We’ve been writing about her a lot in the past few days, and we’ve now posted our complete Ship Profile for CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse:
Elbe Princesse Overview
Launched in April of 2016, the 311-foot long Elbe Princesse was designed specifically to sail the shallow Elbe and Havel rivers between Berlin and Prague. It is CroisiEurope’s second paddlewheel-driven ship, following on the heels of 2015’s Loire Princesse that makes her home in the Loire Valley of France.
Capable of carrying just 80 guests, Elbe Princesse features a sleek and innovative design that’s unlike anything else currently afloat. Her two stern-mounted paddlewheels push the ship through the river with surprising speed (and a little bounce in her decks), and even feature multi-colour lights inside the wheel housings that illuminate her unique propulsion systems during the evening hours when she is underway.
With just two passenger decks, Elbe Princesse is a small river cruise ship that’s big on space. The ship’s lounge is only pleasantly crowded when full, and the ship’s dining room can seat all guests in a single sitting.
CroisiEurope is still proudly family-owned and operated, but Elbe Princesse really ups the line’s interior design work, with bright colours that reflect both French and Scandinavian tastes. It creates plenty of what the Germans would call “Gemütlichkeit”, or a “feeling of coziness.”
Thanks to her shallow draft (less than three feet of the hull is below the waterline) Elbe Princesse is one of the only ships on the Elbe River that can sail from the heart of Berlin straight into the heart of Prague.
Elbe Princesse Staterooms
A total of 40 staterooms are available aboard Elbe Princesse, most of which are dramatically similar to one another.
Deck 2, the ship’s uppermost interior deck, features 24 staterooms with French balconies. Measuring 161 square feet, they include a useful desk and vanity area that also features built-in air conditioning; beds that can be positioned as either twin or queen; two full-size closets and one set of half-sized shelves; reading, accent and overhead lights, and a bathroom that features an unusually-large standalone shower, along with a sink and a toilet that, surprisingly, is not of the vacuum variety.