Never having been to North Portugal, we thought this cruise on the Douro would cross a lot of boxes which it certainly did. A most comfortable ship though, splitting hairs, the Emerald Destiny which we sailed in last year on the Danube, was better as it had a small covered swimming pool not an open air jacuzzi!
The ship was very clean, the crew were caring and efficient - nothing seemed too much trouble - and the excursions were well managed and interesting. One problem though was that an excursion we wanted to go on, despite being advertised, was not possible since it was scheduled at the same time as another very interesting excursion.
Our cabin (NOT a stateroom) was slightly compact though its design was efficient. Arguably it had a little too much glass.
The laundry we had done was very well handled with the clean and dry clothes returned within the day.
Unfortunately there was a virus making hay within the ship - probably half the passengers were suffering from bad cough and colds, some having to spend at least a day in bed. It has to be noted that medical assistance was poor - where was the medicine cabinet and where was the paracetamol needed to help reduce bodily aches and pains?
Generally this was a very enjoyable week, seeing new sights, visiting interesting locations and meeting new friends, despite having to return home with heavy colds and coughs which took a little gilt off the gingerbread.
We certainly are looking forward to our next Emerald cruise.
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Pleasant village - had a very lovely looking hotel.