First River Cruise for UK is Now Available

Portugal has opened leisure travel to UK travellers, so will this be the first river cruise destination available? Cruise fans who are keen to get back on the water, might find river cruising in Portugal a good option. We are now waiting for UK travellers get the green light for non-essential travel.

I’ve heard from sources within the travel industry that the 14-day quarantine on entering the UK may be eased on or around 4th July.

nicko cruises offers first river cruise for UK

nicko cruises (which was the first to start cruising in Germany in June) has restarted cruises on Portugal’s Douro river. There are several English language cruises scheduled through late summer and autumn 2020.  The 8-day round trip cruises from Porto. One of the big draws is the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley. The scenery is characterised by steep slopes and stunning wine terraces.  

I took a river cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria, which has some equally beautiful views. We were able to sit in the hot tub on the sun deck and enjoy the scenery go by.

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Douro Valley

Social distancing ships

Until further notice, nicko cruises’ boutique riverboats will be specially adapted to allow for social distancing. They will sail at a maximum of 70 – 80% capacity, with the already high hygiene standards further tightened.   You can read the full range of health and safety protocols in place on nicko cruise ships. I’ve been impressed so far with the changes put in place.

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MS Douro Cruiser

River cruises for UK

nicko cruises is offering sailings on: 20th August, 3rd September, 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2020 starting from £1699pp. These are English language sailings and so are suitable for UK cruisers.

This is a Douro River cruise for 8 days (Douro Valley and Salamanca). The cruise fare includes return flights and transfers, all onboard meals with and unlimited drinks including wine, beer and cocktails. You can also enjoy tea, coffee, bottled water and snacks onboard.

The cruise fare will include nightly onboard entertainment, Wifi, four guided excursions, gratuities and port fees/taxes.

How to book

You can call 01223 568904 or complete an availability request form on the UK travel representative Light Blue Travel.

Take a look at nicko cruises ships based on the Douro River.

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Find out about the first river cruise available to UK cruisers in 2020. There are social distancing measures in place to keep passengers safe whilst enjoying a cruise.

Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
Last port visited: Bridgetown, Barbados
Next port of call: unknown, but she can’t wait for cruising to resume safely!

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