The Douro River Valley - An Extraordinary Voyage of Discovery

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  • day 1
    Regua
     
  • day 2
    Regua
     
  • day 2
    Pinhao
     
  • day 3
    Pinhao
     
  • day 3
    Barca d´ Alva
     
  • day 4
    Barca d´ Alva
     
  • day 4
    Vega Terron
     
  • day 4
    Pocinho
     
  • day 5
    Pocinho
     
  • day 5
    Regua
     
  • day 6
    Regua
     
  • day 6
    Porto
     
  • day 7
    Porto
     
  • day 8
    Porto
     

THIS IS YOUR ALL VEGAN FLOATING HOTEL

Purpose-built for cruising to historic quintas and villages along the golden Douro River from coastal Porto to the Spanish border, the newly built riverboat, the beautiful MS Andorinha, offers spacious accommodations for just 84 guests, with 12 300-sq.-ft. suites plus more 225-sq.-ft. cabins, to maximize the onboard experience in every way. Add a small pool atop the Sun Deck, lounge and dining venues, plus built-in amenities designed to delight, and experience the advantages of a riverboat truly inspired by the destination.

ms Andorinha offers four passenger decks filled with staterooms, suites and public rooms that have been graciously designed. Wall-to-wall windows are the standard in nearly all public venues, and the ship boasts a good amount of open deck space for viewing the picturesque Douro River.

Meals are taken in the ship's main restaurant, The Compass Rose, located all the way forward on Ruby Deck. Arrangement: open-seating with flexible dining times. Your vacation enjoyed your way. 

New onboard the ms Andorinha will be the addition of a pop-up restaurant on the ship’s Sun Deck. Rising on hydraulic lifts, the pop-up restaurant, Arthur’s, is situated at the stern of the upper Sun Deck. In addition to offering Al Fresco dining when weather conditions are right, Arthur’s offers classic dishes at lunch and dinner time, and is used as a more casual alternative to The Compass Rose dining room. Self-serve fruit, snacks and beverages including cappuccino, latte, coffee and tea, can be enjoyed here throughout the day. 

Date Ports of Call Arrival Departure
18-11-23 Regua - -
19-11-23 Regua - 13:15
19-11-23 Pinhao 16:00 -
20-11-23 Pinhao - 09:00
20-11-23 Barca d´ Alva 15:30 -
21-11-23 Barca d´ Alva - 09:00
21-11-23 Vega Terron 09:30 17:00
21-11-23 Pocinho 18:30 -
22-11-23 Pocinho - 07:30
22-11-23 Regua 15:00 -
23-11-23 Regua - 08:00
23-11-23 Porto 17:00 -
24-11-23 Porto - -
25-11-23 Porto - -
Note: The itinerary presented is subject to modification due to water levels, lock closures or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate cruise programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This schedule is su bject to change. Your final itinerary will be provided with the cruise tickets.

MS Andorinha

THIS IS YOUR ALL VEGAN FLOATING HOTEL

Purpose-built for cruising to historic quintas and villages along the golden Douro River from coastal Porto to the Spanish border, the newly built riverboat, the beautiful MS Andorinha, offers spacious accommodations for just 84 guests, with 12 300-sq.-ft. suites plus more 225-sq.-ft. cabins, to maximize the onboard experience in every way. Add a small pool atop the Sun Deck, lounge and dining venues, plus built-in amenities designed to delight, and experience the advantages of a riverboat truly inspired by the destination.

ms Andorinha offers four passenger decks filled with staterooms, suites and public rooms that have been graciously designed. Wall-to-wall windows are the standard in nearly all public venues, and the ship boasts a good amount of open deck space for viewing the picturesque Douro River.

Meals are taken in the ship's main restaurant, The Compass Rose, located all the way forward on Ruby Deck. Arrangement: open-seating with flexible dining times. Your vacation enjoyed your way. 

New onboard the ms Andorinha will be the addition of a pop-up restaurant on the ship’s Sun Deck. Rising on hydraulic lifts, the pop-up restaurant, Arthur’s, is situated at the stern of the upper Sun Deck. In addition to offering Al Fresco dining when weather conditions are right, Arthur’s offers classic dishes at lunch and dinner time, and is used as a more casual alternative to The Compass Rose dining room. Self-serve fruit, snacks and beverages including cappuccino, latte, coffee and tea, can be enjoyed here throughout the day. 

Cat. 1 Riverview Stateroom

Cabins range in size from 150 square feet to 300 square feet, spacious for the Douro River where vessels are even more restricted in terms of size than ships on rivers like the Danube and Rhine.
Category 1 staterooms are the smallest onboard, coming in at 150 square feet and offering up river views from half-height windows situated near the top of the room. In keeping with Vegan Travel fashion, however, they include fine vegan toiletries, cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. Terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers are all provided, as is an interactive television system, mini-bar and full air conditioning.

Beds: 2 European twin beds that can slide together; 200 cm x 150 cm (two beds 200 cm x 75 cm each when separate); 79" x 59" (two beds 79" x 29.5"); 4 pieces of luggage can be stored under beds

Stateroom Furnishings: 1 Chair, 2 Nightstands, 1 Desk, Closet, Mirrors

Private Bathroom: Yes, with shower

Bathroom Amenities: Towels, Washcloths, Bathrobes & Slippers (2 per cabin), One Sink, Outlet for Electric Shaver (220v only in bathroom), Shower Cap, fine vegan toiletries

Stateroom Amenities: Flat Screen TV with Remote Control, Hair dryer, Individually Controlled Heating and A/C, iPod Dock with Alarm Clock, Mini-Bar/Refrigerator, Nespresso machine, Outlets: 220v above nightstands and desk, 110V above desk, Safe, Shoe Polish Towels, Wine Glasses

Includes the following cabin numbers :

Cat. 2 Large Riverview Stateroom

Cabins range in size from 150 square feet to 300 square feet, spacious for the Douro River where vessels are even more restricted in terms of size than ships on rivers like the Danube and Rhine.
Category 2 staterooms have similar features but are slightly larger, coming in at 200 square feet and offering up river views from half-height windows situated near the top of the room. In keeping with Vegan Travel fashion, however, we included fine vegan toiletries, cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. Terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers are all provided, as is an interactive television system, mini-bar and full air conditioning.

Beds: 2 European twin beds that can slide together; 200 cm x 150 cm (two beds 200 cm x 75 cm each when separate); 79" x 59" (two beds 79" x 29.5"); 4 pieces of luggage can be stored under beds

Stateroom Furnishings: 1 Side Table, 2 Chairs, 2 Nightstands, 1 Desk, 1 Stool, Mirrors

Private Bathroom: Yes, with shower

Bathroom Amenities: Towels, Washcloths, Bathrobes & Slippers (2 per cabin), One Sink, Outlet for Electric Shaver (220v only in bathroom), Shower Cap, fine vegan toiletries

Stateroom Amenities: Flat Screen TV with Remote Control, Hair dryer, Individually Controlled Heating and A/C, iPod Dock with Alarm Clock, Mini-Bar/Refrigerator, Nespresso machine, Outlets: 220v above nightstands and desk, 110V above desk, Safe, Shoe Polish Towels, Wine Glasses

Includes the following cabin numbers : 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

Cat. 3 Junior Suite with French Balcony

Cabins range in size from 150 square feet to 300 square feet, spacious for the Douro River where vessels are even more restricted in terms of size than ships on rivers like the Danube and Rhine.
Categories 3, 4 and 5 range from 225 to 300 square feet. All include floor-to-ceiling windows, French balconies and, at the larger end of the scale, a small sitting area. In keeping with Vegan Travel fashion, however, we included fine vegan toiletries, cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. Terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers are all provided, as is an interactive television system, mini-bar and full air conditioning.

Suite Dimensions: 225 sq. ft.

Beds: 2 European twin beds that can slide together; 200 cm x 160 cm (two beds 200 cm x 80 cm each when separate); 79" x 63" (two beds 79" x 31.5"); 4 pieces of luggage can be stored under beds

Stateroom Furnishings: 1 Table, 2 Armchairs, 2 Nightstands, Closet, Mirrors

Private Bathroom: Yes, with shower

Bathroom Amenities: Towels, Washcloths, Bathrobes & Slippers (2 per cabin), One Sink, Outlet for Electric Shaver (220v only in bathroom), Shower Cap, fine vegan toiletries

Stateroom Amenities: Flat Screen TV with Remote Control, Hair dryer, Individually Controlled Heating and A/C, iPod Dock with Alarm Clock, Mini-Bar/Refrigerator, Nespresso machine, Outlets: 220v above nightstands and desk, 110V above desk, Safe, Shoe Polish Towels, Wine Glasses

Includes the following cabin numbers : 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 208, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 218

Cat. 4 Superior Junior Suite with French Balcony

Cabins range in size from 150 square feet to 300 square feet, spacious for the Douro River where vessels are even more restricted in terms of size than ships on rivers like the Danube and Rhine.
Categories 3, 4 and 5 range from 225 to 300 square feet. All include floor-to-ceiling windows, French balconies and, at the larger end of the scale, a small sitting area. In keeping with Vegan Travel fashion, however, we included fine vegan toiletries, cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. Terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers are all provided, as is an interactive television system, mini-bar and full air conditioning.

Suite Dimensions: 225 sq. ft.

Beds: 2 European twin beds that can slide together; 200 cm x 160 cm (two beds 200 cm x 80 cm each when separate); 79" x 63" (two beds 79" x 31.5"); 4 pieces of luggage can be stored under beds

Stateroom Furnishings: 1 Table, 2 Armchairs, 2 Nightstands, Closet, Mirrors

Private Bathroom: Yes, with shower

Bathroom Amenities: Towels, Washcloths, Bathrobes & Slippers (2 per cabin), One Sink, Outlet for Electric Shaver (220v only in bathroom), Shower Cap, fine vegan toiletries

Stateroom Amenities: Flat Screen TV with Remote Control, Hair dryer, Individually Controlled Heating and A/C, iPod Dock with Alarm Clock, Mini-Bar/Refrigerator, Nespresso machine, Outlets: 220v above nightstands and desk, 110V above desk, Safe, Shoe Polish Towels, Wine Glasses

Includes the following cabin numbers :

Cat. 5 Master Suite with French Balcony

Cabins range in size from 150 square feet to 300 square feet, spacious for the Douro River where vessels are even more restricted in terms of size than ships on rivers like the Danube and Rhine.
Categories 3, 4 and 5 range from 225 to 300 square feet. All include floor-to-ceiling windows, French balconies and, at the larger end of the scale, a small sitting area. In keeping with Vegan Travel fashion, however, we included fine vegan toiletries, cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. Terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers are all provided, as is an interactive television system, mini-bar and full air conditioning.

Suite Dimensions: 300 sq. ft.

Beds: 2 European twin beds that can slide together; 200 cm x 180 cm (two beds 200 cm x 90 cm each when separate); 79" x 71" (two beds 79" x 35"); 4 pieces of luggage can be stored under beds

Stateroom Furnishings: Pull-out sleeping sofa 190 cm x 110 cm – 75" x 43", 1 Armchair, 1 Stool, 1 Table, 2 Nightstands, Closet, Mirrors

Private Bathroom: Yes, with shower

Bathroom Amenities: Towels, Washcloths, Bathrobes & Slippers (2 per cabin), One Sink, Outlet for Electric Shaver (220v only in bathroom), Shower Cap, fine vegan toiletries

Stateroom Amenities: Flat Screen TV with Remote Control, Hair dryer, Individually Controlled Heating and A/C, iPod Dock with Alarm Clock, Mini-Bar/Refrigerator, Nespresso machine, Outlets: 220v above nightstands and desk, 110V above desk, Safe, Shoe Polish Towels, Wine Glasses

Includes the following cabin numbers : 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 311, 312

Is there WiFi onboard? 

Yes, there will be WiFi onboard the ship, which is also already included in your cruise fare! Being close to shore, the connection is quite good at river cruises but internet on board can never be as reliable as on land. There will always be some level of unreliability, especially the further out to sea you sail.

Our connection relies on a cellular or satellite terminal—the best possible solution for river cruising. Due to the nature of data bandwidth and latency, as well as potential interruptions in satellite signals based on terrain and weather, you may experience slower online connections than you are accustomed to at home. That’s why we recommend to download your content such as movies, series or software updates before the cruise, so there is enough data for everyone to use the WiFi.

 

Do you offer shore excursions?

Yes, Vegan Travel will offer shore excursions. Once we are finished with our planning, we will send all booked guests an email with all information. We will also provide you with all details here at the FAQs. 

What is not included?

  • International Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional food or beverages obtained outside of the package specifications
  • Purchases of drinks, souvenirs, gifts and other personal items on board or ashore
  • Personal services such as spa, laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Baggage, travel cancellation and personal insurance

What are the typical demographics of other passengers onboard?

Travelers come from around the world, though all speak English fluently. They range in age from millenials to seniors. Couples, solo travelers, and honeymooners are all common. No one should feel out of place! A vegan journey of discovery not to be missed!

Where do I fly to? 

Please fly into / out of Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), often known simply as Porto Airport. Located 11km northwest of Porto city centre, the airport caters to some six million passengers a year. This makes it the second-busiest airport in Portugal after Lisbon's Portela Airport.

How do I get to the ship in Regua on embarkation day? 

We will meet you at the Vegan Travel partner hotel in Porto on embarkation day. A coach transfer will bring you from our parter hotel in Porto to our ship in Regua, a 1,5 - 2 hours drive which is already included in your cruise fare. 

You will receive more details with your travel documents 2 - 4 weeks prior to our cruise. 

Will you offer a pre-cruise program? 

Yes, we will offer a pre-cruise program including one extra night in our partner hotel in Porto. 

More details will follow soon. 

When will I receive my cruise tickets and travel documents with all details? 

Vegan Travel will send out the travel documents and cruise tickets via email 2 - 4 weeks prior to the cruise.