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Portugal offers a bit of everything for discerning travelers who enjoy some luxury with their adventure. Cruise to Portugal and discover cities rich in history, each with a wealth of architectural masterpieces. Beyond the cities, you’ll find remote islands, Atlantic beaches, and a river valley with rolling countryside dotted by excellent wineries. Portugal’s wine region is so beautiful and historic that it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Our Portugal cruise itineraries introduce you to three alluring ports of call, so you can really experience this under-the-radar gem. You'll take in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city; explore Porto, namesake of world-famous port wine; and experience the Azores, remote Portuguese islands in the Atlantic.
When you cruise to Portugal with us, you’ll experience all the sights, sounds, and flavors of this fascinating country. Then at the end of each exciting day, you'll return to your luxuriously appointed stateroom or suite, where you can rest up and prepare for your next fascinating Portugal cruise destination.
The highlights of a Portugal cruise vary depending on traveler’s interests, but most visitors to the country are enthralled by its wines, music, and historic sites, of which these experiences stand out in particular.
A cruise to Portugal will take you to the premier wine regions of Portugal, which are becoming increasingly famous in the rest of the world. Sip Port wine where it was first created and try vintages from the Portuguese island of Madeira and inland from Lisbon in the Douro Valley.
Portugal is home to impressive castles, two of which are easy to visit during a Portugal cruise. Walk around the ruins of the 15th century St. George’s Castle in Lisbon for gorgeous rooftop views of the city. Leave the skyline behind and travel to Sintra where you’ll see a colorful castle that looks right out of a fairy tale.
Experience the musical side of Portugal with a Fado show. Fado is Portuguese style of music that combines melodic notes from a mandolin or guitar with a melancholy tone and lyric. It’s hauntingly beautiful to listen to and is especially prevalent in the Alfama District of Lisbon.
Our cruises to Portugal visit the capital city of Lisbon, the wine-famous (and beautiful) city of Porto, and the remote island of Madeira that is located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of mainland Portugal.
One of the things that makes a Portugal cruise so enticing is the fact that you can arrive in port and know you have plenty of easy, convenient options for how to explore Portugal’s best sites thanks to an array of shore excursions.
Do a shore excursion that combines tasting at Madeira wineries with a tour of the garden-centric city of Funchal. In Porto, sip some decadent Port wine on a wine tasting shore excursion. From Lisbon, you can embark on a shore excursion to explore the Douro Valley, known for its scenic vineyards.
Lisbon has famous public transportation in the form of a quaint yellow tram. These trams zip around the city and provide a fun and memorable way to explore the streets of Lisbon. Easily use this mode of transportation on a Lisbon tram shore excursion with a guide sharing city history.
From Lisbon, take a shore excursion to the medieval town of Obidos and see its citadel that dates back to 308 BC. Or opt for a shore excursion that visits famous Sintra as well as Cascais, the latter of which was once a sleepy fishing village that turned into a resort town frequented by the Portuguese royal family at the turn of the 20th century.
When deciding on a Portugal cruise itinerary, it’s important to decide if you prefer islands or cities. Most cruises to Portugal either visit Madeira or Lisbon and Porto. There are even cruises that depart from Lisbon.
Portugal cruises that stop in Madeira typically do so on Canary Island cruise itineraries due to Madeira’s location between the southern coast of Portugal and the northern edge of Africa.
For Lisbon and Porto cruise stops, look for our Portugal and Spain itineraries. Other Northern Europe cruises may stop there as well.
You’ll also often encounter stops in Portugal cruise ports on Transatlantic cruises that sail between Europe and North America.
The time of year you’ll visit Portugal on a cruise depends on the itinerary, but you won’t see any that depart in the winter months. Typically, Spain and Portugal itineraries sail in the spring or fall, though you may see some in the summer offered as well. This is also the case for Canary Island itineraries. Transatlantic cruises are also typically only offered in the shoulder seasons of spring or fall as a ship transitions between Europe and another destination (usually the Caribbean).
If your cruise to Portugal is embarking during the summer months, you can expect to have hot weather so pack accordingly. If traveling during shoulder season, pack clothes that easily layer so you can be comfortable during potentially brisk mornings, warm afternoons, and cooler evenings.