Lisbon cruise port is part of Lisbon Port (Porto de Lisboa, in Portuguese). This is an Atlantic Ocean port used mainly as port of call on cruises from UK to Iberia (itineraries to port cities in Spain and Portugal), Transatlantic repositioning cruises, European ship relocation (between Mediterranean and Baltic), also on itineraries to Atlantic Islands (Azores, Madeira, Canaries), western Mediterranean and North Africa. Lisbon is also a departure point for Douro River cruises in Douro Valley - the Portugal's wine country regions.
The cruise port stretches along the Rio Tejo (Tagus River - the longest on the Iberian Peninsula). The port has 2 cruise terminals (both located on the river's north bank) plus 1 quay. All 3 are located close to the city centre, allowing passengers an easy access (on foot) to the city's most popular historical and cultural attractions.
Lisbon is the Portugal's capital city, and also the Europe’s westernmost and warmest capital. Gulf Stream strongly influences its climate. Lisbon cruise port is visited by all types of vessels - from the smallest to the world’s largest. Cruise passengers visiting the port are over 400,000 per year.
Cruise itineraries to and from Lisbon Portugal
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Lisbon:
- Most of the itineraries leaving from Lisbon are one-ways, ending up in big Mediterranean city-ports (Barcelona, Villefranche-Nice, Civitavecchia-Rome, Venice, Piraeus-Athens). Northbound itineraries end up in UK ports (Southampton, Tilbury-London), in France (Le Havre-Paris) or in largest Baltic ports (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg, Warnemunde-Rostock).
- Round-trip cruise deals from Lisbon are offered mainly by MSC. The 9-day long itineraries visit ports in the Western Mediterranean and also in North Africa (Morocco).
- Western Mediterranean itineraries on cruises out of Lisbon visit ports in Spain (including the Balearic Islands Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca), Italy (including the islands Sicily, Sardinia, Elba), Monaco, also Gibraltar (UK). Among the western Med ports are also port cities located on the French Riviera and on the Italian Riviera. Both are coastal regions lined up with top-luxury resorts and perfect beaches.
- From Lisbon are also offered Atlantic cruises - to Canary Islands, Madeira Island, Azores Islands, These itineraries often include stops in North Africa ports, and mainly in Morocco (Agadir, Casablanca).
- On World Cruise segments leaving out of Lisbon, the itineraries usually include Transatlantic crossing (to USA-Florida ports) and Panama Canal transition (to USA-California ports). Southbound routes include cruises to South Africa (most ending in Cape Town).
- Repositioning - westbound Transatlantic crossings on ship relocation out of Lisbon are offered in Fall (starting in October-November). These are one-way itineraries that end up in USA ports (Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral-Orlando, NYC New York) or in turnaround Caribbean ports - Bridgetown (Barbados), Colon (Panama), Havana (Cuba). The longest Transatlantic cruises out of Lisbon are offered by ships repositioning from Europe to South America. The itineraries offer disembarkation in either Brazil (Rio De Janeiro, Santos-Sao Paulo) or Argentina (Buenos Aires).
- Repositioning - northbound ship relocation deals offer one-way itineraries from Lisbon to the largest Northern European turnaround ports in UK (Southampton), Germany (Hamburg), Denmark (Copenhagen).
- Among the big cruise lines with ships visiting Lisbon port are Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Costa, MSC, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, P&O UK, AIDA, CDF-Pullmantur, Fred Olsen.
- Most Douro River cruise ships leaving from Lisbon are operated by Viking, Uniworld, AmaWaterways.
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Lisbon, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
Lisbon cruise port news
- (statistics) The port handles more than 400,000 cruise ship passengers per year.
- On April 26, 2014, the port hosted its first "Cruise Day Lisbon" event - a day dedicated exclusively to cruise ship tourism. The special event was marked by a fair (cruise deals promotions), themed cruise talks, cruise ship visit of the tall ship NRP Sagres (Navy school ship), a regatta on Tagus River's estuary. This first ever initiative was promoted by LCC (Lisbon Cruise Club) and was dedicated to the strong market growth and the economic impact from the Port of Lisbon revenues in 2013. Also, a Forum was opened at Gare Marítima de Alcantara, where were gathered key people from the Portugal's tourism and cruising industry. Also there was hosted the "Montra de Cruzeiros” (the Portugal's first ever cruise fair open to the general public. The fair was attended by representatives of cruise ship lines and operators and also by leading travel agencies.
- On March 10th and 15th, 2014, ms Azores (now Astoria) and Thomson Majesty were the first 2 of 9 cruise ships with calls scheduled for the Lisbon port's 2014 season. The Port Authority gave their captains commemorative plaques during a special welcome ceremony held on each ship. The Azores ship (formerly ms Athena) was christened here in May 2013, starting operations for the local company Portuscale Cruises (now defunct).
- On March 12, 2014, the Portuscale Cruises ship MV Lisboa was arrested at the Lisbon port.
- On May 6, 2014, all the Cunard cruise liners (Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria) docked together in Lisbon.
- In June 2014, Portuscale Cruises announced its charter deal with CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) chartering MV Azores (Astoria). The ship replaced MV Discovery and started operations for CMV in 2015.
- On November 12, 2014, the Portuscale Cruises company announced that its summer 2015 itinerary program will offer 5-night cruises out of Lisbon.
- On February 12, 2015, the Portuscale cancelled the remaining 2015 season on its ship MV Funchal.
- On April 8, 2015, the Portuscale ship Azores (carrying around 500 passengers) was denied departure and held in the port overnight over debt dispute (a previous crewing issue). Note: back then, the ship was operated under long-term charter by the UK-based company CMV. On April 9, the ship was allowed to leave the port - after a 19-hour delay.
- For other Lisbon port related news see at the "News" section above (located to the right of the "Schedule" button).
Highlights: City, Gulbenkian Museum, Jeronimos Monastery, Sintra
Lisbon cruise terminal
Lisbon cruise port offers all 5 cruise ship docking areas - Santa Apolonia, Santa Apolonia Jusante, Alcantara, Rocha Conde d'Obidos (aka "da Rocha") and the new quay Jardim do Tabaco. Alcantara and Rocha are located close to the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge (a famous city attraction). At the square Praca do Comercio is located the Lisbon Tourist Office, from where you can get a city tour map for free.
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - PTLIS
- port address - "Administracao do Porto de Lisboa, SA, Rua da Junqueira, 941349-026 Lisboa, Portugal"
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep harbor water channel (max draught 15,5 m / 51 ft), deep water berths (over 1,5 km / 0,9 ml long berthing quay, max depth 10 m / 33 ft), sheltered harbor area
- capability to accommodate 6 vessels at a time
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear. The cruising season usually starts in April and runs through late November.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Lisbon in the morning (8, 9, am) and depart from Lisbon in late afternoon (at 4, 5, 6 pm).
Alcantara cruise terminal A
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude 38.70198948, longitude -9.16699648
- The Alcantara terminal is 4,8 km / 3 ml away from the city centre.
- The quay's length is 1086 m (3560 ft), max draught 12 m (39 ft) and capacity 3 ships at a time.
- The terminal complex has X-Rays (security and luggage check), gifts shop (crafts store), tourist information center, luggage storage, shuttle bus line (going to the city centre), public phones, taxi rank, dedicated parking area (for cars and buses).
- Disembarking cruise passengers can also use the Cais do Sodré train line to the centre. Tram and bus services are by CARRIS. Day passes for all public transport are also available.
Santa Apolonia cruise terminal B
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude 38.71317477, longitude -9.12196487
- The quay's length is 360 m (1181 ft), max draught 12 m (39 ft) and capacity 2 ships at a time.
- The terminal complex has X-Rays (security check), gifts shop (crafts store), tourist information center, shuttle bus line (going to the city centre), public phones, taxi rank, dedicated parking area (for cars and buses).
Jardim do Tabaco Quay
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude 38.71016931, longitude -9.12584603
- This is a newly built quay wit which location is closest to the city centre, allowing passengers to go there on foot (walking distance is less than 15 min).
- The city's main tourist attractions are within walking distance from the quay.
Lisbon tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Jeronimos Monastery: World Heritage Site listed. Dates from the 1500s, part of it is the church where Vasco da Gama, a famous explorer, rests.
- Belem Tower: UNESCO World Heritage monument. The watchtower dates from the early years of the 16th century and it is Age of Discovery’s symbol.
- St. George Castle: take a look of the city from a bird eye.
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museum: private collection ot the finest art. You will see Rubens, Rembrandt, René Lalique and Monet works.
- Parque das Nacoes: trendy district from the 21st century. The backdrop of it is the longest bridge in Europe.
- Berardo Museum: fee free collection of modern art by a Portuguese millionaire. You will see Dali, Picasso and Andy Warhol works.
- Madre de Deus Convent: discover the unique collection of decorative ceramic tiles (an ancient art form).
- The Most Expensive Chapel in the World: visit São Roque Church made from the gold that was found in colonial Brazil. Discover amazing mosaics in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist and great golden art – Coaches Museum’s golden carriages.
- Ancient Art Museum: amazing collection of European and Oriental art.
- Design&Fashion Museum: dates from 2009. It is housed in a former headquarters of a bank. One of the leading museums for design and fashion in the world.
The Lisbon cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Lisbon, Portugal.
If you lose the Lisbon location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Lisbon cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lisbon, Portugal. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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