Riviera Travel are absolutely thrilled to announce that for 2017 their highly successful Douro cruise on Portugal’s most spectacular waterway will be operated on a brand new state of the art vessel, the magnificent five-star MS Douro Serenity. Painstaking research over many months with our highly regarded Portuguese shipping partners, the first luxury ship operator on the Douro, who have been involved in river cruise ship building for over a quarter of a century, has resulted in the creation of a worldclass vessel which is without doubt one of the most exceptional ships afloat on any European river.

If cruising is an art, then this ship has truly mastered it; constructed with the very latest technology and a strong environmental ethic in mind, yet simultaneously retaining a classic, refined elegance reminiscent of cruising from a bygone era, this five-star, fully-air-conditioned river cruiser has been purposebuilt to fit the unique size limitations of the Douro’s five locks and features all the facilities you would expect in a top-class hotel and more so your cruise will be as relaxing as possible and your stay on board will be a uniquely memorable one.

Accommodating just 126 guests in the most exquisite of surroundings, the ship’s spectacular design and high specification ensures this vessel feels exceptionally light and airy. The generous ratio of 3:1 guests per crew member ensures a first-class personal service plus the friendly ‘small ship’ feel so beloved of Riviera Travel cruise aficionados, enables the ever attentive crew to revel in taking care of all those little things – leaving you to simply sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of your sensational river cruise experience.

gratuties

It is customary aboard all cruise ships worldwide to give a gratuity at the end of a cruise, providing, of course, you have received good service. The amount you give is entirely discretionary, and is then divided equally among the crew onboard. For guidance on the amount, Riviera Travel suggest between €5 and €10 per person per day.

Again at your discretion they also recommend tipping your local guides and drivers at the end of each tour, for which you can use the following guidelines:

Local guides €2 per person, per day

Drivers €1 per person, per day

Should you also wish to give a gratuity to your Riviera Cruise Director and Tour Manager, this is also at your discretion.

facilities

  • smoking (some)

accommodation

Deck

dining

High quality dining is an integral part of any river cruise experience, as exemplified aboard MS Douro Serenity. Guests will find five-star dishes awaiting in the restaurant onboard, prepared by a team of dedicated and highly professional chefs, all served up by an attentive waitstaff. 

entertainment

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and local beer are complimentary all day at the bar and at lunch, as are local house wines during dinner.

health fitness

If you feel like a little extra indulgence during your cruise why not book in for a special treatment in the ship’s Spa which is also accessed on the Main (middle) Deck. Or for something a little more energetic, you will find a small fitness room on the Lower Deck – ideal for working off the ship’s wonderful cuisine!

When the temperature rises you will feel the benefit of the fantastic outdoor swimming pool - a rarity on a river cruiser.

kid & teen

Please note: MS Douro Serenity does not provide facilities to accommodate Kids/Teens.

enrichment

For centuries people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers to trade, explore and, sometimes, conquer. Steeped in history and culture, flowing through stunning scenery they form natural links connecting the continent’s greatest and most beautiful towns and cities, from the medieval to the modern.

specifications

Llyd No
1778
size
boutique
Style
luxury
Type
river
Year of Launch
2017
Year of last refit
-
Gross tonnage
-
length
79m
width
11m
speed
12kts
decks
3
language
en
currency
EUR
No of Passsengers
126
No of Crew
36
No of Cabins
62
wheelchair access
-