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Douro River Cruise

June 17 - 22, 2022

Sail OUTbound with a dream river cruise through the Douro Valley. From the peaceful wineries producing Portugal’s much-loved port wine to the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca, the Douro is a rustic region of simple pleasures. Along the way, you’ll explore incredibly majestic sites such as the Vila Real and the gardens of the manor house of Solar de Mateus. The Douro Valley is home to delicious treasures and will take you along the port wine route. Admire incredible terraced vineyards that extend over a hundred kilometers along the Douro to the Spanish border. We’ll sail from the splendid city of Porto, with its sweet authentic charm, before venturing far into the Iberian countryside to Salamanca, exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor and enjoying a sampling of regional cuisine.

Bucket List Moments
  • Wander the back streets of Porto's Ribeira neighborhood

  • Cross the Douro River in a traditional Rabelo boat

  • Get lost in the hedge maze of Mateus Palace

  • Taste a tawny port that's been aged 35 years

  • Hear a live falda concert performed in a Portuguese tavern

Porto, Salamanca & the Douro Valley

Book today and choose a payment plan that fits your budget! Choose from either convenient quarterly payments or spread your payments out over monthly installments. Either way, OUTbound has a payment plan designed for any budget!

All Included!!! All Inclusive!!!
  • All Meals & Alcoholic Drinks Included
  • All Shore Excursions Included
  • All Tips & Gratuities Included

MS Amalia Rodrigues

132 Passengers / 4 Suites / 62 Staterooms

Built to navigate the waters of the Douro Valley and make the most of the delightful Portuguese climate, our ship pays homage to the Queen of Fado, Amalia Rodrigues, the famous Portuguese singer and actress. The warm terracotta tones reflect the gowns the fadista wore on stage, while light-hued woods bring to mind the guitars that are part of the genuine Portuguese spirit. Boasting a spacious open-air Sun Deck, wonderful dining areas and generously appointed suites and staterooms, every inch of this vessel has been designed for your comfort and enjoyment.

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Port

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Friday, June 17Porto4:00pmovernight
Saturday, June 18Porto1:00pm
Regua7:30pmovernight
Sunday, June 19Vila Real9:00am
Pinhão11:30am1:00pm
Monday, June 20Salamanca8:00am4:00pm
Barca d’Alva4:30pmovernight
Tuesday, June 21Ferradosa9:00am11:00am
Folgosa12:30pm1:30pm
Leverinho8:00pmovernight
Wednesday, June 22Porto9:00amdisembark
Porto, Portugal

Bem vindo a Porto! Porto is a trendy and charming mix of now and then. This evening, meet your OUTbound hosts and mingle with your fellow guests. We’ll introduce the crew with a welcome aboard cocktail before heading OUTbound to explore the fascinating city of Porto after dark. A vibrant city, Porto’s nightlife is even more alive with energy. We’ll see the city as it lights up, from panoramic spots overlooking its famous old town to a trip along the banks of the Douro to see reflections of the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, a double-deck metal arch bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1879, a full 10 years before beginning work on his tower in Paris.

Porto, Portugal

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Admire its graceful bridges, grand cathedral and romantic buildings nestled together on narrow cobblestone streets. Sample wines that have been in the making for generations at the historic Quinta da Aveleda estate, or soar over the historic “City of Bridges” on a thrilling gondola ride along the banks of the Douro.

Vila Real, Portugal

Explore Mateus Palace, a stunning baroque palace that was the home to the last Count of Vila Real. See its pinnacled façade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display before strolling through the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring exquisitely sculpted hedges and serene bodies of water. Visit one of the area’s iconic port wine making institutions. See its vineyard and tour the facility to learn how these unique Portuguese products are crafted, then sample the libation in their tasting room.

Salamanca, Spain

This ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living museum that takes visitors back to the Middle Ages. Take a ride through the Iberian countryside, then spend some time exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor. See the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral, before hitting the local market to enjoy sampling some regional cuisine.

Ferradosa, Portugal

Continue your OUTbound venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Experience the unique culture of the Douro Valley while enjoying traditional cuisine, port wine and ‘fado’ singing. Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing often associated with pubs, cafés, and restaurants. This music genre originated in Portugal around the 1820s, and is known for how expressive and profoundly melancholic it is.

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Port

Arrive

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Friday, June 17Porto4:00pmovernight
Saturday, June 18Porto1:00pm
Regua7:30pmovernight
Sunday, June 19Vila Real9:00am
Pinhão11:30am1:00pm
Monday, June 20Salamanca8:00am4:00pm
Barca d’Alva4:30pmovernight
Tuesday, June 21Ferradosa9:00am11:00am
Folgosa12:30pm1:30pm
Leverinho8:00pmovernight
Wednesday, June 22Porto9:00amdisembark
Porto, Portugal

After dinner, join us for a tour of Porto by night. A vibrant city, Porto’s nightlife is even more alive with energy. We’ll see the city as it lights up, from panoramic spots overlooking its famous old town to a trip along the banks of the Douro to see reflections of the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, a double-deck metal arch bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1879, a full 10 years before beginning work on his tower in Paris. After our tour, spend some time on your own exploring the local bars and night clubs, offering music for every taste.

Porto, Portugal

On today's tour we’ll board one of the city’s trams and travel all the way to the mouth of the Douro on the Atlantic coast. Along the way we’ll visit Porto’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll admire Porto’s graceful bridges, grand cathedral and romantic historic buildings nestled together on cobblestone streets. We’ll conclude our excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties before returning to our ship and beginning our cruise along the Douro.

Via Real, Portugal

Join us for an excursion to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus Palace (the building depicted on the Mateus Rosé wine labels). This stunning baroque palace was the home of the last Count of Vila Real. Its pinnacled façade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display will astonish you, as will the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring cedar-lined walkways, exquisite sculpted hedges and serene pools of water. We’ll also visit one of the area’s iconic port wineries, touring the facility to learn how these unique Portuguese products are crafted, then sample the ports themselves in the tasting room.

Salamanca, Spain

Today we’ll take a ride through the Iberian countryside to Salamanca, embarking OUTbound on a city tour before spending some time exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) on your own. At the local market, enjoy sampling regional cuisine. Our guided city tour takes us to the Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 sea shells. We’ll also visit the 13th century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral, built from 1513 through 1733. The Old Cathedral still exists and can be visited during our free time.

Ferradosa, Portugal

On today's tour we'll take a scenic drive up to the little village of Ferradosa, where we’ll make our way OUTbound to one of the traditional wineries of the Douro River Valley. Discover how port was made in the old days, and how those traditions continue to present day. Sample local fortified port varieties such as Ruby, a deeply-colored red port; Vintage, a type of Ruby that requires aging in the bottle (sometimes for decades); and Tawny, a very sweet barrel-aged port with oxidative nut and caramel flavors.

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Panoramic Lounge

The Panoramic Lounge is the hub for social interaction of our OUTbounders on board during our Douro cruise. The floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the space offering breathtaking views of the Douro River and the stunning landscapes beyond. You’ll find comfortable seating and tables ideal for playing board games, chatting with old friends and new, drinking a specialty coffee, enjoying hand-crafted cocktails or indulging in some of the local port wines the region is famous for.

Main Bar

Sailing along the UNESCO-designated Douro River, you’ll have the chance to taste new wines from the old world. The main bar is located within the Panoramic Lounge on the Middle Deck at the front of the ship, just past the reception desk. Here, in the heart of the ship, you can relax, catch up with new friends and enjoy the evening’s entertainment. The space offers floor-to-ceiling windows and great views of the spectacular scenery. Head to the bar for sunset or an after dinner nightcap. It’s an ideal place to snuggle into a comfy couch, order a drink and watch the world go by.

Restaurant

Explore Mateus Palace, a stunning baroque palace that was the home to the last Count of Vila Real. See its pinnacled façade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display before strolling through the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring exquisitely sculpted hedges and serene bodies of water. Savor authentic regional delicacies as we cruise the Douro, along with more familiar western cuisine for those who are looking for a taste of home. All the food on board is sourced from regional suppliers, meaning your meals are both extremely fresh and always in season. Enjoy plentiful buffets for breakfast and lunch with a wide variety of choices. Every OUTbounder will be invited to indulge in the multi-course dinner menus, specially paired with selections from the region’s best wineries. Throughout your voyage, you’ll be treated to unlimited mixed drinks, wine, beer or soft drinks, all included in the price of your cruise.

Sun Deck

Built for Portugal’s warm climate, the comprehensive Sun Deck provides ample opportunity to sample the sun and gentle river breezes. The open-air aspect of the deck is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat and a drink or two with your fellow OUTbounders. The pool on the Sun Deck is the perfect place to relax with a few friends, enjoying a glass of vinho verde under the beautiful Iberian sky. It’s also the ideal way to spend your afternoon enjoying a panoramic view of the magnificent landscapes. Literally on top of the world, you’ll spend hours simply soaking up the views as the world around us drifts by. With plenty of comfy seating and a walking track for those active OUTbounders, there’s an option for everyone up top.

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Royal Suites

Starting at $5,597 per person. Located on the Upper Deck in a commanding position at the back of the ship, Royal Suites are 205sqft and boast floor-to-ceiling windows that encase your own private balcony. The two Royal Suites offer amazingly spacious terraces that transform your suite into an open-air space. Light wooden cabinetry, fluffy white duvets, faux suede headboards, gray and tan accents and local Iberian tones create a light, airy and comfortable sleeping environment. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other, and there’s extra room under the bed for suitcases.

Riverview Suites

Starting at $4,997 per person. Located at the rear of the ship on the Embarkation Deck, the two exquisite Riverview Suites are 205sqft, with twice as many panoramic windows as a standard stateroom, provide unspoiled panoramic vistas of the river and breathtaking landscapes beyond. All suites are equipped with a retractable TV, and your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with decadent toiletries and a hairdryer. The hotel-like queen-sized bed can be reconfigured into two twins if you prefer.

Upper Deck Staterooms

Starting at $2,997 per person. Every stateroom located on the Upper Deck measures 143sqft and has a French balcony, a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that opens for an even closer look at the passing shorelines covered with terraced vineyards. Enjoy an incredible night’s sleep in your twin hotel-style bed, wrapped up in luxurious bed linens. Guests can choose to have their twin beds converted into a comfortable single queen-sized bed in any stateroom.

Embarkation Deck Staterooms

Starting at $2,597 per person. Staterooms located on the Embarkation Deck all have French balconies. Lay back in your 143sqft stateroom and watch a film in bed on your retractable flat-screen TV and infotainment system, or enjoy the space as you ponder an exciting day ahead. Your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with decadent toiletries, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound on the Douro. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other, and there’s extra room under the bed for suitcases.

Main Deck Staterooms

Starting at $1,997 per person. Staterooms located on the Main Deck offer large windows running almost the entire length of your 143sqft cabin. Your stateroom is impeccably designed and customized for convenience. Light wooden cabinetry, fluffy white duvets, faux suede headboards, gray and tan accents and local Iberian tones create a light, airy and comfortable sleeping environment. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other, and there’s extra room under the bed for suitcases. The hotellike queen-sized bed can be reconfigured into two twins if you prefer.

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