Welcome to this 64th issue of the European Waterways Newsletter and I do hope you enjoy reading it.
In this issue, we feature articles that have been written by two of the numerous journalists who cruised with us during the summer. Golf enthusiast Rikki White spent a week on a golf theme cruise aboard Anjodi in the South of France and Ron Stern, a well-known USA travel writer, enjoyed a cruise on our ‘flagship’ hotel barge Renaissance in Western Burgundy.
Another writer, Mari Nicholson, cruised on La Belle Epoque on the charming Canal du Nivernais and has written a profile on chef Steve Wilson, one of our talented young chefs.
The prize in this issue’s competition is a selection of five classic, seasonal French cheeses that have been chosen by specialist purveyor Fromages.com. The cheeses will even be delivered to the lucky winner vacuum-packed so that they can be enjoyed in perfect condition.
In Barging News there is an update on Enchanté, our new barge that carried its first, delighted passengers on the Canal du Midi at the end of August. There is also a selection of kind comments we have received recently about our cruises. Thank you so much - it’s very rewarding for our dedicated crews and reservations team to know that our guests have had such a good time.
Finally, please do have a look at our Special Offers. If you’re still tempted by a cruise this year taking in the glorious colours of Autumn in France or perhaps the Scottish Highlands, we still have some attractive charter and cabin discounts on a number of our vessels. Alternatively, if you’re already considering a cruise in 2010 along one of Europe’s picturesque inland waterways, we have an Early Booking Offer on both cabin and charter bookings if confirmed by 30 November 2009.
It’s always good to hear from you, so please drop us an email with any comments about The Lock-Keeper, or indeed anything else. I hope to see you at our website www.gobarging.com where you can find out all about European Waterways and keep up to date with the latest barging news.
Derek Banks - Chairman