Jan 13, 2015

Launch of Scenic Azure on Portugal’s Douro River in 2016

The latest luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Azure, will launch on Portugal’s Douro River in April 2016, travelling over 11 days from Porto to Vega de Terron.

Scenic is the first operator to own and operate a purpose built river cruise ship in the region. At 80 metres long and with only 48 cabins, Scenic Azure is the next-generation of river cruisers and has been custom built to sail the picturesque Douro River and deliver a truly exceptional and intimate river cruising experience for only 96 guests. 

The 5-star Scenic Azure boasts the same all-inclusive luxury experience synonymous with the all Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages including mini-bar re-stocked daily to full size private balcony suites with exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’. Plus there is a vitality spa on the Sun Deck and a guest lift between decks. On board cuisine includes the French tradition of dégustation at Table La Rive plus fine dining at Portobellos and more casual fare at River Cafe. As with all Scenic river cruises, guests will also enjoy included tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic FreeChoice activities to personalise their experience plus Scenic Enrich special events.

With no overnight sailing this 11 day round trip cruise, from World Heritage-listed Porto down to Vega de Terron over the Spanish border, meanders along the picturesque Douro taking in the vineyards, historic towns and villages and the rich culture this region has to offer. This newest Europe river cruise also combines with Bordeaux and Seine river cruises plus extensions in Lisbon and a land tour from Porto to Madrid.

Aleisha Fittler, General Manager Product, commented: “We are delighted to announce the addition of the Douro in Portugal to our river cruise collection. Behind the undulating hillside curves of the beautiful Douro Valley through years of research we have uncovered some extraordinary and diverse experiences for our guests which we can’t wait to share. Both on board and off board, this sets a new level of luxury for the region.”

Scenic Azure joins the Scenic fleet of 14 luxury river cruise ships throughout Europe, Russia and South East Asia.