Concordia Damen launches largest river cruise vessel to operate on the Rhine

Concordia Damen has completed the build of the hull of the latest addition to the fleet of A-Rosa Flussschiff, one of Europe’s leading river cruise operators. The hull will now be transported by the heavy-lift vessel Yacht Express to Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands, where Concordia Damen will perform the outfitting.

Measuring 135 metres in length and 17.7 metres across, the four-deck vessel will feature 140 cabins ranging from two person to family units, making it the largest vessel to be operating on the Rhine in terms of passenger numbers. The majority of the cabins will have their own balconies and accommodation with separate living and sleeping areas available. Other family-friendly features include a children’s play lounge and pool as well as a larger pool for all ages on the sun deck. The restaurant will also have a separate children’s eating area.

The ship also features amenities such as a sauna, whirlpool, ice grotto, heat bench and treatment rooms and for the first time, crew will have their own rest and relaxation area.

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E-Motion vessel

In line with the principles of both A-Rosa and Concordia Damen, the river cruise ship will have a special focus minimising impact on its surrounding environment. A-Rosa describes its newbuild as an “E-Motion” vessel, and it will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system including a zero-emissions battery drive. A diesel engine will be used for cruising, but when entering and leaving port, the ship will switch to an electric engine powered by the battery for emissions-free operations.

It will also be fitted for shore power. In addition, the hull has been optimised for minimum resistance and all heat and excess energy will be recovered where possible.

Delivery is scheduled for the spring of 2022 in time for the year’s summer season.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.