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Riviera River Cruises Announces Restart of Douro River Cruises in July

Riviera River Cruises Announces Restart of Douro River Cruises in July

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Riviera River Cruises is pleased to announce that it will restart its European river cruises in July with departures on Portugal’s Douro River. Riviera’s first departure of its popular eight-day Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise will be on July 2 aboard the MS Douro Elegance. A four-day Lisbon extension is also available on select departure dates. All guests boarding Riviera ships will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative test prior to travel. For more information about Riviera River Cruises and its Douro River cruises, call 888-838-8820 or visit


“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be welcoming guests aboard our Douro River cruises this summer,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “While we’re all eager to travel again, we’ll still be taking precautions to ensure our cruises are safe for both your clients and our crew members. And, of course, we guarantee your clients will be happy with their cruise by the second day or we’ll help bring them home with a full refund. We hope that you’ll make Riviera your go-to river cruise line as you plan your clients’ post-COVID travels.”


Riviera will continue to evaluate travel guidelines throughout Europe and restart operations on additional rivers when possible.


Guests aboard Riviera River Cruises departures will benefit from its flexible customer care policies and its best-in-class health and safety practices.


Included in its flexible customer care policies are COVID-19 cancellation and curtailment protection, and Riviera’s happiness guarantee. If a guest isn’t able to travel specifically due to COVID-19, the booking can be transferred to another departure date for free with as little as 24 hours’ notice. If a guest has to cut their holiday short specifically due to COVID-19 and a travel insurer doesn’t cover it, Riviera will provide compensation for the missed portion of the cruise. And if a guest isn’t happy by the second day of their cruise, Riviera will assist in bringing them home with a full refund.


Riviera’s health and safety practices include requiring guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to present a negative test prior to travel. If there’s a cost for a COVID-19 test, Riviera will pay it.


Additional health and safety practices include ensuring each ship is scrupulously clean, regularly  disinfecting shared equipment and touch points, disinfecting suitcase handles, making hand sanitizer available throughout the ship, social distancing on coaches for excursions with temperature checks upon reboarding, providing contact-free services throughout the ship and full table service in restaurants with seating to allow for social distancing, performing daily temperature checks and ongoing health screenings for crew members, and requiring face coverings for crew members where necessary.


Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including dedicated departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Riviera’s fleet of 12 ships is one of the youngest in Europe, with spacious cabins and suites, and its cruises include fine culinary experiences, from splendid breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international and regional specialties, as well as expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places.


Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees, and it doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests.


For more information about Riviera River Cruises, call 888-838-8820 or visit


Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a sales staff working across North America. Riviera is known for its highly rated, award-winning service, its ships with spacious cabins and suites, relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous onboard meals and captivating excursions, and its exceptional value. Riviera puts its guests first, hosting over 100,000 on its river cruises in the past five years, and is very supportive of the travel agency community, accepting bookings exclusively from advisors. For more information, visit or call 888-838-8820.