CroisiEurope’s latest ship, the MS Amália Rodrigues, was this month inaugurated in Porto.
The ship is the sixth to join CroisiEurope’s fleet on the Douro and is its third premium-rated ship on the Golden River.
MS Amália Rodrigues can accommodate 132 passengers in 66 double-occupancy cabins, including four suites and a cabin for guests with reduced mobility. There is also a spacious lounge, panoramic restaurant, a shop, a large sun deck with sun loungers, a swimming pool and a crew of 25.
Furnished and decorated in Strasbourg, the ship has a contemporary feel, featuring colours and shapes of the Mediterranean along with plenty of natural lighting and open spaces, designer furniture and stylish, sleek décor.
The ship’s godmother is Dr Maria Alexandrina Quaresma of the Amália Rodrigues Foundation. Amália Rodrigues was known as the ‘Queen of Fado’ and was instrumental in popularising fado worldwide. The ship’s godfather is Dr Marco Martins, mayor of the city of Gondomar which regularly welcomes CroisiEurope’s ships in its port.
From April to October, the MS Amália Rodrigues will offer cruises on the Douro, from the Atlantic ocean to the Spanish border. The ship will cruise six- and eight-day itineraries through the Douro Valley, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world and a Unesco World Heritage site since 2001, passing breathtaking landscapes en route from Porto to Regua, Pinhao, Teron Vega, Barca d’Alva, Salamanca and Ferradosa. All-inclusive cruise-only prices start from £791 per person for a six-day cruise round trip from Porto including on-board accommodation with all meals and drinks as well as entertainment and a gala evening.