Starting next spring it will be possible to cruise year round from Berlin to the heart of Prague along the Elbe and Moldau rivers with the launch of CroisiEurope’s river ship Elbe Princesse.
This new ship was designed using advanced paddle wheel technology, which will allow it to navigate year round in the lowest waters of the Elbe – something that vessels with regular propulsion are unable to do.
The two-deck ship has 40 outside cabins and can accommodate 80 guests. A panoramic restaurant seats all guests for single-service dining, a lounge bar has a dance floor and a large sun deck offers outdoor relaxation.
Thanks to its small size, Elbe Princess will be able to berth in the heart of towns near historical centers, a key selling point among river cruisers. Beginning in April it will visit iconic destinations sailing for eight nights from Berlin to Prague (and reverse), including Potsdam and the Sans Soucis Park; Wittenberg, town of Luther, Meissen and its porcelain; Dresden, the Florence on the Elbe; Elbsansteingebirge, with its natural and architectural wonders; Litomerice, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, and Prague, the so-called golden city.
Three additional new ships will join the Croisi fleet for the 2016-17 season.
* The Princesse Apsara, a colonial-style boat accommodating 60 passengers in 30 cabins, will join CroisiEurope’s four other vessels on the Mekong. The ship will sail from Angkor to Ho-Chi-Minh between Siem Reap and Ho-Chi-Minh and back.
* The Daniele, a contemporary and stylish hotel barge accommodating 24 passengers in 12 cabins, will travel an unprecedented route on the Briare Canal in France, between Burgundy and the Loire Valley.
* The Deborah, also a hotel barge accommodating 24 passengers in 12 cabins, will offer a unique journey along the Garonne Canal in France, visiting such destinations as Toulouse, Valence D’Agen, Sur-Garonne and Damazan.
Rates vary by ship and itinerary. Cruise fares include wine and beer with meals, and free WiFi.