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Just returned from the holiday. This is our fourth river cruise and second with Croisieurope. In short, excellent. The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is 4 months old (as at July 2019) and as new as you can get. Very well appointed and tastefully decorated, likewise the staterooms. As a bonus we actually got upgraded from the main deck to the middle deck, which gave us a floor to ceiling view and an opening patio type door (without the balcony). This was really good as you could take a bit of time out of socialising and just watch the banks of the Douro go by. Consumables - such as soap, shampoo, etc were all provided. Also a hairdryer and electrical points in the room and bathroom (take a European adapter). A free to use safe was provided in the stateroom. Information - was well presented and available in the reception and also on the drop down television in the staterooms. Food - the main difference with Croisieurope and other lines is the set menu (except if you have an allergy or are vegetarian). If you really don’t like something then let them know and they will do their best to find a good and wholesome alternative but this is not the norm. I treated this as a learning experience as I found myself eating food that I would never normally try. The menu’s on this cruise were, as expected, biased towards Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. As for the cooking and presentation - to ship is French, so need I say more. Wine - again, the ship is French, so the wine was of good quality, although mainly of Portuguese origin. Bar open from mid morning until midnight. Evening entertainment - was a mixture of local culture (Fado music, folk dancing and Flamenco) and music with an open dance floor. There was a few games in the afternoon as well, most of which were cleverly done so as to be non-language specific. Excursions - this is another departure from the usual. Croisieurope add their excursions on at an additional cost. We didn’t do all of them, just the ones we really wanted. Occasionally, the ship may move moorings during some excursions (where you depart the ship is not necessarily where you rejoin it) so you will need to be on board if you are not doing the excursion. We quite enjoyed this as the ship was quiet during these times and the repositioning was not generally more than about 30 minutes so you could get off once you had got to your new moorings. Staff - excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Friendly, polite, hard working and multi lingual. Clientele - we had 12 different nationalities on board. We were the only English and were sat at meal times with two Australians. There were also three Americans. We thought this was great (a bit embarrassing, of course, as all of the other nationalities spoke English). All announcements and information was given in four different languages, including English. The cruise itself - in a word, stunning. Vine plantations rising up each side of the valley, small towns and villages, huge locks (which we navigated through). What a pleasure it was to just watch this go by during our sailing time. Value for money - is where the cruise scores heavily, full board with drinks and all of the amenities you need on board. In summary, this is the second Croisieurope cruise we’ve done, along with river cruises with other companies. The combination of the Croisieurope cruise line and the Douro cruise route nailed it for me and I would thoroughly recommend this to any potential river cruiser wishing to see the sights of the Douro. Don’t worry about the set menu or the nationalities of the other passengers, it just adds to the experience.

River Douro, Porto to Barca d'Alva & return, July 2019 on the Amalia Rodrigues

Amalia Rodrigues Cruise Review by n.cartwright

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Just returned from the holiday.

This is our fourth river cruise and second with Croisieurope.

In short, excellent.

The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is 4 months old (as at July 2019) and as new as you can get. Very well appointed and tastefully decorated, likewise the staterooms. As a bonus we actually got upgraded from the main deck to the middle deck, which gave us a floor to ceiling view and an opening patio type door (without the balcony). This was really good as you could take a bit of time out of socialising and just watch the banks of the Douro go by.

Consumables - such as soap, shampoo, etc were all provided. Also a hairdryer and electrical points in the room and bathroom (take a European adapter). A free to use safe was provided in the stateroom.

Information - was well presented and available in the reception and also on the drop down television in the staterooms.

Food - the main difference with Croisieurope and other lines is the set menu (except if you have an allergy or are vegetarian). If you really don’t like something then let them know and they will do their best to find a good and wholesome alternative but this is not the norm. I treated this as a learning experience as I found myself eating food that I would never normally try. The menu’s on this cruise were, as expected, biased towards Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. As for the cooking and presentation - to ship is French, so need I say more.

Wine - again, the ship is French, so the wine was of good quality, although mainly of Portuguese origin. Bar open from mid morning until midnight.

Evening entertainment - was a mixture of local culture (Fado music, folk dancing and Flamenco) and music with an open dance floor. There was a few games in the afternoon as well, most of which were cleverly done so as to be non-language specific.

Excursions - this is another departure from the usual. Croisieurope add their excursions on at an additional cost. We didn’t do all of them, just the ones we really wanted. Occasionally, the ship may move moorings during some excursions (where you depart the ship is not necessarily where you rejoin it) so you will need to be on board if you are not doing the excursion. We quite enjoyed this as the ship was quiet during these times and the repositioning was not generally more than about 30 minutes so you could get off once you had got to your new moorings.

Staff - excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Friendly, polite, hard working and multi lingual.

Clientele - we had 12 different nationalities on board. We were the only English and were sat at meal times with two Australians. There were also three Americans. We thought this was great (a bit embarrassing, of course, as all of the other nationalities spoke English). All announcements and information was given in four different languages, including English.

The cruise itself - in a word, stunning. Vine plantations rising up each side of the valley, small towns and villages, huge locks (which we navigated through). What a pleasure it was to just watch this go by during our sailing time.

Value for money - is where the cruise scores heavily, full board with drinks and all of the amenities you need on board.

In summary, this is the second Croisieurope cruise we’ve done, along with river cruises with other companies. The combination of the Croisieurope cruise line and the Douro cruise route nailed it for me and I would thoroughly recommend this to any potential river cruiser wishing to see the sights of the Douro. Don’t worry about the set menu or the nationalities of the other passengers, it just adds to the experience.
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Cabin 207
Upgraded cabin with full floor to ceiling patio type window, Twin beds, plenty of storage, large en-suite and all the amenities. Retractable television.