A-Rosa plans to restart European river cruises in June
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A-Rosa plans to restart European river cruises in June

A-Rosa has announced plans to resume cruises on the Douro, Rhine and Danube rivers by mid-June, and in France from June 30.

German river cruise company A-Rosa has announced plans to resume its European river cruises in June. International guests will be welcome onboard, provided they meet each country’s entry and exit requirements.

It comes in response to the successful vaccination rollouts and measures in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic across Europe. The company expects to restart river cruises on the Douro, Rhine and Danube rivers by mid-June, as Portugal has already opened its borders to tourists and Austria has announced that river cruises on the Danube will be allowed again from May 19.

The governments of Slovakia and Hungary, also on the Danube river cruise itinerary, have not yet announced dates for when hotels and river cruises will reopen, but A-Rosa is confident that their low case numbers will lead to an announcement in time for the summer sailings.

As for the Rhine river cruise, the German federal states along the river are expected to reopen tourist accommodation (including river cruises) by mid-June. Hotels in Switzerland are already open, and the Netherlands and Belgium are expected to follow suit in time for June’s river cruises.

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A-Rosa also expects to relaunch its French river cruises by the end of June. This is in line with France’s four-stage plan to allow cruise and passenger ships to operate again from June 30.

“It is really encouraging that tourism in Europe finally looks like it can return soon,” said Jörg Eichler, managing director of A-Rosa Flussschiff GmbH. “We are busy adapting and updating our current protocols in line with the latest regulations in the countries we sail through, and will announce them in the coming days. Our successful five months of sailing in 2020 clearly shows that cruising with A-Rosa can be safe and enjoyable.”

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