20) – I suffer with sea sickness – will this be a problem?
No – not at all. The canals are non-tidal and there will be scarcely any movement discernable
to you whilst you cruise and usually none at all
. There are no waves and the water is usually
stationary, not flowing.
21) – What are the bathrooms like?
Most en suite bathrooms are pleasantly appointed using good quality fixtures and fittings. A toilet,
washbasin and shower are the minimum
that is provided. Often you will also have a bidet
and on some barges a full-sized bathtub
, such as on Esperance
. Double sinks
are often found on our most luxurious barges such as
La Nouvelle Etoile
22) – What about the excursions? – Do I have to go on them?
Excursions will always have been carefully researched by the barge prior to your arrival. Remember,
the barge owners and operators are experts on the area(s) that they operate in and so they
know the best and most interesting places and sites of interest to share with you
client. Excursions are never ‘forced’
upon clients, but are merely proposed
. On most cruises
there will be a charming programme of suggested excursions, which most guests thoroughly enjoy.
If however excursions are not ‘your thing’ and you prefer to go exploring local villages by
bike on your own, for example, then in most cases that will certainly not be a problem. If the
barge has to depart from a mooring at a certain time however the Captain will ask you to be back
in time to go with the barge. All alterations to the usual activities will need to be agreed
with the Captain of course, but this is not usually a ‘big deal’!
23) – I have allergies and food preferences. Will this be a problem?
No, as long as you let us know about them in good time prior to the cruise
. For every
booking we at The Barge Company will e-mail you a special form
on which you should inform
us of any specific dietary requirements or allergies that should be borne in mind by your chef during
the cruise. You may also tell us if there are foods that you prefer to avoid, for example seafood
24) – I have a favourite drink. I would like to enjoy it whilst cruising as
part of the ‘open bar’ arrangement. Will the barge have it on board?
When you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you can also tell us if you
have any preferred drinks.
We will then pass that information to the barge and they will endeavour
to stock your preferred brands
. They do not guarantee they will have them, but will
always do their best to accommodate specific requests. Please bear in mind that occasionally it
can be difficult to find certain brands in France, for example, but all efforts will be made, and
there are very few things that cannot be found.
BOOKING YOUR BARGE...
25) – I’ve decided which barge I want to cruise on. How do I book it?
By contacting me (Marie) at The Barge Company
. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
call toll-free from the USA + CANADA on 1-800-688-0245 or + 33 561 59 20 07 (direct from the
rest of the world).
26) – What will happen then?
You need to tell me which barge, which date and how many people are in your group,
and I will check to see if that date is available for you
. If you have any specific requirements
you should let me know about those too (for example, if you want the cruise to be a
themed cruise such as golf, cycling or wine-tasting).
If your barge and cruise date is available I will put a 7 day ‘option’ on it for you and then
e-mail you your Booking Form
. You will need to return that to us within 7 days along with the
relevant deposit (usually between 25% and 40% of the total cruise cost depending on the individual
barge’s terms and conditions). Once the signed and dated Booking Form is with us and
we have received your deposit, we will confirm that your chosen cruise is secured for
Usually, nothing else then has to happen until the balance becomes due. This can be anything
between 130 and 60 days prior to the cruise, again depending on which barge you are booking.
We will always e-mail you a copy of our Terms and Conditions
at the time of booking, for your information
27) – Do I need to go through a travel agent?
No. We at The Barge Company are experts on barging in Europe and are all that you
need in order to make your barge cruise a complete success.
28) – What if I have questions during the run up to the cruise?
You can contact us at any time
. E-mail Marie at email@example.com
or call toll-free from
the USA+ CANADA on 1-800-688-0245 or + 33 561 59 20 07 (direct from the rest of the world).