Alan Lam reports
CroisiEurope, the river cruise operator, announces that it will inaugurate seven new and renovated ships during the 2016-2017 season; three of them will enter service in 2106.
On the rivers Elbe and Moldau (Vltava in Czech), from Spring 2016, the company will introduce the 80-pax, 40-cabin paddlewheeler Elbe Princesse for the Berlin-Prague cruise itinerary. The ship is currently under construction at STX France.
On French canals, CroisiEurope will add the small 24-pax, 12-cabin Déborah, which will serve a new Briare-Nevers itinerary on Briare Canal, between Borgoña and Loire Valley. Danièle, the other vessel of the same capacity is earmarked to serve the Borgoña Canal. Both units are due for delivery this year.
Four more vessels will be inaugurated in 2017.
On River Duero in Portugal, in April 2017, the company will introduce a fifth, the innovative triple-bridged, 66-cabin and 132-pax vessel, currently under construction at Sambre & Meuse in Namur. The ship will join the existing four units already in operation. The proposed route for this vessel will be the 8-day Oporto-Regua itinerary.
On the Mekong, CroisiEurope will also add a fifth vessel, the 60-pax, 30-cabin neo-colonial Indochine. The ship will sail between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.
On the Danube and the Rhine, the recently renovated and re-baptised Symphonie II (formerly Symphonie) and Douce France II (formerly Douce France) will serve the two rivers, respectively.
As a leading river cruise operator, CroisiEurope is accelerating its expansion.