FRS founds subsidiary in Portugal: With "Hanseblick" from May tourist trips on the Tagus River
The Flensburger Förde Reederei Seetouristik mbH (FRS) Group, which operates a total of 73 ships worldwide, is further expanding its commitment in Southern Europe. After winning a 5-year tender from the tourism organization "Associação de Turismo de Lisboa" (ATL) to operate one of eight ticket offices at a new pier on the Tagus River in the heart of Lisbon, the specially founded subsidiary FRS Portugal is expected to offer up to four round trips daily from May 15, ending the day with a "Sunset Cruise". The tourist cruises on the Tagus will take guests to some of the city's landmarks: from the Tagus, guests can discover the Dom Jose I equestrian statue in "Commerce Square" and see the Arc de Triomphe to Rua Augusta behind it. The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and the Monument of Discovery are other highlights on the panoramic tour. The sightseeing tour by ship also passes the Belem Lighthouse, the Tower of Belem and the Christo Rei statue. "We are very excited about our new excursion service in Lisbon. Portugal's capital has a very large tourism potential and is currently undergoing a major development with many maritime and tourism projects," said Moritz Bruns, Business & Corporate Development and Managing Director of FRS Portugal Unipessoal Lda. With an investment volume of 27 million euros, the city of Lisbon, together with the tourism organization ATL, has completely redesigned the waterfront promenade in the city center. This also includes the construction and commissioning of a new pier and passenger terminal with a total of eight ticket counters. "We are proud to be able to help shape this path as FRS Portugal," Bruns continued. The motor vessel Hanseblick will be brought from Germany to Portugal for the service. The ship had recently ended its engagement in the Autostadt of Wolfsburg. The ship offers on 37 m length place for 160 passengers and is optimal as Cabrio ship for tourist panorama routes on the Tejo, on which Snacks and beverages are inclusive offered. These days the Hanseblick will be loaded on deck of the Dutch 3650 tdw freighter Deo Volente, built in 2007, in Bremerhaven and will then piggyback on the approx. 5-day voyage to Portugal.
By Jens Meyer