Meet Anjodi Captain, Laurent Charbonnier

With a love of hospitality that runs deep, Anjodi Captain, Laurent Charbonnier spends his cruise season leading the way along the Canal du Midi. Find out more about our Loire Valley-born cruise captain here…

Captain Laurent Charbonnier

How long have you worked for EW?

14 years – I started in April 2006

Is it how you expected it to be?

It was something totally new for me, but loved it right away!

Tell us about your love of the waterways

It’s very peaceful – I feel privileged to see the scenery from a boat. I’ve always liked boats and have spent lots of time at sea on ocean cruises

What was your very first job?

My first every job was as a waiter in a restaurant

What inspired you to become a barge Captain?

I believe it was natural evolution in the industry that I was in. I actually started as a host, then a tour guide/ deckhand and then Derek (Founder and Managing Director of European Waterways) encouraged me to take the leap and go for my very own boat license!

What are you most proud of about working for EW?

The trust the company place in me to run one of their very own vessels

What are your favourite daily duties?

Getting the bread in the morning, cleaning and getting the boat ready, driving the boat, fixing small repair, interacting with the guests – there’s so many to choose from!

What makes your barge unique?

We do everything in our power to ensure it runs perfectly on time like a Swiss watch

Favourite region to cruise in?

My absolute favourite is the Canal du Midi, followed by the Canal du Nivernais

Verdant green trees bow over the world-famous Canal du Midi in Southern France

What feature do guests always love?

The barge’s shape and luxemotor that dates back to 1929

Most memorable experience on board?

In my first year, I refused entry to a stranger trying to come on board. I quickly found out that the stranger was the Founder and Managing Director!

First thing you do when you climb aboard?

I give the boat a quick kiss hello!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Loire Valley, in a town called Angers

Do you miss any home comforts?

My family, and space to stretch out and relax

Post-season pleasures?

Taking care of my kids, and renovating my house

What would you do if you weren't a barge Captain?

I’d most definitely still work in hospitality – it’s something I’m very passionate about

Anjodi cruises across the Beziers aqueduct on a Canal du Midi Holiday

Meet Captain Laurent Charbonnier and crew aboard Anjodi

Cruise the UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi aboard the 8-passenger luxury barge, Anjodi, led by Captain Laurent and his fabulous crew. View our Anjodi Classic Cruise itinerary here >

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