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29th November, 2015

Lisbon, Portugal

It’s always a real treat to be able to take the ship along the Tagus River and under the 25th April bridge towards our berth at the cruise terminal, particularly in the glorious weather conditions that greeted us this morning in the beautiful city of Lisbon.

Once safely alongside the first tour to depart this morning was the ‘Arrabida Mountains’ excursion. This tour allowed our passengers to see the lesser explored area south of Lisbon. They enjoyed a journey across the 25th April bridge and a scenic drive to Sesimbra, which is an old fishing village that lies at the foothills of the Serra da Arrabida mountain range. The first stop was to view Sesimbra’s Moorish castle from the bottom of the 750 foot mountain it sits on. Then they continued to Azeitao to visit its famous wine cellars. After sampling the local muscatel wines, the tour moved on to driving through the beautiful Arrabida National Park. Finally our guests re-entered Lisbon over the Vasco da Gama bridge, which provided great views across one of the widest estuaries in the world.

Another tour on offer was the ‘Lisbon Panoramic’ which allowed our guests the opportunity to visit some of the most famous landmarks the area has to offer. These included the Monument to the Discoveries and Belem Tower and our passengers were also able to enjoy refreshments at Pasties de Belem, one of the oldest and most characteristic cafes in Lisbon, if not Portugal itself. On their return to the ship they stopped at the top of Eduardo VII Park where they were able to enjoy a panorama of the whole city and then cross the suspension bridge to view the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

With everyone onboard we slipped our lines and now continue to make our way yet further south, back to Spain and to our next port of call Huelva. Tonight’s Cabaret Showtime was another real treat and showcased (in my opinion) the finest Jazzmen in show business, Colin Bryant’s ‘Hot Rhythm Orchestra’

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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