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Arosa Cruises

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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 active onboard experience.

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). In 2009, Waterland (independent private equity investment group) acquired a majority stake in A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH. In the following years, the cruise company enjoyed significant growth and became the largest and most successful on the German passenger source market. In January 2018, Waterland Private Equity LLP announced the sale of its interest in A-ROSA River Cruises. Company's new (current) owner is the UK-based Duke Street Capital, which acquired the whole company.

Fleet's newest vessels are Arosa Alva (2019, on Douro River) and Arosa TBN (2021, on Rhine River). This Europe-based passenger shipping company targets active and younger travelers. Its riverboats have industry's largest spas and top-deck swimming pools. Onboard wellness facilities deserve special mention, being served by certified massage therapists and trainers and offering latest beauty treatments and large-sized riverview gyms and saunas.

Indoor and outdoor open-seating restaurants emphasis on buffet stations. The quality of food equals that found on other luxury vessels, and the buffet aspect is upscale. The cuisine is the Mediterranean, with fresh and healthy choices. All cocktails are cruise price-included.

Staterooms are on 3 decks (as on most large European riverboats) with standard cabins sized 155 ft2 (14 m2). The cheapest are on Lower Deck (deck1) and with porthole windows (2/3 of the way up the riverside walls). Family staterooms are with sofabeds, which is also rare in the river cruise market. Cabins on Decks 2 and 3 are with French balconies and convertible to twins Queen-size beds. Some A-ROSA also have large-sized Suites.

During the day, the heart of each AROSA ship is its Sun Deck (deck4). This large outdoor area is outfitted with a giant chess board, shuffleboard, comfortable seating (loungers and deckchairs), shaded seating (retractable awnings). At other times, the bow-located Bar Lounge (indoor) is the prime spot for daily scheduled enrichment activities and live entertainment in the evenings.

Itinerary of Arosa Cruises

The list operated by Arosa Flussschiff destinations includes Europe's largest rivers Danube and Rhine, also Main and Mosel, and 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 schedule with dates and prices. Additionally, you'll be able to track the Arosa river cruise ships with our VesselFinder map for ship tracking integrated into 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 real time!

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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