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A-Rosa: The Only All Inclusive River Cruise

A glass of red while drifting along the Danube?

There’s a new river cruise option to offer your clients for 2013. A-Rosa is no stranger to the European market, where the Germany based company was founded in 2000. But 2013 marks the 1st time the company has dedicated 3 ships to the North American market.

“The key here is that we have something different to offer,” says Cruise Strategies President Vanessa Lee. “A-Rosa is completely all-inclusive. Air is included from Canada, all your drinks – including wine, cocktails and specialty coffees -- all your shore excursions, all your gratuities. It’s a very good, high end 4 star product, and it’s a very good price.”

The key here is that we have something different to offer.

A-Rosa will offer a selection of 7 to 14 night Rhine, Danube, Saône and Rhône sailings to Canadian and American travellers in 2013 with 13 different itineraries to choose from.

After conducting research, the line made a few changes to prepare for the North American market, as Open Jaw’s Nina Slawek learned when she took a test cruise along with Lee recently. The all-inclusive concept is new for one, and it’s pretty comprehensive, as described above. There’s even a choice of 3 included shore excursions at each port, and complimentary bicycles for those who prefer to explore on their own.

The other notable change is switching to a la carte dining in the evening. Apparently the German market enjoys buffets morning, noon and night, but North Americans like dinner, at least, to be a more leisurely affair. There are no fixed seating times and no set dress code either.

Cuisine is the most important feature of A-Rosa.

According to Slawek, cuisine is the most important feature of A-Rosa. “Whether it was the lunch buffet or the set dinner menu, the quality of the food was outstanding. I can’t remember the last time I had a choice of lobster, still-pink beef tenderloin, venison in cherry jus and homemade gnocchi in a velvety gorgonzola sauce, all offered at one elegant buffet.”

Among the amenities on each A-Rosa ship: the ‘Spa-Rosa,’ indoor and outdoor restaurants, an outdoor pool on the sun deck, shuffleboard, putting green and daily entertainment.

Staterooms feature luxurious bedding and modern furnishings, along with amenities such as individually adjustable air conditioning, a television, telephone and hair dryer. Guests are welcomed to their stateroom with a bottle of champagne, fresh fruit, bathrobes and slippers, bottled water, bath products by Babor and the availability of optional Wi-Fi. Most accommodations feature French or full balconies.

For this year, the A-Rosa Aqua, built in 2009, will wind her way along the Rhine River, along with the A-Rosa Silva, a new ship built in 2012. The Silva will also offer journeys along the Danube River. The A-Rosa Stella will cruise through the French countryside on the Rhône/Saône Rivers in 2013.


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