About the Port

All ports of call on the cruise have been places with historical and classical connections. The last call is to a major city which also has a thriving night life and Moldavia was able to moor on the River Tagus alongside the city.

The city area has been inhabited since Neolithic times and the castle site first fortified around the 2nd Century BC. The inhabitants are known to have traded with the Phoenicians and later the area was integrated with the Roman province of Lusitania. Between 409 and 429 AD the city was occupied in turn by Sarmatians, Alans, Vandals and Visigoths. In 711 Lisbon was taken by Muslim forces - mostly Berbers and Arabs from North Africa and the Middle East. In 1147 it was the turn of Crusader Knights and the area returned to Christian rule.

As if that isn't enough, there was a 16th Century 'golden era' followed by loss of independence to Spain under the Spanish Habsburgs and a number of major earthquakes leading to much of the city being rebuilt after the quake of 1755.

Despite all the invasions and catastrophes, Lisbon was an attractive city to visit in 1936, and is to this day, with much for those on the cruise to see.

Lisbon - Google Earth [22]

Arrival and Departure

Moldavia arrived in Lisbon today Tuesday 18 August at 19:00 and will leave here tomorrow Wednesday 19 August at 13:00 to start the return journey to London.

The next leg of our journey is our last and takes us home - about 1,030 nautical miles. We expect to arrive at Tilbury Docks at about 12:00 Saturday 22 August.

Lisbon Port Leaflet

P&O provided a leaflet about Lisbon as an introduction for visitors which is reproduced below.

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Lisbon Port Information Leaflet [1]
Lisbon Excursion announcement [1]
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Notice to Passengers for the Lisbon Excursions [1]

There were two daytime excursions available from Lisbon. The owners of the album went on excursion C. It also seems odd that there is a statement at the bottom of the notice saying that you could not use cigarette lighters in Portugal without an Excise Licence.

Photos and Souvenirs from Lisbon


The city of Sintra lies about 15 miles North-West of Lisbon. It has long been a popular tourist destination and nowadays coachloads of tourists arrive to take the 'Three Palace' tourist trail to the Pena, National and Moors palaces.

The album photo below shows an open area in front of the clock tower in the centre of Sintra called the Largo Rainha Dona Amélia. It was originally built and used as a ceremonial courtyard and is located by the entrance to the Palácio Nacional de Sintra which is located to the right of the photo behind the row of cars - which I presume are mainly taxis and have luggage carriers on the back.

Open space and clock tower in Terreiro da Rainha Dona Amélia Sintra [1]

There is a tram near the centre left of the photo behind the wall. The Sintra Tram (Electrico de Sintra) connects Sintra with the resort town of Praia das Maçãs which is about 10 miles to the West. The Sintra tram line was constructed in 1904 but the demand was not great and it was nearly closed down in the 1950s. Since the 1990s it has become more popular and still uses the trams constructed in 1930 by J. G. Brill Company of Philadelphia running on narrow gauge rails as in Lisbon. It closed for some time due to the theft of 1km of overhead lines but was repaired in 2011 and remains operational.

The photo below shows the area as it is in 2019. Other images online show that the little stone seats by the wall on the 1936 photo have gone. The tram line now terminates a little to the North of Terreiro da Rainha Dona Amélia.

Modern photo of the Terreiro da Rainha Dona Amélia Sintra [3]

The modern photo below from Wikipedia shows one of the Sintra trams in operation.

Modern photo of a Sintra tram [3]

Pena Palace

The Pena Palace (Portuguese: Palácio da Pena) is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra. It stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra. A monastery to house 18 monks was built on the site in the 15th Century but it was severely damaged by lightning then reduced to ruins by the earthquake of 1755 that also caused severe damage in Lisbon. Only a chapel escaped damage. The estate was purchase by Prince Ferdinand in 1838 and converted into a summer residence for the Royal Family.

The Pena Palace has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism. The intentional mixture of eclectic styles includes the Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. References to other prominent Portuguese buildings, such as the Belém Tower, are also present.

The album photo below shows the entrance to Pena Palace. The monochrome photos in the album don't really do justice to the brightly-coloured palace which has something of a Disneyland feel to it and is not to everybody's taste.

Pena Palace - entrance [1]

The album photo below shows a turret on Pena Palace.

Pena Palace - turret [1]

The modern photo below shows the gateway as it appears in 2019

Pena Palace gateway [1]


I guess after the visit to Sintra in the morning there wasn't a lot of time for sightseeing in Lisbon itself and there are no photos. There are however several leaflets for nightclubs so presumably our album compilers went to one of them.


The leaflet below for Maxim's was included in a number of leaflets in the album.

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Leaflet from Maxim's [1]

Maxim's motto at the time was - according to the leaflet - GAY time - in a - GAY CITY - which of course had a completely different meaning back then. The price list includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne at £1-18s-0d which is equivalent to about £112 in 2022. I presume that this would be a fairly standard type of bubbly, and for comparison purposes, you could get this nowadays for about £35-£40.

The Arcadia Cabaret

A leaflet for this club was also included in the album.

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Leaflet from the Lisbon Arcadia Cabaret [1]

The club was located at 108 Rua Eugenio dos Santos according to the leaflet. This area appears to have been rebuilt and the road is now very short, so the building is presumed to have been demolished.

The British Embroidery Co.

Those not up to the excitement of the Lisbon cabaret scene could visit the Maison de Blanc showrooms and buy some embroidery. I am not sure that I could take the excitement myself.

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Maison de Blanc Leaflet [1]