Uniworld Debuts S.S. Sao Gabriel on the Douro River

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Sundeck views aboard the S.S. Sao Gabriel. (Photo courtesy of Uniworld Cruises.)

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises debuted its newest super ship S.S. Sao Gabriel on the Douro river in Portugal on June 27.

Designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region, the ship brings the destination to life through its decor, food and wine. The top deck offers all lavishly appointed suites, enhanced with butler service, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship. Guests on S.S. Sao Gabriel can experience the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley and indulge in the Spanish and Portuguese culture and locally sourced cuisine. The first itinerary departure is Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley from Porto to Lisbon for 11 days.

Uniworld’s president and CEO Ellen Bettridge was onboard to christen the new ship with its Godmother Joke De Bruyn, and Uniworld’s director of hotel operations. The christening events included speeches, a traditional performance by a Portuguese University, gifts, dinner, and a toast.

“It was a delight to toast with our beloved loyal guests and crew, and celebrate being back on the rivers aboard our beautiful brand-new super ship,” says Ellen Bettridge, CEO and president of Uniworld. “This is only the beginning for us. It’s been a journey, but after recently setting sail in Italy and now Portugal, we’re looking forward to continuing this momentum with the restart of our itineraries in France and Central Europe next month.”

For more information, visit uniworld.com.

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