Although the Tagus River or 25 de Abril Bridge is no longer one of the world’s true leviathans when compared to more modern engineering feats it is, never-the-less, a truly iconic structure that will be amongst your abiding memories of a cruise to Lisbon. Indeed, the approach by cruise ship into the heart of Lisbon is one of cruising’s grand arrivals and few capital cities can compete with the spectacle afforded by a transit along the Tagus to Lisbon.
Aside from sailing under and docking close to the magnificent Tagus River Bridge, you’ll also cruise right past the Belem Tower, one of Lisbon’s original medieval fortifications and the very spot where many explorers set sail to what to them was, indeed, a new world. Slightly further along the Tagus you’ll glide past the statue that commemorates one of Europe’s greatest sailors and explorers, Henry the Navigator.
Try and think of the most iconic piece of equipment on a ship - it simply has to be the ship’s wheel, doesn’t it? You might consider the anchor, you might even spare a thought for a porthole or maybe the ship’s crest or the flag it’s flying but, when all’s said and done, if there’s one thing that defines a ship, it has to be the ship’s wheel.
You might not immediately know what a Trireme is but, chances are, you’ll probably recognise one. Think of the classic film ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and you’re pretty much there already: the Argos, the ship that takes Jason and his crew on their many adventures, is a Trireme. And, although Jason’s quest to find the Golden Fleece is part of the rich heritage of Greek myth, the Trireme was a real vessel and the state-of-the-art war machine of the Ancient Greeks. In fact, without the Trireme, they’d have lost their battle for supremacy in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Welcome to our new series, ‘Around The World In 80 Iconic Items’. As the name suggests, we’ll be travelling around the world not simply by country or ports of call, but via a series of iconic items. To start the series we thought we’d begin with the Vespa scooter that, perhaps, more than any other vehicle, epitomises chic, city living in Italy and a love of La Dolce Vita.
Subsequently, we’ll be looking at all sorts of intriguing items from across the globe, items that have profoundly influenced the way we live today.
Saudi Arabia & Red Sea
A spectacular 117-day cruise on MSC Magnifica to circle the globe, you will explore South America, cross the amazing South Pacific Ocean, discover the finest treasures of the Indian Ocean, led to the mystic Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and then through the Suez Canal back into the Mediterranean Sea.
And while discovering the world’s most amazing secrets, add further spice to your journey savoring delicious dishes, enjoying a world-class entertainment and relax watching the world go by from the comfort of your elegant ocean-view cabin.
You’ll return home with a world of spectacular memories to cherish forever.
This transatlantic cruise will take you around the world to discover 43 unique treasures. Below are just some of the hot spots you will discover:
Between ports of call, on board beautiful MSC Magnifica, you’ll enjoy a world of comfort and elegance, relish the gourmet cuisine inspired by your destinations, relax in the 3 swimming pools and 9 whirlpool baths, among many other superb facilities, and enjoy our first class onboard entertainment.
The fare includes 15 shore excursions, and naturally you can book others either in advance or during the cruise. Your booking features a Dine & Drink Package so house wines, draught beer and a selection of other drinks are on us during lunch and dinner. You can also enjoy 30% off laundry services throughout the cruise.
For this once-in-a-lifetime voyage, we will credit triple membership points for the type of Experience chosen at the time of booking, allowing MSC Voyagers Club members to enjoy all the added privileges right away!
On Deck 18, the main pool has two different depths so that guests can choose to swim or simply stand and hang-out in the water, the newly designed area includes a 360-degree water fountain island in the centre as well as a new lounge space within the pool. It is connected with the aquapark with a Pirates Cove theme to create an extensive water area.