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The 2023 Secrets Of The Douro River Cruise

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Free drinks with lunch & dinner*

FREE Wi-Fi & Included Gratuities*

Expert-led Shore Excursions Included*

Incredible EarlyBird Savings!


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 7 nights
  • Departs 15 Apr 2023
  • Sails from Porto, Portugal
  • Ship Emerald Radiance
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1883014
  • Voyage code ‍EPDC

Your Itinerary

Fly from London

Fly from London Sat 15 Apr 2023

Fly from London
Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal Sat 15 Apr 2023

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Upon arrival, embark the contemporary Emerald Star-Ship for your seven night deluxe river cruise (D)

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Porto – Pinhao, Portugal Sun 16 Apr 2023

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Today, enjoy a full day sailing the turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms.

Later, arrive in the village of Pinhão which is surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port.

Tonight, your Captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

Pinhao, Portugal

Pinhao, Portugal – Vega de Terron, Spain Mon 17 Apr 2023

Pinhao, Portugal

Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the Douro Valley. This 18th century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods.

Alternatively, join a walk through the vineyards.

Later, sail to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain (B, L, D)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided walk through vineyards

Included Excursion: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting

Salamanca, Spain

Vega de Terron – Salamanca, Spain Tue 18 Apr 2023

Salamanca, Spain

Enjoy a guided walking tour, passing through grand squares and medieval structures. Salamanca was founded in Roman times, and its UNESCO World Heritage listed old quarter has an illustrious past (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: Tuna Music Band

Included Excursion: A guided tour of Salamanca

Pocinho – Regua, Portugal Wed 19 Apr 2023

In Pocinho, embark on a canoeing excursion or visit the Côa Valley Museum. Sail towards Régua while taking part in a Port wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board

EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca

EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion

Included Excursion: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

Regua, Portugal Thu 20 Apr 2023

Today you will have the chance to visit the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the stairs of the Sanctuary

Included Excursion: A guided tour of Lamego

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal Fri 21 Apr 2023

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture and famous for its exports of Port wines. Enjoy your city tour passing the numerous landmarks of this beautiful city (B, L, D)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto

EmeraldPLUS: Evening cruise through Porto

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal - Disembark the ship Sat 22 Apr 2023

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London (B)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Sat 22 Apr 2023

Arrive in London

What's included *

  • Incredible EarlyBird Booking Savings!
  • Spacious full board accommodation on board Europe’s most innovative cruise ships
  • All meals throughout your river cruise from a healthy buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu
  • Well-appointed suites and spacious public spaces make an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship the perfect base for a European river cruise
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • FREE tea and coffee available throughout your cruise
  • Shore excursions INCLUDED
  • Gratuities are INCLUDED
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS & EmeraldACTIVE
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable guides
  • Complimentary bicycles for use ashore in select destinations
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Overseas transfers
  • Return scheduled flights from up to 15 UK airports (premium class flights may be available on request) and overseas transfers
  • Book with ROL Cruise and earn exclusive Cruise Miles® + your EmeraldEXPLORER rewards
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 27th May 2022 and receive a FREE Case of Six Fine Wines

The 2023 Secrets Of The Douro River Cruise

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Emerald Stateroom

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An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months. Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalise your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising. We’ve designed our bathrooms as a relaxing retreat to retire to after an exciting day exploring. Enjoy a sumptuous shower complete with indulgent toiletries, as well as a hairdryer, all before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luscious linens, as you enjoy a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system with, perhaps, a nightcap from your mini-bar. If you wish to stay in contact with loved ones throughout your trip, you can do so using your in-suite telephone or our free Wi-Fi available throughout the ship.

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Panorama Balcony Suite

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The Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite is a completely new type of cabin that’s unique to European river cruising. These spectacular suites boast a revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery to bring the outdoors in. Included in your suite: Indoor balcony with open-air system | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Telephone | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge

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Grand Balcony Suite

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Panorama Balcony Suite

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Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could possibly need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Treat yourself to a drink from your suite’s minibar, or use it to keep your complimentary bottle of water chilled, or for any souvenirs that require it. When it’s time to retire to bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for an excellent night’s sleep. Of course, keeping in touch with your loved ones is really easy. Every suite has its own telephone, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi being available throughout the Star-Ship.

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Riverview Suite

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A suite unique to our Emerald Radiance Star-Ship sailing Portugal’s Douro, our two exquisite Emerald Riverview Suites are thoughtfully positioned at the back of the ship. Floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto your own private balcony which, at the simple press of a button opens up to transform it into an open-air space. Relax in the morning with a freshly made cup of coffee from your Nespresso™ machine and, if you wish, have a continental breakfast brought to your suite to enjoy in private. You’ll have the luxury of space as your separate bedroom and lounge area creates the ideal home-away-from-home, as well as a walk-in wardrobe, so you can truly settle into your surrounds. Enjoy an incredible night’s sleep in your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, wrapped up in luxurious bed linen, and select a pillow from our extensive menu. Lay back and watch a film in bed on your flat screen TV and infotainment system, or enjoy the space as you ponder an exciting day ahead. Your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with decadent toiletries, as well as comfortable bathrobes and slippers, the perfect attire for getting ready for an evening meal. And, the suite comes with an exclusive invite to dine at the Captain’s Table for an evening sure to become a highlight of your river cruise. Take advantage of having four laundered items a day and prepare that special suit or gown for a night such as this or for an occasion you may be celebrating. You can even have pre-dinner canapés delivered to your door and after-dinner sweet treats to enjoy with a drink from your complimentary minibar. With so much to tell your loved ones back home, you can make calls from your in-suite telephone, utilise the ship-wide Wi-Fi and an iPad that’s available for your personal use throughout your journey.

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Owner's One Bedroom Suite

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Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed. Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event. In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Cruises bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries. You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits. Four suites available on-board Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Destiny, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. Two available on Emerald Liberté sailing through France and Emerald Radiance sailing in Portugal.

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The Ship - Emerald Radiance

  • Occupancy112
  • Length292 ft (89.00 m)
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Emerald Radiance has been custom-built for cruising the beautiful regions of sunny Portugal with her relaxing Sun Deck, outdoor dining terrace and open-air Serenity Pool. Aesthetically more akin to a boutique hotel, Emerald Radiance exudes chic, contemporary style.

What’s on board: Fitness Area, Hair Salon, Horizon Bar & Lounge, Navigation Bridge, Reception, Reflections Restaurant, Serenity Pool, Sky BBQ, Sun Deck, The Terrace, Walking Track, Wellness Area and much, much more.

Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating over 25 years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Guidance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Emerald Cruises FAQs

Do Emerald Cruises have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Emerald Cruises do have a Flexible Cancellation Policy. With Emerald Cruises, guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald Cruises departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure up until 31 December 2022. This policy is applicable across all Emerald’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises.

Please note: Third party cancellation fees may apply. Further cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an Emerald river cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK. 


Last Updated: 21/03/2022

* Terms & Conditions

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Terms and conditions: Booking conditions of Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Drinks are only included with lunch and dinner. Savings is based on two adults sharing. On board spend is per cabin. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Use of the Wellness area may incur an additional charge. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.

Case of six fine wines is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only, when booking an Oceanview cabin or above by 8pm 27th May 2022.

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