A'Rosa, a division of P&O Princess Cruises, entered the river cruise market in 2001. It began operating with three ships: A'Rosa Blu, A'Rosa Bella and A'Rosa Donna. In 2003 A-ROSA Flussschiff purchased the brand and has owned it ever since.
In its early years, A-ROSA served the German cruise market. As time went by, the company decided to branch out to the North American market to include the United States and Canada. A partnership was formed in 2013 with David Morris International - the company that was responsible for A-ROSA's North American launch and currently oversees its operations.
There are some differences between the European and North American division. The same vessels are not used for both markets, and itineraries are not exactly the same for the European and North American branch.
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A-ROSA offers river cruises in Europe only. Its itineraries, particularly for the Rhine River, are different than what’s offered by most companies. A list of rivers and destinations for A-ROSA's river cruise packages are listed below. They are designed for A-ROSA's North American market.
Destinations Visited: Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Eastern Europe, Belgium and Netherlands.
Rivers & Waterways: Rhine, Main, Danube, Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Rhône and Saône
There are six packages available ranging in length from 5 to 8 days. This includes the Rhine River only - not combined with other waterways.
Rhine & Dutch & Belgian Waterways
Two packages are offered. There is an 8-day cruise and a 10-day cruise.
Moselle River in Cochem, Germany
An 8-day package is available.
There are two 8-day itineraries available. Although, the Danube River is listed, this cruise takes place on the Main River during most of the trip.
A-ROSA has features six different packages that are between 6 and 12 days long. Most are Danube River cruises round trip from Passau.
Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France
There are two itineraries offered on just the Rhône River - does not include the Saône. Cruise length is 8 or 10 days.
An 8-day river cruise is available round trip from Lyon. However, this itinerary travels northward on the Saône from Lyon to Chalon-sur-Saône before traveling southward to Arles from Lyon.
It can be a little confusing when you look at the vessels listed on A-ROSA's website for the North American market. The company has designated certain ships for travelers from the United States and Canada. These vessels are listed beneath the tab for Rhine/Main/Moselle, Danube and Rhône/Saône. However, if you look at the available cruise dates for each itinerary, there are usually additional ships listed. Although, these are ships you can sail on, they serve the European market, which means you may not be met by an English-speaking crew or passengers.
The following river cruise ships serve travelers from North America:
Rhine River Vessels
Danube River Vessels
Rhône River Vessels
A-ROSA is one of the more all-inclusive river cruise companies. Some of the items that are included:
The company is more family-friendly than most river cruise lines, especially with regard to young children. It's even gone so far as to offer free river cruises in 2015 for children between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. Although, young children are allowed, it doesn't mean that this is a good choice for bringing them on a river cruise. There aren't children's programs or activities onboard A-ROSA ships and it's likely that there will also not be other children onboard. It's nice to know that the company is opening river cruises up for young travelers, though.
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