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APT Announces New Douro River Ship

APT is delighted to announce a brand-new ship for the Douro River to make her maiden voyage in 2024.

The bespoke ship, named the MS Estrela, has been custom designed to sail Portugal’s Douro River with Southern European-inspired interiors.
Panorama view of the Douro River with the Dom Luis Bridge in Porto, Portugal

APT’s CEO, David Cox is highly anticipating the MS Estrela.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality for our guests and the introduction of the new MS Estrela delivers in spades. When she glides into Portugal next year, we will see a glorious ship designed with a nod to the landscapes of the Douro Valley and a contemporary Southern European ambience. Small in size, with a maximum of 120 guests, MS Estrela will be grand in stature featuring a sun deck with one of the largest pools on the Douro River.

“Purpose designed with our guests from Australia, New Zealand and the UK in mind we have incorporated key features including a Sun Deck featuring an outdoor bar with couches, chairs and tables as well as a large swimming pool and a golf putting green. We are delighted and proud to have the MS Estrela, meaning star in Portuguese, join our fleet of stars sailing in Europe,” Cox said.

MS Estrela Douro River Ship
The ship’s main restaurant will serve a range of Portuguese, Mediterranean and international flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guests can opt for a light meal in the ship’s lounge or dine alfresco on the exterior deck of the main lounge. Each stateroom and suite feature an ensuite bathroom, personal climate control, flatscreen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The MS Estrela’s balcony suites will boast electric slide-down windows that open to a French balcony, allowing you to bask in the glorious landscapes that glide by.
Douro Valley in Portugal

The MS Estrela will feature on highlight itineraries during her maiden season, including the 14-day Douro Delights with Madrid and Lisbon. From Lisbon to Madrid, this is the perfect way to experience this region’s stunning beauty from June to October 2024.

You’ll cruise through the world’s oldest wine region, sailing past rambling vineyards and native farms clinging to the steep sides of the Douro Valley. Taste port in Porto, visit a family-owned quinta in Entres-os-Rios and explore castle ruins in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

Discover the delights of this stunning region with the MS Estrela launching in June 2024.