Portugal Douro River Cruises
SAVE : 15% Discount !!!
Cabin upgrade too on May & June cruises!!!
The Amadouro, the
newest cruise boat in Portugal, will be your home for this
lovely cruise along the Douro River.
Enjoy a lovely cruise in a
beautiful part of the world, on a great new ship, with what is
perhaps the best cruise operator in the US (Amadeus Waterways)
and now - have all of this for way less than the price other
Hopefully most of what you need
to know is answered below, and on the pages linked from here.
Needless to say,
you're welcome to ask if you have any further questions you
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We hope we can help you arrange
and enjoy a river cruise in the near future. And if these
cruises don't suit, please consider some of
our other cruises, all
with at least a 5% discount.
Cruise Dates and Discounts
The 15% discount applies to
three cruises in May, June and August. The complimentary cabin upgrade applies to
the May and June sailings only.
The other two sailings later in the
year (September) are also available, with a 5% discount.
Leave US for
Lisbon pre-cruise tour (Tuesday)
Leave US to join
Cruise starts on
Cruise ends on
We give full details down by
the booking form, but to quickly answer the question now so you
know if you should read on further or not, the list price on the
seven day/seven night cruise, including three meals a day and
off-ship touring, is $2199 per person for their standard cabins,
which after a 15% discount drops to $1869.
The three day
Lisbon extension is an extra $500.
About the Cruise and Tour
Full details of the cruise
can be found on the
Amadeus Waterways website.
The seven day and seven
night cruise is a roundtrip through the Douro river valley in
Portugal, starting and returning to the city of Porto, and takes
you into Spain to Salamanca as part of the itinerary.
An optional three night
pre-cruise tour of Lisbon is also available. This includes
the transfer (and sightseeing) from Lisbon up to Porto.
Like a traditional cruise,
this is a fully meal inclusive cruise, and - better than a
traditional cruise - it includes a generous amount of shore
touring as well. You won't have to pay extra for your
shore touring when visiting the lovely towns and cities as you
cruise along the Douro River.
The cruise of course
includes three great meals a day, some of which are actually
held in featured restaurants ashore, plus various other snacks.
You won't be bored.
on-board entertainment, as well as generous opportunities to
sightsee, both from the boat as it cruises the river, and while
ashore during the many stops. You typically have time to
both participate in a provided tour and also to sightsee and
shop on your own.
A nice extra feature is free
wine (unlimited, not just one tiny glass) provided with every dinner.
Dining is single-seating and with no pre-assigned tables, so you
can move about as you wish from meal to meal.
While all meals are available
and included, you'll also be able
to experience other dining opportunities ashore if you wish.
Similarly, the on-board entertainment can be supplemented with
visits to clubs and bars and shows ashore - the vessel
will sometimes stay in port until late at night, allowing you a chance to
experience towns by day and by night.
Because the Amadouro carries a maximum of 130
passengers, you have a chance to meet other people on board and
to create new friendships. Most people on these cruises
seem to be variously middle aged and older.
About the Ship, the Amadouro
Full information about the
Amadouro can be found
here on the Amadeus Waterways website.
The cruise ship for this
nearly new (launched in 2005) and is custom designed to operate
along the Douro River.
The boat is long but narrow.
It is 255' long and 36' wide, and has a crew of 30. Smoking is restricted to the
outside deck only.
The cruise has been marketed
primarily to English speaking people and the language
on board is exclusively English. This means you won't have the
inconvenience of having to listen to every announcement being
repeated in four or five different languages, and you can
conveniently talk to your fellow guests (and likely soon to be
new friends) on board.
Cabins on the
are not huge, but neither are they tiny, and measure 135 sq ft.
Upper deck cabins also have a private outside balcony, adding
another 26 sq ft to their total size.
The cruise is offered in
four cabin grades on two decks. All are well equipped with a/c, bathroom and
shower, flat screen television, telephone,
hairdryer and safe.
All four grades of cabin are
very similar in terms of size, with the three differences
between them being the deck they are on, whether they have large
picture windows or floor to ceiling windows, and whether they
have a private balcony or not.
picture shows the accommodation decks and the relative positions
of the two decks.
On the lower deck,
especially with some bank on the sides of the river, you'll
not much other than the water and bank from the bottom
deck, and there may be a bit more water and machinery noise on
that level too.
When moored, if your cabin
is on the dockside rather than the outboard side, the lower
deck cabins may have a limited view, while the upper deck cabins
will usually have a view above the dock level.
These differences are much
more profound than in a massive cruise ship where even the
lowest deck is still a long way above the waterline. Of
course, if you do choose a C or D category cabin, you can spend
the days in the public areas and enjoy the views from there, but
if you can justify the extra cost to go up a deck, the
chances are you'll be very pleased you did.
Tip : Choose the
least expensive cabin type on the deck you'd rather be on.
There is very little added value in choosing a C cabin in favor of an
cabin, or an A cabin in favor of a B cabin.
Your Special Discount
We are able to exclusively
offer you a 15% discount off the cruise price on all
three featured sailings.
Plus, for the May and June
sailings, we offer you a space available upgrade of one cabin
category (this will be confirmed immediately at the time you
The other sailings in
September and subsequently have a 5% discount available, as do
all other Amadeus cruises.
Please note this discount
applies to the cruise cost only. It does not apply to the
port fees, or to the land option, insurance, or air fare.
More Discounts Too
If you are an AARP member,
you'll get an extra $100 per person off the cruise price.
And if you've been on a previous Amadeus cruise, you'll get
another $100 per person as a past passenger discount.
Note also that we offer a
occasionally more) discount on all Amadeus cruises.
More About River Cruising
River cruising is simply and
absolutely the most comfortable and convenient way to travel
around Europe. You can unpack your bags and get
comfortable in your lovely large cabin and not need to repack or
transfer until the end of the cruise - this in itself is
probably all the convincing you'll need!
In addition, European towns
have historically tended to be centered around the major rivers,
and so river cruising is a great way to get to the lovely
historic parts of Europe, at a sedate speed, and in luxurious
How else could you travel
around Europe? On a bus tour? Yuck! By train
or car - yes, but then you have an abundance of travel hassles
I've experienced every
possible type of travel, and I'm a 100% convert. River
cruising is the best way to see Europe. Try it,
and you'll be sure to agree.
For more about river
cruising, please see our articles on
European River Cruising.
How can we offer this Special
No-one else is offering a
15% discount and a cabin upgrade on this cruise.
We can do this simply
because we're a big reseller of Amadeus Waterways cruises, and
we've committed to a block of cabins on this cruise, helping
them to fill their ship, albeit at a reduced rate of return for
The internet allows us to
efficiently and cost effectively offer this cruise deal to you,
so it is a win-win-win for all - Amadeus gets extra revenue, you
get an unbeatable deal, and we get a modest commission in the
You need have no fear -
Amadeus will charge your credit card directly, so your money
goes immediately to them, not to us (they send us our commission
after you've cruised).
Per person pricing for the
cruise is as follows :
Cruise less 5%
Cruise less 15%
(best value, lower deck and picture windows)
(best for a free upgrade, lower deck and picture
(Upper deck and balcony)
(Upper deck and balcony)
Extras and Inclusions
Port Taxes are $91 per
The three day Lisbon
pre-cruise option (recommended) is an additional $500 per
If you're traveling alone,
the single supplement for the cruise is an extra 50% of the
person person rate, and for the Lisbon extension is an extra
You can pay for your tour using a
credit card with no credit card surcharge.
A $400 per person
non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation
and to hold your preferred grade of cabin on
this cruise, and the balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
What about the Air Fare?
If you buy the Amadeus
airfare, and are taking the Lisbon option too, they include transfers from the airport to the
hotel in Lisbon, and from the ship back to the hotel in Porto.
are convenient, but require you to arrive on the exact day the
Lisbon extension starts and leave the exact day the cruise ends. They
can easily be arranged by yourself when you
arrive at the airport as well (ie taxi), so should not unduly influence
your airfare planning.
We suggest you check to see
if you can use any frequent flier miles you might have for this
travel, and/or check to see what the best fare you can get on
your favorite airline is, then compare it to the Amadeus rate
and make your decision then.
You are therefore free to
make your own arrangements, any way you wish, to travel to
Porto or Lisbon and then
home again from Porto, and you can of course make extra
stops and arrive earlier or stay longer. You can choose whichever
carrier has the best fare and the best schedules for you, and
you can also choose a carrier that you wish to earn miles with.
We'll be pleased to answer
any questions you might have about arranging your air
transportation, of course.
Which cities to fly in and out
This might seem like an
obvious issue, but remember that Europe is very small and so if
you can't get convenient flights (or fares) on your preferred
airlines to and from the obvious cities at the start and end of
your tour, consider flying in or out of nearby airports and then
using a train to get between that airport and the city you need
to be in.
You'll probably find it easy
to get flights to Lisbon.
On your return, if you wish
to fly directly home from the end of the cruise in Porto, you
can definitely do this. Another option could be to take a
train back to Lisbon and fly from Lisbon instead. It is a
$38 journey and takes a short three hours.
Passports and visas
US citizens require a
current passport that will not expire for at least six months
after the date of their planned return back to the US in order
to be admitted to Europe. They do not require any European
visas. Citizens of other countries should check with the
airline that will transport them to Europe to determine what
passport and visa requirements may apply.
We generally recommend you
should protect against the various types of losses that may
occur while traveling.
Amadeus Waterways offer a
policy that covers you for trip cancellation and interruption
costs, medical costs, trip delay, and baggage delay or loss.
This is $229 per person. The premium is payable with your
To add an extra trip
cancellation premium that will allow you to cancel for any
reason at all, add another $40. With this add-on premium,
if you cancel for a reason not covered by the main policy,
Amadeus will refund you as much of your payment as is covered by
their usual policy, and give you a voucher to be redeemed
against future travel any time in the next year for the balance.
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