Four of us recently cruised for 6 days on the Enchante. It cruised from Carcassonne to Narbonne in southern France on the Canal du Midi. We had an absolutely delightful time. Although the barge can accommodate 8 passengers, there were ... Read More
Four of us recently cruised for 6 days on the Enchante. It cruised from Carcassonne to Narbonne in southern France on the Canal du Midi. We had an absolutely delightful time. Although the barge can accommodate 8 passengers, there were only 6 of us on the cruise for our week. There were 5 staff taking care of us, including the captain. The staff were extremely helpful all week long, from picking us up at the Narbonne train station through dropping us off at the train station at the end of the week.
Silvain was the chef. His food was exquisite. I would certainly nominate him for Michelin stars. Included in the fare are wines, other alcohols, soft drinks, and water.
The daily guided tours, guided by Anthony, were all historic and very interesting. The other staff were spectacular. They all contributed to this cruise being maximally enjoyable and pleasant.
There is a Mercedes van which travels with the barge for daily transportation, such as excursions, etc.
By barge standards, the cabins were large, well decorated, and modern. Each cabin has a bed that is about the size of a queen, or may be configured as two singles. There is a 3/4 bath with a shower. The room was large enough to have a small desk. There was a hot tub on the foredeck available for use.
The common area of the barge, although, being small due to limited space on the barge was very comfortable. There was both indoor and outdoor seating. When the barge was not cruising, the staff would set up a sunshade over the outside common area.
The barge only goes about 3 miles per hour, and carries bicycles. This allows you to walk along the canal path with the barge or explore the other small French towns that you pass through.
All in all, this was luxury cruising at its' finest. Read Less