Uniworld to introduce new river boat

Uniworld to introduce new river boat

A new river boat is to be introduced on the Douro River in Portugal next year by Uniworld.

The 118-passenger Queen Isabel is to replace the company’s current vessel, Douro Spirit.

The new vessel will have a smaller capacity than the Douro Spirit but this allows Uniworld to offer more suites, including 18 junior suites at 215 sq ft and two larger suites at 323 sq ft. with the top deck featuring full balconies.

The Queen Isabel will have a more classic, luxurious and elegant style to the Douro Spirit and will better reflect the luxurious standards of the rest of Uniworld’s fleet on other European rivers, the company said.

All the company’s river vessels are designed and decorated in partnership with their sister company Red Carnation Hotels.

Uniworld UK trade sales director Paul Melinis said: “While the Douro Spirit is a chic and modern ship, the Queen Isabel will have a design scheme more representative to our other ships with classic and traditional luxury.”

The firm operates two itineraries on the river - Douro River Valley Discovery and Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley.

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