Cunard Cruise 2012
Trip Day 35
Tuesday, April 24th
Lisbon, Portugal

Today the ship call at its final port before ending the cruise in Southampton on Friday. This port is Lisbon as noted above.

Lisbon is 5 hours ahead of home and is in what is known as Western European Time or WET. By the time I get there they will be on WEST which stands for Western European Summer Time which, as in most places, one gains an hour for "summer (or daylight) time" (as we do) so the difference will still be 5 hours from home.

This is the last "shore" I will see before Southampton on Friday so this is the last excursion to go on. When I was here the last time I took an excursion the Fatama, Portugal so I did not see much of Lisbon and its history. So this time the excursion I am taking is called "Lisbon by land and River". It is scheduled to leave at 8:45 am and last for three hours.

Here is the description:

A leisurely river cruise, twinned with a panoramic drive, presents Lisbon’s famous city sights from a different angle.

A perfect combination. See the sights of the city centre and then sit back and enjoy a fascinating river cruise along the River Tagus, savouring light refreshments as you glide past an array of famous monuments.

A panoramic tour will show you Lisbon’s renowned landmarks, including Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue, Black Horse Square and Rossio, the very heart of the city. See Baixa, the area rebuilt after the city’s disastrous earthquake, and take in the spectacular scene from the viewpoint at King Edward VII Park.

Remember your camera, as you will want to capture the charm of Lisbon when viewed from the water. As your river cruise sets off, you will see the medieval part of the city. Cruise beneath the spectacular suspension bridge, reminiscent of the Golden Gate and photograph the monumental statue of Christ the King. The highlight of your tour will be a sail along the banks of the Belem area, where ancient caravels once set off on great voyages of discovery. The monuments here are spectacular - particularly when seen from the river and include the Monument to the Discoveries, the unique Belem Tower and the ornate, Gothic-style Jeronimos Monastery.

As always there are some additional notes and here those are:

Note: This tour involves very little walking. There are some steps to negotiate onto the boat. The river cruise duration is 1½ hours. The above itinerary may operate in reverse order.

So, this is the plan for this day and the final port on the cruise.

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