S.S. Sao Gabriel Review

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Suite on Uniworld's S.S. Sao Gabriel (Photo: Uniworld)
Lounge bar on Uniworld's S.S. Sao Gabriel (Photo: Uniworld)
Pool deck on Uniworld's S.S. Sao Gabriel (Photo: Uniworld)
Uniworld's S.S. Sao Gabriel in Portugal (Photo: Chris Gray Faust)
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Aaron Saunders
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Designed specifically to navigate the narrow Douro river in Portugal, S.S. Sao Gabriel brings the best of the region to life with public rooms, decor and cuisine all designed to highlight this famous epicenter of port wine production.

Carrying 100 passengers in 50 cabins, all of which offer river views, S.S. Sao Gabriel offers cruisers plenty of niceties, like an onboard swimming pool, a small spa and fitness center, and a small gift shop.

A panoramic lounge situated all the way forward offers 180-degree views of the Douro River Valley, and like all Uniworld vessels, all beverages onboard are offered on a complimentary basis.

Meals are taken in the ship's main restaurant on Cape Verde Deck, which features open seating and cuisine inspired by Portuguese favorites alongside international and North American dishes.

Breakfast and lunch are typically served over several hours, while dinners tend to start at a set time, usually around 7 p.m.

Lighter fare and afternoon snacks can be found in the ship's lounge on Azores Deck, which also houses a full-service bar offering specialty coffees, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day.

S.S. Sao Gabriel offers five grades of cabin accommodations, from economical river-view staterooms to the ship's four lavish Grand Suites.

Deluxe and Classic staterooms are all located on the Madeira Deck, and all feature fixed half-height window views of the passing river.

Moving up one deck, French Balcony staterooms are similarly sized but replace the small picture window with a French balcony that can fully open.

The uppermost accommodations deck, Azores Deck, houses only Suites and Grand Suites. These boast French balconies and enlarged living space compared with other cabin categories onboard. Passengers booking suites aboard S.S. Sao Gabriel are entitled to the same butler service found aboard Uniworld's other European-based river cruise vessels.

The ship boasts signature Uniworld features like hand-crafted Savoir of England beds, Egyptian linens, L'Occitane toiletries (or Hermes at the suite level) and interactive flat-panel television entertainment systems with complimentary movies and television shows.

S.S. Sao Gabriel's Sun Deck features an outdoor swimming pool that is perfect for cooling off in the heat of the Douro, which can get hot, particularly during the summer months. Other niceties include plenty of shaded seating, and unshaded options for those looking to work on their tan.

In addition to daily briefings, cooking classes, demonstrations and the odd guest lecture make up the majority of the entertainment onboard.

At night, a DJ entertains in the ship's main lounge, while passengers mingle over cocktails. Between the heat and the copious amounts of port wine to be enjoyed while on-tour, many cruisers elect to retire to their cabins shortly after dinner.

Uniworld's S.S. Sao Gabriel operates year-round on river cruises out of Porto, Portugal. The vessel can be found on Uniworld's 11-day cruise tour, "Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley" that travels from Lisbon to Porto.


Passengers: 100
Crew: 37
Passenger to Crew: 2.7:1
Launched: 2017
Shore Excursions: 38

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S.S. Sao Gabriel Cruiser Reviews

Douro is a No-Go!

The Lisbon extension was ok.So, either go on the offered excursion or you have no view and no place to walk off the ship.Read More
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Age 66s

First time on a river cruise

The non-wine shore excursions such as Castelo Rodrigo and Salamanca were much more typical of cruise ship excursions - - bus ride, walking tour, free time, bus ride back to the ship.Overall, the dinner starters and entrees were good to very good and a few dishes touched outstanding (such as the sea bass one night).Read More
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couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Fabulous Cruise - Perhaps Not Quite as Premium as We'd Hoped.

And also the off-boat excursions felt like we were going to the 'mass market' wineries/quintas as opposed to the Bordeaux cruise where the chateaus we went to for lunch and for tours, we were the only group or we'd been split into much smaller groups so we were able to visit much more boutique producers.Overall I don't think this Douro cruise felt as premium as the Bordeaux one and that was due to a couple of key things.Read More
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Douro River Uniworld

That is in contrast to the male waiters that were not.Tables for breakfast should be cleared before being set There should have been waiter service on the top deck and glasses were regularly left on this deck overnight Some of the staff stood out (receptionist), tour guide, waitresses and barman Cruise Director was a liability and should remember that her attitude to passengers should be kind, friendly and patient - she was not any of those Bar service was good On the basis of this trip we would not travel on Uniworld again, this was influenced by Cruise director and maleRead More
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