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AROSA Cruises (officially A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH, translated "A-Rosa River Ship") is a German company operating passenger riverboats on Main, Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Saone and Moselle itineraries. 

The A-ROSA Cruises company is based in Rostock Germany. As river cruise line brand, "A-Rosa" is currently owned by the UK-based Duke Street Capital (headquartered in London England). The brand was previously owned by Atlantis International Ltd (Florida-based US travel company, also specializing in maritime services - surveying, risk consulting, average adjusting, claims management, cargo recovery). Its last owner (until 2018) was Waterland Private Equity LLP (Manchester-based investment group).

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The company was founded in 2000 as a P&O Princess Cruises’ subsidiary to serve the German market. Alongside sister line AIDA, A-ROSA Cruises reflected AIDA's unfussy sensibility with less-structured dining, relaxed dress codes, and an active onboard experience.

The Arosa cruise company's operations started with three ships - Blu, Bella and Donna. Following the 2013 merger between P&O and Carnival Corp, A-ROSA was sold off to the private company A-ROSA Flussschif (run by Lars Clasen, who created the A-ROSA brand). 

  • Quite elaborate for Europe's rivers ship amenities, aiming at active and younger travelers. The line's ships boast the river industry's largest spas and top-deck pools. The fitness facilities, spas and salons deserve special mention. Massage therapists and trainers are on board; the latest beauty treatments are offered; the saunas are spacious and feature great outside views to the river.
  • Indoor and outdoor open-seating restaurants, with emphasis on buffet stations. The quality of food equals that found on other luxury vessels, and the buffet aspect is upscale. The cuisine is Mediterranean, with fresh and healthy choices. All cocktails are included in the price of the cruise.
  • Cabins are situated on three decks as on most riverboats. All standard cabins are about 156 sq.feet. The most economical are located on Deck One and feature portholes about 2/3 (two-thirds) of the way up the walls. There are a number of staterooms with sofa beds for families, which is also rare in the riverboat market. Cabins on Decks 2 and 3 feature French balconies and beds converting from twins to a queen. Some A-ROSA ships also boast a handful of suites.
  • During the day, the heart of each AROSA ship is its Sun Deck. This large outdoor area is outfitted with giant chess board, shuffleboard, comfortable seating (loungers and deckchairs), shaded seating (retractable awnings). At other times, the bow-located bar lounge is the prime spot for daily scheduled enrichment activities and live entertainment in the evenings.

In January 2018, Waterland Private Equity LLP announced the sell of its interest in A-ROSA River Cruises. Company's new owner is the UK-based Duke Street Capital, which acquired the whole company.

In 2009, Waterland (independent private equity investment group) acquired a majority stake in A-ROSA. In the following years, the company enjoyed a significant growth and became the largest and most successful river cruise line on the German passenger source market.

Itinerary of Arosa Cruises

The list of operated by Arosa Flussschiff destinations includes the Europe's largest rivers Danube and Rhine, also Main and Mosel, and the France's Rhone and Saone rivers.  Currently, the A-ROSA cruise company owns eleven riverboats operated in Europe exclusively.

Follows the list of all Arosa river cruise ships. Launch years (shown in brackets) allow to you see fleet's expansion from 2009 onwards (1 new boat per year).

In this section you'll find all their itineraries schedules with dates and prices. Additionally, you'll be able to track the Arosa river cruise ships with our VesselFinder map for ship tracking integrated in every page below. This way you'll be able to see where your Arosa ship sails through the year, when and for how much, plus where is the A-Rosa riverboat right now - in realtime!

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All river passenger shipping line companies and their fleets are listed there.

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