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Uniworld christens Douro cruise vessel São Gabriel in Porto

Uniworld President and CEO Ellen Bettridge (in white suit) with São Gabriel godmother Joke De Bruyn
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises debuted its new Douro River vessel São Gabriel at christening festivities in Porto, Portugal.

Uniworld President and CEO Ellen Bettridge joined godmother Joke De Bruyn, Uniworld’s director of hotel operations and an employee since 2009. The event included speeches, a performance of traditional Portuguese music, gifts, dinner and toasts.

Closely follows Italy resumption

'It was a delight to toast with our beloved loyal guests and crew, and celebrate being back on the rivers aboard our beautiful brand-new super ship,' Bettridge said. 'This is only the beginning for us. It’s been a journey, but after recently setting sail in Italy and now Portugal, we’re looking forward to continuing this momentum with the restart of our itineraries in France and Central Europe next month.'

Top deck of suites, butler service

São Gabriel's top deck consists of all lavishly appointed suites, enhanced with butler service, giving passengers the option to dine at any time they like. Spanish and Portuguese culture and cutting-edge, locally sourced cuisine are featured.

The first trip, 'Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley,' stretches 11 days and ends in Lisbon.

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