Avalon Waterways to Debut on Douro with New Ship in 2024by Dori Saltzman /
Avalon Waterways will make its debut on the Douro River in 2024 with an all-new Suite Ship, the Avalon Alegria.
“We’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to add Portugal to our robust vacation portfolio and that day has finally arrived,” said Pam Hoffee, president of Avalon Waterways. “Inviting our guests to sail the Douro for the first time, we’re bringing the Suite Ships of Avalon, the grandest views in cruising and whim-powered itineraries to Southwestern Europe. And we couldn’t be more excited.”
Avalon Alegria will sail an eight-day itinerary that begins and ends in Porto, featuring everything from ancient Amarante in the Minho region of Portugal to sandstone architecture in Salamanca, Spain to overnights in Porto Antigo and Pinhão.
Like the rest of the Suite Ship fleet, the 102-guest Avalon Alegria will feature the line’s signature 200-square-foot Panorama Suites on two full decks (37 total). The ship will also have a pool on the Sky Deck.