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MS Douro Elegance

Riviera river cruises are absolutely thrilled to announce that their highly successful Douro cruise on Portugal’s most spectacular waterway will now be operated on a brand new state of the art vessel, the magnificent five-star MS Douro Elegance. Painstaking research over many months with highly regarded Portuguese shipping partners, the first luxury ship operator on the Douro, who have been involved in river cruise ship building for over a quarter of a century, has resulted in the creation of a worldclass vessel which is without doubt one of the most exceptional ships afloat on any European river.

    • 262

    • Length
    • 2017

    • Built Year
    • 36

    • Crew
    • 126

    • Pax Capacity
    • 8

    • Suites


Ship Information

  • Maiden Voyage: 2017
  • Length: 262
  • Passenger Capacity: 126
  • Normal Crew Size: 36
  • Staterooms: 62
  • Suites: 8


Quality dining is an integral part of your river cruise experience – Riviera river cruise ships take this to the highest five-star levels with superb cuisine prepared by a dedicated brigade of chefs. Start the morning with a delicious breakfast. A very comprehensive lunch buffet allows a selection of as little or as much as you wish from a most appetizing selection. The day’s culinary highlight is the splendid four-course dinner: entrée, soup, main and dessert, all in the elegant ambience of a first-class restaurant.

Age Restrictions

Riviera river cruises are unable to accommodate children under 12 years old at the date of departure. Riviera river cruises reserves the right to limit the number of children on any particular trip. Any minor must be accompanied by and share a cabin with an adult aged 21 or over. If the adult is not the minor’s parent, a “Parental Consent Guardianship Form” must be signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to sailing.


Tips are not charged at a set percentage and are not included in the holiday cost, as Riviera river cruises understand that giving a gratuity should be entirely at your discretion. As a guideline it is recommended giving €5-10 per person per day should you feel that is appropriate. Usually, an envelope is left in your cabin on the final evening, for you to drop off at reception if you choose to, the following morning.


Category Lower Deck - Standard
Square Footage: 129

Category Lower Deck - Standard

Chic styling is evident throughout from the moment you open your beautifully polished hardwood door and step inside your luxury home for the next 7 nights; polished wooden furniture is complemented by fine fabrics, in warm, relaxing colours, uniquely designed and created for the Ms Douro Elegance whilst ‘hotel style’ twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, will ensure a good night’s sleep in the finest crisp linens.

Category Middle Deck - Standard
Square Footage: 151

Category Middle Deck - Standard

All the outside facing cabins on the MS Douro Elegance are finished to an exceptionally high standard with superior quality fittings in the most refined taste and at 14 square metres (151 square feet) these are amongst the largest on any European river cruise.

Category Middle Deck - Standard Stern
Square Footage: 151

Category Middle Deck - Standard Stern

All the outside facing cabins on the MS Douro Elegance are finished to an exceptionally high standard with superior quality fittings in the most refined taste and at 14 square metres (151 square feet) these are amongst the largest on any European river cruise.

Category Upper Deck - Standard
Square Footage: 151

Category Upper Deck - Standard

All the outside facing cabins on the MS Douro Elegance are finished to an exceptionally high standard with superior quality fittings in the most refined taste and at 14 square metres (151 square feet). Best of all the Standard Cabins on the Upper Deck and Main (middle) Deck have full floor to ceiling windows which slide down halfway.

Category Upper Deck - Superior Suite
Square Footage: 205

Category Upper Deck - Superior Suite

For something a little special, you may choose to upgrade to one of the Superior Suites; there are 6 available on the Upper Deck. These suites measure a substantial 19 square metres (205 square feet) for your additional comfort so you’ll really feel completely relaxed in your stylish surroundings. There is a generous living area with two armchairs and a table, small desk, tea and coffee making facilities and cozy bathrobes.

Category Upper Deck - Deluxe Suite
Square Footage: 312

Category Upper Deck - Deluxe Suite

If you really fancy treating yourself to a little more indulgence by taking your cruise to another level again, the MS Douro Elegance also boasts two Deluxe Suites on the Upper Deck. These suites are a huge 29 square metres (312 square feet), offering the ultimate in space and comfort during your cruise. Tastefully furnished with the same high quality fittings as the other cabins and suites with tea and coffee making facilities and bathrobes. Most of the additional space is devoted to the living area where you will really notice the difference as you relax in comfort on the sofa or elegant armchair in the most sumptuous of settings.

Life on Board



Stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner.


Fitness Center

Fitness room for those of you who like to enjoy a work-out to kick-start your day



Outdoor swimming pool located on the Sun Deck


Spa and Wellness Center

Spa and wellness area when you want to stay fit or sit back and relax.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols

Everyone knows that the pandemic has impacted travel plans in recent months, but it’s now encouraging to see signs of recovery as countries re-open their borders and aircraft take to the skies. We can’t wait to start travelling again and we hope you’re looking forward to your forthcoming vacation more than ever.

We rigorously follow the guidance issued by the US Department of State and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can access the very latest information via the State Department and CDC.

Health and Medication Advice

  • Please ensure that all medication is packed with your hand luggage and take adequate supplies for the length of your trip. Please check with your airline first to ensure you are compliant with current airport security regulations with regards to medication.
  • Whilst the travelling schedule on our holidays shall impose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we should like to point out that we visit many historical sites and often enjoy walking tours of various places of interest. Some holidays, therefore, may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. If you have greatly impaired mobility then please contact us for further advice or click here to read more.
  • We would request that you bring the name, address and telephone number of your Primary Care Physician as this is usually required by insurance companies if you become ill.
  • If you have a physical disability or are undergoing medical treatment that may affect your ability to do the tour, and which you have not already informed us about, you must let us know in writing now. We will be able to advise you if the ship is equipped to meet your needs. If you do not inform us, the ship’s Captain may refuse passage or your travel insurance may become invalid.
  • No immunizations are required to travel to European destinations.
  • You may wish to take a basic first aid kit with you.
  • Take high-factor sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent if you are travelling in the summer.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): sitting immobile for long periods of time in aircraft, trains or coaches may increase the risk of DVT. Recent major surgery or hip/knee replacement can also increase DVT risk. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, move your ankles and toes and get up and walk around regularly. For more information, see your physician.
  • It is also advisable to take copies of any regular prescriptions you may take.

Health Concerns

  • If you have any concerns about your health while on the cruise please see your tour manager. They will be able to advise you about pharmacies, drug stores and the availability of doctors.
  • There will be occasions when the tour manager isn’t immediately available and in this case the ship crew should be able to help. In an emergency you could always phone our emergency number as issued on your itinerary.

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