Croisi Europe cruise reviews

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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

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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
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Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).

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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.

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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.

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