What Is the A-ROSA Cruise Line?
Germany-based and owned, the A-ROSA cruise line explores Europe's rivers on small, barge-like luxury cruise ships.
River cruising is not common in North America, but is an old tradition on the Continent. Launched in 2000, A-ROSA has modernized this European vacation ritual. Today, A-ROSA ships ply much of Western and Central Europe, and A-ROSA is Germany’s most popular river cruise line.
A-ROSA is now seeking North American passengers. In tandem with an American cruise marketing company, David Morris International, A-ROSA has created a collection of cruises exclusively for the North American market.
These cruises are value-conscious and all-inclusive.
- Their pricing includes more than cabin, meals, drinks, and tips
- The all-inclusive rate also covers round-trip air from North America and airport transfers
- Also included: an impressive lineup of port excursions, which can be very pricey on conventional cruises
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What A-ROSA's English-Speaking Cruises Are Like
A-ROSA has earmarked three of its ten vessels for North Americans passengers.
- Thirteen cruise itineraries undertaken by this trio of A-ROSA ships ply Europe's Rhine, Danube, Main, Saone and Rhone Rivers
- The ports have been chosen and excursions designed to showcase their destinations
- Likewise, shipboard services, amenities, and dining have been curated to appeal to transatlantic luxury travelers
These A-ROSA cruises for North Americans set sail in June 2013. Due to weather conditions, itineraries are seasonal, and run through the end of December.
Why Take an A-ROSA River Cruise?
A-ROSA cruises are very popular with Germans, and the company expects to win over North Americans.
- Overall, river cruises have seen huge increase in demand in recent years; passengers get to see local countryside and port towns withut a moment's driving
- A-ROSA's modern ships and enjoyable itineraries combine tradition and fun
- The ships' contemporary aesthetic, impressive amenities and luxury hotel-style service appeal to modern travelers whose first choice in travel might not be a cruise
- The all-inclusive pricing with airfare and excursions sweetens the deal
My opinion: A-ROSA is an excellent introduction to river cruising. Passengers get to see what they wouldn't otherwise, and the ships are gracious floating hotels.