Introducing the DouroAzul Cruise Line
DouroAzul was created in 1993 with the aim to share the incomparable beauty and culture of the Douro. Although young, their visionary approach has created one of Portugal’s leading Douro river cruise companies, and allowed it to grow its fleet at a steady rate, with a commitment to offering conveniences while being environmentally responsible, with a reduction in consumption and the implementation of socially responsible practices. DouroAzul pave the way for a new way of navigating on the Douro, with luxury, glamour and supreme elegance.
DouroAzul’s defining vessel is the Spirit of Chartwell. Decked with the finest furnishings for Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this intimate ship was then reassigned to carry 28 passengers on the Douro, offering a relaxed atmosphere while keeping an air of elegance worthy of its royal heritage. DuoroAzul’s other vessels may not boast such an impressive history, but these slightly larger vessels also have a classic grace, and the utmost care is given to offer you a wonderful, engaging and relaxed experience. To ensure maximum comfort, no formal dress is required aboard any of DouroAzul’s ships, however with a welcome cocktail party and farewell reception, many take the opportunity to celebrate the beginning and end of their cruise to don a suit or simple cocktail dress before enjoying delicious courses of fresh, locally influenced dishes and wines from the vineyards that flourish on the Douro’s banks.