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Cruise the Douro River in 2024 on Travelmarvel's New MS Estrela

Launching in June 2024, the brand-new MS Estrela will sail the breathtaking beauty of Portugal’s Douro river.

View of Porto City and Douro River, Portugal
Guests will be captivated by its elegant design and impressed by its attention to detail. This 80-metre-long vessel has been thoughtfully crafted and custom-designed to sail the Douro River. With a capacity of just 120 guests, the MS-Estrela offers an intimate and personalised journey, boasting a variety of elegant social spaces where you can relax, mingle, or take in stunning river views.  

David Cox, the CEO of Travelmarvel, discussed designing the ship for our guests. 

“Purpose designed with our guests from Australia, New Zealand and the UK in mind, we have incorporated key features including a Sun Deck featuring an outdoor bar with couches, chairs and tables as well as a large swimming pool and a golf putting green. We are delighted and proud to have the MS Estrela, meaning star in Portuguese, join our fleet of stars sailing in Europe,” Cox said. 
MS Estrela Douro Cabin Render
Each suite on the MS Estrela is equipped with an ensuite bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, and personal climate control. The balcony suites offer an additional delight with electric slide-down windows, opening to a French balcony, allowing you to savour memorable views and connection to the scenery as it glides past.  

A true highlight of the MS Estrela is in its culinary offerings. The onboard fine-dining restaurant serves up flavours of Portuguese, Mediterranean and international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a more casual dining experience, you can enjoy light meals in the main lounge or alfresco on the exterior deck, surrounded by picturesque landscapes. With a range of entertainment also available in the evenings, guests can expect a vibrant atmosphere on the ship. 
Aerial view of the Douro Valley in Portugal

The 8-day Douro Discovery is the perfect way to experience the wonders of this magnificent river, setting sail from the vibrant city of Porto. You'll embark on a captivating adventure that will take you to 11 towns, villages, and cities along the Douro River.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Salamanca as you witness a mesmerizing Flamenco show, a testament to Spain's vibrant artistic traditions. Indulge in a delicious dinner at a traditional Portuguese Quinta, where you'll taste the region’s authentic flavours. Throughout the cruise, expert guides will join you, providing insights into each destination's history, culture, and hidden gems. 

Man with a cloth dancing falmenco with a woman in the Spain square in Seville

Visit each port of call with the freedom to explore, ensuring that you can truly immerse yourself in the local way of life. Whether it's strolling through charming streets, visiting historic landmarks, or savouring the culinary flare of the region, every moment ashore will explore the true beauty of Spain and Portugal

Don’t miss out on a delightful Douro Discovery aboard the brand-new MS Estrela – launching in 2024.

Words by Ashleigh Bailey.