CroisiEurope expanding its river cruise fleet

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Operating a fleet that includes paddle wheelers capable of playing one meter of water, the river cruise company CroisieEurope is exploring relatively unusual waterways.

The CroisiEurope fleet consists of 35 river vessels in Europe ranging capacity 100-180 passengers, including a paddle wheeler on the Loire and 2 paddle wheelers on the Elbe. In addition, are six 22-passenger canal barges in France, as well as 5 ships in the Mekong and one lake cruiser in Africa, which will soon be joined by a second one.

Earlier this year, CroisiEurope launched two river vessels, the newbuild Amalia Rodrigues, its sixth vessel on the Douro in Portugal, and the renovated Victor Hugo, which sails on the Danube, Rhine, Elbe and Tisza.

In 2018, CroisiEurope carried more than 200,000 passengers, of which about 130,000 sailed on rivers in Europe. The company posted revenues of some
€186 million.

With a river cruise boom in Europe, Michael DaCosta, Sales and Marketing at CroisiEurope America, said: “We have basically stopped adding more ships on the Rhine and the Danube, but we have introduced new ships on the Rhone and Douro this year. In addition, we are going to more new rivers and tributaries to the big rivers. We are one of very few companies on the Elbe and the only company on the Loire. We are also going off the Danube on the Tisza into Hungary’s wine region. And we do the Sava river in Croatia. These are rivers that are not that much explored by other ships.”

Setting CroisiEurope apart, according to DaCosta, is the company’s value pricing. “We are all-inclusive, all meals, beverages and tours, and we offer a variety of cruises, including three and four days for people who do not have much time to travel, and destinations that no one else is offering. Our guests can come back for many years and never cruise on the same river again.”