CroisiEurope inaugurates three new ships for the 2015 season.
The MS Camargue and MS Loire Princesse were christened on April 1st and 2nd, while the MS Gil Eanes will be christened April 17th.
CroisiEurope, the leader of European river cruises, continues to flourish and expand its fleet with the inauguration of three new ships in 2015. CroisiEurope christened the MS Camargue in Lyon, France, on April 1, 2015 on the Rhône River and the much anticipated MS Loire Princesse in Nantes, France, on April 2, 2015 on the Loire River. The third and final inauguration of 2015 will be the MS Gil Eanes on Portugal’s Douro River on April 17, 2015.
MS Camargue is designed and decorated in the same spirit at the MS Lafayette, which launched last year. The new, upscale, two-deck ship can accommodate 104 passengers in 54 cabins. The vessel has ample space and a contemporary layout, highlighting CroisiEurope’s attention to elegance. The MS Camargue will cruise from April to November on six to eight day trips out of Lyon, travelling through Macon, Vienne, Arles, Avignon, Viviers and Tournon.
A prototype designed at the STX worksite in Saint-Nazaire, the MS Loire Princesse uses paddlewheel propulsion, allowing it to cruise with a shallow draft. Through its innovative construction, this new two-deck vessel offers a capacity of 96 passengers in 48 cabins and opens up a new horizon in river cruising. Also decorated with contemporary flair, this state-of-the-art ship is another jewel in the company’s crown. The MS Loire Princesse will cruise from April to November offering six- to eight-day trips passing through Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Ancenis, Angers, the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, Saumur, Bouchemaine, and Ancenis.
The MS Gil Eanes was built at the Meuse and Sambre shipyard in Namur, Belgium. The traditional-propulsion vessel was designed in the same leading-edge style as the rest of the CroisiEurope fleet. The MS Gil Eanes joins the three other CroisiEurope ships in Portugal: the MS Infante D. Henrique, the MS Fernao De Magalhaes and the MS Vasco Da Gama. The MS Gil Eanes is a luxury-level ship accommodating 132 passengers in 66 cabins. It will cruise from April to November and will offer eight-day cruises leaving from Porto and visiting Regua, Vega de Teron, Ferradosa and Pinhao.
The 2016 and 2017 seasons will see the addition of four new highly anticipated ships: the MS Elbe Princesse on the Elbe, the RV Princesse Apsara on the Mekong, and the barges Danièle and Déborah on the Canal de Briare and the Canal de Garonne.
Established in 1976, CroisiEurope has been a leader in affordable European river cruises for nearly 40 years. Based in Strasbourg, France, CroisiEurope has offices in all major European cities, the United States and Cambodia. With an English-speaking crew of 700, this family-owned company operates almost 50 vessels that sail along Europe’s most famous rivers, canals and coasts. Passengers can choose from a variety of itineraries that explore picturesque riverside cities in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Germany and Belgium while treating guests to an on-board gastronomic dining experience designed alongside Michelin-starred chefs, unlimited beverages and free Wi-Fi. Today, CroisiEurope offers cruises not only in Europe but also in the Mediterranean, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
– Text & images courtesy DQMPR