Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Lisbon cruise shipping

Lisbon cruise shipping scene on 8 November 2011: another busy day at the Santa Apolónia Cruise Terminal, in Lisbon, with the early morning arrival of EMPRESS and MARCO POLO joining PRINCESS DANAE which arrived on 5 November from Marseilles for a period of dry dock and technical maintenance prior to the start of another season of world cruising on 29 December with a New Year's cruise from Lisbon to Madeira, the Canary Islands and Morroco.
EMPRESS arrived at the end of another 5-day cruise based in Lisbon and calling in Portimão, Malaga and Tangiers.
MARCO POLO arrived from Funchal, Madeira with British passengers and I was able to photograph her from onboard the EMPRESS. 
MARCO POLO is a classic beauty built in 1965 in East Germany as the Soviet liner ALEXANDR PUSHKIN. As such she is an old friend and I did photograph her on many calls in her original livery and name back in the 1970s and 1980s, before the mighty Soviet passenger ship fleet vanished in the 1990s.
The new Santa Apolónia passenger ship terminal is very convenient and can dock up to five ships depending on their sizes, in the hearth of old Lisbon just across Alfama. Although the day has been rainy and dull, in the morning there was some dramatic sun light as seen on the EMPRESS deck photo... 
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