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Issue 66
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Website Relaunch

Burgundy Cruise
Meet Us at Cruise Fair
New Competition
Barge & Cruise News
And Finally...
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New Website

Visit the new-look European Waterways website. We hope you like it!...

Special Offers

We have some great special offers for 2010 and an early booking offer for 2011

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Welcome to Issue 66 of The Lock-Keeper

Hello Lock-Keeper Reader,

Welcome to the 66th issue of the European Waterways Newsletter and I do hope you enjoy reading it.

The big news is that we have just launched our new-look website. It now has a fresher look and is easier for you to navigate and search for your hotel barge voyage by cruise area, by barge, or by cruise type. There are also new features such as maps for all the barge routes. We do hope you like it.

We are also preparing our next brochure and would value your comments on our current brochure so that we can incorporate as many improvements as possible into the new design. In a short questionnaire there is the opportunity to have your say.

We feature an article by travel writer Mike Martin, who cruised aboard L'Impressionniste through the vineyards of Southern Burgundy.

We also have details of a UK Summer Cruise Fair event being held at the prestigious Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey on July 18 at which we are participating. It's being organised by upmarket cruise agent White Star Cruises and there are complimentary tickets available for those of you who would like to come along and meet us.

If you are a lover of French cheeses, we have a wonderfully evocative book 'Tasting to Eternity' to give away in our competition, plus there is news of barge refurbishments and special theme cruises.

Finally, don't forget to take a look at our Special Offers. As usual we have some very attractive deals on many hotel barges in our fleet, for this year and 2011.

As always, it is good to hear from you, so please drop us an email with any comments about the new website, The Lock-Keeper, or indeed anything else. I hope to see you at our website where you can find out all about European Waterways and keep up to date with the latest barging news.

Best Regards,
Derek Banks
Derek Banks - Chairman




Featured Cruises & Other News

Website Relaunch

We felt it was time to give our website a fresher, cleaner look and, most importantly, make it easier to navigate, especially as we have so many hotel barges cruising in so many areas of Europe.

It's now more straightforward to check availability and cruise rates, request a brochure, or look at the latest Special Offers, and you can search for your hotel barging voyage by cruise area, by barge, or by cruise type.

There is more information about each of the cruise areas and for each hotel barge in the fleet there is a map on the itinerary page of the cruise route with excursion locations. Itineraries, deck plan, photo gallery and cruise rates can now all be accessed from a single page for each vessel.

There is a dedicated Cruise Guide section which tells you all about our wide selection of themed offerings, such as golf, wine appreciation and walking cruises. And on the Home page there are clear pointers to Articles, Videos and a Guest Log, all of which we will be updating as often as possible:

L'Impressioniste   Barging through Burgundy's Wine Country


Mike Martin, a well-known British travel writer and wine buff, spent a week in April cruising the Burgundy Canal aboard L'Impressionniste. He clearly enjoyed the trip through this quintessential wine-growing region.

Click Here to read the full article.

Derek Banks   Meet Us at the 'Summer Cruise Fair'

A Summer Cruise Fair is being organised by White Star Cruises, a leading UK travel agent who we and other companies work with and who specialises in organising personalised cruise itineraries for a discerning clientele aboard the finest canal, river and sea-going vessels.

The event will take place on Sunday July 18 at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, a luxurious venue set in rolling Surrey countryside. The event starts at 10.00am and ends at 4.00pm and to make it a comfortable experience for everyone, there will be three admittance times - 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. If you would like complimentary tickets for one of these entry times, please call White Star Cruises on 0800 612 3354. Tickets are limited so don't delay.

We will be there, along with a number of other river and sea cruise lines, to answer all your questions about the 'hotel barging experience' with European Waterways - the food, the wines, the excursions and the personal service. And, if you have already enjoyed a cruise on one of our hotel barges, why not come along to talk to us about another one of Europe's delightful waterways you would like to explore.

Brochure   Tell Us About Our Brochure

We are starting work on our next brochure and like the website, it is a good time to give it a fresh look.

Feedback from our clients is always valuable, so before we start the redesign process, why not help us answering three simple questions?

What do you like about our current brochure?
What do you dislike about our current brochure?
What improvements would like us to make for the new brochure?

Please email your answers to our Marketing Manager, Chris Gant.
He won't be able to respond to you all and can't promise to incorporate all your suggestions in the new brochure - but he'll try his best!

We are also planning to distribute the new brochure earlier than usual this year - by October - to give you more time to plan your next trip before those cold winter evening set in!

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Once in A Lifetime Trips

Last Issue Competition

Last Issue's Competition Winner

In Issue 65 of The Lock-Keeper, our prize was a copy of 'Once in a Lifetime Trips' by Chris Santella, a book about the world's 50 most extraordinary and memorable travel experiences and which featured Shannon Princess II our hotel barge cruising the River Shannon in Ireland.

We received a lot of entries and the lucky winner was.......

Allen Guday from Rehovot in Israel
Congratulations Allen and we hope you enjoy the book!

Tasting to Eternity   New Competition : Another Wonderful Book

In our last two issues of The Lock Keeper we have offered a selection of French cheeses and a book as competition prizes. This time we're giving away a book about French Cheeses!

Called 'Tasting to Eternity' and compiled by David Nutt, this remarkable book contains poetry and short stories about cheeses, artists illustrations, avant-garde photographs, original recipes, the pairing of wine and cheese and even how to cut cheeses. If you are a French cheese enthusiast, this is the book for you!

Enter the Book Competition

Competition Rules

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L'Impressioniste New Saloon

Barge and Cruise News

L'Impressionniste's New Saloon

Our 12 passenger hotel barge L'Impressionniste which cruises through the delightful wine-growing region of Southern Burgundy now boasts a beautiful new saloon area. We have enhanced the light and airy interior by fitting stylish, custom-made furniture and adding leather sofas to make it a very comfortable and welcoming area for passengers to relax in. You can view images of the new saloon and many others in L'Impressionniste's photo gallery.

Scottish Highlander   Scottish Highlander - New Meeting Arrangements for 2011

From 2011, we are simplifying the transfer arrangements for passengers cruising aboard Scottish Highlander, our hotel barge that cruises the spectacular Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands.

The meeting point will now be the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness, an elegant hotel where many of our guests have stayed before their cruise. Captain Dan Clark will be there to meet you at 4pm each Sunday and then transfer you in the minibus to the barge. He will also drive you back to Inverness at the end of your cruise on Saturday morning for your onward journey by plane, train, or car.

Walkers   Special Theme Cruises

In our last issue, we told you about one of our most favoured theme cruises, a Walking Cruise aboard La Belle Epoque in Burgundy where there are so many scenic pathways to explore.

We still have some cabin availability on the October 10, 2010 walking cruise and at Value Season prices - a saving of around $700/£400/€500 per person - it's really good value.

In fact, these relaxed walking cruises are now so popular with both walkers and the less energetic, we are offering two more departures again in 2011 - on October 16 and 23. So why not take a look at the itinerary and consider seeing this very pretty part of France at its finest in October.

And if a walking cruise isn't exactly what you are looking for, we have plenty more theme cruises to choose from.

That which we shouldn't mention   And Finally....

Some of you may already know this, especially if you have cruised with us already, but there is one animal you must never mention when you are on any type of cruise vessel, whether a hotel barge or ocean-going liner, without invoking terrible bad luck. The taboo is such that I cannot state its name here but suffice to say this animal is furry with long ears and has had many names over the years including Peter and Roger.

No-one really knows the origin of this superstition but it is taken extremely seriously by all our barge crews and woe betide anyone who breaks the rule! And if you are a fan of a certain dish served in a mustard sauce, you can be certain that your chef on board won't prepare it!

That's about it for this issue of The Lock-Keeper. We hope that you've enjoyed reading it and that perhaps it's given you some ideas about where and when you might like to cruise with us one day on one of Europe's delightful inland waterways. The next issue of The Lock-Keeper will be out in a couple of months, so we'll see you then.


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