Why CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Is Worth The Trip

CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse, docked near Potsdam, Germany on April 15, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

CroisiEuropes brand-new Elbe Princesse rumbled to life for the first time during our short preview cruise today, as we sailed down the River Havel from Berlin to Potsdam. It’s a short journey of approximately 30 kilometres, but just long enough for us to enjoy some scenic cruising and see how the ship handles when she’s in motion.

Paddlewheels and Pump Jets

One of Elbe Princesse's two paddlewheels by day... Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

One of Elbe Princesse’s two paddlewheels by day… Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...and by night. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and by night. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

By now, you probably know that Elbe Princesse is the second CroisiEurope vessel to feature paddlewheel propulsion, following in the footsteps of the line’s Loire Princesse, which debuted in April of 2015 on the Loire River. But, like me, you may not have known that the ship doesn’t necessarily have to fire up the paddlewheels to get moving.
Elbe Princesse is also equipped with a propulsion system called pump jets, which are pretty much exactly as they sound: jets powered by sea water sucked in through an intake, then expelled rapidly through the other end. This system allows the ship to move with more precision than the paddlewheels allow (though, when fired up, the wheels really get things moving along).

At night, colored lighting mounted to the inside of the wheel well cycles through a variety of vibrant colors. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

At night, colored lighting mounted to the inside of the wheel well cycles through a variety of vibrant colors. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The ship has been well-

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