CroisiEurope starts building third paddlewheeler

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CroisiEurope launched the paddlewheeler Elbe Princesse last April.
CroisiEurope launched the paddlewheeler Elbe Princesse last April.

French river company CroisiEurope has started construction of the Elbe Princesse II, the company's third paddlewheel-style riverboat.

The vessel is being built at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and is slated for delivery in February 2018, after which it will sail the Elbe River between Berlin and Prague.

Like the Elbe Princesse, which launched in April, the Elbe Princesse II was designed with a lower draft and two small paddlewheels at the aft of the vessel in order to better navigate the shallower waters of the Elbe. CroisiEurope first introduced its innovative paddlewheeler concept in 2015 with the launch of the Loire Princesse, which sails on France's Loire River and features two small paddlewheels on the sides of the vessel.

The 90-passenger Elbe Princesse II will measure 331 feet long and 34 feet wide. Powered by the paddlewheels, its cruising speed will reach nearly 10 mph.

The ship's interiors will be modeled after the Elbe Princesse, with open spaces, large picture windows and contemporary design elements. The upper level staterooms will have French balconies and there will be a 1,184-square-foot restaurant, a 1,560-square-foot panoramic lounge, a patio and a large sun deck.

The vessel's itinerary can be found online

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