On March 22, 2013, DouroAzul cruises will launch two new vessels on the Douro River in northern Portugal. In addition to exploring the cultural traditions and natural beauty of the Douro region, these riverboats will cut through the heart of Portugal’s Porto territory.
DouroAzul announced in a release that actress/model Andie MacDowell and her daughter, actress and singer/songwriter Rainey Qualley, will join as the godmothers to christen the new Queen Isabel (operated by Uniworld Cruises). Actress Sharon Stone will also come on-board to participate as a godmother of the AmaVida (operated by AmaWaterways).
According to European Union law, only the grapes from the demarcated Douro region of northern Portugal may use the "Porto" name, making these river cruises unique opportunities traverse port wine's scenic source! The Douro River traverses northern Portugal and is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula. The Queen Isabel and AmaVida will debark at the Spanish border and head west to the river’s outlet at Porto (the city and namesake for this smooth and sweet wine).