DOURO RIVER CRUISE 2024
Ship and Pricing Information
THE SHIP – THE DOURO SERENITY
Kosher River Cruises is pleased to offer another spectacular luxury river expedition on Portugal’s most spectacular waterway operated on the brand new, state of the art vessel, the magnificent five-star MS Douro Serenity. This world class vessel is without doubt one of the most exceptional ships afloat on any European river.
If cruising is an art, then this ship has truly mastered it; constructed with the very latest technology and a strong environmental ethic in mind, yet simultaneously retaining a classic, refined elegance reminiscent of cruising from a bygone era, this five-star, fully-air-conditioned river cruiser has been purpose built to fit the unique size limitations of the Douro’s five locks and features all the facilities you would expect in a top-class hotel and more so your cruise will be as relaxing as possible and your stay on board will be a uniquely memorable one.
Accommodating just 126 guests in the most exquisite of surroundings, the ship’s spectacular design and high specification ensures this vessel feels exceptionally light and airy. The generous ratio of 2:1 guests per crew member ensures a first-class personal service plus the friendly ‘small ship’ feel so beloved of Kosher River Cruise aficionados, enables the ever-attentive crew to revel in taking care of all those little things – leaving you to simply sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of your sensational river cruise experience.
Boarding via the welcoming entrance lobby on the Upper Deck, immediately you will be struck by the crisp, contemporary yet classically stylish décor befitting this five-star ship; its discreet lighting, sparkling surfaces and highly polished marble floors create a sophisticated, designer elegance which is reflected throughout the entire ship. Conveniently located alongside the entrance lobby is the reception desk where the helpful friendly crew are on hand to welcome you aboard.
Complimentary tea and coffee is always available here too and there is a small boutique stocking a selection of essentials and souvenirs. Then forward you will find the magnificent lounge and bar, the very heart of the ship, styled by a leading Portuguese designer and sumptuously furnished with elegant settees and comfortable armchairs; plump cushions in smart complementary fabric invite you to sink in and relax – your holiday starts here! Enjoy a freshly made cup of tea whilst soaking up the refined ambience, complemented by high quality fittings, thoughtfully positioned lamps, a thick wool carpet, beautifully polished hardwoods and fabulous fresh-cut flowers. A well-stocked bar with friendly professional staff taking delight in attending to your every wish in sampling local wines or preparing whatever takes your fancy completes the convivial scene. So just sit back and enjoy the stunning view from the magnificent panoramic windows as the ever-changing river scenery slips effortlessly by. When evening falls, the subdued lighting creates the most gentile ambience so unwind over a digestif or perhaps partake in the KRC signature lecture and entertainment programming. There really can be few holidays quite as relaxing as this! All three air-conditioned accommodation decks are connected by a lift for your convenience and an elegant wide staircase with gleaming handrail.
Heading down to the Main (middle) Deck you will find the chic restaurant where your comfort is assured in high-backed chairs at impeccably laid tables with pristine linen cloths and fine cutlery. Tables seat just four to eight and in common with all our river cruises, we offer ‘open dining’ arrangements giving our clients the freedom to sit wherever and with whoever they wish. This is a dining experience of the highest order and one to be savored, all under the auspices of Master Kosher Chef Malcolm Green; this will be a dining experience to remember as you enjoy a kaleidoscope of river views from the huge panoramic windows. If you feel like a little extra indulgence during your cruise why not book in for a special treatment in the ship’s Spa which is also accessed on the Main (middle) Deck. Or for something a little more energetic, you will find a small fitness room on the Lower Deck – ideal for working off the ship’s wonderful cuisine!
Accessed by stairs from the Upper Deck, head on up to the magnificent and spacious Sun Deck from where you can enjoy the stunning 360 degree views as they glide past from the comfort of your sun lounger whilst sipping a long refreshing drink or chatting with your fellow companions. You might choose to enjoy a glimpse of the wizardry ‘on the bridge’ as the Captain skillfully negotiates the twisting river with reassuring ease.
When the temperature rises, you will feel the benefit of the fantastic outdoor swimming pool – a rarity on a river cruiser. For many though, just to lean against the ship’s rail and breathe in the invigorating river breeze whilst casting a relaxed eye over the fascinating scenes of life ashore or the wonderful river wildlife all around you, is what it’s all about; this is surely the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life so let us take you on the cruise of your dreams!
A – Upper Deck Deluxe French Balcony
B & C – Main Deck Deluxe French Balcon
15m2 / 161ft2
The outside facing cabins on the MS Douro Serenity are finished to an exceptionally high standard with superior quality fittings in the most refined taste and at 15 square meters (161 square feet) these are amongst the largest on any European river cruise. Chic styling is evident throughout from the moment you open your beautifully polished hardwood door and step inside your luxury home for the next 7 nights; polished wooden furniture is complemented by fine fabrics, in warm, relaxing colors, uniquely designed and created for the Ms Douro Elegance whilst ‘hotel style’ twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, will ensure a good night’s sleep in the finest crisp linens.
The sparkling marble bathrooms, beautifully designed, all feature shower with fully glazed screen, WC plus fluffy towels and bathroom cosmetics. The living area has two comfortable chairs and a table plus a small desk. All cabins enjoy the benefit of individually controlled air-conditioning, flat screen high-definition satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.
Best of all the Standard Cabins on the Upper Deck and Main (middle) Deck have from full floor to ceiling windows which slide down halfway so you can watch the stunning river scenery drifting past without leaving the comfort of your cabin!
B & C – $6390 pp/dbl
Single Supplement 35% of Cruise Cost
A – $6790 pp/dbl
Single Supplement 50% of Cruise Cost
JS – Junior Balcony Suite
21m2 / 237ft2
For something a little special, you may choose to upgrade to one of the Jounior Balcony Suites; there are 6 available on the Upper Deck. These suites measure a substantial 22 square meters (237 square feet) for your additional comfort so you’ll really feel completely relaxed in your stylish surroundings. There is a generous living area with two armchairs and a table, small desk and the addition of tea and coffee making facilities and cozy bathrobes.
The Junior Balcony Suites feature the same high quality furnishings and fittings as the standard cabins and enjoy fantastic views from both a fixed floor to ceiling window and sliding glass doors allowing you to really bring the outside in! A private balcony with two chairs and a table enables you to enjoy an aperitif al fresco in the privacy of your own cabin whilst watching the delightful river-world go by.
JS – $7990 pp/dbl
Single Supplement NA
MS – Master Balcony Suite
30m2 / 323ft2
If you really fancy treating yourself to a little more indulgence by taking your cruise to another level again, the MS Douro Elegance also boasts two Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Upper Deck. These suites are a huge 30 square meters (323 square feet), offering the ultimate in space and comfort during your cruise. Tastefully furnished with the same high quality fittings as the standard cabins and Junior Balcony Suites with tea and coffee making facilities and bathrobes, most of the additional space is devoted to the living area where you will really notice the difference as you relax in comfort on the sofa or elegant armchair in the most sumptuous of settings.
Plus a further treat – there is a walk-in wardrobe for that added sense of luxury! As well as the full floor to ceiling sliding doors which open out on to a private balcony with table and chairs, there are 2 additional floor to ceiling windows and a larger bathroom with twin wash basins. These really are the epitome of river cruise luxury and you will feel thoroughly spoilt!
MS – $10,990 pp/dbl
Single Supplement NA
D – Panoramic Cabin
15m2 / 161ft2
Panoramic Cabins on the Lower Deck is the same size and has the same luxurious amenities as our Deluxe cabins but have a have smaller fixed panoramic window in place of the French door balcony.
D – $5490 pp/dbl
Single Supplement 35% of cruise cost
*Please note prices are subject to change
Watch Douro video below
Booking: To make a reservation please click on the “Reserve You Cruise Buttons” to fill out the on-line tour registration forms including your $1000 per person deposit by credit card. If you need assistance with your reservation or would like to make your deposit by check or wire transfer, please call us and we can do so over the phone.
Due to limited space on our cruises, reservations can only be guaranteed with a deposit of $1000 per person. Final payment must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure or booking is subject to cancellation and payments forfeited and non-transferable. Deposit may be made with credit card, check, wire, or bank transfer. Final payments can only be made by check, wire or bank transfer. We highly recommend all passengers take out travel insurance at time of initial booking.
Your Kosher River Cruise Bonus:
- One all-inclusive price, including tax and touring
- Experience: Over 25 years of running memorable all-inclusive, activity-oriented kosher travel programs and cruises
- Expert daily lectures on area history and Jewish heritage plus our signature culinary programs
- Guided touring at our ports of call
- Open Bar (or onboard credit**) plus quality kosher red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions
- Delicious Glatt Kosher dining, with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, cakes & tea, and dinner in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
- Open Bar (or onboard credit**) plus quality kosher red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions.
- On-site synagogue for daily Minyanim complete with Sefer Torah and on-site Rabbonim
- Touring: Guided touring at our ports of call with our Kosher River Cruise historians, exploring thousands of years of European history and Jewish heritage.
- Use of all ship-board amenities and programming (some for an additional fee)
- Music performances and on-board entertainment
- Included features as specified in the itinerary (incl.)
- Services of experienced cruise directors and Kosher River Cruise staff throughout the cruise
- 7-night / 8-day cruise accommodation in outside stateroom
- Group airport Transfers day of cruise and day of cruise departure
What’s not included?
- Airfare: Group air departing and arriving from the same gateway can be arranged through our air desk, please call for details.
- Port Fees $275 per person
- Gratuities ($200 per person will invoiced and given directly to the crew and guides)
- *Additional gratuities if pre and post programs
- Optional guided tours
- Miscellaneous on-board services and amenities
*Please note pricing and itinerary is subject to change.
** On specific cruises guests will be supplied with an onboard credit in place of open bar
Connect With Us
Call Us: USA +1 310-237-0122
Call Us Toll Free USA: 800-923-2645
Office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm PST
Israel: 052 836 2661
United Kingdom: 020 3393 6823
Get the latest news and updates on Kosher River Cruise