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The cloisters at Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery are an impressive display of architecture.
The cloisters at Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery are an impressive display of architecture.

If you’re looking to cruise to one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest city in western Europe, there’s no shortage of history in Lisbon, Portugal! The city is rich in architecture and also is crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares. There is a unique beauty when strolling along the waterfront and riding one of the historic trams through the winding alleyways of the city.

Come along on an exploration of Lisbon that highlights some of the “must-sees” in this European cruise capital.

Rossio Square is a central point in Lisbon.

Rossio Square is a great meeting place in Lisbon.

A visit to Rossio Square is the perfect starting point for your exploration of Lisbon. The Rossio has been a meeting place for people of Lisbon for centuries. Some of the cafés and shops of the square date from the 18th century, like the Café Nicola, where poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage used to meet friends on a regular basis. Other traditional shops include the Pastelaria Suíça and the Ginjinha, where the typical Lisbon spirit (Ginjinha) can be tasted.

The Belém Tower is one of Lisbon's iconic sites.

The Belém Tower is one of Lisbon’s iconic sites.

One of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lisbon, the Belém Tower is absolutely worth a visit. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The 16th century tower is considered one of the main works of the Portuguese late Gothic-Manueline style. This is especially apparent in its elaborate rib vaulting, crosses of the Order of Christ, armillary spheres and twisted rope, common with the nautical, organic nature of this style.

The Jeronimos Monastery is some of the most impressive architecture in all of Europe.

The Jeronimos Monastery is some of the most impressive architecture in all of Europe.

The Jeronimos Monastery, also known as the Hieronymites Monastery, is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece designed in Gothic-Manueline style and built to commemorate the discoveries of the Portuguese navigators. Originally the home for the Hieronymite religious order, it was built by the Infante Henry the Navigator around 1459 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 along with the Belem Tower.

The Discoveries Monument was erected to honor Henry the Navigator.

The Discoveries Monument was erected to honor Henry the Navigator.

The Discoveries Monument was built in Lisbon in honor of Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s discovery expeditions into the New World during he 15th century. It was designed in 1939 by the Portuguese architect Jose Angelo Cottinelli Telmo alongside sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. Initially intended as a temporary structure to mark the opening of the Portuguese World Fair that took place in Lisbon in June 1940, the original structure was demolished after the exhibition, however it was decided by Royal Decree in 1958 that a permanent structure should be erected and an exact replica was created.

Praça do Comércio is a a highlight of Lisbon.

Praça do Comércio is a a highlight of Lisbon. Courtesy of wikipedia.

Welcoming seagoing traders for centuries, the impressive Praça do Comércio (or Commercial Square) was the former site of the Royal Ribeira Palace before it was destroyed in the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. The square is aptly named to indicate its new function in the economy of Lisbon. The symmetrical buildings of the square were filled with government bureaus that regulated customs and port activities. The main piece of the ensemble was the equestrian statue of King José I, inaugurated in 1775 in the center of the square. This bronze statue, the first monumental statue dedicated to a King in Lisbon, was designed by Joaquim Machado de Castro, Portugal’s foremost sculptor of the time.

Many of these sights are featured on cruise shore excursions, and descriptions, reviews and pre-booking can all be done online.

If you’re looking to take a cruise that calls at Lisbon, Holland America Line has 29 voyages on ms Eurodam, ms Prinsendam, ms Rotterdam and ms Ryndam between now and through 2015 to this exciting city. Will you be joining us?

Have you ever visited Lisbon? Tell us about your adventures below.

Take a peek behind the scenes of a Holland America Line kitchen.
Take a peek behind the scenes of a Holland America Line kitchen.

At home most of us cook in a kitchen, but on a cruise ship the place where the culinary masterpieces are created is more commonly referred to as a galley.
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Along with a variety of teas, guests can indulge in a delicious selection of sweets and treats.
Along with a variety of teas, guests can indulge in a delicious selection of sweets and treats.

Journalists Jackie Sheckler Finch recently cruised on Eurodam and embraced the shipboard experience as much as the shoreside one.
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HAL welcomes back "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" fan favorites, featured are (beginning second from left): Iveta Lukosiute, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson and Tristan McManus with (far left) DWTS: At Sea Host Jason Venner and (far right) DWTS Producer Shauna O'Brien.
HAL welcomes back "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" fan favorites, featured are (beginning second from left): Iveta Lukosiute, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson and Tristan McManus with (far left) DWTS: At Sea Host Jason Venner and (far right) DWTS Producer Shauna O'Brien.

It’s hard to say what is more exciting, the beginning of the Alaska season or the first “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” theme cruise of 2014! Luckily we don’t have to choose as they came together onboard Zuiderdam.
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Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.
Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.

Today is “Day of the Seafarer,” and it’s a day to celebrate the hardworking crew members you meet on every cruise. It is the fourth year that the International Maritime Organization has celebrated this campaign.
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The Digital Workshop powered by Windows is a great resource to learn more about computers.
The Digital Workshop powered by Windows is a great resource to learn more about computers.

Some of the most popular enrichment activities aboard Holland America Line ships are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows classes.
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Quebec City, Quebec, with its famed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel, is a popular call on the Canada & New England cruises.
Quebec City, Quebec, with its famed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel, is a popular call on the Canada & New England cruises.

Travelers looking to explore the scenic coastline and charming ports of Canada and New England in 2015 can choose from 39 itineraries that visit some of the region’s most iconic destinations.

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With nearly 160 Caribbean cruises in 2014-15, a beach chair with your name on it awaits.
With nearly 160 Caribbean cruises in 2014-15, a beach chair with your name on it awaits.

Travelers looking for a more intimate, mid-size ship experience in the Caribbean have nearly 160 itineraries to choose from during Holland America Line’s 2014-15 Caribbean season.
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