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Max Passengers: 96
Ship Type: River Cruise Ship
Operated by: Scenic Cruises

Scenic Azure was custom-built for Portugal's Douro River sailing. With only 96 passengers on board, guests enjoy an all-inclusive luxury experience. Since its inception in 2016, Scenic Azure has set a new standard in luxury river travel with its intimate and calm ambiance and safe, comfortable journey atop the beautiful waters of the Douro.

The Scenic Azure riverboat is shorter than the other ships in the Scenic Space-Ship fleet to navigate Portugal's meandering river and its many locks. Still, what it lacks in length, it more than compensates for innovative features and advanced levels of luxury. The yacht has 48 cabins and a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:2, ensuring that you receive truly personalized treatment. Each cabin is exquisitely designed to provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort, and the majority include a sun lounge to make the most of the Portuguese sunshine. These luxurious suites are spread across four decks and are accompanied by a variety of public lounges, entertainment rooms, and eating places, giving you the flexibility to explore the ship, meet new people, or top off your tan on the all-weather Sun Deck.
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Cabins

Standard Suite E
172ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
Standard Suite D
172ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
Balcony Suite C
215ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive sun lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Riverview Suite C1
183ft2. The Riverview Suite is located on the Sapphire Deck with a retractable sun lounge to ensure a great view. They have a spacious layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
Balcony Suite BB
215ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive sun lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Balcony Suite B
215ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive sun lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Junior Balcony Suite BJ
247ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire Deck, have a private full-length balcony complete with a sun lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.
Balcony Suite PA
215ft2. Located on the Diamond Deck these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive sun lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Balcony Suite P
215ft2. Located on the Diamond Deck these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive sun lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Junior Balcony Suite RJ
247ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Diamond Deck, have a private full-length balcony complete with a sun lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.
Royal One-Bedroom Suite RP
At 420ft², this is the largest suite on the ship. Located on the Diamond Deck, both suites enjoy fantastic views of the passing scenery from your private balcony complete with a sun lounge. Each Suite has a separate lounge area and a luxurious bathroom offering a separate bath and shower.

Deckplan

Scenic Azure deck plan

Scenic Azure Cabins, Staterooms, and Suites

Each Scenic Amber cabin can accommodate up to two guests. Except for the lowest (Jewel Deck 1) cabins, all other staterooms (88%) have balconies. Scenic Tours advertises them as "Suites" with "Sun Lounges." Each features an all-weather private (step-out) balcony. There are ten cabin categories, see above Scenic Azure deck plan and photos

All Scenic Azure rooms feature twin beds that can be converted to queens, luxury bedding sets, bedside tables with lamps, an en-suite bathroom (ample cabinet space, WC, large sink, shower cubicle, lighted mirror, color lighting system, luxury bath products /shampoo, liquid soap, conditioner, body lotion), slide-door closets (hangers, drawers, shelves), flat HDTV (linked to an Apple-Mac mini-computer computer with an Infotainment system, radio, and "View From the Bridge"/real-time webcam views. 

Minibar (restocked daily with complimentary snacks and drinks – soda, juice, sparkling water, liqueur), iPod station (clock), hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, umbrella, individual climate control, and 220V power outlets (European/Australian sockets only; Americans need adapters) are all included in the room's standard amenities.

Onboard Amenities

Onboard entertainment options highlight the areas you're visiting. Develop a greater understanding and sense of place by attending musical concerts, natural history lectures, and artisan demonstrations. Take advantage of the ship's vitality pool or wellness center, including a workout area, a beauty salon, and massage rooms, for a soothing respite. Your all-inclusive cruise includes complimentary Wi-Fi.

Each Scenic Azure route is accompanied by one of the ship's English-speaking local guides. Each stateroom is equipped with two GPS handheld devices equipped with headphones that broadcast the tour — you can hear your guide from a distance of 25 feet.

Scenic Azure does not have the amazing electric bikes available onboard other Scenic ships. Portuguese two-lane roads are simply too unsafe for bicycles because of the steep grades and numerous tight hairpin curves.
 

Scenic Azure Dining

Despite the Scenic Azure's small size, there are six dining options, including room service. All onboard meals and beverages are provided during your voyage on the Scenic Azure, including beer, wine, and premium spirits. For your meals, you'll find a variety of eating alternatives to satisfy any palate or culinary mood.

The casual River Café serves light meals, snacks, and beverages from breakfast to late afternoon. Crystal Dining, the primary dining location with open seating, serves a diverse choice of cuisines à la carte, from regional specialties to a seafood gala evening.
Additionally, the line offers a five-course menu in a luxurious wine cellar at Italian-inspired Portobellos Restaurant, complete with a fado performance. Additionally, when the ship arrives in Salamanca, Spain, guests are treated to a tapas lunch and flamenco performance.

 

Scenic Azure Cruise Ship Specifications 

Flag: Portugal
Built in: WestSEA Shipyard 
Built by: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Length: 263 feet
Passengers: 96
Cabins: 48
Decks: 4
Crew: 36
Speed: 10 knots
Length: 80 m (262 ft)
Christened by: Jean Kittson
Owner: Scenic Tours Australia
 

Scenic Azure Duoro River Itinerary

Cruise the idyllic Douro Valley in 5-star luxury on 8-14 day Scenic Douro river cruises from Lisbon to Porto or round trip Porto.

About Scenic Cruises

Scenic Azure luxury riverboat, custom-built specifically for cruising the French rivers to provide passengers with the ultimate elegance, comfort, and refinement, joins the fleet of 17 river and ocean Star Ships' including Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Sapphire, Scenic Crystal, Scenic Jasper, Scenic Jewel, and Scenic Spirit.

Founded in 1987 by Australian businessman Glen Moroney, the company is known as Scenic Cruises. Scenic Tours operates two trademarked brands: "Emerald Waterways" (globally) and "Evergreen Cruises and Tours (Australia only)." Scenic Tours is one of the most all-inclusive river cruise companies operating today. 

Scenic River cruises are practically all-inclusive, with meals and beverages, gratuities, and some excursions included. For a flat fee, passengers can enjoy unlimited alcohol consumption in all dining and leisure areas of the ship, including in-room minibars. Passengers traveling to or from Europe can expect complimentary butler treatment as well.

Scenic Azure Reviews

Passengers rave about the service from the captain, cruise directors, and service managers down to the crew (wait & bar staff, room attendants). Everyone onboard pitched in to keep the passengers pleased. Even guests who had never sailed with them before and their travel agents had good praises for the Scenic Azure.

To secure your space on the Scenic river cruise ship, don't hesitate to get in touch with our Duoro river specialists today.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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