Scenic and Emerald Cruises to resume Douro river cruises from July 2021

Scenic and Emerald Cruises to resume Douro river cruises from July 2021

Sun-drenched sailing on the Douro is back – Scenic and Emerald Cruises to resume river cruises from July 2021

  • Reduced Deposit on bookings
  • Flexible bookings
  • Additional discounts on Douro river cruises from July 2021

For those craving an escape on one of Europe’s most remarkable rivers, The Scenic Group, which includes Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises, has today confirmed that its much-loved river cruise programme on Portugal’s Douro River will resume from 30 July 2021.

Both cruise lines will resume their original Douro schedules, offering eight-day round-trips from Porto exploring the sun-drenched vineyards and postcard-worthy towns along Portugal’s Douro River.

Alongside the reduced-deposit offer, Scenic and Emerald Cruises have applied additional discounts across its entire portfolio of 2021 Douro sailings.

“We’re so excited to be safely restarting operations and ultimately welcoming back our guests, after more than a year of suspended operations. We can’t wait to return to Portugal this summer and have an incredible line up of sailings for our guests to experience. This is just the first step to getting our ships back sailing on Europe’s rivers. We continue to work closely with CLIA and the relevant government authorities to ensure a safe return to each river as soon as possible”, comments Achim Weber, Head of Sales EMEA Scenic Group.

Emerald Cruises’ eight-day Secrets of the Douro river cruise showcases the best arts and culture of the region, with highlights including a Port Wine cocktail making lesson, mosaic tile painting with locals and dinner and entertainment at the Quinta da Pacheca wine estate.

Scenic’s eight-day Delightful Douro itinerary starts end of August. Alternatively, the slightly longer 11-day Unforgettable Douro river cruise has a gourmet focus, with guests enjoying a wine tasting at the fairytale Quinta da Aveleda, a local home-visit for a traditional bread-making lesson and an authentic home cooked lunch hosted by a local in the village of Freixo de Espada à Cinta. Scenic will set sail again on 30 July 2021.

Both lines are assuring guests an exceptional on-board experience, and both Scenic and Emerald Cruises intend to preserve their originally published itineraries and included excursions as much as the global health environment at the time allows.

Guests can cruise with complete confidence knowing Scenic Group’s dedicated Health & Safety Steering Committee ensures all guests’ wellbeing and safety is taken care of to the highest standard. All guests must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure.

Scenic Group is working closely with relevant bodies, including CLIA and the Portuguese authorities, to ensure operations adhere to all necessary guidelines.

About Emerald Cruises: Emerald Cruises offers a diverse range of river and yacht cruises on three continents. Emerald Cruises river cruising – the multi-award-winning riving cruising company, operates nine Star-Ships, eight sailing in Europe and one sailing in South East Asia. Plus new for 2022, Emerald Cruises luxury superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, will host guests on the Adriatic Sea, the Red Sea and along the Mediterranean coastline.

About Scenic: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 35-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic introduced the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse to be joined by a sister ship – Scenic Eclipse II.

Further details, reservations and pricing are available by contacting  Cruise Vacations on  011 5140564  or via the website on



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