CroisiEurope is changing the landscape of European river cruising. The line has unveiled a brand new vessel concept designed to sail the Loire River – and it features a paddlewheel.
The Loire Princesse was designed specifically to sail its namesake river, which is the longest such waterway in France. Dotted with spectacular scenery and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Loire is a veritable wealth of cities and regions that, until now, have never been accessible by a river cruise ship with staterooms designed for overnight stays.
The new Loire Princesse will be 295 feet long with a beam of 49 feet and will be capable of accommodating up to 96 guests in a total of 48 staterooms. It will feature paddlewheel-propulsion, and onboard amenities will include Wi-Fi internet access; a full-service restaurant capable of accommodating the entire passenger complement in a single seating; an inviting Lounge with a dedicated dance floor; and a sun deck that is perfectly suited to outdoor viewing.
Dubbed a “Green Ship” due to the inclusion of environmentally friendly technologies, the Loire Princess will enter service in April 2015 with a series of six to eight-day cruises. She is currently under construction at STX France’s famed shipyards in Saint Nazaire, where ships like Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and the famous CGT liner France (later Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norway) were built.
More information on the Loire Princesse will be published here on River Cruise Advisor as it becomes available.
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