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Scenic and Emerald Cruises USA announce the start of European river sailings on Portugal’s Douro River

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Special Savings and flexible booking are being offered on both lines.

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Scenic Group has announced that the company’s two award-winning river lines - Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises – will start their 2021 European river cruise season on Portugal’s Douro River with the first sailings taking place on July 30 and July 31, 2021, respectively. This announcement is exclusive to the USA and UK markets. Deposits for new bookings on either line have been reduced to a fully refundable $100 per person.

Guests can cruise with complete confidence knowing that 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. The company is working closely with relevant bodies, including CLIA and the Portuguese authorities, to ensure operations adhere to all necessary guidelines.

Emerald Cruises’ eight-day sailings and Scenic’s eight- and 11-day itineraries are all roundtrip from the World Heritage city of Porto, making their way along the Douro River as far as the quaint port village Vega de Terron over the Spanish border before returning. Unique to the two cruise lines is their own purpose-built dock, located in Porto’s historic Cais de Maragaia, and only a five-minute walk to Cais de Ribeira, one of Porto’s most popular riverfront promenades known for its distinctive small alleyways and pastel-hued buildings.

Emerald Cruises’ eight-day Secrets of the Douro takes guests on an exploration of many of Portugal’s best sites – from the pastel-colored city of Porto to the terraced vineyards and charming towns just beyond the banks of the country’s lifeline – the Douro. Highlights include a day trip to Spain’s Roman city of Salamanca, the seat of the Spanish language and a historic city dating back to medieval times; an excursion to the Coa Valley Prehistoric Museum in Pocinho, where guests can view stone carvings made by early inhabitants of the Douro followed by dinner at a traditional local wine estate; touring the Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town; a guided walk at the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley; and a city tour of Porto, including the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, overlooking the ocean. On board, guests enjoy mosaic tile painting, a port wine cocktail lesson, and a Portuguese cooking demonstration, among other activities.

Scenic offers eight- and 11-day sailings that take in many of the region’s best sites and activities. A small sampling includes: sparkling wine tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta Aveleda; exploring the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca; a tour and free time in the architecturally-rich city of Salamanca; a canoeing adventure on the Sabor River; a visit to Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products; and a wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada before joining a local family at their home for a home hosted lunch. Exclusive to Scenic is a visit to Porto’s São Francisco Church, who’s exterior is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Guests are immersed in Portuguese music during a spectacular private concert in these historic surroundings. Itineraries can be combined with Bordeaux and Seine river cruises plus extensions in Lisbon and a land tour from Porto to Madrid.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 35-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has offered river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic introduced the world’s first luxury Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse.

Emerald Cruises offers a diverse, award-winning lineup of river and yacht cruises on three continents. Emerald Azzurra, the line’s first ocean-going vessel set to debut in January 2022, is a 100-guest, luxury superyacht that will sail the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black and Red Seas. On the rivers, Emerald Cruises sails eight branded Star-Ships in Europe and one on the Mekong, as well as a chartered river ship sailing the Russian waterways (MS Nizhny Novgorod).

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