Madeira Group invests in new Lisbon Cruise Terminal

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The Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, inaugurated earlier this month the new Lisbon passenger Cruise Terminal.

The improvement, that intends to make Lisbon a top world cruise destination, is a private investment of 24 million Euros led by the Funchal based Madeira company Grupo Sousa, which has 30% of the share capital and the only Portuguese partner of the international consortium of the concession of the Lisbon Cruise Terminal.

Grupo Sousa is owned by Luis Miguel de Sousa, one of the new entrepreneurs of Madeira “post autonomy period” who, along with Pestana and Berardo, returned to their island of birth to take over and develop new economic ventures, which were previously dominated by English families based in the archipelago for over two centuries, like Leacock, Welsh and Blandy.

The new, state-of-the-art terminal building, which has already won a number of awards and took in the construction process, is located in the heart of Lisbon, within walking distance from the city centre and historical sites.

Earlier in the year, even before the new terminal was fully operational, Lisbon was awarded the best cruise Port of Europe by the World Travel Awards Europe Organisation.

This is a decision that is not surprising because Lisbon, for its location at the gateway of the Tagus river, offers one of most pristine and emblematic panoramic views in the world, with iconic monuments such as the Tower of Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument.

The dock of the new terminal is one and half kilometres long with a capacity to receive vessels of various types and dimensions with a depth of 12 meters.

The traffic handled by the terminal that will reach more half a million passengers in the current year and will increase to more than 600.000 visitors in 2018.

The Lisbon Cruise Terminal has estimated that 360 cruise liners will be using the new terminal next year, with visits of vessels from top international operators like Viking, Voyager, Royan Caribbean, Oceana and MSC.

 


 

O primeiro-ministro Português, António Costa, inaugurou, no início do corrente mês a nova fase gare de passageiros da Terminal de Cruzeiros de Lisboa, projeto que pretende colocar Lisboa no topo das escalas das rotas mundiais de cruzeiros.

O empreendimento que constitui um investimento privado de mais de 24 milhões de euros, é liderado pelo consórcio Madeirense Grupo Sousa, que detém 30% do capital da sociedade c oncessionária, tendo como comparticipantes a empresa americana de cruzeiros RoyalCaribean e duas outras operadoras similares da Turquia e de Espanha.

Está previsto que a terminal vai receber em 2018 a mais 360 escalas e movimentar 617 mil passageiros, apontando as estimativas que até 2029 a nova gare de cruzeiros de Lisboa deverá ter um impacto superior a 100 milhões de euros na economia Portuguesa.

Já este ano, mesmo sem o novo terminal em pleno funcionamento, Lisboa foi distinguida com o prémio de Melhor Porto de Cruzeiros da Europa, pela World Travel Awards Europe.

A nova infraestrutura que tem capacidade futura para receber anualmente 1,8 milhões de passageiros está dotada dum cais do ancoradouro de quilometro e meio e dum edifício, que cobre uma área superior a treze mil metros quadrados destinado a estruturas de restauração, lojas, escritórios de promoção turística e de controle de passageiros.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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