Tauck unveils interior of new Douro ship

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The Andorinha's atrium, showing azulejo-inspired ceiling lamps, railing and carpeting.
The Andorinha's atrium, showing azulejo-inspired ceiling lamps, railing and carpeting.

Tauck has released the first images of the Andorinha, which will sail Portugal’s Douro River when it enters service in April.

The Andorinha’s design details are heavily influenced by Portuguese culture.

The azulejo wall map in the Andorinha's reception area.
The azulejo wall map in the Andorinha's reception area.

Traditional painted ceramic tiles, or azulejos, are used throughout the ship, including in a hand-painted tile mosaic map in the lobby that depicts the Iberian Peninsula and its surrounding oceans. 

A second recurring theme is grapevines. Cabins and suites have decorative metal wall lamps and wallpaper suggestive of grapevines, and the Andorinha’s reception area features a large, circular, domed ceiling light that is meant to appear as if it in entwined in grapevines.

“The Andorinha is a truly beautiful vessel,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, “and I love the fact that -- while she’s distinctly different from every other ship in our fleet -- she’ll still be instantly recognizable as a Tauck riverboat to guests who’ve sailed with us before. We’ve successfully brought our intimate and casually elegant style of Tauck river cruising to the Douro while still incorporating authentic local influences that truly inform and enhance the experience.”

An Andorinha suite, showing azulejo-inspired wall art and grapevine-inspired wall lamps.
An Andorinha suite, showing azulejo-inspired wall art and grapevine-inspired wall lamps.

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