Uniworld reveals details of new Douro River vessel

Images of one of four new Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection vessels to launch next year have been released.

The São Gabriel will join fellow ships Sphinx, Mekong Jewel, and La Venezia in 2020.

São Gabriel will sail on the Douri River in Portugal as part of an 11-day itinerary from Lisbon to Porto.

Uniworld’s other new ‘super ships’ will operate in Vietnam and Cambodia, Egypt and northern Italy.

Mekong Jewel and Sphinx are due to enter service in early January, followed by La Veneziain March.

Company president and CEO Ellen Bettridge said: “Expanding upon our commitment to transform our entire fleet to super ships in the coming years, we’re thrilled to share a first look at the stunning São Gabriel.

“Evoking a fresh new design inspired by the majestic landscapes in Portugal and adorned with gorgeous Portuguese tiles, the São Gabriel will bring the destination to life for our guests, while maintaining the highest calibre of service and personalisation.”

Visit Portugal global trade marketing director Miguel Moraes added: “We have been partnering with The Travel Corporation’s family brands since 2017 and this year we are delighted to partner with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection to support the launch of their new super ship in Portugal.

“Our strategy is to promote all the regions of our diverse country than can be visited year-round. The luxury traveller is a key target for us as they have the propensity to stay for longer and spend more while on holiday in Portugal and this partnership with Uniworld allows us to meet this objective.

“We look forward to welcoming the São Gabriel in 2020 and the guests it will attract from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia.”

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