By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor
In 2015, 142-passenger Gil Eanes will join CroisiEurope's three river vessels that already sail on Portugal's Douro. At 262 feet, Gil Eanes will be slightly larger than the existing ships -- Infante Don Henrique, Vasco de Gama and Fernao de Magalhaes -- which each measure 246 feet.
It will have the same number of cabins, 71 in total, each measuring 129 square feet. They'll be divided between the upper, middle and main decks. Standard facilities will include double beds that can be configured as twins, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, showers, TVs, hair dryers, safes and air-conditioning.
In addition to three cabin decks, there will also be sun deck. The public areas will include a panoramic lounge with a bar and dance floor on the middle deck and a dining room on the main deck.
CroisiEurope places a lot of emphasis on its French heritage, and meals onboard will be inspired by French culinary traditions.
CroisiEurope has introduced an all-inclusive "open bar," and high-season fares now include complimentary drinks from the bar in addition to mineral water, fruit juice and coffee during the day and house wine, beer and drinks with meals. It excludes Champagne and drinks on the wine list.