Scenic Azure

As the only Scenic Space-Ship sailing the Douro River, enjoy the same truly all-inclusive luxury experience with just 96 guests on board. Enjoy a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

Providing safe, luxurious passage atop the glistening waters of the Douro, Scenic Azure has set a new precedent in luxury river travel since launching in 2016.

Meticulously designed and crafted, this custom-built vessel was developed exclusively for use on Portugal’s Douro river. The ship is awash with innovative features allowing it to traverse this majestic waterway in complete safety, whilst affording the finest luxury travel experience for its 96 guests.

Scenic Azure may be shorter than the other ships in the Scenic Space-Ship fleet, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in innovative features and supreme levels of comfort.

The vessel features 48 cabins housing 96 guests, and has a 1:2 crew-to-guest ratio, providing you with a truly intimate and attentive service. Each cabin is perfectly appointed to offer the highest levels of luxury and comfort, and most feature a Scenic Sun Lounge, so you can make the most of the Portuguese sunshine.

Spanning four decks, these exclusive suites are accompanied by a number of public lounge, entertainment and dining areas - providing the freedom to explore the ship, chat to new friends or top up your tan on the all-weather Sun Deck. 


Accomodation Types

Royal One-Bedroom Suite

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 Scenic Sun Lounge. Each Suite has a separate lounge area and a luxurious bathroom offering a separate bath and shower.


Junior Balcony Suite

These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony complete with a Scenic Sun Lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.


Balcony Suite

Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge system and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.


Standard Suite

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.



Deck Plans

Sun Deck

  • Sun Deck
  • Vitality Pool
  • Wheelhouse
  • Riverview Terrace

Diamond Deck

  • Portobellos Restaurant
  • River Cafe
  • Panorama Lounge and Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Wellness Area
  • Reception
  • Balcony Suite Cat P
  • Balcony Suite Cat PA
  • Royal One-Bedroom Suite Cat RP

Sapphire Deck

  • Crystal Dining Restaurant
  • Table La Rive
  • Fitness Centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Balcony Suite Cat B
  • Balcony Suite Cat BB
  • Balcony Suite Cat C

Jewel Deck

  • Galley
  • Standard Suite Cat D
  • Standard Suite Cat E


Dining

Crystal Dining

Experience complimentary · Cuisine classic

Our spacious main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Award-winning Chefs prepare buffet, while regional wines are hand picked by our sommelier.

  • Á la carte menus
  • Four-course dinner
  • Open seating with tables from 2 to 8
  • Wide range of cuisine from local specialties to a Seafood Gala evening
  • Buffet and á la carte menus available daily
  • In-room dining served by a butler

Portobellos Restaurant

Experience complimentary · Cuisine italian

Exclusive and intimate, Portobellos boasts the best vantage point at the front of the ship showcasing sumptuous regional specialities from the freshest local produce.

  • Authentic Italian, French or Portuguese dining
  • A maximum of 32 guests an evening
  • All guests will dine here at least once during their cruise
  • Five-course menu featuring regional specialties paired with local wines from the region’s best wineries
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view as you dine

River Café

Experience complimentary · Cuisine casual

The River Café provides you with a wonderful range of complimentary delicious light meals, snacks and refreshments that you can take anywhere at any time.

  • Open from early in the morning until late afternoon
  • Casual and flexible dining options to suit your schedule
  • Offers full service and mouth-watering buffet style food
  • A great meeting spot, open for all day grazing and socializing
  • Gelato bar, light snacks, healthy options, tasty treats

In-Suite Dining

Experience complimentary · Cuisine room

  • Dine in the comfort of your suite enjoying the views
  • Room service is available, and included throughout your cruise

Table d'Or

Experience complimentary · Cuisine Exclusive

Exclusive dining venue on board Scenic Azure.

Royal and Junior suite guests as well as Diamond Deck guests are invited, by our Executive Chef, to join Table d'Or for an evening of sumptuous dégustation.

  • Exclusive for Royal and Junior suite guests on cruises of 7 nights or less, and for all Diamond deck guests on cruises of 10 nights or longer
  • Six-course dégustation menu with sommelier paired wines
  • Intimate dining for only 10 guests per evening

Table La Rive

Experience complimentary · Cuisine wine

This intimate affair is the ultimate treat for your palate.

Royal and Junior suite guests as well as Diamond Deck guests are invited, by our Executive Chef, to join Table La Rive for an evening of sumptuous dégustation.

  • Exclusive for Royal and Junior suite guests on cruises of 7 nights or less, and for all Diamond deck guests on cruises of 10 nights or longer
  • Six-course dégustation menu with sommelier paired wines
  • Intimate dining for only 10 guests per evening

Riverview Terrace

Experience complimentary · Cuisine casual

Perfect for light bites or afternoon refreshments, Riverview Terrace is our Sun Deck lounge and bar area, where you can enjoy snacks and drinks during the day. Combined with our all-inclusive service, this is the ideal spot to unwind with a glass of your favourite tipple as the wonders of the Douro drift by.

Entertainment

Scenic strictly limits the guest and cabin numbers. Not out of pretension or pride, but because in their experience, they know their guests appreciate a real sense of space. In fact, the wonderful scenery gliding by is often the only reminder you have that you’re actually on a ship.

Panorama Lounge & Bar

Enjoy local entertainment, chat with new friends or peruse our extensive drinks list at Panorama Lounge & Bar. As the main lounge area on board Scenic Azure, this is where you can relax and enjoy a stimulating evening on the river.

The Sun Deck

Soak up the Portuguese sunshine from the Sun Deck – a spacious, open-air lounge and leisure area where you’ll spend much of your downtime on board. With deck chairs, Vitality Pool, café and games area, it’s perfect for a slice of alfresco living during your Douro river cruise.

Reception

Located at the heart of Scenic Azure, the reception area is a place to get help and advice during your river cruise; it’s also the meeting point for excursions and events. Whatever you need, our helpful crew are always on hand to help.

Gift Shop

Pick up those all-important essentials or a gift for loved ones back home at Scenic Azure’s on board gift shop. You’ll find it near the reception.

Wheelhouse

This is where our crew pilot your luxury Space-Ship, navigating the meandering passage of the Douro from Porto to the Spanish border. Stop by during your cruise for a glimpse behind the scenes.

Enrichment

The Douro is intrinsically connected to wine. Grapes were first cultivated around 4,000 B.C and Port shipments began in 1678 when British traders blockading France sailed this ‘golden’ river to meet Portuguese vintners who stabilised red wine with brandy for the long trip to London.

The Douro’s history is more than wine; you’ll discover the significance of the Palaeolithic Vale do Côa rock paintings, witness traces of Spanish, Celtic, French and Arabic influences from across the ages, and revel in multiple World Heritage-listed sites including the living museum that is historic Porto.

The dramatic landscape of the Douro has protected a culture that has evolved since the Stone Age. Some of the ancient villages date back to Roman times whilst others are influenced by the agricultural practices of Benedictine monks.

You’ll find handicrafts of metal, stone, ceramic and wool are aplenty and discover unique embroidery, black clay pieces and wooden masks. The cities are just as alluring. Get your Spanish fix in intriguing Salamanca and explore cosmopolitan Porto, rich in architecture, stories of the seas, and lush green parks and gardens.

You’ll converse with the friendly locals who will share their close links to their land reflected in traditional farming methods and a great culinary tradition. The classic fortified Port style is exclusive to the Douro Valley, one of the world’s oldest protected wine regions.

The family-run quintas (estates) are the best place to enjoy Port as an apéritif before you dine on the freshest of fish, goat and veal, smoked meats and artisanal cheeses. The fertile soil also yields olives and almonds, the latter starring in the traditional sweet treats best enjoyed with a speciality liqueur.

Scenic e-bikes

Take a ride on a Scenic E-Bike and experience the wonders of Portugal like never before. These power-assisted bicycles are perfect for seeing the sights at a pace that suits you.

Scenic Tailormade

Immerse in the wonders of Europe with Scenic Tailormade, a GPS-powered discovery system, which can be downloaded from The App Store or Google Play, lets you see more of the continent both on board and on shore.

Scenic Freechoice

Enjoy the freedom of customising your holiday your way with Scenic Freechoice. Choose from a wide range of truly all-inclusive experiences classified into ‘Active’, ‘Moderate’, and ‘Relaxed’ grades, and find the ones to match your pace each day.

Scenic Enrich

Enjoy wondrous moments exclusively created for you, ranging from a private concert in a grand 18th century palace in Germany or indulging in a sumptuous dinner in a local home in the Netherlands. Enjoy these exquisite handcrafted experiences that are not available to the regular traveller.

Health & Fitness

Vitality Pool

Soak up the Portuguese sunshine from the Sun Deck – a spacious, open-air lounge and leisure area where you’ll spend much of your downtime on board. With deck chairs, Vitality Pool, café and games area, it’s perfect for a slice of alfresco living during your Douro river cruise.

Fitness Area

With Scenic Azure’s dedicated Fitness Area, you’ll be able to continue your fitness regime on a Douro river cruise. Kitted out with a range of exercise equipment, including cardio and weight machines, it’s a great place to stay active on your travels.

Walking Track

For those who like to walk off their lunch or simply admire the view, the walking track is a place to stretch your legs during your time on board. Circling the perimeter of the ship, it’s ideal for taking in all the Douro’s magnificent vistas.

Kids & Teens

Please note: The Scenic Azure does not have any specific facilities to accommodate Kids/Teens.


Useful Information

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. In the evening dress is semi formal or business casual and casual elegance for ladies. For gentlemen a jacket and tie are requested for the Captain’s Dinner.

Age Restriction

Travellers who are less than 21 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by and share a cabin/ room with an adult aged 21 or over. Children under 12 years of age are not accepted. This is a condition of carriers and cruise operators.

Dietary Requirements

Scenic accommodate special dietary requirements to the best of our ability across our river and ocean cruises, and escorted tours. If you have special dietary requests, please notify us at the time of booking and inform your Cruise Director when you arrive.

Please note: while we endeavour to accommodate all dietary requirements, special requests are not guaranteed and failure to meet any request is not breach of contract on our behalf.

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available on board some of our vessels. Please be aware that internet access may be limited or none existent at certain times due to high demand from other users, or proximity to telecommunication services. We cannot guarantee that you will have full Wi-Fi coverage in your suite.

If you are travelling on an escorted tour, please note that Wi-Fi is available at selected hotels only.

Medical Facilities

Scenic Space-Ships do not carry medical personnel on board and immediate medical attention cannot always be guaranteed. However, our staff are trained in first aid, and can provide basic medical assistance. Should you need to call medical services, this will be at your own expense. Please be aware that we cannot provide personal escorts for medical visits.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in suites or any other indoor area across the Scenic fleet.

Smoking is permitted in specific areas of external decks. However, we cannot guarantee that these facilities will always be available.

Packing Tips

There are no specific pieces of clothing we insist you pack, however we can offer pieces of advice, based upon your itinerary. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, as well as any garments, such as hats, gloves and water-resistant jackets, which will help you to stay comfortable whatever the weather. The dress code across all Scenic cruise and tour itineraries is casual and comfortable. Dinner attire is smart casual — open-neck shirts, trousers and dresses; you may wear a jacket or blazer with a tie but it is not required.

Languages

The on board language is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak English, and all announcements and lectures will be made in English.

Truly All-Inclusive Onshore Experiences

Scenic Enrich | Enjoy wondrous moments exclusively created for you, ranging from a private concert in a grand 18th century palace in Germany or indulging in a sumptuous dinner in a local home in the Netherlands. Enjoy these exquisite handcrafted experiences that are not available to the regular traveller.

Scenic Freechoice | Enjoy the freedom of customising your holiday your way with Scenic Freechoice. Choose from a wide range of truly all-inclusive experiences classified into ‘Active’, ‘Moderate’, and ‘Relaxed’ grades, and find the ones to match your pace each day.

Expert Local Guides | Nobody knows a place like those who live there. Explore the highlights and the hidden gems of your destination through the expert and passionate eyes of a local and take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands.

E-bikes | Enjoy the flexibility of our electrically-assisted bikes to explore your destination with minimal pedalling.

Scenic Tailormade App | Our exclusive app is the perfect accessory for independent exploration. Select between CityTour and Riverview modes to enjoy effortless self-guided touring.

Return Airport Transfers | Enjoy seamless included return airport transfer at the end of your trip.

The Scenic Space-Ship Experience

Spacious Suites | Scenic Space-Ship suites offer you the luxury of space. Our suites are some of the largest on Europe's rivers. Relax in the signature Scenic Sun Lounge providing you with your very own window to the world in all our Balcony Suites.

Up to five dining options | With an array of dining options, you can sample new cuisines and a different meal each day on your relaxing river cruise. From casual to fine dining, you will experience fresh local produce and a taste sensation for every occasion.

Complimentary beverages | Whether relaxing by the pool accompanied by a refreshing cocktail, or a nightcap for a good night’s sleep, enjoy our range of unlimited complimentary premium beverages all day, every day.

Butler service | Need your shoes shined, breakfast sent to your suite or laundry done? Consider it done. Our all-day butler service will ensure you have everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

Complimentary mini-bar | The mini-bar in your room will be restocked daily with all your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, customisable to your taste.

Wellness area and fitness area | Stay in your best shape while on board with our fitness centre and wellness zone. Enjoy the healing benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge known to improve respiratory conditions and immunity.

Cruise Director | Our expert Cruise Directors are your storyteller, historian, guide, and friend rolled into one. From helping you set up your Tailormade App to directing you to the nearest golf course, you can count them to address your every need.

Complimentary Wi-Fi | Stay in touch with your family and friends no matter where you set sail to with our complimentary on board Wi-Fi.

All tipping and gratuities | We’ve included all your tipping and gratuities for the entire cruise so you can lock away your wallet and simply enjoy the truly all-inclusive experience.