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Spirit of Chartwell

We took a 7 day cruise along the Douro river on board the Spirit Of Chartwell. We navigated the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Good way to experience sights of Porto

As part of our sight seeing tours of Porto , we took a Blue Boat river cruise ; It took 45 minutes... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2017
Michael T
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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DouroAzul is a Portuguese cruising company based on Porto that offers the possibility to cruise the beautiful Douro River Valley landscape, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, from Porto to Barca d'Alva on the Spanish border. DouroAzul offers...more
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Rua de Miragaia 103, Porto 4050-387, Portugal
+351 22 340 2500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the last boat as part of our package from the tourist information Centre. The sun was setting, the breeze was perfect and we got great photographs. The captain had a little trouble moring the boat at the end and that was a bit...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great scenery glad we we went. Small boat got to meet 29 people from all over. All nice and interesting. French chef good meals. Marta was a great tour guide. Learned lots! The biggest disappointment was the boat manager. We had a major problem in...More

1  Thank Jerry W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a 7 day cruise along the Douro river on board the Spirit Of Chartwell. We navigated the river all the way to the Spanish border. There are 5 very large locks raising the boat up to 35 metres each time. The river banks...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

In most respects, the cruise was a good experience and as per the brochure. However, the ship is well past its best. The cabin was horrible despite it being very expensive, with a balcony. In fact, the rooms without a balcony are more spacious because...More

2  Thank mrsmilady
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We enjoyed a six bridges tour on a fine sunny Sunday afternoon aboard one of the flat bottomed boats - ersatz barcos rabelos. The ride lasted about 50 minutes , we boarded on the Vila Nova de Gaia side and certainly felt this was one...More

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 26 May 2018

The tour started with a pretty crammed upper deck of a made up (smelling) diesel boat during great sunshine. Lower deck is below the upper sightseeing deck, narrow view, empty this time but presumably valuable at bad weather conditions. A noisy loudspeaker provided short and...More

2  Thank r_d_ch
Reviewed 21 May 2018

I bought a ticket for the "Blue Boat" 50 minute bridge cruise from tourist information in the city. At that time I was told that these cruises leave EVERY 30 MINUTES this time of year from the Gaia side of the river. When I got...More

3  Thank ClayC1969
Reviewed 15 December 2017

End of October 2017 we had a wonderful Spirit of Chartwell Douro Cruise. We will never forget the great service on board. Specially our guide Ana Ribeiro was so helpfull and gave us so much information on Portugal, Douro River and of course Douro wines....More

4  Thank JoukoAP
Reviewed 28 November 2017

As part of our sight seeing tours of Porto , we took a Blue Boat river cruise ; It took 45 minutes and cost 12 euros each - we thought it was good value for money and a good way of seeing the six bridges...More

2  Thank Michael T
Reviewed 13 October 2017

DouroAzul operates the ship for some high-priced week-long cruises of the Douro River. Mechanical problems the first day meant we docked 2.5 hrs upstream for the rest of the week and took lengthy bus tours daily. "New" daily schedules were seldom followed, i.e. We were...More

1  Thank RockyPt
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sue f
13 April 2016|
Response from jollyrobert | Reviewed this property |
It won't spoil your enjoyment as you are on a river rather than out on the ocean....so no waves to worry about. Have a lovely voyage, Sue.