Lisbon Cruises

The Impressive Belem Tower 
Old-Fashioned Trams
Lisbon By Land And Water

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Visit Lisbon on an MSC Mediterranean cruise and explore one of the world’s most ancient cities and the second oldest European capital after Athens. It’s yet to go global and its white-domed cathedrals and cobbled alleyways make it quintessentially Portuguese. As the only capital city on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon is also remarkably inexpensive: food, drink and entertainment all offer exceptional value for money.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• The Impressive Belem Tower 
• Old-Fashioned Trams
• Lisbon By Land And Water
 
 
The iconic Belem tower, is Lisbon’s and possibly Portugal’s most recognisable monument. Built as a ceremonial gateway and fortress when Portugal had a global empire, it spectacularly failed to defend the city. In 1580 it fell to invading Spanish forces in just hours and French forces occupied it in the Peninsula War. It’s been a prison, light house and customs centre and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to see the pits where prisoners were thrown in, and the 16th century rhinoceros gargoyle.
 
Lisbon’s old fashioned trams are unique to the city and have been around for generations. The trams are both a tourist attraction and a reliable way for commuters to travel across the town of Lisbon. Board the tram at Martim Moniz Square and head up towards the hills of Lisbon. Along the way, you will see the Old town, passing Graça quarter and Alfama district. Finally, you will reach the highest point at Portas do Sol belvedere, with enchanting views of the metropolis and the Tagus river.
 
Exploring Lisbon by both land and water is an unparalleled experience in Portugual’s capital city. This MSC Excursion offers you the opportunity to board an amphibious craft that is both able to navigate on water and travel on land. The tour first begins on land and covers the main landmarks such as Praça do Comércio, Praça do Rossio, Liberty Avenue and Marquês de Pombal Square. The tour then continues on water as you will embark on a 30 minute trip along the River Tagus. While sailing across the river, admire the picturesque skyline from a waterside perspective. 

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    Reach the port

    Port of Lisbon

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Santa Apolónia

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Lisbon is easy to reach, being well served by motorways and major roads. MSC Cruises has arranged special Park & Cruise rates for your additional convenience and comfort. Follow the signs for Baixa and then for Santa Apolónia, where the port is located.
      Car
    • Train

      The Santa Apolónia terminus train station is right beside the Cruise Port.
      Train
    • Plane

      Lisbon airport is just a short drive from Cais de Santa Apolónia.  Taxis are available outside the airport entrance.
      Travel time: about 20 minutes depending on traffic.
      Plane

    Portugal

    Golden beaches and coloured azulejos
    Golden beaches and coloured azulejos

    Once a powerful seafaring kingdom that dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today is a friendly, low-key place with a laidback vibe and a fantastic coastline, much of it fringed by golden sands and endless dunes.

    Many of these beaches extend as far as the eye can see, and are rarely busy even in high summer, but as they face the full power of the Atlantic, they can be dangerous for swimming. 


    Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. 


    During a holiday to Portugal legacy of its former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities; Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is popular today for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways. 


    A cruise to Portugal is also a good chance to visit Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean.