CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Was Designed Exclusively For the Elbe River

The Elbe Princesse docked at the Greenwichpromenade Docks on the evening of April 14, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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.

Grey skies and cool temperatures couldn't keep onlookers out of the cold. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Grey skies and cool temperatures couldn’t keep onlookers out of the cold. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Prepping the ship for its long-awaited introduction day. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Prepping the ship for its long-awaited introduction day. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The bottle breaks, and Elbe Princesse is officially christened! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The bottle breaks, and Elbe Princesse is officially christened! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Anke Rehlinger, Economic Minister for Germany's Saarland, celebrates the christening of the Elbe Princesse on Appril 14, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Anke Rehlinger, Economic Minister for Germany’s Saarland, celebrates the christening of the Elbe Princesse on Appril 14, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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.

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