Posted October 26th, 2012, 10:04 PM
We're checking out A-ROSA, a German-oriented river cruise line, in late November because the company is interested in expanding to the English speaking market. I'd love to hear from you if you have tried the line (I've admired its newest vessels from afar, they're just gorgeous), what you liked, etc.
What we know from afar:
*There will be three ships oriented to the American market beginning next year (date TBD).
*A-ROSA already does host some English speaking cruises through the British line Swan Hellenic (which also markets to North Americans).
*It aims to be more inclusive than any other line -- offering open bar all day, not just at mealtime, plus flights tips, transfers.
*And this is most welcome news: Shore excursions, which are included in cruise fares, will include the usual but also more active opportunities, such as hikes, kayaking, quad exploring, and horseback riding, as well as food, wine, history, the arts, etc.
Any questions you have please post below and I'll be happy to try to answer them when I return in late November. Thanks!
Carolyn Spencer Brown
Editor in Chief
This is off topic, but I wanted to put this here so that you can see it.
Is it possible to designate in the CC Ports of Call threads where port questions for inland Europe should be posted?
For instance, if I wanted to post a question about Vienna or Passau, there is not a designated area that fits. Should it be Northern Europe? It's certainly not Greece, France, Spain, or Mediterranean.
I think you see were I'm going with this. Most Rhine ports, central and southern Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria ports don't have a category to post in.