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CroisiEurope Introduces Three New River Ships

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | April 08, 2015

CroisiEurope Introduces Three New River Ships

PHOTO: The MS Loire Princesse was christened on April 2. (Photo courtesy of Haubtmann François/CroisiEurope)

River cruise company CroisiEurope is introducing three new ships this month to sail in France and Portugal.

The MS Camargue in Lyon was named on April 1 while the MS Loire Princesse was christened the next day. The third and final inauguration of the year will be the MS Gil Eanes on Portugal’s Douro River on April 17.

The 104-passenger Camargue will cruise from April to November on six- to eight-day trips out of Lyon, France, on the Rhône River to Macon, Vienne, Arles, Avignon, Viviers, and Tournon.

The 96-passenger Loire Princesse uses paddlewheel propulsion that allows it to cruise on the relatively shallow Loire River. It will operate six- to eight-day trips from April to November to Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Ancenis, Angers, the châteaux of the Loire Valley, Saumur, Bouchemaine, and Ancenis.

After its christening, the 132-passenger Gil Eanes will join three other CroisiEurope ships in Portugal: the MS Infante D. Henrique, the MS Fernao De Magalhaes, and the MS Vasco Da Gama. The Gil Eanes will operate eight-day cruises from April to November from Porto to Regua, Vega de Teron, Ferradosa, and Pinhao.

CroisiEurope expects four new ships for the 2016 and 2017 seasons — the MS Elbe Princesse on the Elbe River, 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, Strasbourg, France-based CroisiEurope operates almost 50 vessels on Europe’s rivers, canals, and coasts. Its cruises include cuisine designed by Michelin-starred chefs, unlimited beverages, and free Wi-Fi.

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