German FRS Starts Tours On The Tagus In May

View on the vessel from front starboard.

Flensburg-based German shipping company FRS has won a tender from the Lisbon Tourism Association (ATL) to operate, for five years, one of eight ticket offices at a new pier on the Tagus River in the heart of Lisbon, the company said in a statement, stressing that this is another step in expanding its operations in southern Europe.

FRS Portugal, a new entity that was founded specifically for this purpose, will offer up to four daily excursions and will complete the day with a special "Sunset Cruise".

The sightseeing cruises on the Tagus will take passengers through various sights of the city: from the river, they will enjoy a direct view of the equestrian statue of King José I at Praça do Comércio and the triumphal arch facing Rua Augusta.

The 25 de Abril Bridge, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, and the Monument of the Discoveries are other photographic highlights of this panoramic trip. The tourist boat tour also passes by the Lighthouse of Belém, the Tower of Belém and the Christ the King.

FRS Portugal expects to begin sightseeing tours on the Tagus on May 15, with the launch of the new FRS line dependent on the opening of the dock by the Lisbon Tourism Association, the company explains.

"We are very excited about our new Lisbon tours. The Portuguese capital has a very large tourism potential and is experiencing a huge development with many maritime and tourism projects," stressed Moritz Bruns, Director of Business and Enterprise Development and Managing Director of FRS Portugal Unipessoal Lda.

"With an investment volume of 27 million euros, the city of Lisbon, together with ATL, has completely redesigned the waterfront promenade in the city center. This includes the new construction and installation of a new pier and a passenger terminal with a total of eight ticket offices. We are proud to be able to help shape this journey as FRS Portugal," he added.