MS Douro Elegance

MS Douro Elegance Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Douro Elegance

Year built2017  /  Age : 1
Flag state Portugal
BuilderWest Sea shipyard (Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
ClassDouro river cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsPorto (Portugal)
OwnerMystic Invest
OperatorRiviera Travel via Douro Azul
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)80 m / 262 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Passengers126
Crew36
Decks4
Cabins63
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsDouro Splendour, Douro Serenity

Current itinerary of MS Douro Elegance

MS Douro Elegance current cruise is 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca. Prices start from USD 3148 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Sep, 2018 and ends on 28 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
21 Sep      Departing from Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
22 Sep     Regua, Portugal(Mateus Palace)   
23 Sep     Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Spain(Castelo Rodrigo)   
24 Sep     Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Spain   
25 Sep     Lamego, Portugal   
26 Sep     Entre-os-Rios, Portugal   
27 Sep - 28 Sep     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal(Overnight)   
28 Sep      Arriving in Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   

Review of MS Douro Elegance

MS Douro Elegance cruise ship is a new-design, top-luxury riverboat inaugurated in 2017, with sisterships Douro Serenity (2017) and Douro Splendour (2018). Douro Elegance cruises on River Douro, with roundtrip 8-day itineraries leaving from Oporto to ports in Portugal and Spain. The ship is owned by the Portugese travel company Douro Azul and exclusively chartered by the UK travel company Riviera Travel.

Douro Elegance river cruise ship

The ship offers top-class hotel amenities and facilities designed to ensure the best river travel vacation experiences in Portugal's Douro Valley wine region. The cozy Bar Lounge is stocked with fine wines and premium spirits. The Lounge has a small bow terrace with open-air seating. Dining Room Restaurant is operated with single open-sitting. Both the Lounge and the Restaurant are fore-located and floor-ceiling windows. The ship also features spacios wellness centre (spa and fitness), Boutique Gift Shop, top-deck located large outdoor swimming pool, roof-covered outdoor lounge (with solar panels).

On Main Deck is located the Restaurant, which is with open-seating dining arrangement and table capacity 4 to 8 people. Cold and hot buffet Breakfast additionally offers an omelette station. During the buffet Lunch is always available simpler menu with light food items. Dinners are 4-course and waiter-served. Passengers may also have an early Breakfast (hosted in the bar lounge), along with light Lunch options - offered at the lounge and also on the outdoor Sun Deck (al fresco dining).

The onboard Spa is located on Main Deck. Special spa treatments can be booked in advance. A spacious Fitness Room is located on Lower Deck. A most prominent feature on Douro River cruise ship, Douro Elegance has a top-deck swimming pool (outdoor) and large sunbathing area with premium loungers. The relaxing riverside scenery of Douro Valley provides unique sights to enjoy during your Portugal-themed vacation.

All cabin decks are fully air-conditioned and connected via lift and wide staircase. Sun Deck is accessed only via stairs.

Cabins

Most Douro Elegance staterooms are sized 15 m2 (160 ft2), which is standard size for French balcony cabins on 5-star riverboats in Europe. All cabins as amenities offer polished hardwood entry door, polished wooden furniture with fine fabrics, hotel beds (2 twins convertible to double), individual premium bedding, en-suite marble bathroom, (glass shower, WC, single sink vanity, fluffy towels, premium brand toiletries), individually controlled air-conditioning, wall-mounted flat HDTV (satellite reception), hairdryer, wardrobe, mirrored dressing table with chair, electronic safe (in the closet), phone, tea-coffee making facility, power outlets (2-prong, 220V / UK and Canada-USA passengers will need an adapter or converter).

  • Lower Deck cabins are designed for single travellers. They are smaller (14 m2 / 150 ft2), with one fixed / non-opening window (quarter-height, located close to the ceiling). These are "single cabins" and can be booked with no single supplement. Riviera Travel charges 100% supplement for all other staterooms.
  • Stabdard category rooms are French Balcony cabins sized 15 m2 (160 ft2). They feature an electronically controlled sliding window - lowering horizontally and opening to a railing (false balcony). This allows an unobstructed view of the passing riverside scenery along the cruise itinerary route. Alongside the sliding window the room has table and 2 chairs (for in-cabin dining).
  • Superior Suites (on Upper Deck) are sized 22 m2 (235 ft2) and feature large living area, floor-ceiling windows, step-out balcony, separate French balcony (sitting area with table and 2 chairs).
  • Deluxe Suites (aft on Upper Deck) are sized 30 m2 (325 ft2) and feature larger living area, 2 floor-ceiling windows, step-out balcony, French balcony (sitting area with table and 2 chairs), walk-in closet, bedroom (2 floor-ceiling windows).

Itineraries

Riviera Travel river cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 5-star stateroom
  • roundtrip flights (UK-Portugal-UK) and ship transfers (oneway flight time 2 hours 40 mins)
  • land tours
  • onboard dining (from departure day dinner to final day breakfast)
  • special events (Welcome Dinner)
  • 24-hour complimentary Coffee Station
  • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
  • port charges, airport taxes
  • checked luggage

Riviera Travel Douro cruisetour itinerary features:

  • 7-nights Douro Valley cruising, featuring as itinerary highlights unique scenery, medieval hilltop villages and towns, rolling hills with terraced vineyards, passing river locks, visiting Salamanca Spain.
  • Riviera Travel cruisetour itinerary visits Vila Nova de Gaia, Entre-os-Rios, Regua (Mateus Palace, Castelo de Lamego), Pinhao, Vega de Terron (Castelo Rodrigo, bus travel to Salamanca), return to Barca de Alva, and on the reverse route back to Oporto.
  • included guided Porto City tour (with included visit to Port Wine cellars)
  • included full-day excursion to Salamanca (with included guided city tour and Flamenco show)
  • included tours to Castelo Rodrigo and Mateus Palace and gardens
  • included guided visit to Lamego and Our Lady of the Remedies church (in Lamego)
  • included tour and dinner at Portuguese quinta (farm house)
  • onboard entertainment (traditional flamenco music and dance performance on the ship)

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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MS Douro Elegance Itineraries

The below listed MS Douro Elegance cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2018 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2018 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2018 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2018 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2018 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2998
2018 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2018 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2018 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2018 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2018 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2848
2018 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2018 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2398
2018 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2098
2018 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$1948
2019 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2248
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2398
2019 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2548
2019 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2624
2019 May 03 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 May 10 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 May 17 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2848
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2848
2019 May 31 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2019 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2998
2019 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2998
2019 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2998
2019 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2924
2019 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2998
2019 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2019 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2019 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2019 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$3148
2019 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2848
2019 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2698
2019 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2398
2019 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$2098
2019 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca Porto$1948