A-ROSA STELLA Ship Review
Sleek, comfortable and charming are three words to describe A-ROSA’s 412-foot long, 174-guest A-ROSA STELLA. Constructed at the Neptun-Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany, she entered service in 2005 and can be easily identified by her large wraparound panoramic windows that grace her forward superstructure — not to mention the trademark “smiling lips” painted on her bow. In 2014, A-ROSA STELLA will sail the gorgeous Rhone & Saone Rivers, operating the line’s weeklong, A Toast to Provence and Burgundy itineraries departing roundtrip from Lyon, France.
A-ROSA STELLA Staterooms
- Category S staterooms are located on Deck 1 and measure 156 square feet. These feature a single oversize porthole window with an attractively styled “frame,” and can accommodate three guests thanks to the addition of a pull-down bed. It’s worth noting these beds are separated, with one folding up to become a sitting area during the daytime. There are only two of these rooms aboard A-ROSA STELLA, numbered 102 and 101.
- Category A staterooms are also located on Deck 1 and also measure 156 square feet. Their sleeping arrangement is more traditional, with the beds placed next to each other. Dual porthole windows let in plenty of natural light. These rooms sleep two guests.
- Category C staterooms are located on Deck 2, and feature a French-style, “Juliette” balcony that features two doors that slide open (and have screens that can be pulled down from the upper threshold). Also measuring 156 square feet, these rooms feature attractive wall treatments above the sleeping area.
- Category D staterooms are identical to Category C, with the exception that they are located one deck higher on Deck 3. Room layout is identical, with French-style “Juliette” balcony area and accommodations for two.
A-ROSA STELLA Public Areas
A-ROSA STELLA offers all of the amenities and features that North American cruisers have come to expect in a river cruise ship, all packaged and delivered in a warm, welcoming style that is distinctly A-ROSA.
All the way forward on Deck 2 is the customary Lounge, featuring 180-degree views of the passing landscapes. Unlike other river cruise vessels we’ve experienced, the Restaurant, with its Buffet Stations, is situated on Deck 2 between the Reception Lobby and Lounge. The Restaurant’s location is higher up than on many other river cruisers and allows for a picturesque perspective when docked and cruising.
On Deck 1, a larger-than-average SPA offers some unique amenities for a river cruise ship, including a Massage and Beauty area; a Steam Room & Organic Sauna; a Finnish Sauna; and a Relaxation Room. This is in addition to a dedicated Gym, large for river cruisers and with a good selection of training equipment.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- There is no elevator aboard the A-ROSA STELLA.
- There are no suites aboard the A-ROSA STELLA.
- There is a large pool on the A-ROSA STELLA.
Be sure to see Ralph Grizzle’s Assessing A-ROSA Stella: 9 Differentiating Factors That Would Make Me Cruise Again
Check out our photo slideshows featuring our weeklong cruise on A-ROSA Stella.