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Smaller ships and different rivers - do any cruise lines consider it?

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In Europe, the 135m ships are a relatively new thing, ships used to be 125m or 110m or in between or even smaller. To offer new choices, like CroisiEurope has done with the Loire, are any of the big lines thinking of chartering or building smaller ships? Or overall going for intimate river cruise experiences even when they do not have due to lock or navigation limitations?


I know Viking had to do smaller on the Seine to dock in Paris and the Elbe is only for smaller ships anyway.


Thank you.




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Hi notamermaid thanks for the question!


We are seeing more interest in the small 'canal' style cruises where you can charter ships as small as 12 passengers. CroisiEurope seem to be the leaders of this and I'm sure it wont be long before some of the larger cruise lines follow.

They sail the smaller French canals of the Loire, Provence, Marne & Doubs Valley to name a few.


I hope this helps 🙂



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