French river cruise company CroisiEurope is adding seven ships to its fleet by the end of 2017, including three that will launch by the end of this year in Europe and four next year on the Douro, Mekong, Rhine and Danube rivers.

CroisiEurope’s expansion begins next month with the christening of the 80-passenger Elbe Princesse, a paddlewheeler that will sail the Elbe River between Berlin and Prague.

The Elbe Princesse will launch in April.
The Elbe Princesse will launch in April.

That will be followed by the launch of two 22-passenger canal barges in France: the Deborah, which will sail the Briare Canal in the Upper Loire Valley and the Sancerre region, and the Daniele, which will sail the canals of Burgundy.

The company has four new ships in the pipeline for 2017.

CroisiEurope will launch a 132-passenger vessel on Portugal’s Douro River that will feature a pool and contemporary interiors. The vessel is being built at the Meuse and Sambre Shipyard in Namur, Belgium, and will join CroisiEurope’s four other ships on the Douro.

The company will also introduce the 106-passenger Symphonie II on the Rhine and the 135-passegner Douce France II on the Danube in April and June 2017, respectively. They are being designed in line with CroisiEurope’s newest class of vessels.

A 60-passenger ship, the Indochine II, will sail the Mekong. It will join four other vessels CroisiEurope sails on that river. The ship will feature private balconies and will sail between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.

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