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European Waterways Cruises

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About European Waterways Cruises

British-based European Waterways offers luxury barging on Europe's rivers and canals. Expect fine wood paneling, soft carpeting and a mix of antique and traditional decor. The barges offer a country inn feel and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Who goes on European Waterways cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a European Waterways cruise?

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Who goes on European Waterways cruise ships?

Barge passengers are a well-educated, well-traveled lot, primarily 50-plus. Most are from North America and the U.K., but European Waterways markets internationally so you will occasionally find people from other parts of Europe and around the world. Families primarily do full charters; on noncharters children under 12 are not permitted onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a European Waterways cruise?

No. There is no dress code or requirement to dress up. Pick comfortable clothes suitable for the climate and activities you want to do. Some passengers change for dinner, but this is not a requirement.

Is everything free on European Waterways cruises?

Pretty much. Fares include gourmet meals prepared by the onboard chefs, fine wines (different each day) with lunch and dinner, an open bar, Wi-Fi (when available) and daily escorted excursions to places of interest. Tipping is not included.

What are European Waterways’s most popular activities?

Passengers can choose to do as little or as much as they want, but overall the pace is slow, with a six-day cruise often covering little more than 50 miles along a rural canal. In addition to daily excursions by mini-bus, this allows plenty of time for passengers to walk or take leisurely bike rides along the towpaths where they can be picked up at the next lock or mooring spot.

Life back onboard is equally leisurely, with long lunches and dinners prepared by what is akin to having a private chef.

Why go with European Waterways?

  • All meals, drinks and excursions included.
  • Tranquil, relaxing cruising.
  • Onboard bicycles allow for exploring the European countryside.

Best for: Family or friend groups looking for a house boat-style experience on Europe's canals

Not for: Fast-paced travelers looking to cover lots of ground, late-night partiers

European Waterways Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Small pleasures of a Burgundy Barge trip add up.

At breakfast included fresh bread and pastries from a different local bakery, fresh fruit plate, meat and cheese and eggs expertly prepared.The barge moved slowly down the Canal with a different stop each day; we could walk alongside or ride one of the bicycles on board when we wished.Read More
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sandbag7

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Fabulous and extraordinary…go barging!

La Belle Époque was our first barge cruise and we have already booked another one!There wasn’t a bill at the end of the trip; however, it is suggested that the crew be tipped 5% of the cruise price.Read More
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jodyt

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Fantastic leisurely food and wine cruise

We were met in Paris by our tour guide Mathias who drove the eight of us to the La Belle Epoque where we were greeted with a warm welcome by the whole crew and served an excellent French champagne and shown to our cabin.The chef Arnis cooked wonderful meals, and each was paired with an excellent French white and red wine which were different each day.Read More
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pjbmontana

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

A huge disappointment

We had a party of Americans on the boat who did enjoy the food, but we also travelled with a British Couple who had done two previous European Waterways cruises and were very unhappy with this one.Each day, we were bracing ourselves for what was to be served and this was stressful when the meals should have been a delight - good food is one of the main reasons people go on cruises.Read More
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alisonweirhistorian

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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