Douro River Cruise Prices 2020 is another installment in a series of price and "what's included?"comparison charts and articles that feature European River Cruises offered by 10 world class river cruise lines. Each post in the series has two separate charts, one for summer peak and one for the autumn shoulder season.
Comparison charts serve as a guide and attempt to answer: What is the price for an entry-level and upgrade cabin; what's included Douro River cruise 2020; what Douro river cruise incentives are there for 2020?
The goal is to provide a True Per Diem for each cruise. The charts answer the questions: What is a Douro river cruise going to cost me and how does the cruise I am looking at compare to Douro river cruises offered by other companies?
Most Douro River cruises begin and end in Porto, one of Portugal's oldest and most charming cities. Some cruise lines offer pre-cruise tours of Lisbon, Portugal's hilly coastal capital. An overnight stay in Lisbon is included in the Viking River Cruises' Douro itinerary. In addition, some Douro river cruises include a visit to Salamanca, Spain or offer a post cruise package there – or to Madrid.
The Duoro River Valley is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, where wine has been produced for the past 2,000 years. The river meanders through Portugal's dramatic mountains, vineyards, and olive groves. Excursions along the way include stops at historic villages with charming architecture. Port wine is the famous from this region. Itineraries include dining and wine tastings at Quintas, the ancient rural vineyards. There are also guided tours of quaint historic towns and museums.
The charts in this post focus on seven-nights/eight-days on the legendary Douro.
River Cruise Advisor published price comparison charts for European River cruises in 2019. The price comparison charts for European River Cruising 2020 are updates with a few additions. We have added embarkation and disembarkation ports, the square footage of upgraded cabins and per diems for the upgraded staterooms, much of this at our readers’ requests.
This year, we researched autumn for shoulder season 2020, whereas we used spring for the 2019 charts. The prices in the charts are based on double occupancy. The upgrade costs for a cabin with a balcony are per person. The value of the incentive is broken down per day, per person. True per diem will include the savings of incentives/discounts offered at the time of research as well as the imputed value of items that are not included.
Prices and details reflect information available at the time of research. Cruise lines offer varying incentives with differing time limits or deadlines, and it is best to check with a travel agent or the cruise company’s website. The incentives that are included in the charts were current at the time they were compiled and may no longer apply or there may be a new special offer.
Some noteworthy observations were made when researching these Douro cruises for the charts, which were completed on August 9, 2019. Be sure to double check with your travel agent or the cruise companies’ websites for the most up-to-date offers and cabin availability.
Nearly all river cruise operators include soft drinks, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, complimentary WiFi and shore excursions. Unless otherwise mentioned, you can assume all of these are included. Not all river cruise companies include gratuities and port charges, however. We highlight those that do not include either of these items.
Starting at the end of June 2020, "Enticing Douro" river cruises aboard the AmaDouro are discounted $500 per stateroom. In July 2020 there are $1,000 savings and for August $1,500 savings per stateroom.
For September 2020, there are no savings promotions for the "Enticing Douro" river cruise, and the fares increase by a couple hundred dollars. The October 24, 2020 cruise with AmaWaterways is the only Autumn season cruise with a promotion, which is $500 off per stateroom.
For the "Enticing Douro" river cruises represented in the chart, AmaWaterways offers a three-night pre-cruise package in Lisbon for $900 per person.
*While there is not an unlimited open bar, Amawaterways does offer plenty of occasions when drinks are included: Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner. There also is a Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks. In addition, there is unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. For breakfast, Amawaterways serves unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice.
Gratuities and port charges not included. Port charges are $182 per person.
CroisiEurope's 2020 "Douro, Spirit of Portugal" and "The Douro Valley & Salamanca" river cruises are all inclusive.
*At the time of research only middle deck cabins were available on this June 2020 "Douro Valley & Salamanca" cruise with CroisiEurope. The entry level cabins were already fully booked. The staterooms on the ship Infante Don Henrique are small, measuring 97 square feet. If size matters, the comparison charts also provide the square footage of the entry level and balcony level cabins available at the time of research, on each cruise ship.
For the autumn shoulder season 2020 "Douro, Spirit of Portugal" cruise, only middle deck cabins with panorama windows are available, and there are no upgrade cabins available. This cruise sails aboard Croisi's Fernao Del Magalhaes. Croisi is advertising a 20 percent discount for children ages 2-9 for the October 2020 shoulder season cruise listed in the chart.
For Emerald Waterways September 2020 "Secrets of the Douro" cruise, flights are offered for $695 per person. This is reflected in the chart as $1,000 incentive.
*At the time of research the entry balcony cabin was fully booked for this shoulder season cruise aboard Emerald Radiance. The balcony upgrade available was Panorama Balcony R suite with a better flight deal offer from $395.
For the Emerald June 2020 "Secrets of the Douro" river cruise posted in the chart, flights are offered from $395, an incentive reflected as $1,300. An upgrade to Balcony Suite B at 160 square feet is offered available with free flights.
As always with Emerald, wine and beer are included with lunch and dinner and a welcome cocktail reception; all other drinks are extra.
Gratuities and port charges are included.
On Riviera's November 13, 2020 "Douro, Porto and Salamanca" river cruise-Solo Travelers- there is no single supplement: rates start at $2,729 per cabin.
The chart reflects the same cruise for both peak and shoulder season-"Douro, Porto and Salamanca." But the autumn cruise is aboard the Riviera cruise ship Elegance. The summer cruise is aboard the Splendour with only its superior suite of 205 square feet with balcony and panorama window available. However, as one can see in comparison to other suites of that size on the chart, this is a good price for a spacious suite with a balcony and views.
Beverages are not included; drink packages are available for $159 per person.
Port charges are included.
The "Delightful Douro" 2020 river cruises with Scenic are all inclusive. On all Scenic cruises there is butler service and laundry included, as is everything else. Scenic strives to be the most inclusive of all river cruise companies.
For both the summer and autumn season 2020 "Delightful Douro" cruise listed in the charts, Scenic has a special offer on flights from $495, reflecting an $1,100 savings. On the May 27, 2020 cruise aboard Scenic Azure, only Balcony suite B is available; entry level balcony suites are fully booked.
Flights are also discounted at $495 for peak season balcony cabins. Flights are also offered at $495 for the October 22, 2020 cruise. The entry level balcony is fully booked for this shoulder season cruise so the next available balcony suite is BB, which is $1,345 more per person for 215 square feet. Scenic is not offering a flight discount for balcony cabins on the October 22, 2020 cruise.
Debuting in April 2020, S.S. São Gabriel will be the newest ship on the Douro river. Butler service will be included, giving guests the option to dine at any time they'd like while enjoying the ship.
On Uniworld's October 11, 2020 "Douro River Valley " the classic cabin for $5,099 per person is sold out, so the chart reflects the next available Deluxe cabin at $5,299 per person. There are no cabins specifications available on Uniworld's website for the ship Sao Gabriel; we searched other sites as well and could not find details.
For both the summer and autumn "Douro River Valley" 2020 cruises Uniworld is offering a discount savings of 5% on all Suite category staterooms; and 10% on all other stateroom categories. Book by September 30, 2019 and pay in full at time of booking to be eligible for this offer.
Port charges are $190 per person.
On Uniworld cruises, laundry, gratuities and beverages are included.
*The Viking "River of Gold" 2020 Douro cruise is 10 days and 9 nights. The itinerary includes one night hotel stay in Lisbon and then guests are bussed to Porto. In Porto guests will begin their cruise aboard the Viking Hemming for the October 30, 2020 sailing or the Viking Torgil for the June 30, 2020 sailing.
Viking currently has an Anniversary Sale that expires August 31, 2019 for both seasons on the "River of Gold" Douro 2020 cruises. For the June 30, 2020 sailing aboard Torgil there is $500 savings per person and air booked through Viking is $1,399 instead of $1,899; the chart reflects these two incentives as $1,000 off per person.
Entry level balconies are sold out for this cruise so the next available balcony cabin is Verandah Suites B . Verandah Suite B is 185 square feet and it is $1,600 more per person than an entry level cabin, which has no balcony and is 155 square feet. Although entry level balcony cabins are fully booked for these two cruises, it is worth noting that entry level balcony cabins aboard the Torgil and Hemming are 150 square feet, which is actually smaller than the standard entry level cabin of 155 square feet.
On the October 30, 2020 cruise aboard Hemming on the Douro, the entry level cabin standard F is sold out, so the next available is standard E cabin. Standard E cabins are the same 155 square feet and window as standard F cabins but $100 more per person. Both E & F cabins are on the main deck but the E cabins are more midship and not at the stern ( the back of the ship). * Also for this shoulder season cruise, the entry level balcony cabins are not available and only Verandah Suite B is available.
For this autumn cruise in the chart, airfare booked through Viking is reduced from $1499 to $999 with another $500 per person savings incentive offered, for a total of $1,000 in savings per person.
Wine & beer are included with lunch and dinner and welcome cocktails are provided as well.
Viking’s fares include port charges.
|Ship||AmaCello||Avalon Poetry II||Rhone Princess||Emerald Liberte||William Shakespeare||Scenic Sapphire||Emerald||Catherine||Delling|
|Sailing Date||October 29, 2020||September 29, 2020||September 22, 2020||October 24, 2020||October 6, 2020||September 5, 2020||October 20, 2020||October 25, 2020||October 27, 2020|
|Itinerary||Colors of Provence||Active Discovery SOBO||Burgundy to Camargue||Nice to Lyon||Burgundy, River Rhone & Provence||Idyllic Rhone||Savoring France||Burgundy & Provence||Avignon-Lyon|
|Embark/disembark||Lyon-Arles||Lyon-Port Saint Louis||Lyon-Lyon||Nice -Lyon||Lyon-Avignon||Lyon-Tarascon||Paris-Avignon||Avignon-Lyon||Avignon-Lyon|
|Cabin Category||Category E||Category D,E||Main Deck||Stateroom E||Romeo lower deck||Standard suite E||Category 1||Classic||Standard F|
|Room With A View?||Window||Window||Panorma Window||Window||Window||Window||Window||Window||Window|
|Gratuities (on ship)||$18||$18||$18||Included||$10||Included||Included||Included||$18.00|
|Gratuities (on shore)||$2.50||included||$2.50||included||$2||Included||Included||Included||$2.50|
|Optional Shore Excursions||Included||TBD||Included||included||$12.50||Included||Included||Included||included|
|Value of Incentive||$107||$71||n/a||$36||$0||$186||n/a||$51||$129|
|True Per Diem||$457||$547||$290||$352||$433||$542||$557||$490||$309|
|Per Diem/Square Foot||$2.69||$3.18||$2.07||$2.07||$2.40||$3.39||$3.71||$3.02||$2.06|
|Balcony Per Diem||$600||$712||n/a||$445||$507||$706||$601||$619||$352|
|Upgrade sq. footage||170||200||n/a||170||161||205||150||194||135|
|Upgrade sq. footage per diem||$3.53||$3.56||n/a||$2.62||$3.15||$3.44||$4.07||$3.19||$2.60|
|Ship||AmaDouro||Fernao del Magalhaes||Emerald Radiance||Elegance||Scenic Azure||Sao Gabriel||Hemming|
|Sailing Date||October 24, 2020||October 21, 2020||September 26, 2020||October 9, 2020||October 22, 2020||October 11, 2020||October 30, 2020|
|Itinerary||Enticing Douro||Duoro, Spirit of Portugal||Secrets of the Douro||Douro, Porto, Salamanca||Delightful Douro||Douro River Valley||River of Gold|
|Cabin Category||Category E||Middle deck*||Stateroom F||Lower deck standard||Standard suite E||Deluxe||Standard E*|
|Room With A View?||Window||Panorama Window||Window||Window||Window||Window||Window|
|Gratuities (on ship)||$18||$18||Included||$18||Included||Included||$18|
|Gratuities (on shore)||$3||$3||included||$3||Included||Included||$3|
|Value of Incentive||$71||$0||$143||$0||$157||$76||$111|
|True Per Diem||$507||$342||$488||$472||$442||$708||$413|
|Per Diem/Square Foot||$3.15||$2.44||$3.19||$3.66||$2.57||N/A*||$2.66|
|Balcony Per Diem||$650||n/a||$652||$535||$634||$938||$591|
|Square Footage Upgrade||161||n/a||188||151||215||N/A*||185|
|Per Diem/Upgrade Square Foot||$4.04||n/a||$3.47||$3.54||$2.95||N/A*||$3.19|
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