Lisbon is brimming with art, history, and culture. Colorful neighborhoods, quaint cafes, and unique shops only scratch the surface – you can’t stop in Lisbon without indulging in a sweet pastry or taking a tram through some of its most famous neighborhoods. As the city is situated right on the coast of the Atlantic, you can also count on discovering delicious local seafood dishes for lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for an interesting large town with less of a modern, hectic feel (also without the skyscrapers) and more enrichment, then Lisbon is a fabulous option to include on your next European cruise vacation.
There is a fabulous choice of cruise lines with cruises departing from Lisbon! Since Lisbon is such a popular port city, it is usually included as part of river cruise itineraries that travel through Southern and Western Europe (usually as an overnight port), but also in many ocean cruises itineraries.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Lisbon, along with a brief description:
♦ Torre de Belem
Located right on the Tagus River, this beautiful structure is a must-see during any stop in Lisbon. A UNESCO World Heritage site, many consider this tower to be a symbol of Portugal. Its façade is reminiscent of numerous architectural styles and since it towers right over the water, it’s a great spot for some beautiful photo opportunities. There is also the option to tour the inside of the tower, though not much remains from its original operations.
♦ Alfama District
If you’re looking to step back in time during your visit to Lisbon, consider paying a visit to the Alfama District. This neighborhood is Lisbon’s equivalent to an “old town.” This neighborhood features cobblestone streets, age-old homes, and many historic landmarks. You can also catch a glimpse of parts of the walls that once surrounded this neighborhood. There is also plenty of opportunity to dine in a charming outdoor café when you visit the Alfama District. It’s a great starting point for anyone who has never visited Lisbon before.
♦ Lisbon Oceanarium
If you love viewing marine life, then you’ll want to save enough time to check out the Lisbon Oceanarium, as it is Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. Among the many animals you can visit with include penguins, sharks, octopus, jellyfish, and many species of plants. If you’re traveling with young kids, they’re certain to love the friendly sea otters!
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