Portugal

Royal Caribbean among bidders for new Lisbon cruise terminal

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21Aug2013

Royal Caribbean is among a number of bidders who are hoping to secure a contract to build a new cruise terminal in Lisbon, Portugal.

Three consortiums of companies have submitted bids to get the project.  The concept behind the project is to transform Lisbon from a cruise stop to a place where cruises start and end their cruises from.  In addition, increasing the number of tourists that cruise into Portugal.

This year, the port of Lisbon expects 561,000 tourists from cruise ships.  The new cruise terminal would look to raise that total to between 800,000 and 1 million tourists per year.  

The new terminal will be built in Santa Apolonia and will cost about 22 million euros.  The winning bidder will begin construction early next year so that the terminal can be ready sometime in 2015.  

Each of the bidders will be invited to meet with officials in early September to formally submit their proposals.  The contract will be awarded by the end of the year.

Royal Caribbean will have 21 stops in Lisbon in 2013

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04Oct2012

Royal Caribbean announced it will have 21 stops in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013.

Francisco Teixeira, director of Royal Caribbean's partner in Portugal Melair, spoke about the new 2013-2014 schedules, "Lisbon is a city attractive for companies and passengers, is a nearby city safe, we have lots of sunshine and it's nice", said Francisco Teixeira, noting that for 2013 is expected to increase cruises departing from England, so there will be an increased frequency of vessels in scale. 

Royal Caribbean will bring about 72,000 tourists, with Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas bringing passengers from England on a regular basis.  Between these two ships, about 62,000 visitors will be represented.

Royal Caribbean planning to make 69 stops in Portugal this year

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16Feb2012

Royal Caribbean plans to make 69 stops in Portugal this year, of which 34 are in Lisbon, 24 and 11 in Ponta Delgada, Royal Caribbean Director Francisco Teixeira said this morning on board the Independence of the Seas, the ship that most often visited the capital of Portugal in 2012.

Royal Caribbean will bring a fleet of five ships to Lisbon, with the vast majority being the aforementioned Independence of the Seas, with 25 stops, then it is the Vision of the Seas on five occasions, the revitalized Splendour of the Seas, Brilliance and on two dates and Grandeur of the Seas, which will come once every to Lisbon.

In total, Francisco Teixeira says Royal Caribbean will move about 200,000 tourists through Portugal.

Splendour of the Seas will have its revitalization work done in Portugal

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20Sep2011

Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas will go into dry dock in November as the next the target of a near fleet-wide revitalization at the shipyards in Setúbal, Portugal.  The news comes from Royal Caribbean director Francisco Teixeira.

Work on Splendour of the Seas will take 20 days and fall under the fleet modernization plan that the company has launched this year.

The improvements in the fleet are designed to introduce some of the improvements that were developed for the Oasis and Allure of the Seas.

Work on the Splendour of the Seas will be include

  • integrating a hundred cabins with balcony
  • upgrade all remaining cabins
  • renovation of the pool deck with the integration of a screen giant projection of films
  • the introduction of the Park Café in the Solarium area
  • addition of new restaurants such as, Izumi of The Hot Dog House
  • Addition of the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for the little ones
  • Diamond Club and Club Concierge

After leaving the Portuguese shipyards, Splendour of the Seas will head to Brazil to go back into service.