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  • OCT_3013_trip_La_Bella_VitaHow did you enjoy your barge cruise? Immensely!  We both loved the staff, cuisine and wine, visiting the several cities and found companions very compatible.
  • How was the barge and accommodations? Excellent
  • Is there anything you really enjoyed (excursions, food, wine)? As above, we enjoyed all—very well prepared barge cruise.  Especially enjoyed the evening of music, great surprise and great entertainment
  • Is there anything that can be improved? More background on the region—history of Po Delta, how being developed and maintained now; we would have preferred to be picked up at Piazzale Roma but didn’t know that was an option.
  • How was the crew? Excellent
  • How did the Barge Connection do in booking your barge cruise? Excellent
clairdelune144_aWe had a wonderful time on the Clair de Lune. It was the perfect size boat for us and we loved its dark wood, its decor, and especially its crew. Eve and Natalie were great and Simon was an incredible chef. We ate way too much! Heidi and Diana also great-Diana really goes the extra mile to make sure everyone's happy and she spent extra time picking up Andrew when he arrived. The rooms were spacious, and Heidi always kept them clean. We enjoyed the excursions, especially Carcassonne and Narbonne. The olive oil coop was also special since we had never seen that before. We don't have plans now for another barge cruise but might try a different region in the future. My husband would like to do more biking if we do it again. Andrew's only recommend was to have a large map (or wall map) for us to see exactly where we were going each day as well as the surrounding areas. Thanks also to you for your prompt replies to all our questions as well as the effort in securing us lodging and arrival/pickup arrangements in Toulouse.

Elisabeth_2012_-_New_RoutesMore happy passengers that cruised aboard the lovely Elisabeth this August 2013. Such a pretty barge and outstanding crew!!

This cruise was excellent.  We cannot say enough about the boat, the service or the staff.  Peter and Sheena were excellent.
A truly lovely experience.
Thank you.
Charles Simmons
Ostrofe_Charter_Vision_4_Self_DriveHi Crystal...sitting in Atlanta airport on return home...after 40 locks...150 kilometers...great stops all the way up to Marseillete (Sabine & I took side trip to Carcassonne)... boat was great...people fantastic..food fantastic...the whole experience to be recommended... the 7 lock "staircase" just one of the surprise highlights..
Best...Allen & Sabine
Family_Charter_on_Impressionniste_Aug_4_2013Crystal, the trip was just splendid. The food, wine, cheese and quality of the crew was exceptional. Over the years we have taken our family to the Baltic, the Adriatic around to Rome, Europe generally, Asia generally and Russia.  No trip was more enjoyable than was our time on the Impressionisste. Carla and I travel now extensively in our respective businesses.  We seldom meet individuals as helpful as the crew of the Impressionisste and never have we had food that approaches that which we enjoyed on the trip. Thank you for your fine assistance.  You were very helpful.  We will certainly contact you for any future travel for which you may be able to assist. Best, Rod

Enchante_MooredHow did you enjoy your barge cruise? Very very much
How was the barge and accommodations? Excellent. Great decor and superb condition
Is there anything you really enjoyed (excursions, food, wine)? Food superb, and wine truly wonderful. Serving several of the prestigious wines I suggested was just a delight!
Is there anything that can be improved? Perhaps more time in villages bordering canal, especially the first.
How was the crew? Delightful
Any additional points you'd like to note? Our family called this "the vacation of a lifetime!"

JoAnn Karaffa-Owens is a travel agent from Pendleton Travel in Indiana and cruised aboard the Caprice this July. Here are her comments.

Caprice_2013We enjoyed every minute of the time we spent on the Caprice. We were pleasantly surprised with the cabin.  It was roomy enough and well designed.  Beds were very comfortable and air conditioning adjustable to meet our needs.

The food, wine and cheese experiences were superb. We looked forward to the choices each meal and savored every minute. Every one of the crew were wonderful.  Muriel amazed me.  She was always there and so knowledgeable. I was amazed how someone so small could accomplish so much. No requests ever denied. We will always have fond memories of this adventure.

Anjodi_Comments_April_2013How did you enjoy your barge cruise?
Loved the cruise - everything about it was good.  Food a little bit TOO good - we are not used to all that rich cuisine.
How was the barge and accommodations?
Barge and accommodation were very comfortable
Is there anything you really enjoyed (excursions, food, wine)?
We enjoyed all the excursions - the countryside was lovely, the small towns a great experience - and we were looked after very well.  The pace was exactly right
Is there anything that can be improved?
Don't think so!
How was the crew?
Everyone looked after us extremely well, everyone was very pleasant - we felt really pampered.
How did The Barge Connection do in booking your barge cruise?
Crystal is a great communicator.  All my questions were answered and I was never left hanging.
Will you be going on another barge cruise in the future?
Would love to - have it firmly in our minds for 2020, to celebrate our fiftyith wedding anniversery - if health and money permit.
Scotland_with_SheepThe barge trip was beyond any expectations I might have had.  I would do it again in a heartbeat. I enjoyed every minute of every day.  The daily trips from the barge were great and we were able to ask for and get a stop at an old graveyard and church ruin that wasn't on the itinerary. That was special. The crew were all outstanding, friendly, helpful and a lot of fun to be around.  Made us feel like family. The Barge Connection made all the arrangements seem uncomplicated.  Thank you, Crystal. I hope to be able to do another trip one day soon. Thank you, Millie Esten

Impressionniste_TestimonialsHow did you enjoy your barge cruise? We loved it!  Exceptional food, scenery and a great team led by Rudy bringing our group of 12 friends memories that will always last.  Thank you!
Savoir_Vivre_ChampagneWe enjoyed thoroughly and would go barging again. We like getting off and bike riding and eating dinners in the towns, not the boat. Absolutely pleased with Captain and crew. Top notch. Thanks for your help in finding an excursion that fit our small window of availability.
Vision_4_Self_DriveHi Crystal,
Thank you so much for your help booking our barge trip.....it was a blast!  The region was so beautiful; we enjoyed the mix of country villages and the larger cities of Saverne and Strassbourg.  The boat was great too.  Very clean and comfortable for 7 of us....plenty of space for all.  We would definitely do it again and would recommend it to others.Thanks again for helping us to have a very enjoyable vacation! Thanks, Marie

Le_Papillon_in_SpringDear Crystal,
OK, the Papillon trip was one of the best vacations I've had. We have just returned from our six wonderful days aboard the Papillon and I just wanted to thank you,  From start to finish, it was a dream vacation.  We were met right at 1pm by Jean-Marie and enjoyed a leisurely drive to the Chateau than the boat.  The meals were delicious from the coq au vin on Monday night to the fresh fruit prepared this morning by Emma.  She also altered some meals to appease one of my finicky boys (who doens't like cheese but loved the escargot!)  Sarah was the perfect guide--not only did she know her "stuff" but she had a way of cajoling a few of the more reluctant members of our family into joining us on every excursion.  Barbara went out of her way as hostess to make us feel comfortable and at home.  Not only were there fantastically shaped napkins at each dinner, but she prepared a Halloween themed dining room, complete w/masks and a jack-o-lantern.  But above and beyond that, she placed candies in the boys' cabins.  They all said she did more than I ever would have for Halloween and, unfortunately (or fortunately?) they are right! Thank you so much! Liz Mockapetris - Oct 2012 - Family Barge Cruise on Le Papillon

Art_de_Vivre_CruisingThank you so much for our wonderful vacation. It was everything you said it was—and more. Jennifer Borg

Best vacation ever!  The boat and crew were perfect. Rarely do you get the opportunity to say you got your monies worth. The crew was super nice and extremely helpful.  The food was heavenly.  Our chef, Katie, walked  us through all the meals and even shared recipes and techniques with us.  I am a foodie after all!  And our first mate, Ingrid was friendly, knowlegeable, and had a great sense of humor.  Aoife was extremely attentive.  Knowledeable and informative about the wines and also had a great sense of humor! Finally, Manuel, our Captain, was super!!!  He took the time to teach us about the locks and techniques of barging and was eager to share a laugh with us.  We are already talking about going again next year.  Cheers, Woody Hudson
Ren_FoodHi Crystal
We really enjoyed the barge cruise on the Renaissance, and what made it so great was the crew - not to forget the boat which was wonderful - as all five of them did everything in their power to make every minute convenient, comfortable, edible and sociable. They were great!  That said, it was a totally relaxing way to see the Loire countryside, stopping to visit little charming villages and big chateaux.  Although my wife had some difficulty walking, the crew made short walks work well for us; for example while we walked slowly along the tow path one day, the captain slowed the barge down just enough so we could another barge trip in the future and will have that sort of trip in my list of possible travel experiences from now on.  In fact, whenever we are in the right place during another vacation, I'd think about adding a barge cruise to round out the holiday.meet at the next lock and board.  The food and wines were superlative and it's a good thing that I asked the cook for small portions at the outset or I would never have been able to sample everything. Your advance planning worked like a clock; we were met on time at the Westminster and delivered on time at the end of the trip.  I'm  very much inclined to take
Thanks for your assistance.
Athos_1I just returned from a week on the ATHOS on Canal du Midi and it was superb. Everything was planned, the crew was so friendly and helpful, food exceptional. A delightful and relaxing vacation. I look forward to working with you again for the next barge crusie.
Emma_Cruising_in_Lock_Canal_du_MidiCrystal,
The barge was an experience of a lifetime. We were really happy with your service and would recommend it to anyone considering a barge adventure. I will forward your name  to anyone who is considering a barge cruise. We would love to go on another barge cruise. We would probably take the same trip, as we liked it so much. Regards, Jim and Elaine Christian