European Barge Cruise
European Barge Cruises are a fantastic way to see the fabulous towns and cities of inner Europe. A cruising barge in Europe is, a dreamy way to travel. These barges are also referred to as floating hotels due to the luxury, amenities and staff.
You can forget the thought of a tiny stateroom just above the waterline of a 3,000 passenger cruise ship. All stateroom’s in these vessels are spacious and well-appointed, more like large suites that you find on a standard cruise ship.
Some barges, once used to transport commodities in hard to reach places, have been refitted for leisure travelers and transformed into elegant vessels .
Additionally, self-skippered cabin cruisers are ideal for small groups and families. The quiet waterways have only the gentlest of currents, making them extremely easy to navigate.
Stateroom’s typically feature twin beds and a private bath. On luxury barge cruises, you will find even larger cabins and modern conveniences such as TV, jacuzzi, and PC hook-up.
The European barge cruise is an intimate and personal experience as barges typically accommodate as few as 4 people up to as many as 24. A cruise with six people can be served by as many as 4 staff members.
You have all the amenities of home, including air conditioning, carpeting, a commons area, a dining area and, of course, a bar.
The cost of a European barge cruise, like all other cruises, varies based upon which cruise line you choose, the accommodations selected, the local area visited, and the season. However, a quiet and personal barge cruise can be priced very competitively with a Caribbean cruise, without the additional cost of your flights.
European Barge cruises are available on most of the rivers and canals in Europe. You can experience up-close the beauty and cultural sites of Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, or Scotland. The pace of a barge cruise is leisurely. You can go sightseeing on foot or on bikes that are available onboard.
The barge cruise price usually includes the accommodations, all of your food, beverage service that includes both spirits and wines, and pre-arranged sightseeing tours. Most of the European barge cruises cater to American tourists by providing English speaking staff.