CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Was Designed Exclusively For the Elbe River
Today, CroisiEurope inaugurated its newest ship in its fleet of 46, the 311-foot long, 80-guest Elbe Princesse in Berlin, Germany.
While heavy rain pounded down on the ship, which was docked at the Greenwichpromenade area just north of Berlin’s Tegel Airport, it cleared long enough for Anke Rehlinger, minister of economic affairs for Saarland; and Jean-Claude Tribolet, the representative for Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to Germany, to jointly smash a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull to officially welcome her into service.
Designed specifically to sail the notoriously-shallow Elbe, Elbe Princesse is one of the only ships that can actually sail all the way from Berlin to Prague without the need to embark and disembark guests and transport them the rest of the way via motorcoach – something many other river cruise lines sailing similar Elbe itineraries have to do.
Elbe Princesse can sail all the way into the heart of Prague because she has less than three feet of her keel underneath the water. To save precious space, CroisiEurope patterned her after Loire Princesse, which is propelled by paddlewheels. Unlike Loire Princesse, however, these wheels are mounted to the stern of the Elbe Princesse.