Friday, June 02, 2017

French Hotel Barge EMMA: Save 20% this summer on the canal du midi

THE FRENCH HOTEL BARGE EMMA is offering 20% off remaining open dates for 2017.

French Hotel Barge Emma - Canal du Midi, France

Emma, a six-passenger French hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi in the south of France, is offering a 20% discount across the board for both private charters and individual cabin weeks.


Save 20% off standard rates for the remaining open weeks in 2017 for cruises along the Canal du Midi through October 27th.


Private Charter
up to 4 guests
(-20% off=$20,000)
(-20% off=$17,600)
Private Charter
5 Guests
(-20%  off=$21,600)
(-20% off=$18,400)
Private Charter
6 guests
(-20% off=$24,000)
(-20% off=$20,000)
Individual Cabin Week
per person, double occupancy
(-20% off=$4400)
(-20% off=$4000)

This special offer can also be applied to their 8-night, 6-person package option of 4 nights aboard Emma and 4 nights in La Tour du Chateau. This package is normally $39,000 but now is available for only $31,200... i.e. only $5200/person.


The French Hotel Barge EMMA is owned and operated by Liz and René Jacquot and are assisted by two additional crew members. They cruise along the Canal du Midi in the south of France between Beziers & Carcassonne and Carcassonne & Toulouse. They also have a Beziers to Aigues-Mortes itinerary available upon request.

EMMA is fully air conditioned and also has central heating, if needed. There are three guest cabins; one has a queen bed, while the other two can be configured as either queens or twins. Beautiful handmade Irish quilts from Oonagh Morisson add that extra touch of luxury. Each guest cabin has its own private, ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet and a normal sized shower with sliding doors. The interior is bright and spacious with beautiful arched double glazed windows which give you a good view of the outside countryside while cruising. The French oak furniture has been hand made by a master craftsman and the whole effect is warm and inviting.

EMMA has a spacious upper deck (385 square feet) with tables, chairs, and loungers. Shade from the sun, too, if you want it. This is a marvelous vantage point to see the wonderful countryside and a great place to enjoy cocktails before dinner. Later on, view the stars and set the world to right. And, of course, EMMA has bicycles and a minivan to chauffeur you to various excursions.

Remember that EMMA can tailor your charter to your interests... wine tastings & vineyard visits, cooking, golf, tennis, walking tours, cycling tours, or just time out to relax and enjoy a side of France that most travellers don't experience.

Emma is available for private charters and individual cabin bookings for shared charter weeks. They also offer 5-night charters if that works better for your vacation plans and budget.

Take a break and enjoy the south of France!
 Shall we pencil you in?

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book EMMA 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Single travellers - SAVE on Hotel Barge Cruise Trips

We are delighted to announce that for the remainder of the 2017 barge cruising season, the single supplement is waived on most of our Hotel Barges (Anjodi, Athos, Enchante, Finesse, L'Art de Vivre, L'Impressionniste, La Bella Vita, La Belle Epoque, Nymphea, Panache, Renaissance, Rosa, and Spirit of Scotland) for any departures which already have at least one confirmed double-occupancy cabin booking.

Current Availability for Single Traveller Special
(we do have other open dates for both private & cabin cruises)

  • ANJODI : June 4, 11, 25; July 2, 9, 23, 30; Aug 6; Sept 17; Oct 8, 15
  • ATHOS : June 18; July 30;
  • ENCHANTE : May 28; June 4, 11, 25; July 9, 16, 23; Aug 13; Sept 3, 24; Oct 15
  • FINESSE : May 28; June 4; July 16; Aug 20, 27
  • L'ART DE VIVRE : June 4, 18; July 9, 16; Sept 17
  • L'IMPRESSIONNISTE : June 4, 25; July 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sept 3; Oct 8
  • LA BELLA VITA : May 28; July 9; Aug 20; Sept 17; Oct 1
  • LA BELLE EPOQUE : June 4, 18, 25; July 30; Aug 6, 27; Sept 10; Oct 1
  • NYMPHEA : June 25; July 2, 30
  • PANACHE : May 28, June 4, 18, 25; July 23; Aug 13, 27; Sept 3, 24; Oct 1, 8
  • RENAISSANCE : May 28; June 11; July 2; Aug 6, 27; Sept 24; Oct 8
  • ROSA : May 28; June 4; July 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sept 3, 17, 24; Oct 1
  • SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND : June 18; July 2, 16, 30; Sept 10, 17; Oct 1, 8, 22

Please note this offer cannot be combined with any other offers nor applied to existing bookings. It is subject to availability and may be withdrawn before the end of the season.

See more special offers for barging cruise vacations. Click HERE.

Enjoy !

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some barge upgrades for 2017

We thought you might like a summary of the main upgrade and refurbishment works carried out on several of our hotel barges over the winter.

L’Art de Vivre - Burgundy

Saloon/dining area - new hand-built banquette seating and bar area; new wooden parquet flooring.

Anjodi - Canal du Midi

Saloon/dining area - new hand-built banquette seating and bar area; new wooden parquet flooring.

Deck area – new collapsible sun canopy

Finesse – Southern Burgundy
Saloon/dining area - new wooden parquet flooring

Cabin suites - new sofa in each of the 4 cabins

Deck area – new built-in lounging area

Enchanté – Canal du Midi

Saloon/dining area – new curtains and light fittings
Cabin suites – some new carpets, new curtains
Bathrooms - new fitted vanity units/sinks/taps in each of the 4 bathrooms

La Bella Vita – Venetian Lagoon & Po Valley

Saloon/dining area/bar area – new wooden flooring throughout
New larger fitted wardrobes in all 10 cabins
Photos to follow.

Spirit of Scotland – Caledonian Canal & Scottish Lochs

Saloon/dining/bar areas – new Scottish-weave tartan carpets; other traditional soft furnishings
Cabins – new carpets throughout; new bedding in each of the 6 cabins
Photos to follow.

Enjoy a barge trip this season!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Barge MAGNA CARTA: Special Downton Abbey Cruises 2017

We are pleased to announce that the English Hotel Barge Magna Carta has added the Highclere Castle excursion to several of their cruise weeks for the 2017 barging season. This unique trip to the iconic castle and fictional site of the highly popular TV series “Downton Abbey” is a limited opportunity. The visit to Highclere replaces the standard itinerary's visit to Dorney Court.

Current availability for Downton Abbey itinerary (as of March 10, 2017)
  • April 9 - 1 cabin open, 3 booked - up to 20% off + Value season rates
  • April 16 - Booked
  • April 30 - 1 cabin open, 3 booked - up to 20% off
  • May 28 - Booked
  • July 9 - 1 cabin open, 3 booked - up to 20% off
  • July 16 - 4 cabins open. Open for private charter or by cabin
  • July 30 - 4 cabins open. Open for private charter or by cabin - up to 20% off
  • August 6 - 1 cabin open, 2 optioned, 1 booked 

Note that the week of  9th April has a special 20% discount, plus it is a value season week.

This extremely impressive Victorian castle, designed by Sir Charles Barry who was also the architect of the Houses of Parliament, sits on a 1000-acre estate and is the iconic home of the fictional Crawley family on the show. The "real" Downton Abbey has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, where Lord and Lady Carnarvon still live today.

Located west of London in Berkshire, it is considered one of the finest Victorian homes still in existence, with sprawling grounds that are four times the size of New York City’s Central Park.


Cruising along the famous River Thames in England, passengers aboard hotel barge Magna Carta will also enjoy "royal" views and excursions to majestic castles, palaces and cathedrals. Magna Carta's itinerary also features a private tour of Dorney Court, a remarkable Tudor home on the banks of the Thames, where "Elizabeth", "The Other Boleyn Girl", and Agatha Christie's series "Poirot" were all filmed. We also visit Hampton Court Palace, one of the locations for the award winning film "A Man for All Seasons". The cruise concludes with a tour of Christ Church, one of the most prestigious colleges at the University of Oxford and one of the settings for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".

The Royal River Thames cruise route of the luxury, 8-passenger, all-inclusive, crewed English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA brings you in touch with the very soul of England. The Magna Carta cruises from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns and villages.  It is the perfect way to admire olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

To view Magna Carta's Downton Abbey itinerary, please click here.

This is a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of Downton Abbey that allows them to walk the real-life setting made famous by their favorite television drama.

English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA - Experience England from a different point of view

The all-inclusive, crewed, luxury, English Hotel Barge Magna Carta accommodates up to 8 guests. She is approximately 120 feet in length and has two decks.

The lower deck boasts four full-width luxurious staterooms each averaging 200 square feet with private ensuite bathrooms. The staterooms may be configured as Kings or Twins according to your preference. Magna Carta has the most sophisticated modern amenities, including air conditioning, WI-FI internet access and underfloor heating in each of the four full width suites. Each suite has exceptionally spacious contemporary en-suite facilities and colour TVs and DVD players.

The upper deck comprises the main salon and dining areas with large picture windows and stylish furnishings. Outside you have the sundeck with comfortable seating and the spa pool/jacuzzi. There are eight bikes on board to take at your pleasure for rides along the tow paths.

The Magna Carta offers 6-night, all-inclusive private charters, as well as cabin cruises. Theme cruises such as golf, tennis, guided walking, family, flower shows, Henley regatta, antiques, etc, are available for private charters.

Check out our Regional Guide to learn more about the area where Magna Carta cruises.

Interested ?  Let's reserve your spot !

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book MAGNA CARTA
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

An Anniversary to Remember Aboard a Hotel Barge

An anniversary – perhaps a wedding milestone, a special birthday or a memorable date with personal significance – is the perfect opportunity to gather together your nearest and dearest to celebrate. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate this special event with your loved ones, chartering a hotel barge on one of the peaceful inland waterways of Europe could be the perfect solution.

Lunch aboard French Hotel Barge Emma on the canal du midi

All our hotel barges are available for private charter and many for individual cabin bookings on a shared cruise. Barges come in different sizes and, depending on the one you choose, can accommodate a maximum of six to 20 passengers. With a highly-trained and doting onboard crew – including captain, gourmet chef, hostesses and tour guide – at your disposal, embarking on a chartered cruise allows you the intimacy of your own private vessel along with the expert knowledge and assistance you would expect from a luxury hotel.


One of our themed cruises would provide a memorable backdrop for an anniversary get-together, such as a wine appreciation cruise.

Oenophiles love the plethora of wine tours that we offer throughout France and Italy. In Burgundy or Bordeaux, Loire Valley or Languedoc-Roussillon, carefully-crafted wine cruises offer you the opportunity to visit some wonderful, long-established wineries and vineyards, as well as explore the cultural and historical delights of each wine-growing region you cruise through.

And, of course, there will be plenty of tasting opportunities both on and off the vessel – a perfect way to toast that special occasion!

So, if you’re looking for a special way to celebrate a special anniversary with family or friends, a hotel barge cruise on one of Europe’s beautiful inland waterways is a wonderful way to create memories that will last a lifetime.

See special offers for 2017 barging cruise vacations. Click HERE.

What special occasion would you like to celebrate?

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Irish Barge Shannon Princess: ONLY ONE WEEK OPEN

Attention: the Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess only has ONE week open for the 2017 barging season.

Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Barge Cruises In Ireland

Laethanta Saoire Sona !

Current availability:
  • Aug 20-26, 2017: Cabin cruise week: 
    • 2 cabins booked
    • 2 cabins optioned (but not yet booked)
    • 1 cabin OPEN


The Shannon Princess cruises through a countryside little changed through the centuries. Come aboard and join the Shannon Princess cruising on the River Shannon – an incredible journey through the heart of hidden Ireland. The River Shannon  (named after the Celtic goddess  ‘Sionna’) is a series of lakes, rivers and tiny canals, which at almost 200 miles in length, is Ireland’s longest river. For over ten thousand years, the river was vital to the survival  of the prehistoric people living along its banks. After Christianity, it became the refuge of saints & scholars.Today the River Shannon remains unspoiled and has retained its great natural beauty and enjoys a richness in wild flowers, bird and animal life.

Cruise the Shannon between Athlone and Killaloe

As barge guests cruising on the River Shannon, aboard the Shannon Princess, you are “up close and personal” with the sights. Each day you will pass crumbling ivy-covered ruins, medieval garrisons and shoreline villages. Moor right at Clonmacnoise, a monastery established in the 6th century which survived for 1000 years. Your route takes you through dappled woodlands and floodplain meadows. The barge also calls at historic towns such as Athlone and Killaloe – today a pretty riverside village, but once home to the court of the last High Kings of Ireland. Observe wildlife – rare white tailed eagles nesting in waterside trees, go fishing, or even swim from the barge.There is always time for early morning strolls through twisting country lanes – or to explore the villages and roads by bicycles. Be as active as you wish!  Everywhere, the friendly Irish people will welcome you as honoured guests.


The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge’s inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect ‘Home away from Home’ for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

Shannon Princess can be booked on an individual cabin basis or as a whole-boat, private charter. The barge provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins with a professional Crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.


Shannon Princess is very proud of their reputation for fantastic food and attentive service. With an emphasis on delicious modern cuisine, their foods and menus are prepared by sourcing fresh, free range and organic produces. Each day the menus are designed around the finest and freshest ingredients gathered at farm shops and country markets along the River Shannon and of course from the sea. You will be surprised and seduced by Ireland’s abundant natural ingredients.

On Shannon Princess you will enjoy scrumptious breakfasts, mouth watering lunches and elegant dinners prepared daily on board in the barge’s galley by the professionally trained chef.

Menus also offer a low fat, healthy eating option. Shannon Princess is always happy to attend to any special dietary requirements or preferences you may have; just let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Don't miss out... 
Book your 2017 Irish barge cruise NOW

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Barge Scottish Highlander's Captain Returns for 2017

After a career as a yacht charter captain in the Caribbean, Mick joined the Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander in 2015.

Mick, a Yorkshireman, is a warm host and happy to share his passion for all things nautical with passengers in Highlander’s extended, visitor-friendly wheelhouse. Having explored every creek and cove of the Virgin and  Windward Islands, Mick enjoys studying maps and charts old and new and, after a full season on the Caledonian Canal, his idea of relaxation is to embark on a 3000-nautical mile transatlantic yacht delivery.

Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER moored at Urquhart Castle

Luxury Crewed Canal Cruises in Scotland - The Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness & the Highlands

The hotel barge Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish country house with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet, Scottish Highlander is spacious and has every comfort for year-round cruising. Scottish Highlander accommodates up to eight guests in staterooms that can either be configured for doubles or singles, each with ensuite bathrooms. The experienced crew of four, led by your captain, ensure attention to your every need.

A six-night cruise includes all meals, open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and use of barge facilities such as bicycles. View their online brochure.

Contact Paradise Connections to book SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hotel Barging In France

On any of our hotel barge cruises, one of the wonderful ways you get to experience the best of your cruising region is through the gastronomy. Our barge chefs and sommeliers know the characteristics of the local wines and cheeses they serve and how best to pair the two together.

There are a number of similarities between wine and cheese, those staples of the French diet. Both go through a fermentation and aging process; both have flavors that vary depending on the soil, sunlight, rainfall and geography of the area in which they are produced. In France, both are given the esteemed certification of AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) to indicate the quality and provenance of their traditional production.

Like wine, the tasting of cheese is something of a science, as different regions produce so many diverse flavors in all shapes, sizes and colors. If you are a cheese connoisseur, you will certainly be able to indulge your passion on any of our hotel barge cruises in France.

Cheeses can be classified in a number of different ways. For example, by the country or region of origin: a hard cheese made in the Alpine climes of Beaufort would be incredibly difficult to make in the flat, western region of Normandy.

Another difference is the method of production: for example, the outside of washed rind cheeses are repeatedly dusted with ‘morge’ – a mixture of brine, whey and old cheese scrapings – to create a colored rind, while the inside of a blue cheese is pricked with needles to grow blue mold.

These varying processes and environments create cheeses that are wildly different in texture, smell and taste, which we invite you to try as part of every meal during your "culinary voyage of discovery".

When you cruise on the Canal du Midi you will be introduced to the distinctive tastes of the region’s cheeses, with Roquefort Papillon, Cathare au Chèvre, and Tomme au Piment d’Espelette on the menu, paired with a local Corbières or Minervois wine.

In the Loire Valley you may be treated to a cheeseboard featuring Crottin de Chavignol, a creamy goats’ cheese that is surprisingly perfect with a dry, white wine from Sancerre. In Burgundy, Epoisses and Aisy Cendré are examples of cheeses served with full-bodied red wines sucha s Meursault or Santenay-les-Beaunes.

Let us open your eyes to a world of delicious, gourmet cheeses on any of our French hotel barge cruises –  you won’t be disappointed!

See special offers for 2017 barging cruise vacations. Click HERE.

Best Wishes & Happy Holidays

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