The A-Rosa Sena departed on its maiden voyage from Cologne on June 18. The latest ship from A-Rosa River Cruises was initially scheduled to launch slightly earlier, but was delayed due to supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic.
The ship is equipped with a hybrid propulsion ‘E-Motion’ system, which enables the vessel to switch to battery power when arriving and departing ports. This meant it sailed out of Cologne silently, and without causing any emissions. It is now sailing a seven-night itinerary from Cologne, calling at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Antwerp.
The day before the launch the ship was blessed by Deacon Michael Inden and then christened by Clara Eichler, the daughter of A-Rosa’s CEO Jörg Eichler, in Dusseldorf. The ceremony took place in the presence of the management, the investors and the crew.
Lucia Rowe, managing director at A-Rosa River Cruises UK and Ireland said: “This is what we have all be waiting for – our next generation ship has set sail, paving the way for our future fleet. She is like nothing seen before on the rivers and we are so very proud of what we’ve achieved. We’ve been telling agents about her and what makes her so different for some time now, and finally she is here and sailing on the Northern Rhine.
“Her sustainability credentials demonstrate to the industry just what can be done. Her hybrid propulsion system, exhaust gas purification filters and her ability to turn exhaust gas into electricity are just some of the incredible things that set her apart from anything we’ve seen previously.”
Rowe said many of the ship’s family and multigenerational features have also never been seen on a river cruise ship, including the dedicated kids club room, family cabins sleeping up to five and the separate children’s pool on the sundeck.
It’s the first river cruise ship on the Rhine to feature four decks of interior public areas, alongside a sundeck. It also boasts a large spa complete with a Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, treatment rooms, gym, relaxation room and an ice grotto with ice fountain, plus various dining options.