CroisiEurope has announced it will sail to three new destinations and introduce several ships in the next two years.

The French line, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, will begin sailing on the Elbe, the Mississippi and the Amazon for the first time next year.

To offer voyages on the Elbe, which is slightly shallower than other European rivers, the line is building its second paddlewheeler. Elbe Princesse will be the sister ship to Loire Princesse, which launched earlier this year.

The new ship will be similar to the Loire Princesse, but instead of having paddlewheelers in the middle of the ship, the Elbe Princesse will have its wheels on the back of the vessel.

The line, which currently has 43 ships, will also add a fifth ship on the Douro, a fifth ship on the Mekong in 2017, and two new barges – Deborah and Daniele in 2016.

Speaking at the Clia River Cruise Convention in Amsterdam, Gabrielle Alam, head of sales and marketing UK, said: “We have lots of exciting things coming up in the next couple of years – new ships and new destinations.

“We are constantly looking at and adding new destinations and that’s great because we have a lot of repeat clientele.”