Exclusive preview of the gorgeous vessel built to sail the Douro River
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Wow! Tauk’s new riverboat is a stunner. Says Tauk CEO, Dan Mahar, “The Andorinha is a truly beautiful vessel.” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, “She’s distinctly different from every other ship in our fleet, but instantly recognizable as a Tauck riverboat to past passengers.”
“We’ve successfully brought our intimate and casually elegant style of Tauck river cruising to the Douro,” Mahar adds.
Dramatic Azulejo tiles (Arabic for “polished stone”) adorn several areas. They are most prominent in the main Compass Rose restaurant and Arthur’s, an alternative dining venue.
The azulejos appear dramatically in a hand-painted tile mosaic map depicting the Iberian Peninsula and its surrounding oceans.
Fabric facsimiles of the tiles accent one wall of each cabin. Throw pillows and carpeting continue the flow.
Within the ship’s soaring atrium, railings, carpeting and lamps suspended from the ceiling boast curving patterns reminiscent of azulejo designs.
Grapevines from Portugal and other design highlights
Grapevines reflect Portugal’s 2,500 years of wine making traditions and the continued influence of viniculture on its society today.
The grapevine theme continues in cabins and suites through wall lamps that sit in front of accentuating wallpaper panels.
More prominently, the Andorinha’s reception area features a large, circular, domed ceiling light seemingly entwined in grapevines.
Doing the Douro in style
The sleek 84-passenger, 42-cabin Andorinha debuts along the Douro in April. Her christening happens in Porto on March 31.
Passengers can choose from one of a dozen 300 sq. ft. suites on the upper Diamond Deck or any of 20 225 sq. ft. cabins and four 150 sq.ft. ones.
Tauck is offering three Douro River itineraries aboard the Andorinha in 2020. There’s a 12-day journey that bookends a seven-night Douro cruise with two-night hotel stays in Lisbon and Madrid.
To book a Tauck trip contact a Pavlus Travel Specialist. Pavlus is the largest seller of Tauck tours and cruises. For more about Tauck click on www.tauck.com.