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The Lock-Keeper Blog


The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...


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Reclaimed Land: Exploring Holland by Barge 1st Sep 2015

If you’ve already spent time on one of our hotel barges, you’ll know about the luxury, the comfort, and the service with a smile. Whether you’ve already spent a few wonderful days gliding at a leisurely place through France, Italy, Scotland or one of our other locales, you’ll have done it all in signature European Waterways fashion, with no corners cut and no effort spared in creating the perfect holiday experience. 





Italian Opera and a Wonderful Cruise from Venice to Mantua 28th Jul 2015

For the opera lovers amongst you, taking one of our special Opera Cruises aboard La Bella Vita in Italy is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. Before your cruise from Venice to Mantua begins, you will enjoy a performance of one of the best-known operas, such as Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona.





European Waterways Announces Late Season Specials on Selected Hotel Barges Cruising in France & Italy 24th Jul 2015

We have announced last-minute specials on some of our most popular routes and hotel barges for August and September 2015. Cruises must be booked by August 17 2015 to qualify. Each fully-crewed, 6-night cruise includes all gourmet meals prepared by the on-board chef, fine wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions, admissions and local transfers.





Amazing Feats of Engineering: 2 Unique Locks to Experience on a Barge Cruise in Europe 23rd Jul 2015

Discovering some of the best parts of Europe on inland waterways is unlike anything you’ll ever have experienced before. The places and structures that are revealed to you when you decide to embark on a hotel barge cruise are stunning, authentic and often one-of-a-kind feats of engineering.  





Meet Luke Dessain: On-Board Chef at European Waterways 21st Jul 2015

We’re sure that anyone who understands the concept of a hotel barge cruise, or has experienced one, appreciates that it is the staff on board that can make or break a barge cruise holiday. At European Waterways, our hotel barges are fully crewed with captains, hostesses, tour guides and Master Chefs. Luke Dessain is one of the latter.





No Single Supplement for Solo Travellers on selected cruises in France and Italy 16th Jul 2015

A good number of people who really enjoy the ‘house party’ atmosphere aboard our hotel barges are those travelling alone, because they can easily mix and enjoy the whole experience with like-minded singles and couples. So we regularly waive the single supplement on selected cruises, such as on these departures between July and September 2015. 





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