CroisiEurope. Huh? That’s what most people who are new to river cruising say when I mention the company to them. First, there’s the French pronunciation that confuses them. Like croissant, the “cr” is pronounced as “qua,” as in QuasiEurope rather than KrossiEurope.
The name CroisiEurope translates roughly to Cruising Europe, but in fact, the Strasbourg-based company does much more than cruise Europe. Flip through the company’s brochure, and you quickly discover that CroisiEurope has some of the most interesting itineraries of any river cruise company afloat.
To add to its broad offerings, next year, CroisiEurope expands its fleet by adding five new ships.
- Operating on the Douro, the MS Miguel Torga is being billed as an innovative, premium class, three-deck ship with a pool, contemporary interior design and 66 cabins that will accommodate 132 passengers. Built at the Sambre and Meuse Shipyard in Namur, MS Miguel Torga will be joining the four other CroisiEurope ships on the Douro. Beginning in April 2017, the new ship will operate eight-day cruises on the “Golden River,” departing from Porto and calling on Regua, Vega de Terron, Ferradosa and Pinhão.
- The MS Symphonie and the MS Douce France will be completely renovated next year. Interior spaces will be redesigned to make these ships two of CroisiEurope’s top-rated premium vessels, in line with the latest generation ships. The two ships will be rechristened the MS Symphonie II (cruising the Danube) and the MS Douce France II (cruising the Rhine).
- Southern Africa: In 2017, CroisiEurope will offer a new, luxurious six-day/five-night cruise for 16 passengers. The ship, named African Dream, will have eight exterior-facing deluxe suites with balconies, a panoramic restaurant, lounge and bar, and rooftop patio with pool and chaise lounges. The cruise will be followed by a four-day/three-night stay in 5-star CroisiEurope accommodations, and include safaris and a day at Victoria Falls.
- RV Indochine II, a colonial-style boat accommodating 60 passengers in 30 cabins, will join CroisiEurope’s four other vessels on the Mekong in 2017. The ship will sail from Angkor to Ho-Chi-Minh between Siem Reap and Ho-Chi-Minh and back.