Review of CroisiEurope
The CroisiEurope line brand ("Alsace Croisieres" until 1997) is a French river cruise company, which is family owned and run, and based in Strasbourg. The line specializes in river cruising and also Mediterranean coastal cruises. Mr Gerard Schmitter founded CroisiEurope in 1976, chartering ms Alsace - his first riverboat - in 1982.
Today, CroisiEurope is one of the leaders on the European river cruising market. The line's river boats ply most of the of Europe's main waterways - both rivers and canals. CroisiEurope's ships also sail in Asia (Vietnam and Cambodia region). The company also charters boats that cruise on Volga River in Russia, on Irrawaddy River in Burma, and on Zambezi River in Africa. Two of the line's ships are ocean-going, and offer Mediterranean small ship cruise deals on coastal itineraries in southern Europe. Throughout the 1990's and the 1st decade of the 21st century, Crosi underwent rapid expansion and as its fleet grew, the line expanded operations outside the French borders. Gerard Schmitter handed management of the party over to his children in 1999. In 2006 CroisiEurope celebrated its 30th birthday, and in 2007 opened CroisiMer, a subsidiary company, to manage La Belle de l'Adriatique - its one ocean-going cruise ship. In 2010 Crosi created CroisiYacht brand to manage chartered sailings on Russia's Volga River. In 2014, CroisiEurope bought Mekong River Cruise Company, adding 4 ships that sail along the Mekong River. CroisiEurope currently owns a fleet of prestige category boats cruising all of Europe’s rivers. The cruise experience on board their ships features:
- Accommodations vary from 100 to 180 guests depending on the design of the ship. The facilities offer comfort, safety and cutting edge technology.
- The fleet of is partially renovated each year and carefully maintained, being mostly made up of less than 5-year-old ships. All boats have Veritas certifications. The itinerary options are varied with many of the stops classified as World Heritage Sites.
- CroisiEurope has, as it might be expect from a French line, a definitely French ambience onboard its vessels. The company has traditionally done most of the marketing for cruises inside France. During the last years, however, the line has begun to market itself to the English-speaking clientele.
- French is the primary language spoken on board (although most of the staff also speak English and other European languages). The announcements are made in English and in French.
- The 4-star vessels offer high-quality French cuisine food prepared by French chefs and accompanied with top German and French wines. As part of the focus on good value-for-money experience, food and wine on board is consistently good.
- What distinguishes Croisi from other river lines are the moderately-priced fares. Like most European river cruise lines, CroisiEurope deals include soft drinks, beer and wine year-round with lunch and dinner and offers unlimited drinks during the high season April through October, including house spirits. However, the biggest difference is that the guests of the line have to pay extra for shore excursions, though many other lines include these within their fares.
- Cruise cabins sizes are comparable to other European river ships, though the decor is more functional than deluxe.
- In addition to the main dining room, onboard public spaces include indoor lounge spaces for relax. The lounge bar is the main spot for evening entertainment, ranging from traditional regional programmes and music from resident musician to crew shows. The reception area or mezzanine features a small shop. A number of deck chairs for use on sunny days are found on the outdoor-carpeted top deck.
- The majority of Croisi's clients are European, with a large percentage of guests being French. However, the reasonable prices of the line attract customers from all around the world.
French river cruise line CroisiEurope, that has been expanding fastly to English-speaking guests, announced in March 2016 the addition of four ships to its fleet in 2017 on the Mekong, Douro, Rhine and Danube Rivers. The new ships are in addition to river boats debuting in spring 2016: the 80-passenger paddlewheel Elbe Princesse, designed to sail complicated Elbe River; and a couple of 22-passenger barges, Daniele, for Burgundy rivers and Deborah, which is planned to ply Briare Canal in Upper Loire Valley.
The new Douro, yet unnamed, ship will be company's 5th in Portugal. It will carry 132 passengers and feature 3 decks and a pool. Sailings from Porto begin in 2017. Indochine II, announced in 2015, will begin cruising the Mekong River in 2017. The vessel will carry 60 passengers in cabins with private balconies. It will be the fifth CroisiEurope ship on the Mekong.
For Rhine and Danube, the company builds two boats of varying size. Symphone II, slated for April 2017, will be able to accommodate 106 guests in 54 cabins. In June 2017, the line will launch Douce France II, featuring 68 rooms for 135 passengers.
Itinerary of CroisiEurope
CroisiEurope operates on Eurore's major waterways. Among the line's specialties are the France river cruises, including on luxury hotel barge ships. The company owns and operates the following vessels:
- Anne-Marie (barge on Rhone river canals, France)
- Beethoven (Rhine and Danube)
- Botticelli (Seine RIver)
- Camargue (Rhone and Saone)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers)
- Daniele (barge on Briare Canal, Burgundy and Upper Loire Valley, France)
- Deborah (barge on Garonne Canal, France)
- Douce France (Rhine River, Holland and Germany)
- Douce France II (Rhine and Danube)
- Fernao De Magalhaes (Douro River, Portugal)
- France (Seine River)
- Galateia (yacht, Atlantic coastal)
- Gerard Schmitter (Rhine and Danube)
- Gil Eanes (Douro River, Portugal and Spain)
- Jeanine (barge /France canal cruises on Saone river)
- RV Indochine (Mekong River, in Vietnam and Cambodia)
- RV Indochine II (Mekong River, in Vietnam and Cambodia)
- Infante Don Henrique (Douro River, Portugal)
- L'Europe (Rhine and Danube)
- La Belle de Cadix (Guadalquivir and Guadiana rivers, in Spain)
- La Boheme (Rhine and Danube)
- Lafayette (Rhine river)
- RV Lan Diep (Mekong River)
- Leonard de Vinci (Rhine, Moselle and Saar)
- Loire Princesse (Loire River, in France)
- Madeleine (barge /France canal cruises on Rhine river)
- Michelangelo (Po River, Italy)
- Mistral (Rhone and Saone)
- Modigliani (Rhine and Danube, also on Senne and Scheldt)
- Mona Lisa (Rhine and Elbe, also on Spree and Havel)
- Monet (Rhine river)
- RV Princesse Apsara (Mekong River, Vietnam and Cambodia)
- Princesse d'Aquitaine (Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers)
- Elbe Princesse (paddle steamer, on Moldau and Elbe river)
- Raymonde (barge /France canal cruises on Seine river)
- Renoir (Seine River)
- Seine Princess (Seine River)
- Symphonie (Rhine and Dutch waterways)
- Symphonie II (Rhine and Danube)
- RV Toum Tiou (Mekong River)
- RV Toum Tiou II (Mekong River)
- Van Gogh (Rhone and Saone)
- Vasco de Gama (Douro River, Portugal)
- Victor Hugo (Elbe, Rhine and Danube, also on Tisza in Hungary)
- Vivaldi (Danube river)
CroisiEurope cruise tracker
Our CroisiEurope cruise ship tracker is a function integrated into all CroisiEurope river cruise review pages. At page-bottom in each page you'll find a map with the boat's current location (AIS position). All the real-time tracking data is provided by VesselFinder. It's all about convenience - you will find where is your CroisiEurope ship cruising today and now along its current itinerary! Enjoy the "luxury France" river cruising on your CroisiEurope vacations!
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