Loire River Cruises
The Loire is unique: it is the only river in Western Europe to never have undergone any transformation. It is thus called the last wild river in Europe.
The river has shaped the landscape of the Val de Loire region, which was also called France’s back garden by 15th and 16th century aristocrats. The region has many gardens, orchards, and vineyards producing the most famous reputable wines such as Sancerre, Touraine, Aujou and Saumur. They are consumed with dishes of the finest culinary quality, with fresh fish, local meat and lovely cheeses.
The cradle of river cruising, the Loire is also part of naval history, as is its Port of Saint Nazaire, one of the major naval constructions sites in Europe. Up until the 19th Century, thousands of ships used to transport passengers and goods. The arrival of the railways led to the death of trade on the Loire. Steam ships were seen until the beginning of the 20th Century.
A hundred years later, in 2015, a new ship was launched on the one of the most difficult rivers to sail: the MS Loire Princesse. This new generation paddle wheel ship is unique in the world and is a treasure of naval technology.
The MS Loire Princesse is a two-deck ship with 48 cabins. Its paddle wheel was built with new and unique technology, and its design is also unique: the interior is original in style and layout, combining a relaxing, contemporary look and feel. The lounge bar on the upper deck opens onto a terrace at the back of the ship. All the common areas are surrounded by windows letting in lots of light. The cabins on the upper deck are fitted with 1.20 m wide terraces with outdoor tables and chairs, and a luxury bathroom. Last but not least, the paddle wheels on the side of the ship offer a unique display. The reception area has been designed so that it offers a view of the paddle wheel system, combining an old propelling system with modern technology.
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