A-Rosa, the European river cruise line, is to add two more ships to its fleet, the company has confirmed.
The new vessels, called A-Rosa Lea and A-Rosa Clea, will both sail on the Rhine when they launch in April 2024.
In 2025, one of the ships will be transported to the Seine, with A-Rosa’s current Seine ship returning to the Rhine. In 2026, the second ship will move to the Gironde, Garonne in the Bordeaux region, a new river for A-Rosa.
Jörg Eichler, CEO of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH said: “We are really excited to have contracted two more ships into our fleet at short notice and this move really couldn’t have come at a better time. It is predicted that by the end of the 2023 season we will have set new guest and revenue records, even surpassing the previous record year of 2019. This season we have also continued to consistently achieve high occupancy levels on all departures, and it looks really likely that we will set a record level of over 90 per cent of cabin capacity sold for 2023. Furthermore, we expect to finish the year with a year-on-year increase in revenue of over 40%.
“We are seeing the greatest demand for bookings on the Rhine, so to initially start the ships on this river next season makes total sense.”
Lucia Rowe, managing director of A-ROSA River Cruises UK & Ireland added: “These two ships will be a great addition to our fleet. Demand in the UK for cruises on the Rhine is very strong at the moment so we are delighted to be able to offer more capacity for next year. I believe their intimate feel and attractive dining concept will really appeal to the UK market and help us to grow our position as the go-to for relaxed, flexible river cruises on Europe’s most beautiful rivers even further.
“Looking ahead, we couldn’t be more excited to offer the new cruise region in the Bordeaux area – our guests asked for more variety, and we have responded.”