MS Loire Princesse
Majestically sailing down the beautiful Loire River in France, the MS Loire Princesse has been inspired by the age-old paddlewheel design. As the longest river in France, the Loire understandably has plenty on offer, and with this innovative ship, guests have a perfect opportunity to discover its delights while also being able to navigate the shallow waters with ease.
Launched in 2015 and operated by Croisi Europe, the Loire Princesse is the first cruising vessel with cabins to have ventured along the Loire River, and with three spacious decks featuring all of the modern conveniences you could need to feel at home, guests can enjoy an elegant, sophisticated and relaxed experience. The vessel is also considered to be a ‘Green Ship’, with an environmentally-friendly design that ensures the impact on the environment is minimised.
The ship can accommodate a maximum of 96 passengers, predominantly hailing from mainland Europe (particularly France and Germany) as well as the UK, the USA and Scandinavia. English is spoken onboard, and the multilingual host can help to solve any issues and help all guests to plan their free time effectively. River cruises onboard tend to appeal to travellers who have a passion for France – particularly the beauty of the Loire Valley – and are usually from a more mature audience.
There is a restaurant onboard, situated on the Main Deck, which is large enough to accommodate all passengers for single-service dining. Breakfast is in the form of an extensive breakfast, while lunch and dinner are three-course set menus served by attentive waiters.
The menu takes inspiration from French cuisine, but international dishes are sometimes available. On some cruises, wine, beer, water and soft drinks are complimentary with both lunches and dinners onboard. Check the details of what is included before you book.
There is a lounge onboard, situated on the Upper Deck, which features a central dance floor. Passengers tend to socialise here after dinner, mingling with other passengers and appreciating the evening entertainment.
On some cruises there is a free bar between noon and midnight every day, excluding champagne, branded spirits and drinks from the wine list.
Guests can look forward to a welcome cocktail reception and a farewell gala dinner onboard.
The majority of your time will be spent onshore, enjoying the various ports of call and appreciating the wide range of excursions available, including the opportunity to taste Muscadet – a regional speciality. Pre-booking of optional excursions is highly recommended, and even essential in some cases.
Onboard, guests can relax on the large Sun Deck, soaking up the breathtaking views and enjoying the sunshine. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
There are 48 spacious 161 sq. ft. cabins onboard, all featuring outside views. Thirty of these can be found on the Upper Deck, and boast a picture window and a private 10ft x 4ft balcony. The remaining 18 can be found on the Main Deck.
All cabins have comfortable beds that face the window to make the most of the view, as well as en-suite bathrooms with shower, hairdryer, in-room safe, flatscreen TV, telephone, climate control (including heating and air-conditioning) and mini-bar.
Cruises on the Loire Princesse tend to last between six and eight days, encompassing areas of the Pays de la Loire region as well as UNESCO-designated sites including Nantes, Angers, Bouchemaine, Saint-Nazaire and Ancenis.
A popular itinerary is the eight day Legacy of the Loire, which is also offered by Saga Holidays, which includes the chance to visit many of the above ports as well as a trip to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley including Château Azay-le-Rideau, Château de Villandry and Château d’Usse. Optional excursions include an evening cruise along the Erdre River, a visit to a Nazi shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the historic town of Guerande and a tour of the Muscadet wine region.
Special Christmas and New Year cruises are currently offered on this ship.