Summer return for CroisiEurope river, river and ocean cruises
The first CroisiEurope cruises will start on the Douro from June 7, 2021 with different 8-day itineraries from Porto, explained Lucas Schmitter, e-commerce manager.
It will then be the turn of the Seine and the Gironde on June 30, the Loire and the Rhine on July 2, and the Rhône on July 3. The canals of the Loire, Provence, Marne, Burgundy, as well as the Marne-Rhin, the Rhône-Rhin and Vallée du Doubs routes will also be open for cruises on July 2.
Recapture of the German river and beyond
On July 7, CroisiEurope ships will sail on the Elbe, the Oder, the Havel and the Baltic (Germany) and the Danube. On August 19 and 25 respectively, it will be the turn of the Guadalquivir and the Po.
Cruises on the Volga and Neva, Chobe and Lake Kariba, Mekong and Halong Bay and Egypt will be gradually announced depending on health and safety conditions and updates from national authorities, Schmitter added.
Ocean cruises to map Croatia and Corsica
La Belle de l’Adriatique (197 passengers) will be the first of the two coastal vessels belonging to CroisiEurope to resume navigation on June 10 with 8-day round-trip itineraries from Dubrovnik until September 23. They will offer a new route stopping in Greece (Corfu), Albania (Saranda, Vlore, Durres) and Montenegro (Bar) alongside a more classic route including only Croatia and Montenegro stopping at Mljet, Korcula, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Vis and Kotor.
From July 4 to October 10, 130 La Belle des Oceans passengers will resume 8-day cruises around Corscisa from Nice, stopping at Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Bastia and L’Ile Rousse.
Regarding reservations, Schmitter is optimistic: “People are really looking forward to traveling again. During our first departures in June and July, we will have the same clientele as last year: French, Belgian, Swiss, German and Spanish passengers. During the summer, we hope to gradually reunite with our British and Scandinavian hosts. And with a little luck ours Americans and Canadians. ”
He also notes a strong correlation between vaccination progress and supplies: “This is very good news. A large number of postponed bookings that resulted in a credit voucher are rescheduled. But we have also gained new customers attracted by our smaller ships and our routes close to nature and culture, ”he added.
He said the company’s 22-passenger barges were also successful.
“Previously, these were popular with Anglo-Saxon passengers and very little known to our French clientele. Now, we’ve created shorter, all-inclusive cruises that fill up quickly.
The company will offer flexible booking until August 31, 2021.
Last year, Portuguese authorities imposed a two-thirds capacity limit on Douro crossings. For other destinations, Schmitter said there were no limits, “ but we strictly enforce our health and safety protocols, developed in collaboration with Bureau Veritas, which are improved this year with all passengers who must be fully vaccinated or provide a negative PCR test less. more than 72 hours before departure.
“These measures will be evaluated and updated as public health conditions evolve,” he concluded.
CroisiEurope operates some 56 ships and welcomed more than 220,000 passengers in 2019.