Riviera River Cruises to restart in Portugal on July 2



Riviera River Cruises plans to restart European river cruises on July 2 on the Douro River in Portugal.

The eight-day “Douro, Porto and Salamanca Cruise” will be operated by the 126-passenger MS Douro Elegance until the end of October. A four-day extension to Lisbon is available on certain departure dates.


Customers will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test prior to travel. If there is a cost for a COVID-19 test, Riviera will pay for it.

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“We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming guests aboard our Douro River cruises this summer,” said Marilyn Conroy, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Riviera, North America. “While we all look forward to traveling again, we will continue to take precautions to ensure that our cruises are safe for your customers and our crew members. And, of course, we guarantee that your customers will be happy with their cruise on day two or we’ll help you get them home with a full refund.

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Riviera said it was continuing to assess travel guidelines across Europe and would restart operations on other rivers when possible.

COVID-19 cancellation and reduction protection and Riviera Happiness Guarantee are included in its flexible customer service policies. If a traveler is unable to travel specifically due to COVID-19, the reservation can be transferred to an alternate departure date for free with only 24 hours notice. If a traveler has to cut short their vacation due to COVID-19 and a travel insurer does not cover it, Riviera will provide compensation for the missed portion of the cruise. And if a customer is not satisfied on the second day of their cruise, Riviera will help them get home with a full refund.

Health and safety practices include regular disinfection of equipment and shared points of contact, disinfection of suitcase handles, placement of hand sanitizer throughout the ship, social distancing in coaches for excursions with temperature control during re-embarkation, the provision of contactless services and full table service in restaurants with seating to allow for social distancing, daily temperature checks and continuous health checks for crew members and the requirement for face coverings for crew members if necessary.

Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including departures dedicated to solo travelers at no single supplement. Riviera’s fleet of 12 vessels is one of the youngest in Europe. Riviera promises to never add any extras or hidden charges, and it doesn’t automatically include tips or drinks, so the choice is up to customers.

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