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Specifications of MS Douro Serenity
|Year built||2017 / Age: 4|
|Builder||WestSEA Shipyard (Viana do Castelo, Portugal)|
|Class||Douro river cruiser|
|Ferry route / homeports||Oporto (Portugal)|
|Owner||Mystic Invest Holding (Portugal)|
|Operator||Nicko River Cruises via Douro Azul|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||80 m / 262 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Douro Splendour, Douro Elegance|
MS Douro Serenity Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Jun 24||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1212|
|2021 Jul 08||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Aug 03||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
|2021 Aug 10||11 days, round-trip Western Europe||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Aug 10||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
|2021 Aug 31||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Sep 07||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
|2021 Sep 14||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$2850|
|2021 Sep 21||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Sep 28||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Oct 05||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Oct 12||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Oct 19||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Oct 26||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes|
|2021 Nov 02||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
|2021 Nov 09||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
|2021 Nov 16||7 days, round-trip Douro||Porto-Leixoes||$1455|
MS Douro Serenity Review
Review of MS Douro Serenity
MS Douro Serenity cruise ship is a new-design, top-luxury riverboat inaugurated in 2017 (together with Douro Elegance (2017) and Douro Splendour (2018). Douro Serenity cruises on River Douro, with roundtrip 8-day itineraries leaving from Oporto Portugal to ports in Portugal and Spain. The Portugal-flagged ship is owned by the Portuguese travel company Douro Azul (fully-owned subsidiary and travel brand of Mystic Cruises) and until 2020 was exclusively chartered by the river cruisetour companies Riviera Travel (UK) and TravelMarvel (APT-owned sisterbrand of AmaWaterways). In July 2020, Nicko Cruises (travel brand of Mystic Cruises) announced that Duoro Serenity joins its fleet in 2021, with scheduled 36 departures from homeport Oporto.
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 spacious wellness center (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 Serenity 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.
Most Douro Serenity staterooms are sized 15 m2 (160 ft2), which is the 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. Nicko Cruises charges a 100% supplement for all other staterooms.
Standard 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 a table and 2 chairs (for in-cabin dining).
Superior Suites (on Upper Deck) are sized 22 m2 (235 ft2) and feature a 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 a 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).
Nicko's 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
Nicko Cruises Douro 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.
- Nicko's 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 an included visit to Port Wine cellars)
- included a 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 (farmhouse)
- onboard entertainment (traditional flamenco music and dance performance on the ship)
In the UK, Nicko Cruises operates through Light Blue Travel (direct and trade sales). Nicko's Duoro Serenity cruise prices start from GBP 1400 per person (double occupancy). Fares are inclusive of return economy flights and land transfers in Portugal, all shipboard meals, unlimited drinks (wine, beer, cocktails, all soft and hot drinks), onboard tips/gratuities, Wi-Fi, 4 guided shore excursions, port taxes.
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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