Assessing A-ROSA Stella: 9 Differentiating Factors That Would Make Me Cruise Again

Cruising the Rhône and Saône rivers in southern France on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Cruising the Rhône and Saône rivers in southern France on A-ROSA Stella. Would we cruise on A-ROSA Stella again? © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Lyon, France — Yesterday, we stepped off A-ROSA Stella after a weeklong cruise on the Rhône and Saône rivers. During our voyage we saw lots of other river cruise companies offering programs in the region. If I were to cruise on this beautiful itinerary again, would I choose to do it on A-ROSA Stella for the second time or would I choose to cruise with another river cruise company?

I’d choose A-ROSA Stella, but perhaps not for the reasons you would immediately think.

I would not choose A-ROSA Stella for the cuisine, which was certainly a highlight on our cruise, but the fact is that other river cruise companies do it as well as A-ROSA, and some perhaps do it even better. That said, A-ROSA Stella’s cuisine was of an exceptionally high standard. Gourmet? I’m not sure, because I’m not a food critic. But certainly, at our tables during the week, with both novices and discriminating foodies, A-ROSA  scored high marks for cuisine and wine.

I would not choose A-ROSA Stella for the stateroom, which was adequate in size (measuring 156 square feet) and generous in amenities (flat-panel television, French-style “Juliette” balcony and more), but some river cruise companies offer larger staterooms and a variety of balcony configurations, and with generous amenities.

Stateroom 325 on A-ROSA Stella measures 156 square feet and is generous in amenities - flat-panel television, French-style “Juliette” balcony and more. © 2013 Monica Frisk
Stateroom 325 on A-ROSA Stella measures 156 square feet and is generous in amenities – flat-panel television, French-style “Juliette” balcony and more. © 2013 Monica Frisk

I would not choose A-ROSA Stella for the shore programs. While A-ROSA Stella’s tours were enriching and fun, they were much like those of other river cruise operators in the region.

Shore excursions included on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Shore excursions are included on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

So now the reasons why I would choose A-ROSA Stella. The vessel and program have nine differentiating factors that make it a good choice for some cruisers. I realize that these  factors will not be important to everyone, but at age 55, they appeal to me quite a lot.

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