On April 26, the first Cruise Day Lisbon takes place. It will be a day exclusively dedicated to cruise tourism aiming public. The day will be marked by a broad debate on the theme cruises, a fair offering cruise deals under special conditions, visits to a cruise ship and to the Portuguese Navy school ship NRP Sagres (Tall Ship) and also a regatta on the Tagus estuary.
The Cruise Day Lisbon will be the first initiative promoted by the Lisbon Cruise Club (LCC) that celebrates the importance of this activity for Portugal. The strong growth in this tourism activity as well as the economic impact obtained from the results accomplished by the Port of Lisbon in 2013 with two more records of calls and passengers are the motto of this initiative that will mark a new stage of cruise tourism in Lisbon.
Being the first and only event exclusively dedicated to cruises, Cruise Day Lisbon opens with the Forum "Let's Talk About Cruises" at the Gare Marítima de Alcântara, which will gather throughout the day key people from the national tourism and cruise industry. At the same location will take place the “Montra de Cruzeiros”, the first national cruise fair, exclusively dedicated to this market and open to the general public, where will attend representatives of cruise operators and leading travel agents. Alcântara will be also the place to visit Portuguese Navy school ship NRP Sagres (Tall Ship)
Azores and Thomson Majesty are the first two cruise ships in first call at the port of Lisbon in 2014
On 10 and 15 March the Azores and Thomson Majesty were the first two cruise ships from a group of nine in first call scheduled for the port of Lisbon in 2014. The ship`s captains received the commemorative plaque from Port of Lisbon Authority during the traditional welcome ceremony held on board.
The cruise vessel Azores was baptized in May 2013 and belongs to the new Portuguese operator Portuscale Cruises. Known as Athena until September 2012, during the period at the service of Classic International Cruises, the vessel remained in Marseille from 16 September to February 2014 where shewas repaired and refurbished.
From March to November 2014, the Azores will be at the service of the German operator Ambiente Kreuzfahrten, and Lisbon will be the port of departure for the first cruise with final destination Bremerhaven, Germany
Lisbon, a destination for cruises
The port of Lisbon, located on the banks of the vast Tagus estuary has in its history a long tradition within the cruise market. Featuring a 15.5 metre deep channel and over 1 500 metres of berthing quay with depth between -8 and -10 m, Lisbon has been for long a harbour of refuge for many cruise ships.
In fact, the port of Lisbon receives all types of cruise ships, from the smallest to the largest in the world, that bring more than 400 thousand passengers per year.
In addition to the great natural conditions, the ship that anchors in Lisbon has two passenger terminals located in the centre of the city, with the most modern safety equipment and a varied offer of services.
The warm weather, the various tourist places, the good international air connections and the variety of hotels are some of the factors that make of Lisbon a privileged destination throughout the year.
Featuring a magnificent geographic location, Lisbon is an important port of call for cruises between the Atlantic Coast and Europe, the western Mediterranean and the north of Europe, the Atlantic Isles and the north of Africa as well as for Trans Atlantic trips.
Here you will find information concerning the date and hour of arrival and departure, name of the ship, quay, maximum capacity of the ship, crew, LOA, draught, flag, origin, destination, navigation agent and cruise line