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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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7th Feb 2014

For select departures on Magna Carta’s classic cruises, the company has added a new excursion to Highclere Castle, setting for the renowned PBS period drama series, “Downton Abbey”. The hugely impressive Victorian castle sits on an expansive 1,000 acre estate surrounded by gardens, and is the iconic home to the fictional Crawley family on the show.  

Look Forward to Flavours of France in Springtime 15th Jan 2014

On a selection of Spring 2014, six-night departures in the appealing French cruise areas of Burgundy, the Canal du Midi and Gascony, luxury hotel barge operator European Waterways is currently offering special savings of up to £600 per person and up to £6,000 on full boat charter prices. 

New Excursions and Itineraries on Cruises in Burgundy, Southern France and Scotland 9th Jan 2014

For the 2014 season, European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, is adding new onshore excursions to its cruises in Burgundy, Southern France and Scotland. The excursions highlight the beauty, charm and local customs of the regions and will complement the culture-rich itineraries offered on each cruise. 

Kate's Taste of Italy - Episode 1 19th Dec 2013

Kate Gardner, our Sales & Reservations Co-Ordinator, took time out from the office to spend a few days aboard La Bella Vita, our 20 passenger vessel that cruises from Venice to Mantua in Italy.

European Waterways Welcomes Spring 2014 with a wide Range of Special Offers 5th Dec 2013

For the well-seasoned traveler, spring is an ideal time of the year to cruise the canals and waterways of Europe on a luxury hotel barge. From the legendary tulip fields of Holland to the city of Paris in the spring, the weather is perfect for sightseeing and the landscape is bursting with colors. European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, is making Spring 2014 even more attractive with a wide range of special offers on select cruises to launch its 2014 season, including 10% off whole-boat charters. 

European Waterways Latest News 25th Nov 2013

In 2014, hotel barge Enchanté will be cruising between Sallèles d’Aude and Trèbes on the Canal du Midi.  This new extended route, successfully trialled in September this year, will increase the cruising time and give guests more time to relax and walk or cycle along the towpath.  Enchanté will also have 5 crew aboard next season, offering an even higher level of their famous personal service to guests. 

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