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  • Relatively affordable, value-for-money cruises
  • Line cruises Europe's major rivers, the Volga and the Mekong
  • Michelin-starred chefs help create menus on the French line
  • First ocean-going cruise ship launched in 2007
  • CroisiEurope News: River Cruise Line to Launch Paddlewheel on Elbe
  • CroisiEurope Deals: 6-Night Inclusive French Barge Cruise from $1,800
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Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope has, as you might expect from a French cruise line, a decidedly French ambience onboard its ships. The company, which operates 43 vessels in total, has traditionally done most of the marketing for its value-for-money cruises inside France. Of late, however, the company has begun to market itself to an English-speaking audience.

French is the primary language spoken (although most of the staff do also speak English and a smattering of other European languages), and announcements are made in French and in English. The food onboard is, by-and-large, French.

What distinguish CroisiEurope from other river lines are its moderately-priced fares. Like most other Europe river lines, CroisiEurope does include wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner year-round and offers unlimited drinks (including house spirits) during the high season from April to October. The biggest difference, though, is that the line asks passengers to pay extra for shore excursions -- which many other Europe river cruise lines include within their fares.

As part of the line's focus on the value-for-money cruise experience, food and wine onboard is consistently good, and the itinerary options are varied. Cabins sizes are generally comparable to other European river cruise ships, though the ships' decor is more functional than luxurious.

In addition to a main dining room, public spaces onboard most ships include a couple of indoor lounge spaces for recreation and entertainment. Typically, the lounge bar is the spot for evening entertainment, which ranges from traditional regional entertainment to crew shows to music from the resident musician. The mezzanine or reception area has a small shop. On the outdoor-carpeted top deck, you'll find a canopy and a number of deck chairs for use on sunny days.

About CroisiEurope

A French, family-run company, CroisiEurope is the largest river cruise line based in Europe. Thirty-five of the line's vessels ply the majority of Europe's rivers and canals and four ships that sail in Vietnam and Cambodia. Two of the line's ships are ocean-going vessels, and Croisi also charters four ships that sail the Volga in Russia, the Irrawaddy in Burma and the Zambezi in Africa.

Gerard Schmitter founded the company in 1976, and chartered his first river boat, Alsace, in 1982.

Initially called Alsace Croisières, in 1986, the line built and launched its first Prestige-class boat, Kellerman, and in 1991 opened offices in Paris. Throughout the 1990's and the first decade of the 21st century, the line underwent rapid expansion, growing its fleet and ultimately changing its name to CroisiEurope as it expanded operations outside the borders of France.

In 1999 Gerard Schmitter handed management of the company over to his children, who continue to direct operations.

The company celebrated its 30th birthday in 2006, and in 2007 opened a subsidiary company, CroisiMer, to manage its one ocean-going cruise ship, La Belle de l'Adriatique. In 2010, the company created the CroisiYacht brand to manage chartered cruises on Russia's Volga River. And in 2014, CroisiEurope bought the Mekong River Cruise Company, adding four ships that cruise along the Mekong River.

CroisiEurope Fleet

CroisiEurope and CroisiMer have 43 ships in their fleet, comprised mostly of small hotel barges and larger river cruise ships in Europe. The line augmented its fleet with the purchase of Compagnie Fluviale du Mekong (Mekong River Cruise Company) and its four ships in 2014, and operates cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia on those ships.

CroisiMer, the ocean-cruise arm of the company, has two ocean-going cruise ships, the 2,870-ton, 200-passenger ocean-going cruise ship La Belle de l'Adriatique (acquired in 2007) and the tiny, 8-passenger Galateia (acquired in 2009).

Additionally, CroisiEurope has four chartered river cruise ships -- two in Russia on the Volga, one in Burma and one in Africa.

CroisiEurope's European river cruise ships all have a capacity of 82-190 passengers, navigating on most of the region's rivers. The line is also building a number of smaller, 24-passenger boats to cruise within France's network of canals.

Fellow Passengers

As noted, the majority of Croisi's clientele is European, with a large percentage of passengers being French. But the line's reasonable prices attract customers from the around the world, as well.
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CroisiEurope Member Reviews

100% Loved It

Well, we did sail about 2 kilometers up the Seine, one night. The advertised cruise in the other direction to Notre Dame was cancelled at the last ... Read more

by jurob

Our river cruise out of Bordeaux on the Gironde estuary was very enjoyable. The crew was exceptionally pleasant. Food was very good, well ... Read more

by jsdpj

While the price was excellent, we were truly disappointed with our 8 day Blue Danube cruise with CroisiEurope. The entire program was mainly ... Read more

by rsmylie

We just returned to the US from France after a wonderful river cruise. It was particularly interesting to be on board with people from all over ... Read more

by kliker

The cruise was directed towards French senior citizens. The ship staff tried hard, but were not especially well trained. Their language skills ... Read more

by World Runner
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