We boarded the AmaVida in Vega de Terron, which isn't really a port, in Spain, across the river Douro from Portugal. It is really a drop off point for buses. We had started the day in Madrid, and arrived here, via Salamanca.
The ship, like the other AmaWaterways ships, is beautiful. Given the size of river ships, the cabins are quite spacious - we were on the top level of cabins. The room has a small balcony, which a couple can access, one at a time, by sliding the doors back, but both can sit there and watch Portugal go by, as we did, quite regularly. We were a group of 6, 3 couples.
Meals were fantastic, and the dining room is very noisy, although on the first night, extremely noisy as people seemed to be very excited about embarking on the cruise of the Douro River. One of the bonuses of the ship is that there is a coffee machine where one can make proper coffee at any time of the day. The top deck is marvellous, and lunch was served there twice on this 7 day cruise.
The scenery is quite different to that experienced on the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise as this part of Portugal is relatively undiscovered. The ports were predominantly very simple, but the excursions provided by AmaWaterways were excellent, including such beautiful destinations as the Mateus Palace.
We loved this cruise, and everything about it although most of the passing scenery is rural and lots of vineyards. No castles here.
Porto the final destination, is a lovely and historic city. We had two nights there and were then transported by bus to Lisbon the final destination.
We would recommend this cruise as a relaxing, interesting holiday.