CroisiEurope is to re-start river cruises in its native France from next week.

The first vessel will sail on the Seine on July 13 followed by the Rhone and the Burgundy Canal from July 16.

Rhine cruises return on July 20, the Loire from July 31 and the Gironde from August 26.

Ocean cruises to Corsica will be re-introdoced from July 26.

The phased return across Europe will see sailings on the Danube from July 31, the Elbe on August 3, the Douro on August 7 and in Croatia from August 13.

Other European destinations will be available progressively throughout the season, according to the company.

“Our top priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew members, as well as the smooth performance of our cruises during this unprecedented time,” a spokesperson said.

“We have focused rigorously on every detail to provide safe vacations and give peace of mind to our passengers.

“Strict health protocols backed up by a partnership with Bureau Veritas are in effect on all our ships.

“Our intimately sized ships honour the fragility of nature and the environments we cross through, while our crews provide top-quality service in a truly relaxing, safe and sound setting.

“CroisiEurope’s commitment to the safety of our passengers and the professionalism and responsibility of our crew members guarantee the relaunch of our cruises under optimal conditions for everyone.”