The Douro Riverboat embraces the essence the region

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
A full-fledged sybarite the first thing that caught my eye when I saw photos of  Tauck’s new Andorinha riverboat was the sparkling pool and deck. Wowie. Take a look.

Photos of Andorinha deck and pool courtesy of Tauck

According to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, the ms Andorinha  features a Douro-specific design. “This is unique among Europe’s more popular rivers,” he says. “Unlike other rivers, the Douro is not open for navigation at night, so all cruising happens during daylight hours.”
“Also, the Douro has fewer towns and cities along its banks than other major rivers and the the weather is warm and sunny” he adds.
So the Sun Deck is the perfect setting with canopy Balinese day beds, loungers and an infinity-style pool that’s five-times the size of  other Tauck riverboats.  The deck also features an
outdoor grill, service bar and a  literally pop-up restaurant that climbs from stern by hydraulic lifts.

High design decor

The 112-passenger riverboat’s interior is showcased by a  soaring glass-ceiling atrium will span both the Ruby and Diamond decks. The decor also incorporates decorative tiles synonymous with the region. Windows on the Andorinha use a special UV-reflecting coating that lets in abundant natural light while also blocking out 82% of the sun’s warmth.

In keeping with the Portuguese name of the ship cabins come with supplies of Portuguese soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions.   The Andorinha has her christening on March 31 in Porto. She’ll make her first voyage the first week of April.

If you want to get an early booking in, remember there’s only 42 cabins,  contact a Pavlus Travel Specialist.  After all,  Pavlus Travel has been the largest seller of Tauck Tours for the past 18 years. 


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