River Cruising

ms Andorinha

263 ft. / 80 m.
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Welcome aboard ms Andorinha

Custom-designed by our long-time partner Scylla to accommodate no more than 84 guests within an innovative deck plan featuring 12 300-sq. ft. Tauck Suites and 20 225-sq. ft. cabins, this brand-new 80-meter (263-foot) riverboat was specifically built for cruising amidst the historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal's golden Douro River.

Purposefully-built for cruising to historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal's golden Douro River, our newly constructed custom riverboat. ms Andorinha, will cruise from coastal Porto to the Spanish border with Tauck in 2020 and offers spacious accommodations for just 84 guests. The ship is outfitted with 12 300-sq.-ft. Tauck Suites and more 225-sq.-ft. cabins, to maximize the onboard experience in every way and features beautiful Portuguese craftsmanship from local companies, which can be found in some of the furniture and lighting fixtures. The ship's color scheme as well as patterns used in the artwork, carpets and fencing are inspired by the typical decorative tiles which can be found throughout Portugal and the various lighting fixtures on board are custom made for Andorinha and resemble vines in the many vineyards along the Douro river. Add a small swimming pool atop the Sun Deck that refreshes the body and spirit as you drink in the background of the passing UNESCO World Heritage Site scenery, onboard dining venues, and built-in amenities custom-designed to delight, and you'll experience a riverboat truly inspired by the destination. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! Read Less

Meet ms Andorinha

Introducing ms Andorinha

Specifically designed and built by our long-time partner Scylla for cruising to historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal's golden Douro River. From coastal Porto to the Spanish border, our newly constructed, 80-meter (263-foot) custom Douro riverboat ms Andorinha debuts in 2020 with spacious accommodations for just 84 guests, featuring 12,300-sq.-ft. Tauck Suites among her five cabin categories.

Wine and the Douro River Valley

The Douro River Valley's winemaking traditions await...

In Portugal's historic Douro River Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in a legacy of wine making for more than 2,000 years – you'll find white-painted quinta estates lined with terraced vineyards, a rich multicultural heritage, unique grape varieties and a fantastic climate perfect for growing grapes. Enjoy wine tastings at quintas hosted by expert wine makers who share insights on their prized Douro Valley wines; go hiking and bicycling among the vineyards; and enjoy oft-told stories and remarkable views of one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.

Welcome to Porto

Porto on the Douro... the home of Port wine

Discover the essence of world-famous Port wine in Porto, the historic seaside city at the mouth of the Douro River where it was perfected, with private tastings and sightseeing… see traditional Rabelo boats, carrying barrels of regionally produced Port wine bound for aging casks in Porto, set sail from the scenic wine-terraced town of Peso da Régua, as they have for centuries…

Ship Specifications
Built 2020
Air Conditioned Yes
Elevator Yes
Length 263 ft. / 80 m.
Guests 84
Draft 5 ft. / 1.5 m.
Crew Members 36
Ship Registry Swiss
Internet Service levels may vary
Key Features

ms Andorinha has been specifically designed for cruising Portugal's golden Douro River; the newly built 80-meter (263-foot) custom Douro riverboat sports a deck plan optimized for the utmost in spaciousness. The ship boasts 12 spacious 300-square-foot Tauck Suites, 20 225-square-foot cabins, six 200-square-foot cabins, and four 150-square foot cabins.

Category 3, 4 & 5 cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies. All cabins are equipped with in-room movies, minibar, adjustable climate control, private bathroom with pampering toiletries.

Cabin beds are fitted with 400-thread satin bed linen, mako cotton pillows, 100% cotton blankets and thick pillow top mattresses. A variety of custom bath products are provided along with terry cloth robes, towels and hair dryers.

Open seating in main dining room, The Compass Rose; flexible dining times; vegetarian meals always available.

  • Open seating in main dining room, The Compass Rose; flexible dining times; vegetarian meals always available
  • Alternate dining venue, Arthur's, offering classic favorites at lunch and dinner and lighter breakfasts in the morning
  • Al fresco dining on Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • American breakfast room service available in Category 5 Tauck Suites 
  • Complimentary snacks served 10:00 AM – midnight
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Onboard entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and "themed" fun
  • 110-volt and 220-volt outlets included in every cabin for small electronics; minibar stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks
  • All bathrooms feature amenities from the renowned Portuguese soap manufacturer Portus Castelbel.
  • Complimentary Internet & Email available 
  • Small Swimming Pool on Sun Deck
  • Laundry service available

Deck Plans

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Sun Deck

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Diamond Deck

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Category 4

Category 5

Ruby Deck

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Category 3

Emerald Deck

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Category 1

Category 2


Onboard Experience

Your day starts with breakfast onboard… sharing your favorite table by the window with the couple you became friends with at your welcome dinner… enjoying your favorite buffet selections just the way you like them… The riverboat docks right around the time you're finished with breakfast; you couldn't have asked for better timing… As you step off the ship, our local experts eagerly await to show you around the ancient village they call home along Portugal's "golden" Douro River – in the heart of one of the oldest wine making regions in the world; soon it may feel like home to you as well. You might decide to stay ashore for lunch and sample the local specialties – or return to the riverboat for lunch onboard. You won't arrive at your next port of call for awhile, so you have some time to explore your new "floating hotel," ms Andorinha. You spot the couple from this morning about to take a dip in the small pool on the Sun Deck. "Like to join us?" they ask. You say you'd love to, and are soon relaxing and chatting as you bask in the sun. Refreshed, you head into the lobby just in time to watch the riverboat dock, perhaps passing a rabelo – one of the region's traditional flat-bottomed sailboats once used to carry Port wine from the valley's vineyards to the city of Porto. Ashore, you enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting at one of those wineries – a private, terraced, family owned establishment on the Douro's banks. Dinner tonight may be in one of the storied stops along the river… perhaps the wine-terraced town of Peso da Régua, or the picture-postcard village of Pinhão. You don't want the evening to end, but alas, it must… another Tauck experience to check off on the "wow" list. Returning to the riverboat, you meet your companions for a little more camaraderie around the piano in the lounge before calling it a night. Drifting off to sleep, you smile… realizing that you'll soon be waking up in another magical Douro Valley town… to embark on another perfect day of your Douro River cruise aboard ms Andorinha. Read Less


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