Wonderful staff. Our cruise manager Luis was just the best. A warm, wonderful young man who worked very hard to take care of all of his guests. And we really enjoyed our tour guide Rivas. This was our 11th cruise and I thought that the food was the best that we have had on a cruise ship. However we didn’t like food on a shore excursion to a Quinta in Regua. Cruising the Duoro is exceptionally beautiful and relaxing. I would highly recommend this itinerary,.
We enjoyed all of the shore excursions and the extensions in Madrid and Lisbon.
The demographic on our cruise was mostly 65+. There was wine, wine and more wine. Many of the shore excursions included a port wine tasting including morning excursions. Wine was freely poured at both lunch and dinner and gratis cocktails were served in the bar during the hour before dinner. I have never seen so many people of a certain age drink so much but it was very good wine.
Staterooms are compact. Adequate closet space, ample narrow shelves but little drawer space. Shelves are so narrow that they do not fit a folded shirt or pair of pants. The bathroom is very small with a tiny shower and little counter space. It includes a separate water closet with a glass door which to my mind kind of defeats the purpose of having a door on the water closet. There is about an 6.5 inch step down between the bathroom and stateroom which seemed liked a safety hazard. My 6’3” husband had to duck between the bathroom room and stateroom to prevent hitting his head. There is a hairdryer but there is not an outlet in the bathroom. I had to dry my hair in the stateroom and the only mirror was above the bed which made for some awkward hair styling sessions. The beds were comfortable.
The walk to the train station was pleasant. We were served a delicious lunch and enjoyed a fun time at Quinta Da Avessada