On March 19, the Schmitter family inaugurated the MS Amália Rodrigues in Porto. Serving as the godmother of the ship is Dr. Maria Alexandrina Quaresma, representing the Amália Rodrigues Foundation. Amália Rodrigues, for whom the ship is named after, was known as the "Queen of Fado," and was one of the greatest cultural ambassadors of Portugal.
MS Amália Rodrigues is the sixth ship to join CroisiEurope’s fleet on the Douro and its third premium-rated ship on the "Golden River." It was built at the Meuse and Sambre shipyard in Namur. Its interior design has a contemporary feel, featuring colors and shapes of the Mediterranean. Measuring just over 262 feet in length and 37 feet in width, the ship can accommodate 132 passengers in 66 double-occupancy cabins, including four suites and a cabin for guests with reduced mobility. Amenities also includes a lounge, panoramic restaurant, a shop, a large sun deck with sun loungers and a swimming pool.
On March 20, the three-deck ship departed Porto for its inaugural cruise on the Douro, with stops in Porto, Regua, Pinhao, Vega de Teron and Barca d’Alva before returning to Porto. From April to October, the MS Amalia Rodrigues will offer cruises on the Douro, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border. The ship will cruise six- and eight-day itineraries through the Douro Valley, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world.
All-inclusive prices start from $1,554 per person for a six-day cruise round-trip from Porto and include onboard accommodation, all meals and drinks as well as entertainment and a gala evening.