Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

Amerigo Vespucci – “Tall Ship” to visit Limassol port


Our visit to the ship today 31st July 2011 – photos.

THE ITALIAN navy training ship “Amerigo Vespucci” will dock in Limassol on Friday 29th July for four days during which it will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday .

A statement from the Italian embassy said the Amerigo Vespucci, named after the 15th century famous explorer, is considered one of the finest ships in the world. The call at Limassol is part of this year’s training programme by the Italian Naval Academy and also includes visit to Malta and Israel and other countries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Amerigo Vespucci in Cyprus

Amerigo Vespucci in New York harbour 1976

“The decision to include Cyprus among the destination countries underlines once again our friendship towards the people of Cyprus. The port of call in Limassol will give an opportunity for residents of Cyprus and tourists to admire a ship of incomparable beauty,” the statement said.

The Tall Ship’s captain will be meeting with local political and military authorities during the visit.

The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 sails and can reach a speed of 12 knots and often takes part in Tall Ship races.  The vessel usually carries around 450 people during training voyages. She was built in 1930 at the (formerly Royal) Naval Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples), launched on February 22, 1931, and put into service in July of the same year.

Except for the time during the second World War, the Amerigo Vespucci has been continually active. Most of her training cruises are in European waters, but she has also sailed to North and South America, and navigated the Pacific. In 2002, she undertook a voyage around the world.

Guess where I will be this weekend? Anyone want to come?

Times now supplied as below (courtesy of Andrei Croitoriu)

The visiting schedule for the public is:

  • Friday: 15.00 – 19.00  &  20.30 – 22.00
  • Saturday: 17.00 – 19.00  &  20.30 – 22.00
  • Sunday: 15.00 – 18.00

In order to visit the ship you should have an ID with you.


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

9 thoughts on “Amerigo Vespucci – “Tall Ship” to visit Limassol port

  1. Have you heard anything about visiting hours? I assume it’ll be at the new port?

    • Hi,

      I’ve not been able to find out any more information on the internet regarding location or visiting times. I’m assuming the New Port as I believe the Old Port is pretty much inaccessible due to construction work.

      I’ve just sent an email to the Port Authorities to see if they can provide any more details regarding location and visiting times.


      • Have you got any answer from Port Authorities ? If yes, please let me know.

      • Hi Tomas
        No reply as yet but sadly Cyprus is not known for its’ speedy replies to emails – that’s if they bother to reply at all 🙂
        If I get a response I will definitely post the information as an update. However, we have decided we will go to visit the port on Saturday afternoon. My husband will be in town tomorrow and will take a look to see if he can see where the Amerigo Vespucci is berthed.
        Kind regards

  2. Called the Italian embassy and they gave me the number of the Honorary Consul in Limassol who apparently knows all the info re: ship. He said visiting hours tomorrow (Saturday) are 5-7pm and on Sunday are 3-6pm and the ship will indeed be in the new port.

    Do let us know how it was if/when you go on Saturday. I’m planning to go on Sunday.

    • ooh, more visiting hours here:http://goo.gl/fb/r1n9d

    • Seriously, the Italian embassy had to supply the information? Totally amazing!

      And so far, still no reply from the Cyprus Port Authorities to my email – I even supplied my phone number!

      • well, seeing as how the original info came from “a statement from the Italian embassy” according to the Cyprus Mail article, I thought they’d be my best bet. The embassy didn’t reply to an email I sent yesterday afternoon to the email address found on their website though. So, I suppose this means that one can *still* not rely on email when making inquiries in Cyprus… .

      • It certainly seems that is still the case – but as the saying goes “why break the habit of a lifetime?”

        Lucky for us, we have managed to reach the 21st century without any hiccups!

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