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European Waterways

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.

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Why Go?

All meals, drinks and excursions are included

Cuisine includes regional specialties

Onboard bicycles allow for exploring the European countryside

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Onboard

Expect fine wood paneling, soft carpeting and a mix of antique and traditional decor. The barges offer a country inn feel and that same relaxed attitude from stem to stern. Think of them as charming country inns on the water and you've got the concept.

All cabins have central heating and most have air-conditioning; all have en suite shower or bathroom, and range from twin or double-bedded staterooms to suites with sitting areas. Cabins are not large, so expect compact and comfortable.

Barges sail at a slow pace; often going through half a dozen or more locks in a week's time, and since the pace is slow, life aboard the vessel is quiet. Interesting excursions are optional and most are included with the cruise fare.

Don't expect large production shows in a mega-theater, or even a television for that matter, but each barge has a library, some have a hot tub, and all have a CD/stereo in the saloon.

Each winter the fleet is overhauled and updated, many of the barges traveling hundreds of miles to shipyards in Belgium or Holland.

Fellow Passengers

BBarge passengers are a well-educated, well-traveled lot, primarily 50-plus, who like getting away from it all in a beautiful and serene setting. Most of the barge passengers are from North America and the U.K., but Go Barging markets internationally and representation on board from Europe and other parts of the world has been growing. Although there are no concessions for children on regularly scheduled trips, all the boats offer themed family charters where children are well accommodated with cribs, high-chairs, toys and games.

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