(9:20 a.m. EDT) — CroisiEurope, a French river cruise line that has been expanding rapidly to English-speaking passengers, announced that it will add four ships to its fleet in 2017 on the Douro, Mekong, Rhine and Danube Rivers.
The company’s new ships are in addition to vessels debuting in spring 2016: the Elbe Princesse, an 80-passenger paddlewheel designed to sail the complicated Elbe River; and two 22-passenger barges, Daniele, for rivers in Burgundy and Deborah, which will ply the Briare Canal in the Upper Loire Valley.
The Douro ship, as yet unnamed, will be the company’s fifth in Portugal. The ship will carry 132 passengers and have three decks and a pool. Cruises from Porto will begin in 2017.
Indochine II, originally announced for 2016, will start on the Mekong River in 2017 instead. The ship will carry 60 passengers; cabins will have private balconies. It will be CroisiEurope’s fifth ship on the Mekong.
For the Rhine and Danube rivers, the company is building two ships of varying size. Slated for April 2017, Symphone II will carry 106 passengers and have 54 cabins. In June 2017, Croisi will launch Douce France II, with 68 cabins for 135 passengers.
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