What is CroisiEurope?
Known for its river cruises, CroisiEurope also offers ocean voyages on two small ships. The 130-passenger La Belle des Oceans (formerly Silversea's silver discoverer), introduced in 2020, is heading to the main towns of Corsica this coming year, making the short round-trip from Nice. Guests will be able to follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, visit the hilltop villages of Balagne, and enjoy dinner at a traditional inn. Meanwhile, the 197-guest La Belle de l'Adriatique is sailing a red sea itinerary until March, then setting off on an eight-day Aegean itinerary from Athens between June and August.
Why choose this cruise line?
CroisiEurope draws with its attractive prices and even more attractive destinations, offering cruisers the chance to sail in all four corners of the globe.
Flexibility is key here, the choice between premium and standard ship, and also the fantastic range of excursions and excursion packages available.
Unlike most other river cruise lines who offer a buffet, both lunch and dinner are served as sit-down affairs, with three- to four-course menus offering French favourites – a great option for those looking for a more traditional cruise experience.
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Cruising with CroisiEurope
CroisiEurope offers a great value cruising experience, and with that comes an atmosphere that’s relaxed, informal, friendly and no frills. The cruise line operates a huge fleet of 54 ships, and these ships are split into two categories – standard and premium.
Standard ships usually have two or three decks, with one restaurant, a lounge bar and sundeck, and interiors can be a little dated.
On CroisiEurope’s premium ships, passengers can expect fewer and larger cabins, with bigger windows and sometimes balconies), elegant interiors, a spacious sundeck with pool (on Southern Europe sailings) and space for fitness classes, piano bar and terrace.
Unusual for its price point, the cruise line is also all-inclusive, offering full-board, free wi-fi (on European sailings) and alcoholic drinks.
Who should travel with CroisiEurope?
Being budget friendly, CroisiEurope attracts a host of cruisers from around the world, most passengers ranging in age from 50 to 70 years old.
The cruise line would suit couples, groups of friends, retirees and those looking to immerse themselves in a destination, and it is not known as a family-friendly cruise line – though some passengers do bring their children on board.
Being French-owned, the line is popular with French passengers, and there are both French and English-speaking crew and guides on board.
In Northern Europe, you can choose from the Rhine; Dutch and Belgian Waterways; Moselle, Neckar and Main; Elbe, Oder and the French waterways (think Burgundy, Provence and Champagne), while in Southern Europe there's the Douro, Venetian lagoon and river Po and Guadalquivir. Worldwide, CroisiEurope also cruises on the Chobe River, Lake Kariba, Mekong, Nile, Volga and Neva
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With all cabins being located above water level, each one has access to windows of its own (Portholes or large windows). Rooms are equipped with a toilet, shower, and washbasin, alongside a number of towels, shower gels, and shampoos complimentary of the cabin.
Cabin amenities include a flat-screen television, hairdryer, safe, and plenty of storage space. All cabins are air-conditioned.
Depending on the ship, cabins can have two twin beds, a large bed, or two separate beds. Some boats have cabins that cater specifically to passengers with reduced mobility.
Available options include:
- Single cabins
- Double Cabins (Select double cabins include a private terrace)
- Triple or quadruple cabins
At CroisiEurope the day begins with a continental breakfast buffet, rich and varied: pastries, cereals, coffee, tea, fruit juice, a wide selection of breads, jams, cold meats, eggs, fresh fruits, and yoghurts.
Lunch and dinner are served at fixed times in one service, with a three-course meal available at dinner in a homage to French gastronomy.
Local flavours add to the culinary immersion of the visited country and create a cultured experience for those onboard
Accompanying the daily prepared meals is a selection of wines chosen for their quality and compatibility with the dishes and are included in the price.
The restaurant – located on the main deck the restaurant is where all meals will be served and is home to a wide panoramic view offering a casual but elegant experience.
The bar - is a place where passengers can socialise throughout the day and enjoy hosted activities such as dinner games, quizzes, and dancing. Some ships also include Lounge, Panoramic and Piano bars.
A wide range of activities and entertainment are provided onboard. Quizzes and games are hosted by entertainers in the lounge bar, while the sun deck is the perfect place for an evening stroll or to be with friends and family.
Sun loungers and gymnastics sessions are available as you enjoy the magnificent views of the landscapes that pass by. On some ships, the sun deck even has a swimming pool.
The panoramic lounge bar, the library, and the piano bar (the latter two are available on some ships only) are a nice place to relax and spend quiet moments, with lectures on the local area and its history available.
Musical and variety evenings are potential activities too as well as regular gala evenings.
MS Fernao de Magalhaes
MS Amalia Rodrigues
MS Victor Hugo
MS Gil Eanes
MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
MS Douce France
MS Gérard Schmitter
MV La Belle des Océans
MS Elbe Princesse II
MS Loire Princesse
MS Vasco de Gama
MS Miguel Torga
MS Rhone Princess
MS Infante Don Henrique
RV Indochine II
The Jaz Royale
MS Seine Princess
La Belle de L'Adriatique
MS Léonard de Vinci
MS Van Gogh
MS Cyrano de Bergerac
MS Jacques Cartier
MS La Belle de Cadix
MS Mona Lisa
MS La Boheme
MS Elbe Princesse
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CroisiEurope offers one of the best-value and most competitive packages in the cruise industry, and all passengers receive full-board (buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner), free wi-fi (in Europe), alcoholic drinks, unlimited tea and coffee and soft drinks. On some sailings gratuities are included and the use of cycles is complimentary on its barge cruises.
Unique selling points
CroisiEurope is a totally unique river cruise line, operating around the world and giving affordable cruises in world-class destinations. Some unique selling points to sailing with the line are its sit-down a la carte lunch and dinner options, its choice of standard or premium ship and the destinations its sails. On the river Po, a highlight of the cruise is the chance to moor right in the heart of the Venetian lagoon for a couple of nights – with the ship turning into a floating all-inclusive hotel (and a rather affordable one considering the location).
Porto, the Douro valley (Portugal) and Salamanca (Spain) (port-to-port cruise)
- 5 nights, departs on the 29 Jun 2022
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Southern Africa aboard the African Dream: travel to the ends of the earth with extended stay at the Cape Peninsula (port-to-port cruise)
- 3 nights, departs on the 05 Nov 2022
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- Chobe National Park, Kasane, Kasane, + 3 more
Corsican Cruise - Leaving from Nice (port-to-port package) Corsica reveals its hidden treasures
- 7 nights, departs on the 30 Sept 2022
- CroisiEurope, MV La Belle des Océans
- Nice, Ajaccio, Corsica, Ajaccio, Corsica, + 5 more
From Basel to Amsterdam : The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
- 6 nights, departs on the 23 May 2022
- CroisiEurope, MS Symphonie
- Basel, Breisach, Breisach, + 10 more