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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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A New Hotel Barge with Real ‘Finesse’ 15th May 2016

A year ago we told you about a luxurious new hotel barge, Finesse that would be joining our fleet this year after being converted from a very sad sight languishing in a Belgian shipyard into a thing of beauty. Well, after 15 months of hard work by a team of dedicated craftsmen she launched on May 1.

Popular hotel barges Panache and Anjodi Make France an even more appealing Destination this Summer 1st May 2016

We are offering great savings on cabins and full boat charters on selected, 6-night cruises in France this season. These barges include Anjodi, which cruises the scenic Canal du Midi in southern France and Panache, which cruises in Alsace & Lorraine. 

‘Downton Abbey’ Cruises a Big Hit 26th Apr 2016

“Downton Abbey,” the big television series hit, is also a big hit as a hotel barge cruise, says European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company.  The themed cruises along the Royal River Thames on the Magna Carta are nearly sold out, with just a single cabin remaining on the May 29 and August 21 departures.

500 Years of Royal Food and History 19th Apr 2016

Hampton Court Palace, sited alongside the River Thames and once King Henry VIII’s grand residence, celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. There are all kinds of events taking place to commemorate this milestone and at the heart of activities will be The Great Kitchen. 

A Cake Fit for a Queen 19th Apr 2016

April 23 is St George’s Day, celebrating England’s Patron Saint and renowned dragon-slayer. It is an ideal occasion on which to bake that most quintessentially English cake, the Victoria Sponge, which first became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria and is a favourite of HM The Queen, her great, great, grand-daughter. 

Springtime Cruises - Some Great Options 15th Apr 2016

You may think of summer as prime time for holidays, but why not beat the rush and book a European canal or river cruise in the Spring? More comfortable temperatures and less crowded tourist attractions – not to mention the chance to enjoy a relaxing holiday in one of Europe’s prettiest regions as it wakes from its winter slumber – all make Spring cruising a delight.

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