Scylla christens 40th river ship, Porto Mirante, in Dusseldorf

   May 19, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

The Swiss family-owned cruise ship owner Scylla AG christened its newest riverboat (Porto Mirante) in Dusseldorf Germany on Thursday, May 16th.

With a festive ceremony and well-wishes from guests, Scylla’s 40th ship has been specifically designed to navigate the unique features and locks of the Douro River. Scylla’s managing directors, brothers Arno and Robert Reitsma, attended the christening alongside Porto Mirante’s godmother, the Consul General of the Portuguese Republic, Lidia Nabais.

~135 international guests and business partners attended the event, while Dusseldorf residents observed the proceedings from the shore.

Porto Mirante has 4 decks and 60 spacious double cabins, and is designed to accommodate max 120 passengers.

Each stateroom features outward-facing views with French balconies on the upper and middle decks.

The shipboard amenities include two restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a panoramic lounge with a bar, a two-deck sky lounge, an onboard shop, and a spacious sun deck complete with loungers and a pool. A lift connects all decks, except the sun deck, and the vessel is fully air-conditioned.

Scylla is renowned for its comprehensive cruise ship chartering services and maintains long-standing partnerships with prominent tour operators such as Thurgau, Tauck Travel USA, Phoenix, Riviera Travel UK, and its own VIVA Cruises.

Following the christening, Porto Mirante will operate on the Douro River this year for charterers including Riviera Travel, Phoenix, and Gordon.

In 2025, the boat will serve international charter companies, including Scylla's subsidiary VIVA Cruises.

With the addition of Porto Mirante, Scylla now operates 40 river ships navigating various European waterways, including the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Elbe, Seine, Rhone & Saone, the Baltic coast, and the Douro River.