GLITZ & GLAMOUR: Queen Isabel christened

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises newest ship on Portugal’s Douro River, Queen Isabel, was christened by Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell in Porto, Portugal on March 22. On hand for the inauguration ceremony were a number of celebrities, including singer Michael Bolton who performed at the event. Uniworld’s Queen Isabel begins its maiden voyage on March 28 with a sold-out ship. The vessel has a 118-passenger capacity, with accommodation including 18 junior suites and two bigger suites on the top deck that feature full balconies, and staterooms on the mid-deck that feature French balconies. Staterooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with modern comforts and conveniences, such as a flat-screen television with infotainment centre and Internet, and marble bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers and L’Occitane bath and body products. Public areas include a lounge with full-service bar, along with an outside bar; restaurant with an outside al fresco dining area; sun deck with heated swimming pool; and fitness and spa area. In both the lounge and restaurant, panoramic windows provide guests with views of the ever-changing scenery of the Douro’s vineyard-clad hills and pristine landscapes. Guests travelling on Uniworld’s popular 10-night Portugal, Spain and the Douro River itinerary will be treated to a host of inclusions, including all meals onboard with complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner; 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea; 11 excursions, with two “Choice Is Yours”options, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts; five UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and all transfers on arrival and departure days. (