A-Rosa River Cruises has revealed that its pioneering eco-friendly new river ship will be called A-Rosa Sena – a name taken from the Arabic language which means beauty.
Setting sail in May 2022, the vessel will feature innovative ‘E-Motion’ technology which is also a first for river ships. The hybrid propulsion system combines a diesel engine and a separate electric engine that is powered by batteries. This means that when approaching a port, A-Rosa Sena can switch to battery power, enabling it to arrive almost silently and emission-free. The ship can be charged overnight by shore power connection.
A-Rosa Sena will be the largest ship in the 13-strong fleet and the first vessel on the Rhine to feature four decks – instead of the usual three – and will accommodate 280 passengers in five different cabin categories. The ship is also aimed specifically at families and multi-generational groups and will include other facilities that are unique to river vessels including a dedicated kid’s club, family cabins sleeping up to five, an adult pool and a separate children’s pool.
A-Rosa Sena is currently being built at the Concordia Damen shipyard near Rotterdam. The maiden voyage will be on the Northern Rhine with a seven-night cruise from Cologne visiting Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Antwerp.
A cruise for a family of four starts from £3,829, departing on October 22, 2022, and includes return flights, transfers, all meals, an open bar, soft drinks, tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, sun deck games, sauna and fitness centre. For more information and make a booking, please visit the Panache Cruises website or call them on +44 (0)161 516 6423/0385.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photograph courtesy of A-Rosa
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