When I wrote here previously about how much we enjoyed our last barge cruise to the Alsace region of France, I was less surprised that so few readers had been on barge cruises—than I was amazed that so many had never heard of this type of cruise experience!
Barging is an intimate, relaxing and luxurious way to travel. It couples the feel of a river cruise that touches the shores of small towns and villages with the gourmet cuisine and personal service you might expect from an ultra-luxury cruise ship.
I had previously written another article for Forbes entitled, “6 Types of Travelers Who Will Love Barge Cruises.” For those interested in reading more, that one offers some information about the special appeals of this type of cruising.
Barge cruises generally hold about 12 people or less but some barges can hold as many as 18. Similar to river or ocean cruises, couples or singles (who didn’t previously know each other) sign up for a particular itinerary and meet once onboard. But sometimes, families–or group of friends—charter a barge in its entirety so they can cruise together on a vessel that feels more yacht-like. Once a barge is chartered, it’s one of the most all-inclusive ways to travel. It’s a perfect way to celebrate a family reunion, milestone birthday or other special occasion.
The Black Friday Deal
European Waterways, the largest luxury barge company in Europe, is offering 30% off selected Spring 2019 whole barge charters booked between Friday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
The Black Friday offer includes Burgundy Canal, Canal du Midi, Loire Valley, Gascony, Champagne and Paris (France); Holland, Italy and Scotland cruises.
“Spring is a great time to visit Europe,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways, announcing the sale. “Our Black Friday special is one of the best value deals we’ve ever offered. It provides a unique opportunity to see Europe at one of the most vibrant and colorful times of the year.”
For more information, call 1-877-574-3404 or visit europeanwaterways.com.