Are You Ready For Lisbon Pride & The Douro?!?
The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning and fine tuning all those little details that will make our OUTbound cruise along the Douro and Lisbon Pride even more epic! Below are a few things to help you make the most of your vacation with us. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.
Let’s get started!
Since our Douro cruise leaves from Porto and we leave from Lisbon after Pride, OUTbound recommends booking round trip airfare to and from Lisbon, with a one-way ticket from Lisbon to Porto at the start of our cruise. This is the most cost-effective option while also giving our OUTbounders the ability to arrive early in Porto to do a little exploring on your own.
The best one-way flight option from Lisbon to Porto is with TAP Air Portugal.
Select ‘Book a Flight’, then ‘One Way’. Enter your ‘from’ as Lisbon (LIS) and your ‘to’ as Porto (OPO), then enter your ‘when’ date of travel. Our cruise begins on Friday, June 17, 2021. Currently there are eight daily direct flights from Lisbon to Porto, ranging in price from about $58 to $80 per person.
Getting to the Ship
Our ship will be docked at Fluvial Pier Quebrantões, located at R. Silva Tapada 317, 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Vila Nova de Gaia (or simply Gaia) is the district in Porto on the south side of the Douro river.
Getting to the Fluvial Pier from Porto International Airport (OPO) takes about 25 to 30 minutes by car.
Have your driver follow the signs for Vila Nova de Gaia to the Avenida da Republica (the main road) towards the river. Just before the Douro, take the Rua Luis de Camoes on the right. When you reach the roundabout, follow “Cais de Quebrantoes” (for direct access to the boat). The dock is under the Sao Joao railway bridge.
Fluvial Pier Quebrantões Address: R. Silva Tapada 317, 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
By Taxi: Rates for taxis can range from €35 (day time) to €50 (night time), and are readily available as you exit the Porto airport on the arrivals (ground) level.
By Rideshare: Uber is available all over Portugal. Uber fares from the Porto airport to our ship docked at Fluvial Pier Quebrantões will run anywhere from €18 to €25, depending on the time of day and traffic.
Boarding officially begins at 4:00pm local time, but you are free to arrive at our ship at any time in the afternoon. In the event your stateroom is not ready prior to 4:00pm, feel free to drop your bags at the reception desk, grab a drink from the bar and relax in the panoramic lounge or head up top to the sun deck to recover from your long travel day.
City Lights Cruise
Our ship will leave the Fluvial Pier at 9:00pm for a City Lights cruise past downtown Porto and under its many iconic bridges which can be best appreciated at night. The cruise will last about an hour and is scheduled to return to our dock at 10:00pm. Should you arrive at the pier during this time, dock workers will be available to welcome you, grab your luggage and stay with you until our ship’s return at the end of the tour at approximately 10:00pm.
We get it… it’s your first trip out of the country in almost two years. There are flight delays, a backup at the immigration queue, and who knows what else. No worries… we’ve got you. OUTbound has arranged for our ship to stay docked at the Fluvial Pier in Porto overnight. In fact, our tour of Porto doesn’t take place until Saturday morning, June 18th. So there’s absolutely no reason to stress about missing the boat!
Be sure to check in regularly as we begin announcing our onboard entertainment for Lisbon Pride & the Douro river cruise!
This is also the place where we’ll be posting our party themes, so be sure keep an eye out & start planning!
Hotel Room Upgrades
The hotel rooms included with our packages are as follows:
- Junior Suites are paired with our Royal & Riverview Suites onboard our ship
- Charming Deluxe Superior rooms are paired with Upper Deck Staterooms
- Street View Superior Rooms are paired with Embarkation and Lower Deck Staterooms
Upgrades to a Stylish Attic Rooms (+ $300 for two) are available, as are a limited number of upgrades to a Junior Suite or Charming Deluxe Superior room. Sorry, the Grand Glamour Suite has been booked. Call us at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com to request your upgrade.
We’re going to Portugal! Since it’s probably been awhile since you last left the country, here’s a few helpful tips to make the most of your OUTbound experience…
Use Your Credit Card
If there’s a bright side to the pandemic, it’s that Europe has been forced to accelerate the speed at which merchants have begun accepting credit cards. Sure, cash is still the preferred method of payment since merchants don’t have to pay credit card fees to the banks, but you can insist on using your card. Look for your card symbol on the door or in the window of any establishment before you walk in, or if you’re unsure… ask if cards are accepted before ordering or attempting to make a purchase.
With credit cards, you won’t pay the normal flat fee for an out-of-network ATM or foreign ATM transaction fees. Many cards issued by the larger banks won’t even charge you a foreign transaction fee, and you’ll get the most current exchange rates.
Exchanging Dollars for Euros
Sometimes, it’s unavoidable… you’re going to need cash. The best case is to exchange your dollars for euros at your local bank before stepping on the plane. However, some of us just can’t plan that far ahead. If you think you’ll need cash, withdrawing from an ATM is a far better option than exchanging your dollars at the airport.
When arriving in Porto, walk right on past the currency exchange booth and head straight for the nearest ATM. It’s Europe… you can’t throw a rock without hitting an ATM, and you’ll get the most current exchange rate without paying a currency exchange transaction fee.