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A-Rosa’s first battery-powered ship sets sail

By Katie McGonagle | 20 Jun 2022

A-Rosa Sena maiden voyage, Cologne

A-Rosa Sena departs from Cologne on its maiden voyage

The river cruise line’s family-friendly ship, A-Rosa Sena, embarked on a maiden voyage from Cologne using new ‘E-Motion’ technology

 

 

German river cruise line A-Rosa has launched its first hybrid ship, A-Rosa Sena, which can switch to using battery power when arriving at and departing from ports.

The ‘E-Motion’ hybrid propulsion system allows for noise-free and emission-free sailing in populated areas and is the first time such technology has been rolled out on a river cruise vessel, as part of a wave of more sustainable ships launching this year.

Lucia Rowe, UK & Ireland managing director, said: “This is what we have all be waiting for – our next-generation ship has set sail, paving the way for our future fleet.

“Her sustainability credentials demonstrate to the industry just what can be done. Her hybrid propulsion system, exhaust gas purification filters and her ability to turn exhaust gas into electricity are just some of the incredible things that set her apart from anything we’ve seen previously.”

The ship was blessed by Deacon Michael Inden and christened by Clara Eichler, daughter of A-Rosa chief executive Jörg Eichler, in Dusseldorf, despite its launch being delayed by a month following supply chain problems.

Kids' club on A-Rosa Sena

Kids’ club on A-Rosa Sena

The ship offers family cabins sleeping up to five, a separate children’s pool on the sun deck, and a dedicated kids’ club, all of which are rarely seen on a river cruise ship. The four-deck vessel is one of the largest sailing on the Rhine, and also features a spa with Finnish sauna and ice grotto, along with varied dining options.

A-Rosa Sena is sailing seven-night itineraries from Cologne, calling at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Antwerp. Available excursions include a canoe trip through De Biosbosch National Park, a food-focused tour around Antwerp and a trip to the Madurodam model village in Rotterdam.

Find out more about A-Rosa’s cruises.

Pavilion, A-Rosa Sena

Pavilion, A-Rosa Sena

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