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  • Gerard Schmitter - Dining room
    Gerard Schmitter - Dining room
    Gerard Schmitter - Cabin
    Gerard Schmitter - Cabin
    Gerard Schmitter - Hallway
    Gerard Schmitter - Hallway
    Gerard Schmitter - Salon
    Gerard Schmitter - Salon
  • Relatively affordable, value-for-money cruises
  • Line cruises Europe's major rivers, the Volga and the Mekong
  • Standards of cuisine are generally good on the French line
  • First ocean-going cruise ship launched in 2007
  • CroisiEurope News: CroisiEurope Launches New Ships for River and Canal Barge Cruises; Announces Plans for More


Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope has, as you might expect from a French cruise line, a decidedly French ambience onboard its ships. The company, which operates 37 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 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, however, tend to be on the small side, and 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

The French family-run company CroisiEurope claims to be Europe's largest river cruise line. The line's 37 vessels ply most of Europe's rivers as well as the Volga in Russia, the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam and, on the ocean, the Adriatic Sea and Canary Islands.

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.

CroisiEurope Fleet

CroisiEurope has 37 ships in total, comprising 26 river cruise ships in Europe, one river cruise ship in Spain capable of cruising coastal routes, two further ocean-going cruise ships, four hotel barges in France (as of 2014) and four chartered river cruise ships (three on the Volga and one on the Mekong).

The 26 river cruise ships in Europe each have a capacity of 100-200 passengers, navigating on many of Europe's rivers. Additionally, the 24-passenger canal boat Jeanine stays within France's network of canals and soon will be joined by three more canal boats -- Madeleine, Anne-Marie and Raymonde. The chartered, 48-passenger RV Indochine plies Asia's Mekong River, and the line's other charters -- Alexandre Pouchkine, Maxime Gorki and Leonid Sobolev -- all sail the Volga.

The line also acquired the 2,870-ton, 200-passenger ocean-going cruise ship La Belle de l'Adriatique in 2007 and the tiny, 8-passenger Galateia in 2009, which are operated under sister line CroisiMer.

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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We are experienced travelers and usually prefer to drive, however this is not practical along the Dalmatian coast. A small ship like La Belle de l'adriatique is the ...

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