Pair to christen the riverboat in August

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva (Photos courtesy of Tauck)

Tauck godmothers

Godmothers to be Sharyn Cannon and Jennifer Tombaugh

Tauck is getting set to launch it’s spiffy ms Andorinha riverboat in Barca de Alva, Portugal next month. And, in preparation for the debut the riverboat company has selected two top execs to be co-godmothers of the ship. The lucky pair is company President Jennifer Tombaugh and Chief Culture Officer Sharyn Cannon.

Gracious gals

“Jennifer and Sharyn embody  Tauck’s ethos of caring for others, which continues to be he cornerstone of our success for 96 years,” says Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.
Tombaugh joined Tauck in 2001. She currently oversees the company’s Worldwide Operations, Brand Management, Reservations, Guest Relations and Sales teams. Additional credits include forming a  groundbreaking partnership with acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and  redesigning Princess’s reservation systems and website.
Cannon came to Tauck in 1999 as the director of the company’s Reservations Sales Center. Today she leads a number of key departments. These include Human Resources,  Director Management and IMPACT (Tauck’s philanthropic efforts) and co-head of the company’s Global Response Team (crisis management).

About Andorinha

Andorinha‘s design is specific for the Portugal’s Douro River. Her name derives from a species of small migratory swallow that returns to the same nests in Portugal each spring after wintering in Africa.
“After such a long pause in travel and with the disruptions in all of our lives, the launch of the Andorinha and the start of our journeys on the Douro take on a much deeper meaning of restart, renewal and rebirth,” says Tombaugh. Cannon agrees, noting that “in Portuguese culture the Andorinha symbolizes love, loyalty and faithfulness, and I can’t think of a greater symbol for these times, for our employees and for our guests.”

Onboard the riverboat

Special features of Andorinha include more suites,  spacious public areas, and a less-crowded, more intimate onboard ambiance. The new 42 cabin ship can accommodate 84 Tauck guests, versus up to 112 passengers – or 33% more people – on other cruise lines’ Douro ships of the same approximate size.


Tauck is offering two Douro River itineraries aboard the Andorinha in 2021. You can do  a 12-day journey that bookends a seven-night Douro cruise with two-night hotel stays in Lisbon and Madrid. Or opt for  an eight-day “cruise-only” itinerary along the river. “Douro Discovery,” an eight-day Tauck Bridges cruise is family-friendly.
For bookings and  information  contact a Pavlus agent at 800-528-9300.
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