Porto, Portugal – 13 June 2019 – For the fourth consecutive year, DouroAzul, the leading river cruise company in Portugal, was named Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company at this year’s World Travel Awards Gala, held on the verdant island of Madeira. This is the fifth time the river cruise brand was recognized with the honour, with the first time in 2014. DouroAzul is a company owned by Mystic Invest Holding, a Portuguese company that also owns and operates German river cruise company Nicko Cruises, ocean cruise line Mystic Cruises, and the newly established Mystic Cruises USA.
“While this award is specifically attributed to DouroAzul, it reflects our company’s culture and ambitions that are shared throughout our companies,” said Mário Ferreira, Chairman of Mystic Invest Holding. “I’m proud of our achievements, and this emboldens us to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations.”
First established with river boat VistaDouro in 1993, DouroAzul grew steadily to become the leading cruise company in Portugal. Today, the company sails 12 river boats, offering enriching experiences in an elegant manner while navigating the fascinating Douro River. The river boats offer guests elegant cabins and suites, and luxurious onboard amenities, such a spa, sauna and fitness centre, fine dining, lounges and entertainment, while incorporate the latest technology to minimize each boat’s impact on the environment in order to sustain the Douro’s rich and diverse cultural experiences.
“We are committed to prioritising our customers’ needs along with preserving the environment, and this has allowed us to become a leading group in the cruise industry,” added Ferreira. “Our successes compel us to continue to achieve new and greater accomplishments in the future.”