Family River Cruise – Yes Please!



· New sustainable technology onboard

· Dedicated family facilities including large family cabins, a dedicated kids club area and separate children’s pool

· First river cruise ship on the Rhine with four decks

A-ROSA River Cruises has released the first renderings of its groundbreaking new ship, which is due for delivery in Spring 2021. The vessel will feature onboard technology to reduce the line’s environmental footprint, and is designed specifically to appeal to families and multi-generational guests.

New onboard innovations include battery propulsion for sailing emission free into and out of cities, air bubble technology to reduce fuel consumption and a range of family features including large family cabins sleeping up to five people, a children’s pool and a dedicated kids club area.

The ship, which will be built at Concordia Damen Werft shipyard in the Netherlands, will sail primarily on the Northern Rhine, departing from Cologne and calling at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruges and Antwerp. It will be the first river cruise ship on the Rhine to feature four decks.

Jorg Eichler, CEO and shareholder of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH comments: “This new ship features innovations never seen on a river ship cruise ship before and it heralds the future of travel on the rivers – both in terms of use of space and sustainability. With 140 cabins, a length of 135 metres, a width of 17.7 metres plus a fourth deck, this ship enables us to offer more space than ever before.”


Designed specifically with family and multi-generational holidays in mind from the outset, a ‘family area’ will be created where spacious 28m2 family cabins sleeping up to five people, plus a dedicated kids club area are located. The ship will also feature a separate children’s pool, next to a large swimming pool on the sun deck. Furthermore, the restaurant will have a children’s area where young guests can eat together with their friends if desired.

Offering more personal space for guests than ever before, all double cabins will be 21m2 and offer a larger bathroom, plus a dedicated sleeping area and a living area. In addition, all double cabins will have a large balcony with seating for two people. The ship will also feature a separate suite area with six suites.

There will be an enlarged spa and wellness area with sauna, whirlpool, gym, ice room, heat-bench and various treatment rooms.

Lucia Rowe, managing director of A-ROSA River Cruises UK and Ireland comments: “This new ship really is a prototype on Europe’s rivers and something we haven’t seen before. We want to attract the growing multi-generational sector and encourage a much younger audience to consider river cruising as a family holiday choice. We have taken a tailor-made approach with this ship, building in line with what the river can accommodate and creatively offering more space for more experiences which is what today’s families want.”


Sustainability plays a key role in the new design, as A-ROSA looks to lead the way in lowering emissions and help protect the rivers and cities travels through.

The new ship will feature an ‘E-Motion’ concept which allows the ship to switch to battery power when approaching a city and arrive emission-free. Like all other ships in the fleet, the vessel will be equipped with a shore power connection, meaning the battery can be charged overnight and then the ship can also depart the city in the same way.

In addition to the energy-saving and environmental protection measures already in place at A-ROSA, the new ship will also have an optimised hull design and employ ‘DACS’ air-bubble technology – patented by the Damen shipyard – to reduce fuel consumption

A second ship is currently planned for 2023.

The firstinitialsea have never tried River cruising as we had assumed they were not family friendly, and most are not. I have spoken to my children in the past and am aware that they would love to try river cruising. This concept is revolutionary and definitely something we will be considering in the future.

As always, thank you for your support and for taking the time to read my blog.

Forever grateful – Claire Harris xx

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