Preparing for our Viking River Cruise through Portugal
On Tuesday, I’ll be touching down at Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon, Portugal to kick off a fantastic cruisetour with Viking River Cruises that will take us from Lisbon through Portugal’s famed Douro River Valley.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro River Valley is one of the prettiest regions in the country and, crucially, the epicentre of port wine production, with the city of Porto acting as something of a base for both port wine shipping and river cruises along the Douro. Not only is it historic, but it sounds pretty tasty, too.
This will be my…oh, heck, I’ve lost count…cruise with Viking. Numerous. Lots. One of several. A Viking river cruise is an easy sell for me; it takes no amount of arm-twisting to get me aboard. I didn’t discover river cruising until December of 2011, and when I did, I wondered where it had been all my life. I first sailed with Viking in March of 2012 and immediately fell in love with their gorgeously revolutionary Viking Longship river cruise vessels. Viking’s Scandinavian sensibilities, quality product, and attention to detail won me over immediately.
There are other river cruise lines out there that are more luxurious and extravagant, and ones that offer nearly every comfort you could imagine, but I find myself returning to Viking time after time simply because their product