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We did hear a lot of positive comments about the Douro River Cruise and having done all the other European Rivers twice (except Russia), we gave it a go! We did hear a lot of positive comments about the Douro River Cruise and having done all the other European Rivers twice (except Russia), we gave it a go! The Scenic Azure is the smallest in the Scenic fleet, but perfect for this river needing only 2 meters of water and at times the river can be low. We started in Lisbon with 4 days on our own followed by 3 days with Scenic as part of the overall booking. The Sheraton Lisboa whilst a good hotel is a bid too far from the 'old town' and the places to see. However, we got our self a 72 hours '4-in-one' ticket which included the must do 'hop-on-hop-off' bus, 2 old trams - red and green (stay away from Tram 28 - too crowded and pick-pockets), a river sightseeing boat and all public transport busses. It turned out to be the right choice to get around. Sintra was a waste of time at this time of the year with crowds queuing for hours in mid 30 degrees heat. Belem and Cascais are definitely worth a visit at any time of the year. The Douro river and its valley exceeded all our expectations! Until now the 'South of France' River Cruise from Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon with a Nice extension was our favorite one, but the Douro River comes very close. The ever changing scenery is just stunning and the excursion to Salamanca in Spain was another highlight. The entire crew from the captain to the cleaner, from the chefs to the waiting staff is to be commended for their outstanding professional and always friendly service they provided to their guests! Using their own on board guides rather than externals was another great benefit. We’ll do this cruise a second time as well in a couple of years time.

Unforgetable Douro with Lisbon

Scenic Azure Cruise Review by JR_J

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We did hear a lot of positive comments about the Douro River Cruise and having done all the other European Rivers twice (except Russia), we gave it a go!

We did hear a lot of positive comments about the Douro River Cruise and having done all the other European Rivers twice (except Russia), we gave it a go!

The Scenic Azure is the smallest in the Scenic fleet, but perfect for this river needing only 2 meters of water and at times the river can be low.

We started in Lisbon with 4 days on our own followed by 3 days with Scenic as part of the overall booking.

The Sheraton Lisboa whilst a good hotel is a bid too far from the 'old town' and the places to see. However, we got our self a 72 hours '4-in-one' ticket which included the must do 'hop-on-hop-off' bus, 2 old trams - red and green (stay away from Tram 28 - too crowded and pick-pockets), a river sightseeing boat and all public transport busses. It turned out to be the right choice to get around.

Sintra was a waste of time at this time of the year with crowds queuing for hours in mid 30 degrees heat. Belem and Cascais are definitely worth a visit at any time of the year.

The Douro river and its valley exceeded all our expectations! Until now the 'South of France' River Cruise from Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon with a Nice extension was our favorite one, but the Douro River comes very close. The ever changing scenery is just stunning and the excursion to Salamanca in Spain was another highlight.

The entire crew from the captain to the cleaner, from the chefs to the waiting staff is to be commended for their outstanding professional and always friendly service they provided to their guests!

Using their own on board guides rather than externals was another great benefit.

We’ll do this cruise a second time as well in a couple of years time.
, The Scenic Team has responded
Dear JR_J, We are delighted to hear that you had a fabulous time along the Douro and loved the scenery as well as you time in Salamanca. It's also pleasing to know that you found all of our crew outstanding, professional and friendly. Although you found your hotel in Lisbon a little bit far from the 'old town' it's good to hear you enjoyed your hop on hop off bus experience to see all the sights. Thank you again for your lovely review and travelling with Scenic and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards, The Scenic Team
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Cabin 303
Our Balcony Suite was on the Diamond Deck in the front section and our Butler Alexandra was outstanding. The cabin was spacious and kept spotless by the very attentive housekeeping staff over the entire cruise!
The beds are to die for!