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