How CroisiEurope is Different from Other River Cruise Suppliers

CroisiEurope has set itself apart from the other river cruise lines in a few key areas. However, the company also shares some similarities with other suppliers. The entire river cruise industry serves a distinct segment of travelers who choose to explore countries by inland waterways – rivers, canals, estuaries and sometimes even lakes. 

While you’ll find some similarities between CroisiEurope and other river cruise suppliers, there are a few areas in which the company differs. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Spree River in Berlin, Germany

Spree River in Berlin, Germany

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CroisiEurope Cruises Different Rivers in Europe

Let’s start with Germany. Like most other suppliers, CroisiEurope offers cruises that include the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube and Elbe rivers. Plus they have a few itineraries that travel from Germany to other countries.

There are a few cruises that depart from Berlin in northeastern Germany. Traveling from Berlin to Copenhagen, you’ll cruise along the Oder and Havel Rivers and across the Baltic Sea to Denmark.

In Berlin the Spree River flows through the city and  is eventually connected to the Oder River via the Spree-Oder Canal.

The Oder River flows through Czech Republic and Poland and forms the border between Germany and Poland; and the Havel River, a right tributary of the Elbe, flows through northeastern Germany.

CroisiEurope also has a cruise that travels along several different waterways from Berlin to Amsterdam. Some of the rivers in Germany include the Leine, Weser, Aller, Hunte, Haaren, and Ems passing through the cities of Hanover, Minden, Wolfsburgh and Bremen.

New City Hall in Hanover, Germany on the Leine River

New City Hall in Hanover, Germany on the Leine River

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In southwestern Germany and northeastern France, some cruises feature tributaries of the Rhine and Moselle River. The Neckar is a major right tributary of the Rhine, and the Saar River is a right tributary of the Moselle.

CroisiEurope is the only major river cruise line that offers itineraries on the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers in Spain and Portugal. And they are also one of the few suppliers that cruises on the Po River in Italy.

CroisiEurope Offers Mini European River Cruises

Most river cruise lines have packages that start at seven days. You will find that some suppliers offer shorter cruises during the Christmas Holiday season, though. If you’ve thought about river cruising but didn’t want to spend seven or more days on a riverboat, CroisEurope might be a great option for you. 

CroisiEurope offers mini river cruises throughout the year. They have several to choose from on the Rhine River in Germany and France, the Dutch & Belgian Waterways and the Rhône River in France.

A shorter cruise might be a good choice if you want to combine a river cruise with a land vacation (staying in a hotel). Or  it’s an option if you just want to try a river cruise to see if you like it. It’s nice to know that mini cruises are available.

CroisiEurope Actively Supports Sustainable Tourism

CroisiEurope has been very proactive about using eco-friendly practices for several years. Why is this important? Because these measures help to preserve our resources and our environment, which is also a major component of Sustainable Tourism.

While there are other companies in the travel industry that also incorporate eco-friendly practices, CroisiEurope has had a mission to innovatively embrace them.

A few of the initiatives they have implemented include:

  • the installation of water savers on all boats
  • waste products are not dumped into oceans or rivers
  • ships are equipped with engines that reduce greenhouse emissions
  • technology that minimizes diesel consumption
  • use of biodegradable and green cleaning products
  • use unbleached paper and plant based inks for printed documents

And one of the company’s future initiatives is to use electrically-propelled boats. 

So, if you're looking for something a little different than the ordinary, CroisiEurope might have a great alternative for your first or your next river cruise!

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Lauri Wakefield is a travel writer who specializes in  river cruises in Europe and the U.S. Connect with her  on Twitter and Google+.

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