Tauck has announced design and decor details of its new ms Andorinha riverboat, and released the first photos of the ship. Currently undergoing sea trials in the Netherlands, the Andorinha will officially launch next March and sail on three all-new cruise itineraries along Portugal’s Douro river.
According to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, the ms Andorinha has been built specifically for the Douro, which is unique among Europe’s more popular rivers. “Unlike other rivers, the Douro is closed to navigation at night, so all cruising is done during daylight hours,” said Mahar in a statement.
“The Douro has fewer towns and cities along its banks than other major rivers, so the landscapes are more pastoral and scenic, and the Douro Valley is renowned for its beautiful warm and sunny weather.”
The ms Andorinha’s Sun Deck has been designed to serve as an ideal platform for savoring the passing landscapes of the Douro Valley. The deck will feature canopied Balinese daybeds for comfortable, shaded lounging, plus an infinity-style pool that is five times the size of the plunge pools featured on Tauck’s other riverboats. In addition, the deck will feature an outdoor grill to host barbecues along with a full-service bar.
Other feautures of the ship include a pop-up restaurant that rises from the stern on hydraulic lifts to become a fully functioning eatery with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. The restaurant will offer a mix of steak house-style classics as well as a selection of regional fare and serve as a more casual alternative to the Andorinha’s main restaurant.
The Andorinha can accommodate 84 guests in 42 cabins, including 12,300-square-foot suites on the upper deck, and 20,225-square-foot state rooms primarily on the vessel’s mid-level deck. The remaining accommodations, six 200-square-foot cabins and four 150-square-foot cabins, will be on the lower deck.
The Andorinha will be christened on March 31 in Porto, and will welcome its first guests in the first week of April.