Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
2019 Douro River Wine Cruise

About the Ship

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Voted #1 River Cruise Line
by Travel + Leisure 2018 World's Best Awards

Uniworld's Queen Isabel provides an up-close and unforgettable view of Portugal's Douro River Valley - a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site - renowned for its dramatic, rugged scenery and pristine waters.  Named after Portugal's beloved queen, this boutique 116-guest vessel is the most unique and stately ship on the Douro, a wonderful place to admire the region;s steeply terraced hillside vineyards and charming wine estates.

Ship Features and Amenities

All staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV, radio, alarm clock, and bottled water. Additional amenities in suites include a Nespresso coffee machine and tea station and an iPhone/iPod charger and player. Bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, and bathrobes and slippers.

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  • Public Areas & Amenities
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sun Deck with swimming pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Serenity River Spa
  • Boutique
  • Elevator
  • Reception service
  • Complimentary coffee and tea bar
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Inaugurated: 2013 | Guests: 116 | Staff: 33 | Suites: 2 (323 sq ft) | Deluxe Balcony: 18 (215 sq ft) | French Balcony & Classic: 38 (161 sq ft) |

    Note: While the Queen Isabel is the most luxurious ship on the Douro River, she may not have all the same amenities as a Uniworld company-owned ship.


    Wine Program Highlights
    • Cruise personally hosted by Rebecca Robinson of ZAP; Joel Peterson, Randle Johnson and Mark Vernon
    • Onboard University of Zin Wine Education Program  
    • Onboard welcome toast, seminar & tasting, group dinners with wine hosts and farewell reception
    • Food & Wine Trails optional pre-cruise Madrid land program and wine-themed shore excursions in select ports
    • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings! 


    Cruise Highlights

    • 7-night roundtrip Porto cruise on Uniworld's Queen Isabel
    • Uniworld's All Inclusive Experience
    • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
    • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Uniworld complimentary guided shoreside tours  

    ABOUT the EXPERT(s)

    Joel Peterson 
    "Godfather of Zin"

    Randle Johnson
    Artezin Winemaker & Winegrower

    Mark Vernon
    CEO, Ridge Vineyards



    • Accommodations on the Queen Isabel
    • All meals & entertainment on ship
    • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
    • All gratuities, onboard and ashore including local guides and bus tours
    • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions


    • Roundtrip Air
    • Food & Wine Trails 3-Night Pre-Cruise Madrid Program  
    • Food & Wine Trails exclusive wine themed shore tours  
    • Premium wine and spirits
    • ZAP Membership Fee ($50 annually)
    • All items of a personal nature


    ZAP and the winemakers outdid themselves with plentiful and great Zin! High recommendations from us, and we have been on many cruises.

    B. & R. Hochman | Nevada City, CA