Riviera River Cruises to Restart Douro River Cruises in July

Riviera River Cruises will restart its European river cruises in July with departures on Portugal’s Douro River. Riviera’s first departure of its eight-day "Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise" will be on July 2 aboard the MS Douro Elegance. A four-day Lisbon extension is also available on select departure dates.

Note: All guests boarding Riviera ships will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative test prior to travel. Riviera adds it will continue to evaluate travel guidelines throughout Europe and restart operations on additional rivers when possible.

In addition, guests aboard Riviera River Cruises departures will benefit from its flexible customer care policies. Included in its flexible customer care policies are COVID-19 cancellation and curtailment protection, and Riviera’s "happiness guarantee." If a guest isn’t able to travel specifically due to COVID-19, the booking can be transferred to another departure date for free with as little as 24 hours’ notice. If a guest has to cut their holiday short specifically due to COVID-19 and a travel insurer doesn’t cover it, Riviera will provide compensation for the missed portion of the cruise. And if a guest isn’t happy by the second day of their cruise, Riviera will assist in bringing them home with a full refund.

Riviera’s health and safety practices include requiring guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to present a negative test prior to travel. If there’s a cost for a COVID-19 test, Riviera will pay it.

Additional health and safety practices include ensuring each ship is clean, regularly disinfecting shared equipment touch points, disinfecting suitcase handles, making hand sanitizer available throughout the ship, and social distancing on coaches for excursions with temperature checks upon reboarding. Contact-free services throughout the ship and full table service in restaurants with seating to allow for social distancing, performing daily temperature checks and ongoing health screenings for crew members, and requiring face coverings for crew members where necessary are also in effect.

Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including dedicated departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Riviera’s fleet of 12 ships is one of the youngest in Europe, with spacious cabins and suites, and its cruises include fine culinary experiences, from splendid breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international and regional specialties, as well as expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places.

For more information, visit www.rivierarivercruises.com.

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