Aboard the MS Douro Serenity, you’ll cruise beneath a sapphire sky down Portugal's tranquil waterways, watching as lush hills and plunging valleys dripping with grapevines appear from every side.
Along the way, fascinating Portuguese folk music shows, history lessons, wine tastings, songs and dancing in the evenings will enhance your journey.
This world-class vessel offers an intimate experience with just 126 passengers on board. Custom-built with the latest technology, the MS Douro Serenity weaves through Portugal’s winding waters with ease.
Enjoy a range of Portuguese, Mediterranean and international flavours served up in the main dining lounge.
With a generous staff-to-guest ratio of 1:3, you’re assured of first-class personal service.
This ship is not adapted for wheelchair access; if you are intending to take a wheelchair with you please contact the operator directly.
Due to popularity of river cruising when there is more than one ship in port the ships could be moored alongside each other. If the ship happens to be moored away from the landing pier disembarking could involve walking across gang planks and the sun deck of other ships.
River cruises operate with a smaller crew than ocean cruises and do not have the crew available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility therefore a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.
The itinerary included with the river cruises involves shore excursions visiting places with cobbled streets which can be on an incline making navigation of these streets difficult for anyone with reduced mobility.
Cruising down the Rhine, Danube or any of the European rivers gives you the opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery and there is a lot to enjoy from the comfort of the ship. If you can’t do many shore excursions, river cruising in Europe can still be very enjoyable and worthwhile. Please contact the operator with any concerns you may have.
There is no requirement to bring formal dress; smart/casual is acceptable for both day and evening as there is no dress code enforced. Men may wish to wear a jacket & tie for dinner. The Captain’s Dinner offers the opportunity to wear more special attire.
If you have made a special request, APT will do their utmost to see that your wishes are carried out. However, they cannot guarantee that your requests will be met.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside any of the river ships, including on balconies in your stateroom or suite. Smoking is only permitted in designated outside areas. The same policy applies for electronic cigarettes.
Children under twelve years of age are not recommended on tours and cruises. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and share their accommodation with an adult.
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You will also receive a Tour Hints booklet in your documentation pack with a comprehensive guideline of what to pack for your specific destination.
Internet access may be available whilst travelling on your journey, however please ask your Sales consultant if this is applicable on your trip. Many hotels and cruise ships have this facility available, at times complimentary and other times at a cost. For passengers travelling to remote locations, there may be no internet facilities for a period of time.
If you really fancy treating yourself to a little more indulgence by taking your cruise to another level again, the MS Douro Serenity also boasts two Master Suites on the Upper Deck. These suites are a huge 30 square metres (323 square feet), offering the ultimate in space and comfort during your cruise. Tastefully furnished with the same high quality fittings as the standard cabins and Junior Suites with tea and coffee making facilities and bathrobes, most of the additional space is devoted to the living area where you will really notice the difference as you relax in comfort on the sofa or elegant armchair in the most sumptuous of settings.
Plus a further treat - there is a walk-in wardrobe for that added sense of luxury! As well as the full floor to ceiling sliding doors which open out on to a private balcony with table and chairs, there are 2 additional floor to ceiling windows and a larger bathroom with twin wash basins. These really are the epitome of river cruise luxury and you will feel thoroughly spoilt!
For something a little special, you may choose to upgrade to one of the Junior Suites; there are 6 available on the Upper Deck. These suites measure a substantial 22 square metres (237 square feet) for your additional comfort so you’ll really feel completely relaxed in your stylish surroundings. There is a generous living area with two armchairs and a table, small desk and the addition of tea and coffee making facilities and cosy bathrobes.
The Junior Suites feature the same high quality furnishings and fittings as the standard cabins and enjoy fantastic views from both a fixed floor to ceiling window and sliding glass doors allowing you to really bring the outside in! A private balcony with two chairs and a table enables you to enjoy an aperitif al fresco in the privacy of your own cabin whilst watching the delightful river-world go by.
Standard Cabins on the Lower Deck have smaller fixed windows and as a unique bonus, Stern Cabins on this deck are available for sole occupancy at no extra cost. Single supplements apply for other cabins and decks, all subject to availability.
All cabins enjoy the benefit of individually controlled air-conditioning, flat screen high-definition satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.
The outside facing cabins on the MS Douro Serenity are finished to an exceptionally high standard with superior quality fittings in the most refined taste and at 15 square metres (161 square feet) these are amongst the largest on any European river cruise. Chic styling is evident throughout from the moment you open your beautifully polished hardwood door and step inside your luxury home for the next 7 nights; polished wooden furniture is complemented by fine fabrics, in warm, relaxing colours, uniquely designed and created for the Ms Douro Elegance whilst ‘hotel style’ twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, will ensure a good night’s sleep in the finest crisp linens.
The sparkling marble bathrooms, beautifully designed, all feature shower with fully glazed screen, WC plus fluffy towels and bathroom cosmetics. The living area has two comfortable chairs and a table plus a small desk. All cabins enjoy the benefit of individually controlled air-conditioning, flat screen high-definition satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.
Best of all the Standard Cabins on the Upper Deck and Main (middle) Deck have from full floor to ceiling windows which slide down halfway so you can watch the stunning river scenery drifting past without leaving the comfort of your cabin!
There's never a dull moment on the MS Douro Serenity as we present an enthralling range of onboard entertainment. A fascinating Portuguese folk music show, a riveting history lesson, and evenings overflowing with wine, song and dance are just some of the delights we have lined up for you.
Relax beside the onboard pool located on the sun deck of your ship. Visit the main lounge and bar with panoramic views and unwind after a day of exploring Portugal before heading to your air-conditioned suite or cabin for an afternoon siesta.
You will find the magnificent lounge and bar, the very heart of the ship, styled by a leading Portuguese designer and sumptuously furnished with elegant settees and comfortable armchairs; plump cushions in smart complementary fabric invite you to sink in and relax.
A well-stocked bar with friendly professional staff taking delight in attending to your every wish in sampling local wines or preparing whatever takes your fancy completes the convivial scene. So just sit back and enjoy the stunning view from the magnificent panoramic windows as the ever-changing river scenery slips effortlessly by.
When evening falls, the subdued lighting creates the most gentile ambience so unwind over a digestif or perhaps take a turn on the dance floor to the soothing tones of the resident musician.
When the temperature rises you will feel the benefit of the fantastic outdoor swimming pool - a rarity on a river cruiser.