A-ROSA Cruises Highlights
- Dedicated three ships to the English-speaking market, offering the most inclusive river cruise experiences in European waters.
- Perfect for active travelers and families.
- All open-seating dining serving healthy Mediterranean cuisine.
- Cruises the Rhine, Danube, Rhone/Saone, Main and Moselle Rivers.
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About A-ROSA Cruises
P&O merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003, and A-ROSA was eventually sold off to a private company. It's run by Lars Clasen, who originally served as AIDA's chief and created the A-ROSA brand in the first place.
These days, A-ROSA operates 10 riverboats, all in Europe, all reflecting its contemporary design sensibilities. It offers German travelers itineraries that include the Rhine, Danube, Rhone/Saone, Main and Moselle Rivers.
In 2013, for the first time, A-ROSA dedicated three ships -- A-ROSA Stella, A-ROSA Silva and A-ROSA Aqua -- to the English-speaking market for a series of cruises on the Rhine, Danube and Rhone/Saone. These cruises, dedicated 100 percent to English-speaking travelers, offer one of cruising's most inclusive fares (from air and transfers to anytime-cocktails and shore excursions).
A-ROSA has indoor and outdoor restaurants, and, true to its German heritage, it places somewhat more emphasis on buffet stations than most river lines. (Its dining is on par with that found on other luxury ships, and the buffet aspect is equally upmarket.) All dining is open-seating, and cuisine is Mediterranean, offering fresh and healthy choices. Because cocktails are included in the cruise fares, the atmosphere onboard is more akin to a big, moving cocktail party than a stuffy cruise experience.
The spas, salons and fitness facilities deserve special mention. Trainers and massage therapists are onboard, beauty treatments are offered, and the sauna -- with a view outside to the river -- is spacious.
Cabins, as on most riverboats, are located on three decks. All standard cabins are the same size, about 156 square feet. Those on Deck One are the most economical, with portholes about two-thirds of the way up the wall. Some have third beds. Cabins on Decks Two and Three feature French verandahs and beds that can convert from two twins to a queen. Ships also offer a handful of suites.
The sun deck is the heart of the ship during the daytime. It's outfitted with shuffleboard, a giant chess set, comfortable chairs and loungers (with an awning for shade), a swimming pool and a buffet setup for casual meals.
At other times, the ship's lounge, located all the way forward, is a prime spot for evening entertainment and enrichment activities.