Remembering the Good Times on our Barges

If you subscribe to our monthly newsletter, you may already know that we want to keep our community’s passion for travel alive through a selection of holiday snaps through the years, sent to us by you. 

We’ve already received some truly fantastic images and videos, and we can’t wait to take a trip down memory lane with you – so please do continue to email your favourite European Waterways cruise snaps to replies@europeanwaterways.com to share with our fellow barging community.

Here’s a selection of your top picks…

The Spirit of Scotland luxury hotel barge moored along the Calendonian Canal

Reminiscing about Renaissance from Alison R

“We enjoyed an amazing cruise on the Renaissance in 2015.  It was all the family and we had the entire barge to ourselves!  Everything about the trip was 10/10.  We enjoyed it so much, we swiftly booked a trip on the Shannon Princess last year. Wonderful memories.”

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Alison and her family chartered flagship barfe, Renaissance as she cruised Western Burgundy

Popping Champagne on Panache from Denise T

“Our second barge trip on Panache in 2016. Barging is the best vacation. I hope to do it again in the future!

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Denise and her newly made barging friends abord luxury hotel barge, Panache

New Friends in Burgundy, from Mark G

“Our last night on La Belle Époque in September, 2019. Fabulous trip through Burgundy with Capt. Luke and a great crew!”

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A group of lifelong friends who recently met on the Burgundy Canal aboard luxury hotel barge, La Belle Epoque

Piper in the Scottish Highlands, from Dave A

Dave and his wife cruised the Scottish Highlands aboard the Spirit of Scotland in 2019. One of his ‘Remembering the Good Times’ moments was an address by a traditional Scottish piper, who played along the banks of the canal, before coming on board to meet the guests.

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Dave Annis shares his phot of a Scottish piper playing his bagpipes along the banks of the Caledonian Canal in the Scottish Highlands

The Delights of Burgundy, from Olivier G

Olivier and his wife Janet enjoyed our classic Burgundy cruise in August 2019 with two of their friends. Here they are, standing in front of the region’s rolling countryside…

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A couple enjoying the stunning Burgundy countryside on a cruise aboard La Bella Epoque

The Briare Canal from Judi G

“We loved our first European Waterways experience with Renaissance back in 2015 on the Briare Canal. This is a picture of us on day one! We were smiling even more by the end of the week! Oh the memories!”

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Judy and her husband cruised Western Burgundy aboard luxury hotel barge, Renaissance

Balmy Evenings on the Midi, from Ian G

In September of 2015, Ian and his wife enjoyed a week aboard luxury hotel barge, Enchanté as she cruised along the Canal du Midi. Here, Ian and fellow guests enjoy sundowners on the deck, outside of Roubia, and dinner onboard at Homps.

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Ian G shares his photos of his 2015 cruise aboard Enchante along the Canal du Midi

Cruising the Royal River Thames, from Betty C

Betty and her husband embarked on a cruise along the Royal River Thames in August 2019, aboard Magna Carta. Here’s a photo of her and “the amazing crew”.

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Betty shares her photo of herself and the crew from luxury barge hotel, Magna Carta along England's River Thames

The Canal de Bourgogne, from Dale T

Dale and his companions enjoyed a whole barge charter cruise along the sweeping Burgundy Canal aboard L’Art de Vivre in October of 2018.

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Cruise the Burgundy canal aboard L'Art de Vivre with European Waterways

Family Fun in Gascony, from Chris N

“We charted Rosa in 2016 for our family of six (3 generations). We have many happy memories of the holiday, the fine food and wine, the excellent daily excursions and the terrific hosts. But sometimes the best memories are just relaxing at the front of the barge, as she made her way along the route. As in this photo of passing along the 1,000-foot-long aqueduct, the Pont Canal du Cacor.”

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A sleepy cruise through Gascony aboard luxury hotel barge, Rosa

Barging and Bridges, from Edward G

Edward cruised the Canal du Midi in September of 2018. One of the canal’s popular quirks is the low-lying bride in Capestang. Here, larger vessels find it a tight squeeze to navigate, whilst the captain ducks-down when piloting beneath the bridge! But don’t worry, guests can enjoy the views from the safety and comfort of the deck. Here’s a shot of Enchanté’s captain in action…

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The low bridge at Capestang along the Canal du Midi

Fond Memories of Actief, from Nancy M

In 2004, Nancy won a week’s cruise for two aboard Actief that once cruised between Oxford and Windsor along England’s River Thames. One of Nancy’s highlights of the week was an excursion to the Chelsea Flower Show.

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A group of newly made friends aboard barge Actief, as she cruised along England's River Thames

Napkin Folding in the Highlands, from Judith G

“Here is a video of Mikaela on the Scottish Highlander demonstrating one of her many napkins folding tricks. The dinner table was beautifully decorated every night, each time with a different decorative napkin.”

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Send us your Cruise Snaps!

Have some cruise snaps you’d like to share with us? We’d love to see them! Please send them via email to replies@europeanwaterways.com and don’t forget to tell us a little bit about the image.

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