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Five Uniquely French Cruises with CroisiEurope

The Strasbourg-based river cruise line has been in operation since 1976 and offers small-ship cruises across the globe. In France, CroisiEurope offers some of the most unique opportunities for cruising and experiencing the local joie de vivre. Here are five of the most uniquely French cruises the company offers.
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The Loire Princesse offers guests a warm and intimate cruise through the Loire Valley. From Nantes, you’ll taste the region’s Muscadet wines, explore the history of the shipyards at St. Nazaire, and step foot in luxurious chateaux that were once home to French royalty. On board, enjoy classic French fare or relax on your private balcony.

On this fantastical journey, you’ll board the 130-passenger La Belle des Océans and set course from the port of Nice, circumnavigating the French island of Corsica over a seven-night cruise. Learn the traditions of the Corsican people, visit the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and marvel at the landscapes of this unique island. The Belle des Océans is the newest ocean vessel in CroisiEurope’s fleet, and offers the comforts of ocean cruising with the intimate size of a river cruise.

New for 2023, CroisiEurope’s Déborah will offer a unique look at the City of Light and its surroundings. Aboard the 22-passenger canal barge, guests will cruise through the heart of Paris and step back in time with a visit to the Château de Fontainebleau, a retreat for French kings and queens. Continue up the Seine to Barbizon and explore the village that inspired 19th-centrury artists such as Corot and Renoir. CroisiEurope’s fleet includes six canal barges, each with their own intimate look into different regions of France.

Step aboard this Rhone River cruise to celebrate the rich gastronomy that has shaped this region of France, and ultimately the gastronomy of the world. Cruising from Lyon, you’ll marvel at the scenery as you travel this remarkable river and discover its history. Visits include a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Michelin restaurant and the Cité du Chocolat – the perfect dessert to follow the experience served up on board.

Cruise along the meandering Seine River, from Paris to the port of Honfleur on the Channel coast. Along the way, discover historic Rouen and its Gothic cathedral, the gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny, and the hallowed beaches of D-Day in Normandy. Extend your stay with an extra night in Paris to further discover the French capital.

CroisiEurope’s cruises have operated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with the most stringent safety considerations, monitored by the Bureau Veritas inspection company. With over 55 ships around the world, CroisiEurope offers unique cruises for international clients, all with a trademark French flair. Find out more at