Family-owned and operated CroisiEurope was one of the first lines to pioneer Europe's rivers 40 years ago, and it now operates 43 ships in both Europe and Asia. The Strasbourg, France-based line's third generation has taken the reigns, adding modern touches that makes the vessels feel fresh. Sure, you can sit and watch the scenery pass by from your balcony, but on board these river vessels, there's also a bustling bar and laid-back sun deck, best enjoyed with a fine glass of French wine in hand.
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Shorter Sailings: Not everyone can settle in for a 10-day sailing, so the line's four- and five-day cruises are perfect for those who want a quick intro to a destination without having to worry about requesting extra time off work.
Designer-Chic Rooms: The line's newer ships, such as the 96-passenger MS Loire Princesse, are decked out in designer wares thanks to CroisiEurope's exclusive partnership with Italian label Missoni Home — so expect colorful linens with signature zigzags.
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Serious Value: Fares won't break the bank here like they will on some other river cruise lines — and still include tons of amenities: Wi-Fi, shore excursions, port taxes, all onboard meals, and open bar (including wine and beer with lunch and dinner and house liquor).
Michelin-Star Cuisine: Chefs have trained with Alain Bohn (a member of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France), serving three-course French fare for lunch and dinner that lives up to haute restaurant standards.
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Who It's Best For
Families: The family-owned company is one of the few that warmly welcomes children on board, providing triples, kid-friendly menus, and family cruises during summer.
First-Time River Cruisers: With its varying itinerary lengths and attractive prices, these cruises are perfect for travelers hesitant about trading large ocean liners for a more intimate ride on Europe's rivers.
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Suites Are Limited: Ships are on the smaller side, accommodating fewer than 150 passengers, and only some vessels have suites — which are spacious but lacking in luxurious amenities.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.