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Sail Date: September 2018
Luxurious barge with spacious accommodations for 8. Every detail is handled. The cruise begins with high tea at the Stafford Hotel in London before transfer to the barge. The Magna Carta is beautiful, meticulously clean and very ... Read More
Luxurious barge with spacious accommodations for 8. Every detail is handled. The cruise begins with high tea at the Stafford Hotel in London before transfer to the barge. The Magna Carta is beautiful, meticulously clean and very comfortable. Our cabin and bathroom were large and nicely appointed. The staff was lovely and anticipated our every need. Our tour guide was very well informed taking us to Oxford, Highclere (Downton Abbey), Cliveden, Windsor and Hampton Court. One of the many highlights was sitting on the sun deck cruising through the locks with a Guinness or cup of tea enjoying conversations while passing lovely countryside. We were served 3 gourmet meals a day accompanied by exquisite wines. A full bar was also available. We took the Queen Mary 2 from New York to meet the Magna Carta in London. The food and service on the Magna Carta far exceeded Cunard’s. It was a wonderful week on the Thames. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
The trip was great in every respect. Crew were all helpful and pleasent. The food was all good and and a variety. The trips of the boat were interesting and guides gave us sufficient information. The trip up the Douro was the best view ... Read More
The trip was great in every respect. Crew were all helpful and pleasent. The food was all good and and a variety. The trips of the boat were interesting and guides gave us sufficient information. The trip up the Douro was the best view I have seen on any river trip. The passenger were from vareous destinations, which made for interesting conversations. The meals were sit where you like which helps to make it more interesting than being with the same people all the time. Travelling through the locks was very interesting as I am a Chartered Engineer. There is a lock which rises about 100 feet. It was an unbelevable experience.. The boat was very clean and every thing in good order. The only slight problem was that all the wall s and columns were stainless and lik mirrors so it took a little while to get use to seeing one self when moving arround Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
This is our third barge we've been aboard with European Waterways. Each barge was very different, but the experience, service and cuisine were superb! It was especially fun to meet Florian and Judith again after our trip in 2015 ... Read More
This is our third barge we've been aboard with European Waterways. Each barge was very different, but the experience, service and cuisine were superb! It was especially fun to meet Florian and Judith again after our trip in 2015 aboard La Belle Epoque. We brought along two other couples who were new to hotel barges. Now they are as excited as we are about this experience. Our chef on this trip, Ollie, made the experience special. His mantra "butter, butter and more butter" will ring in our ears for a very long time. His cooking is magical! If you want to be spoiled, pampered (11 guests with 6 staff to indulge your every whim) then European Waterways will exceed all expectations. The boats are kept in bristol-fashion. Shore excursions were fun, especially going to Thursday morning market with Ollie to gather food for the day's meals. Two luxury Mercedes passenger vans shadow each barge, ready to take you anywhere you would like to go. It was also great fun and welcome exercise to hop off the barge on one of the bikes provided for each guest. We immediately began planning for our next trip with European Waterways. An excellent value for money! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
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
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