It wasn’t without hesitation that I decided to offer European river cruises to compliment my firms custom tours in France. After some research I selected CroisiEurope. A family owned company based in Strasbourg France. They had a full portfolio of European river cruises, and were just entering the American market.
River cruising is the European equivalent to Caribbean cruising in the US. Lots of ships (only with 100, instead of 1000 passengers!) cruising to the same destinations. After some advertising I had some bookings and decided to make sure things went smoothly I would go too. Paris to Normandy via the Seine River, and the Bordeaux wine country were to be the destinations.
There wasn't any reason to be concerned. The ship was quite spacious, incredibly quiet
and the cabins sparkled with a great view and plenty of closet space. The majority of the passengers were French, with a group from Cologne Germany nearly matching their numbers, and the remaining 15 were British and us. Conversations came easily and I discovered that for many this hardly anyone’s first cruise with CroisiEurope. A German couple told me this was their 15th trip with CroisiEurope! French style seemed to be why they chose CroisiEurope over other cruise lines.
Unmistakable once it is experienced French style is absolutely charming. You could describe it as savor faire + joire de vivre, or to put it another way, knowing just what to do and doing it in a way that says - I enjoy doing this.
CroisiEuropes' French style showed itself in ways like the crews friendliness and constant attention to doing everything "just right" (only white gloved hands touch plates and silverware). Or asking how many cubes of ice would you like in your drink?
France and culinary excellence are synonymous and the ships chefs never let you forget that. Four to five courses, with a like number of wines, was standard fare. Quail, duck, pork, rabbit, foie gras, even baked Alaska, it did not take long before you were looking forward to the next meal. No one was ever late to the dining room!
So what is the bottom line on CroisiEurope? Comfortable ships, dining like you have never dined before, plenty of nice extras (complimentary beverages, wines and spirits), interesting excursions, and a mix of passengers from different countries. Delivered at a lower price than their competitors. Not bad, not bad at all.