For Creative Growth with Inclusivity
Purpose built for Portugal’s Douro River, the 84-passenger Andorinha, the company’s first riverboat on that waterway, launches in 2020, reflecting the innovative vision of Katharine Bonner, senior vice president, Tauck River & Small-Ship Cruising, and her innovative team. Reflecting local influences and culture, the vessel’s dining room will sport Portuguese-style tiles, while its name is Portuguese for a local species of migratory bird that symbolizes family, home and fidelity.
Most notably, Bonner’s group — espousing the company’s “small is big” philosophy — have limited Andorinha’s capacity to 84 guests, compared with 110 or so for many other Douro vessels. The vessel will sport an airy, light-filled, two-story atrium, plus a Sun Deck with a larger pool, full-service bar, outdoor grill and canopied Balinese day beds.
On the shore side, Bonner has worked with the Tauck team to expand shore excursion choices to give younger and more active guests new options (included within the cruise fare). That includes expansion of Tauck Bridges family river cruises, including a new 2019 holiday season Danube River cruise and the industry’s first-ever Douro family river cruise for 2020.
Joining Tauck in 2006, Bonner assumed her current post in 2012. Beyond new, more enticing global river options, Bonner has innovated on the seagoing side too — leading the Tauck team that doubled the company’s oceangoing small-ship business over a three-year span.