CroisiEurope River Cruises
History Of CroisiEurope River Cruises
Founded by Gérard Schmitter in 1976, CroisiEurope River Cruises is still a family run business, responsible for the construction, ownership and day-to-day operations of an entire fleet of river cruise vessels that are capable of carrying between 100 and 200 passengers. Currently in the midst of an ambitious newbuild program, CroisiEurope will have a fleet of 46 river cruise vessels by the end of 2016. This also includes several “hybrid” river cruise vessels capable of transiting the Mediterranean on unique river and ocean itineraries.
CroisiEurope offers sailings on all of Europe’s most popular rivers, and has nearly four decades of experience in offering river cruises. This allows CroisiEurope to concentrate on providing its passengers with exceptional food, excellent service and creative itineraries that are designed to appeal to both experienced and novice river cruisers alike.
All told, CroisiEurope offers more than 500 departures on more than 30 rivers and canals, spanning more than 100 diverse itineraries. Recently, the company also expanded its river cruise offerings to include scenic journeys through the legendary canals of France.
A leader in the European river cruising market for decades, the line has recently started offering its product to the North American market, focusing on its competitive and affordable pricing as well as its reputation for service and quality.
CroisiEurope believes a great river cruise should be a personable river cruise, and the company has been building up a steady clientele of satisfied customers during their long and storied history.
CroisiEurope River Cruises’ Fleet
In 2013, CroisiEurope introduced Jeanine to the Canals of France. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, she is the canal boat for those who have always avoided a traditional barging experience, with capacity for 24 guests and modern, stylish public rooms and amenities. She has proven to be so successful that another three sister-ships are currently under construction.
In 2014, the line introduced three new barges to the canals of Europe, and is set to construct a fourth vessel to ply Portugal’s famed Douro River in 2015.
The line’s newest European vessels feature stem-to-stern complimentary Wi-Fi internet access and Samsung Galaxy tablets for guests to use. The rest of the fleet offers complimentary wi-fi access in the ship’s Reception and Lounge areas.
Inclusions on CroisiEurope include complimentary beer and wine served with lunch and dinner, and an open bar throughout each voyage. The only items that aren’t inclusive are Champagne, wines on the wine list, and fine brandies. The line also includes all onboard entertainment and port taxes.
The Destinations of CroisiEurope
CroisiEurope is the only river cruise company to feature vessels on every single river in Europe. These include the ones you’ve likely heard of before, such as Rhine, Main, and the famous Blue Danube. But have you sailed down the Neckar, Guadina, or the Gironde? CroisiEurope offers voyages on all of them.
CroisiEurope is also one of the few cruise lines to offer voyages along Italy’s Po River, sailing from the breathtaking city of Venice. You can also elect to take a more intimate voyage through the gorgeous Canals of France aboard a traditional – but modern – barge.
In addition to continental Europe, CroisiEurope also features voyages along Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, and cruises that explore the coasts of Croatia and Montenegro during the summer months, along with Cyprus and Israel coastal cruises during the winter.
My Take Away
CroisiEurope’s all-inclusive cruises impress me with their French flair, inventive itineraries and innovative ships, including paddlewheelers that can operate on the Elbe and Loire. CroisiEurope also serves up one of the best values in river cruising.
But CroisiEurope is not for everyone. See my story: Is CroisiEurope Right For You? and The Only Two Americans On Board: CroisiEurope New Year’s Cruise In Provence
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