Enjoy an evening experiencing one of Portugal’s most charming cultural treasures—the classic folksongs called Fado, first sung by the wives and families of the sailors absent on the Voyages of Discovery. The Fado originated as a song of considerable sadness sung by the poorer classes, expressing tales of unrequited passion, tragedy and jealousy. As Lisbon’s affluent families took an interest in Fado in the 18th century, it became more lighthearted and commented on topical events of the day. Your Fado experience begins with a short sightseeing tour of Lisbon en route to the restaurant quarter where Fado is performed. In keeping with the spirit of the songs, the décor, furniture and fittings of the restaurants often typify the taverns of the 15th to 18th centuries. While dinner is served, Fado singers and folklore dancers perform for you. Afterwards, return to the ship having savored some of Lisbon’s most distinctive cultural and epicurean flavors.
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This was without a doubt the worst HAL tour we have ever taken. The dining area was crowded, disorganized, with difficulty to find seats, deplorable food. Except for the desert which was a decent flan. The vegetable soup was a bean soup (or at least mostly bean soup), vegetables cold. Some people did like their meat and others did not. The show was mostly folkloric and the fado was barely a taste of real Fado. Due to the number of people it was difficult to see and acoustics, it was very difficult to hear. When waiters were asked to speak to tables they refused. At the end, we were rushed out, many without even having coffee. Excursion features a tour of Lisbon by night beforehand. Not sure why - most people have seen these in the day & at night there is not much to see. It would have made more sense to get to the venue to get comfortable. Expensive tour and not worth the price. If this is the only way you can see Fado in Lisbon, it's not worth going to. Shore excursion desk was advised by several of us on this cruise.