March 21, 2023

All the nice cities on the planet are sometimes outlined by a river. Take London, Paris, Bangkok or Kolkata, all these cities have a pulse of life and a component of grandeur due to the river operating via them. Of all of the cities which have a river operating via them, Lisbon might be my favorite metropolis. I keep in mind the primary time coming to Lisbon 12 years in the past and on the primary morning I awoke for a stroll and meandered my means via town. All through my stroll, being a metropolis of seven hills and limitless vistas, the river Tejo by no means fairly leaves you. You see it glimmering, all the time catching your eye in between these impossibly steep travessas. The best way the sunshine bounces off the river, offers town a extremely ethereal glow. Okay. My love for Lisbon could sound just a little exaggerated however even after visiting town for thus many instances, I nonetheless discover new locations and angles to fall in love with town once more. On my current journey to Lisbon, together with Sabrina, I had the chance to do one thing we had by no means skilled earlier than in Lisbon- go together with a visit with FRS Portugal, which many think about to be the very best sundown cruise in Lisbon. My solely journey alongside the river is the passenger boat to Cacilhas from Cais do Sodre however the 10 minute journey all the time ends too quickly for me so this 1.5 hour cruise was good.

The FRS Portugal sundown cruise expertise

The climate was good for the sundown cruise. Clear skies and light-weight was good. The cruise boat departed from Terracio do Paco, proper subsequent to the majestic sq., Praca Do Comercio. We have been suggested to return early to board, 20 minutes earlier than departure and already discovered a sizeable variety of folks queuing up. Tip: If you wish to assure yourselves a pleasant seat, attempt to come a wee bit earlier. The boat itself, was a contemporary convertible boat with a roof that closes in case of unhealthy climate. It’s a good dimension and roughly accommodates 70-80 folks so it didn’t really feel overcrowded, even at full capability. The cruise had a pleasant combine of individuals from all components of the world. Behind was a household from Philippines who have been celebrating the final evening of their Portugal journey on the boat. Beside was a stag group from Bergamo- nicely behaved and good guys, not your ordinary stag group kind. Thank lord. The cruise lasted 1.30 hours and takes you to a number of the most distinguished landmarks seen from the river that embrace Ponte 25 de Abril, the Museum of Artwork, Structure and Expertise (MAAT), Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Belém lighthouse, the Belém Tower and eventually the Santuário de Cristo Rei. The cruise goes at a gradual tempo so you may actually admire all of the landmarks actually shut and upfront. One in every of my favorite components of the cruise is when it dips beneath the broad, majestic expanse of the purple rouge Ponte 25 de Abril. You’ll be able to hear the hum of automobiles and trains passing above after which to the left of the bridge, the traditional view of the Cristo Mei statue- actually one thing particular. One other magical second is when the sunsets and it slowly turns darkish, the ship does one other spin and repositions itself slowly in entrance of the Cristo Mei statue. With the moon glowing behind it, wow, it actually seemed magical. Altogether, the time on the boat appeared to fly by rapidly. Possibly it was the wine however it’s a very nice solution to wind down after an extended day of sightseeing or perhaps it marks the start of an epic evening out in Lisbon.

Complimentary wine and snacks included

The €29 ticket features a complimentary glass of wine or beer or tender drink plus some snacks together with the favored native favorite I like- tremoços. If you wish to deal with your self to an extra glass of wine, costs for a small bottle of wine ( 0.375. I went for a Vinho Verde, Muralhas- very nice wine) was round €8. There’s additionally ice cream on provide so a pleasant number of selection of snacks and drinks. There’s a gradual hum of music within the background which at instances I want was just a little bit extra louder however then once more, you don’t wish to pressure your voice when speaking. Bathrooms are onboard-nice and clear. Workers who served us have been pleasant and useful.


For €29, the cruise, together with the glass of wine and snacks, is absolutely good worth and an expertise value investing in in your subsequent journey to Lisbon. The opposite worth for cash different to the sundown cruise, is the 40 minute Tagus river cruise from Praca do Comercio to Belem. At €12, is nice worth. If you’re on the lookout for one thing extra versatile, additionally they provide a hop on and hop off ticket which is €24 and lets you hop again by boat, if you’re planning to absorb a number of the sights in Belem and spend a while there.

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The cruise was supplied kindly by FRS Portugal however all of the opinions, good and unhealthy, are completely mine.