383.3 ft)
Beam: 16.54 m (54.3 ft)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft)
Decks: 5
Speed: 14.4 knots (27 km/h)
Capacity: 300
Notes: [1]
previous livery

The MV Porto was a Portuguese-owned cruise ship. She had operated by Portuscale Cruises until 2013 and laid-up since then.

The ship was built in 1965, as the Istra. She was purchased by Arcadia Shipping Company, Lisbon in 2000 and was completely reconstructed from the hull up, being renamed Arion. She was put in service with Classic International Cruises[2]

On 17 September 2012 reports announced that she was detained in Montenegro for failure to pay fuel costs. Fellow ships Athena and Princess Danae were detained for similar issues.[3][3]

Following the liquidation of Classic International Cruises, Arion was purchased by a Portuguese entrepreneur and remained flagged under the Portuguese flag. The ship was renamed Porto in 2013, being now operated by the Portuguese cruise company Portuscale Cruises.

In 2018, the ship was sold for € 1.05 million to Aliaga breakers. [4]


  1. ^ "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Arion". VesselTracker. 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
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  4. ^ "Kreuzfahrtschiff PORTO wird verschrottet" (in German). 25 September 2018.

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