Instead of heading straight from Nice to Valletta as planned, the route has been changed and the ship is now also making a short stopover in Monaco. However, it is not just a regular stopover: It will include the spectacular delivery of a 2.4-meter-high elephant sculpture to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
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Friday 9 September we sailed out of Lisbon, with a big crowd of people watching the gun salute at Torre de Belém. We've had a lovely week in the Portuguese capital with great events and visits on board, as well as visitors from the public. Next stop is Málaga, Spain!
The passage to Lisbon over the Bay of Biscay offered 15 days of both beautiful sailing with windfilled sails and quiet weather. It was a beautiful sailing leg with dolphins and whales accompanying us on the way, as well as a swimstop outside of Lisbon.
Gun Salute at Torre de Belém
Monday 5 September, we arrived in Lisbon, greeting the city with a gun salute outside Torre de Belém. It is the first time that Götheborg has visited Lisbon, an exciting stopover given Portugal's long seafaring history. We moored at Cais Rocha Conde de Óbidos with a great view of Ponte 25 de Abril, and we were open to visitors almost every day of the stopover.
Swedish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce 40 years
A highlight of the week was that the Swedish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (CLS) celebrated its 40 year anniversary on board, with more than 110 guests attending. The ship, as a symbol of Swedish trade, provided the perfect setting for the event. It was a beautiful evening with networking and tours around the ship as the sun set over the ship and Lisbon.
Swedish School visit
Another highly appreciated event was that the Swedish School in Lisbon visited the ship, with students from six years old and up. It was a beautiful day, with the crew on board being just as excited to greet the children on board as they were to see the ship. Before the visit, the children had learned about the ship, its history and the impact that the Swedish East India Company had on Swedish economy in the 18th century, so they were well prepared and had many questions. Thank you for coming!
Voting in the Swedish Elections
We would also like to direct a very big thank you to the Embassy of Sweden in Portugal, the Swedish Ambassor to Portugal Elisabeth Eklund, and Embassy Consular Sara Lagergren. On Monday 5 September they organised for the Swedish crew members on board Götheborg to vote in the Swedish elections. It was a very special occasion (in the world's best looking voting – if we may say so ourselves) and a fantastic effort from the embassy.
Now we're on our way to Málaga! Hope to see you there!
Photos from the week in Lisbon
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Opening hours in Lisbon:
5 September: 15:00–20:00
6 September: 13:00–21:00
7 September: 10:00–17:30
8 September: 10:00–17:30
We have some great news! We will make a short, but sweet visit to Monaco. This means that we will leave Nice on 4 October instead of 6 October. We will be in Monaco 4–6 October and will be open to visitors 5–6 October. Welcome on board!
Tuesday 20 September we sailed out of Málaga, after almost a full week in the harbor in the city center. The days here has been amazing with lots of interested journalists and visitors on board. Next stop is Nice, France!