CroisiEurope Alters The Look Of Elbe River Cruises
Next week, we’ll be travelling to the historic city of Berlin, Germany to witness the christening of CroisiEurope’s newest river cruise ship, the 80-guest Elbe Princesse. But this is no ordinary river cruise ship; designed to sail the notoriously shallow Elbe River between Berlin and Prague, the Elbe Princesse introduces an entirely new style of cruise ship to the river.
Our christening voyage will stay largely in Berlin, giving us ample time to explore the new Elbe Princesse and photograph her from stem-to-stern. But to fully appreciate the significance of this event, it’s important to look at the Elbe Princesse herself and discover just what makes her so unique.
An Old Idea Revived Onboard A New Ship
At 313 feet long and with a maximum width of 34 feet, the Elbe Princesse looks like any other modern river cruise ship when viewed from the front. Her sleek, sharp bow is more angular than most, and the ship takes on something of a speed-friendly yacht appearance as opposed to a traditional river cruise ship, many of which feature short, blunt bows.
The real difference can be found at her stern: rather than having traditional propeller systems mounted underneath the hull of the ship, Elbe Princess is driven by two stern-mounted paddlewheels.
Separated spatially from the main passenger areas of the ship, these dual paddlewheels provide the necessary propulsion for the ship, along with turning capabilities. Unlike ships that ply the Mississippi (where traditional steamship styling reigns supreme), these state-of-the-art paddlewheels are located on separate sides of the ship, with a single stern anchor in between. It’s a wholly-unique look on the waterways of Europe.