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CroisiEurope. 5 Reasons It Should Not Be River Cruising’s Biggest Secret

CroisiEurope. 5 Reasons It Should Not Be River Cruising’s Biggest Secret

I’m going to tell you about one of the
largest and longest established river cruising companies in the world
I’m Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travellers. I’m going to talk about CroisiEurope,
probably the biggest secret in river cruising across Europe. It is a family-run company founded over 42 years ago, and has been pioneering and sailing the rivers around the world since then. Although they’ve been working with tour ompanies and agents in places like the UK and the USA for over 15 years, they
still are not that well known amongst travelers in those countries. And I think
that needs to change. So I’m going to tell you five things that I think make them
unique and different in river cruising. First of all CroisiEurope offer an
enormous choice of cruising options. They sail in pretty much all of the main
rivers that you would expect in Europe, including the Rhine, the Danube, the Rhone, the Seine and the Douro. But they also cruise on smaller and less busy ones,
including the Loire, the Elbe and Spain’s Garonne and Guadalquivir, in Russia the Volga, in Asia the Mekong, in
South Africa Kariba Lake and the Chobe River. There’s also a wide range of
different cruise ship types. They have the classic river cruising ship, both
standard and premium ships, and these handle up to about 150 passengers. You then have the smaller and unique paddlewheel ships that sail on the
Loire and the Elbe, and they handle up to about a hundred passengers. They also have barges in France carrying 22 guests. You have the three-tier ships that go on the Mekong, which have about 60 passengers. The very small Africa Safari ship which holds 16 passengers and then there’s even a 200-passenger boutique
cruise ship that cruises along the Adriatic and the Mediterranean coasts.
Another feature is a whole range of different cruise experiences and themed cruises. So for example some of these include themed cruises around big events such as the Venice Carnival, they have family cruises during the summer
holidays, there’s biking and boat cruises, there’s hiking cruisers, there’s also a
series of gourmet and wine cruises, the seasonal Christmas markets and New
Year’s Eve celebration cruises. And they’re constantly innovating and
bringing onboard new ships and new rivers and new destinations. The
second thing that’s very important about CroisiEurope, in my view, is they offer incredible value for money. So if you’ve wanted to go river cruising
but you’re concerned about the price of river cruising, I strongly recommend you take a look at CroisiEurope. Their fares are largely all-inclusive, so the fare
you pay will include all your accommodation, you get three meals
a day, you’ll also get house and non premium wine and beer and spirits and
also soft drinks served at your meal and also at the bar throughout the day and
into the evening. There’s 24-hour tea and coffee making
available onboard and Wi-Fi. Gratuities are completely voluntary and they’re not
included in the fare and they’re not auto added. They also sell cruise only
fares, so that means that you can then by yourself or working with your agent find
the most cost effective or efficient way of getting to and from the ship. When it comes to excursions: if you book your cruise in the United States of America
then the fares are designed to include all excursions. If you booked in other
countries, such as the UK, excursions are optional. So they’re not built into the
fare and it gives you the opportunity of either buying a package of excursions or
choosing to buy individual ones once you’re onboard – or of course just
self touring. The other thing they’re doing to try and improve value,
particularly for solo travellers, is to put single cabins onto their boats. So as
they upgrade ships and they add new ships they try to include some solo
cabins. Now many of the well-known cruise lines largely advertise to and attract
english-speaking passengers. The onboard experience and the whole
cruising experience is very much centered around that. But the great thing
about CroisiEurope is it is much more international. So on board you’re going to
find lots of different people from lots of different countries.
The onboard experience is designed to cater for a multilingual multicultural
passengers, so you’ll find onboard everything’s done in multiple languages.
You’ll find excursions are run based on the language groupings onboard.
Personally I’ve found that CroisiEurope river cruising experience is really quite
refreshing, because it has a very international feel to it. I got to meet
lots of people from lots of different countries. Because this is a French owned
company, and its roots are in France, the food reflects this. There is a real passion
in all of the food to bring out the Frenchness and the French heritage and
expertise in food. Now onboard breakfast will be a buffet but
both lunch and dinner are three to five course meals. They focus on the very best
of French cuisine mixed in with local specialities, based on the region that
you’re sailing through. They have two key excursion types. They have the “classic
excursions” and what’s known as the “discovery excursions”. The classic
tours are much more traditional river cruising style tours. They’re very
focused on arts, history and culture. Many of them are walking tours and will take
you to see the must-see sights and attractions. For those of you who are perhaps
more adventurous or perhaps have been to some of the places before, are the
Discovery Tours. These are designed to be much more active and let you try some
very different things. So for example they could involve biking tours or they
could involve helicopter sightseeing. As you can see there’s a lot to CroisiEurope. Huge amounts of choice, lots of destinations, different cruise
types, lots of experiences, food is inspired and driven by the roots of the
company which is in France, you’re going to have a much more international
onboard experience, great choice of excursions both classic and discovery
excursions. If you’re looking to go on a river cruise take a look at CroisiEurope,
because in addition to all of those things you like to find it offers great
value for money . I hope you found that helpful and it’s made CroisiEurope much
less of a secretive river cruising and a river cruising company that you really
want to travel with.

Reader Comments

  1. What do you think of CroisiEurope after watching my video? What appeals or does not? Love to hear what you think and why!

  2. Your videos are so well done!! My husband likes to refer to them to his clients, as he’s a Travel agent. It can help them narrow down the “brand” or itinerary they are interested in.

  3. In 1975, over several days, my twin brother & I (age 19) went up river from Ostend to Heidelberg on scheduled river taxis. Each morning we would get on a boat and ride for a few hours then get off & get lunch and a pension. I think today (since I don't have any where I need to be) I would just get a room in Koblenz and take the various river day tours from there plus bicycle up and down the Mosel & Rhine bike paths.

  4. I was looking for a cruise by the river Seine and I found your video !! very well done I enjoyed a lot …
    Congratulations and many thanks …

  5. We have traveled with a company called Gran Circle Travel out of Mass. Been on 9 trips an it’s all senior Americans. That’s the difference between this video an our traveling. Excellent review but we are staying with them. They have a bonus of a 3% discount on your next cruise with them.

  6. Great Video! I found your videos a week ago and have been really enjoying them. I’ve been on Viking River Cruises and am booked on AmaWaterways. I have been looking for something for next spring early summer. I’ll be checking out Croisi.

  7. Learning from very reputable top cruise line that wheelchair accessibility couldn't be guaranteed off their ships, like crossing other lines' ships to access docks, onto/off of docks, up/down riverbanks to access "the sights" has poured cold water on any Euro river cruising for us :-(!

  8. My wife and I are booked for our first river cruises this fall. After extensive research for a less expensive river cruise I found CroisiEurope and River Smith at Vacations2Go helped me make suitable reservations for a trip on the Rhine and then the Danube. I was looking for something not over the top luxurious with international passengers and interesting land excursions. I have not seen anything yet that tells me I made the wrong choice.

  9. That I didn't know… There existed cruises for the Mekong?
    I am interested in the Vietnam War history, so I think that would be up my alley.

  10. Thanks for the tip I like supporting local mom and pop type of shops and its awesome to know about this for sure 😀

  11. Excellent video! We want to bring our mothers on a river cruise and this sounds like a great line to look at. Thank you 👍🏼💗

  12. Fine excellent thanks a lot now a cruise by the Mississippi and Amazon Rhin Danube Volga etc and other major and important rivers of the world

  13. So nice to hear about solo cabins! Any other information on solo for Europe will be greatly appreciated. I'm going through all your blogs right now. Planning for May next year and it seems will be me and myself on a tide budget…

  14. Just saw them listed in a magazine in the US….Never heard of them before, but am interested because of the biking and hiking options. I will look into this company to price compare…

  15. I have checked into different river cruises. They are extremely expensive! One week on the Danube is $4000USD.

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