Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our opinions or reviews. Learn how we make money.

Croisi Europe cruise reviews

Last updated:  

All-included, small-ship cruising with a family-owned French line.

Embrace a slower pace of life with this quintessentially French cruise line. But those looking for American fare and flexible dining may look elsewhere.

56 ships

Number of ships

Price

No

Price matches

Details

Target demographic Families, Seniors, Toddlers, Kids
Number of ships 56 ships
Contact options Phone, Email
Payment options Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Carte Blanche
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
Room service No free room service

Expert review

Amy Stoltenberg

Review by


Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked designing apparel at a corporate behemoth before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop’s closed, she can be found wandering the streets looking for happy hour and hole-in-the-wall eateries.

Expert review

CroisiEurope’s cruises are best for lovers of French culture and folks that enjoy sailing in the company of international passengers. The onboard language is French. While most excursions and announcements are also offered in English, some onboard lectures may not be translated.

The food is also French. Breakfast is buffet, but lunch and dinner occur at set times with a single menu —and can take a bit longer because they’re traditional wait-serviced affairs. Americans who prefer more flexible dining may be frustrated by the slower pace and limited choice.

Its ships are comfortable and the staff is attentive, according to online reviews. For evening entertainment, expect small group performances, with enrichment classes and top-notch excursions during the day. Or, you could just relax in the Jacuzzi.

CroisiEurope’s canal cruises are particularly notable. Its hotel-style barges wind through the heartland of France, docking at small villages and hidden gem attractions. You’ll visit rustic cheese farms, off-the-beaten-path medieval abbeys and untouched countrysides.

Overall, CroisiEurope offers competitive value with a unique French twist. If you’re in the market for an all-inclusive river cruise, we definitely recommend considering it along the likes of Viking, Crystal River Cruises and Avalon Waterways.

Where do Croisi Europe cruises depart from?

Croisi Europe cruises depart from ports around the globe — though the closest departure point for US travelers would likely be Montréal. Here’s where you can begin:

Amsterdam, Athens, Bali Denpasar, Barbados, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dover, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Fort Lauderdale, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Keelung, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Mahe Island, Miami, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York City, Palma De Mallorca, Papeete, Puerta Caldera, Quebec, Rome, San Diego, San Juan, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, Yokohama

Croisi Europe cruise destinations

Croisi Europe offers river and small sea cruises throughout the world, plus intimate canal cruises through France. It also curates themed cruises, including family, hiking, biking, gastronomy, Christmas and New Year’s itineraries.

The bodies of water on which it sails include:

European cruises

  • Danube
  • Dordogne
  • Douro
  • Elbe
  • Garonne
  • Gironde
  • Guadalquivir
  • Guadiana
  • Loire
  • Po
  • Rhine
  • Rhône
  • Seine
  • Saône
  • Volga
  • Canals throughout France
  • Lake Kariba in Africa
  • European Rivers
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Saint Lawrence River in Canada

Here’s where you can go with Croisi Europe:

Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, Northern Europe, Pacific, South Pacific, Transatlantic, Western Europe

Are Croisi Europe cruises good for families?

Yes — if you choose the right itinerary.

Its Family Club cruises, offered on select sailings, let youth under 16 sail for free — up to two children per adult. Croisi Europe‘s Family Club cruises include special activities and events designed especially for kiddos and teens, including water games, sports and more. There’s also no single-parent supplement on these cruises — so solo parents can sail with two kids under 16 for the cost of only one adult ticket.

And on select cruises throughout the year, Croisi Europe offers a 20% discount for children ages 2 to 10. Call Croisi Europe to find out more.

What’s included on Croisi Europe cruises?

Croisi Europe‘s cruises are nearly all-included. Here’s what’s covered by the fare:

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals and at the open bar
  • Specialty coffee, tea and juice served with meals
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi

Gratuities are not included in your fare. These are entirely at your discretion and won’t be automatically charged after the cruise.

If you’re happy with the service, it’s appropriate to leave between $5 to $10 per passenger, per day, that’ll be distributed among the staff. An envelope for tipping is left in your cabin on the last evening of the cruise. You can return it to reception upon disembarkation.

You’ll also pay extra for champagne and specialty wine.

How much do Croisi Europe cruises cost?

Fare varies depending on the itinerary you choose, how close it is to the departure date and more. But we know that a ballpark idea of price can help when you’re shopping the market. So, here’s how it compares to two of its key competitors: Avalon Waterways and Viking River Cruises.

Croisi EuropeAvalon WaterwaysViking River Cruises
Voyage (2021)Amsterdam to Basel — 7 daysRomantic Rhine — 8 daysRhine Getaway — 8 days
Ports visitedAmsterdam, Xanten, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Kongswinter, Koblenz, Mainz, Worms, Strasbourg, BaselAmsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Strasbourg, Breisach, BaselBasel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer & Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam
Per-person price (double occupancy cabin, cheapest option)*From $2,404From $2,798From $2,199
Per-day priceFrom $344From $350About $275

*Prices obtained February 2020. Based on a per-person double occupancy fare. Includes all taxes and port fees — but not discounts or promotional rates.

Book with CroisiEurope

Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Croisi Europe

Weight the benefits and drawbacks before booking your fare:

Pros

  • Spacious cabins on river and sea cruise ships
  • Free-flowing wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks
  • Intimate onboard atmosphere
  • Wide variety of itineraries to choose from
  • Expert lectures and extracurricular classes
  • Good value shore excursions included in the fare

Cons

  • Fewer onboard activities than larger cruise lines
  • Set menu and rigid lunch and dinner times may feel restrictive.
  • Some onboard lectures won’t be translated into English.
  • Fare is pricier up front than for budget lines.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, check out Riviera River Cruises or Grand Circle Cruise Line.

Read our full review of Riviera River Cruises

Read our full review of Grand Circle Cruise Line

If you want to compare Croisi Europe with other all-included river cruises, check out Crystal River Cruises and Tauck.

Frequently asked questions

Latest cruise deals

Avoya Travel Avoya Travel

Royal Caribbean sale: buy 1 get 1 60% off cruise fares, up to $150 free onboard credit and kids sail free

T&Cs apply

Last verified

Deal ends

Travelocity Travelocity

Over 75% off bookings with top cruise lines

Book cheap Royal Caribbean cruises from just $156 to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Priceline Priceline

Save up to 88% off last minute and special cruise deals

Book a cruise departing in the next 90 days and save up to 80%.

Last verified

Expedia.com Expedia.com

Save up to 90% off Royal Caribbean cruises

Cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mediterranean, Asia and South Pacific all on sale from just $156. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

TourRadar TourRadar

Mississippi River cruises starting from $1,562 per person

Last verified

U by Uniworld U by Uniworld

Join foodie influencer, The Grub Father, this summer on an 8-day voyage with U River Cruises

T&Cs apply

Last verified

Deal ends

Priceline Priceline

Paul Gauguin Cruises from $385/night: Fiji, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Cook Islands and more

Exclusive DOUBLE Offer: Get up to $2,000 Back - T&Cs apply

Last verified

CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

6-night Caribbean cruises from $321 on Carnival!

Exclusive – up to $500 to spend on board, plus 10% off shore excursions!

Last verified

Ask an expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our finder.com Terms of Use and Privacy and Cookies Policy.
Go to site