A-Rosa to launch ship on Douro

A-Rosa to launch ship on Douro

A-Rosa will sail the Douro river for the first time in 2019 with a newly constructed ship.

The as-yet-unnamed, 126-guest ship will be built in Portugal and christened in May next year, becoming the company’s first new build since A-Rosa Flora in 2014.

It will sail the Douro from May to November 2019 with a seven night itinerary that travels from Porto, calling at Pinhao, Vega Terron, Bacca d’Alva (Salamanca), Regua, Entre-os-Rios and back to Porto.

For the first year, the UK market will be selling selected international departures dates.

A-Rosa said it is in discussions with several tour operators partners about featuring it.

Lucia Rowe, head of A-Rosa UK and Ireland, said: “This is really exciting for us and the first big development since our new owners took over in January.

“The Douro is a beautiful river and one that our tour operator partners have been asking us to feature for several years. I am delighted that we can now deliver it.

“Our focus going forward is growth, both in terms of our fleet and our destinations and the introduction of the Douro is our first step towards achieving this.”

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