Sunday, April 25, 2010

The show must go on! Even during volcanic eruptions

We received an email from Chris of the Hotel Barge SAVOIR FAIRE this morning. We would like to give Chris and his crew a GOLD STAR!

You're Great!

Savoir Faire had six guests scheduled to cruise with them last week.  Four of the six had travel disruptions due to the volcano in Iceland. Savoir Faire graciously rescheduled them for the week of the 25th. This is cool in itself, but they also honored their commitment for the others who were able to come and cruised with only TWO guests last week.

This is what the happy couple had to say:
GUEST FEEDBACK April 18th to 24th, 2010

"The food, service and journey aboard the Savoir Faire were all first class! The weather was stunning as the evidence of Spring was visually surrounding us all the time. Our chef, Eddy provided meals fit for a Royal Court. Chris's attentiveness was seamless. His wine and cheese knowledge superb! Dean's tours were absolutely right on the mark. He could easily teach the History of Holland at university level. Captain Chris makes all this happen with effortless perfection.

"So a special thank you to all. Since we can't take you all home we'll just have to join you on another cruise!"

We'd like to remind you of the fantastic special offer that Savoir Faire has for the week of Bastille Day celebrations, 11-17 July 2010. A private, full-boat charter for up to 12 guests for only $25,000 which is a savings of up to $16,750... Now, that's SPECIAL!  Click here to read more.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Still time if you're quick! Dutch tulip cruise & Amsterdam-Paris

Chris from the Hotel Barge SAVOIR FAIRE sent us client comments from his recent 12-guest Holland Tulip Cruise. We would like to share these with you because there is still time to join Savoir Faire for their last Dutch Tulip Cruise of the season which begins NEXT Sunday.

 Visit the Keukenhof Gardens
"I told you we'd be back! Our second time with you and once again it was delightful. Different scenery, same outstanding service. From champagne, gourmet cuisine, witty limericks and the best of friends - it was GREAT FUN. Thank you so much."

"Another very enjoyable cruise aboard the Savoir Faire."

"Thanks for another delightful week. We doubted there could be a repeat of our previous glorious adventure on the Savoir Faire but Captain Chris - you and your crew made it ANOTHER wonderful trip."

"We hope that you all know how much we enjoyed our fabulous week on the Savoir Faire. as wonderful as the food, champagne and scenery were, your generosity and friendliness made our trip most memorable. Thanks to you all!"

"We have found the true fun boat!!!"

"What does it take to erase all your care
A lovely weeks' voyage aboard the Savoir Faire
Food, wine and service all impeccable
Friendships deepen to value immeasurable
We'll return to create memories we'll share."

So, if you are looking for a quick getaway, Savoir Faire has a couple of cabins available for their final Dutch Tulip Cruise week for this season, April 25 - May 1, 2010. The price is only $3800/person, double occupancy (i.e. $7600/cabin for 2 people).

Check out our Holland page in the REGIONS section of our website for more information about the cruising area.

Or, maybe you'd enjoy one or both of the following two weeks which is Savoir Faire's 13-day Amsterdam to Paris cruise. You can book either the Amsterdam to Ghent week (May 2-8), the Ghent to Paris week (May 9-15), or do both weeks (May 2-15). This all-inclusive cruise is also only $3800/person/week, double occupancy.

Click to see our previous post of March 20th about Savoir Faire.

Savoir Faire cruises France from May 16 through October 16 and then they will have the 13-day cruise from Paris to Amsterdam, beginning October 17th.

Savoir Faire has two French routes this year:
  • Upper Loire: Paris-Villeneuve, and 
  • Champagne & Brie : Epernay-Paris;
which you can see on their Itinerary page.  You can view Savoir Faire's schedule on their Rates page.

Hotel Barge Savoir Faire - Private Charters & Cabin Cruises

The Hotel Barge SAVOIR FAIRE has 6 crew and accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 cabins which can be configured with either a Queen bed or 2 Twins, each cabin having their own ensuite bathroom. Savoir Faire has both air conditioning and central heating, piano, touring bikes, internet access, air conditioned minibus...

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SAVOIR FAIRE 
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HOTEL BARGES - Special offers on select cruises

See current offers at

Contact Paradise Connections, your barging specialists, to take advantage of these special offers!

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter from

Did the Easter Bunny put a barging vacation in your Easter basket?
French Hotel Barge NYMPHEA, Loire Valley, France

If so, Lucky YOU!  If not, still LUCKY YOU as we can help sort that out for you.

 Paradise Connections Barge Charters

Come to our Barge Charters website and look around.  We represent many excellent, all inclusive, crewed barges, who will accommodate charterers by the cabin, or depending on the barge, private charters from two to twenty guests. Most of our barges are in France as there are many cruising areas, but we also have hotel barges in Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Italy, and Germany/Luxembourg. Charters can be tailored according to your interests such as golf, tennis, walking, cycling, shopping, art, wine...

You should be able to find something that fits :)

Check it out and drop us a message.  Let's get started on planning your barging holiday.

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

New Hotel Barge for Italy - LA BELLA VITA - Venice to Mantua (Mantova)

The Italian Hotel Barge LA BELLA VITA will commence cruises beginning September 5, 2010.

La Bella Vita is a 20-passenger vessel that is being newly refitted in 2010 to high standards to offer comfortable, fully air-conditioned accommodation. There are two upper-deck suites and eight cabin staterooms, all with private ensuite bathrooms, and a bright spacious dining room/bar area. Louvred doors open to the side decks to give a perfect viewing platform, whilst above is a huge sun deck with comfortable sun loungers.

La Bella Vita Hotel barge vacation cruises in Italy
Venice, the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon, the Bianca Canal and the Po Valley

We should receive photos to post when work nears completion in a few months. Stand by!

The variety of charming waterways between Venice and Mantua (Mantova) promises a unique and magical cruising experience. The itinerary includes fascinating excursions that offer a real insight into the many cultures -- Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and, of course, Renaissance -- that have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.

This special voyage also offers the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife; from the charming Venetian port of Chioggia via the River Po and Bianca Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city, Mantua.

Delicious regional cuisine, fine Italian wines and the services of an attentive crew will make this an unforgettable cruise.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Special offer - French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE - Canal du Midi & Camargue/Provence FRANCE

The French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE, is currently offering discount for 2010 cabin cruises.

RATES in US Dollars:

Enchanté provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 equal en-suite twin or double suites, (approx. 200sq ft) each with superbly appointed bathrooms with showers and luxurious bath products. The barge is tastefully furnished in exotic hardwoods creating a bright and airy atmosphere.  She has a large, spacious saloon where the attention to detail is noticeable.  She has a demonstration galley for guests to view the chef, internet connection on board and a guest computer available, DVD/TV and air conditioning throughout. Enchanté also has a spacious sun deck, with al fresco dining, gorgeous hot tub and luxurious sun loungers. Each guest cabin on Enchanté has a prepaid mobile phone for their personal use while on board.

Click for other posts about the French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE.

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Special offer - Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA - Thames, England

The English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA, is offering a $2000 discount per cabin for:
  • April 4-10, 2010 (3 cabins available)
  • April 18-24, 2010 (3 cabins available)
  • April 25-May 1, 2010 (3 cabins available)
  • May 30-June 5, 2010 (2 cabins available)
RATES in US Dollars:
  • Value season (April-May 1): $3800/person, double occupancy, special offer weeks = $5600/cabin/week
  • Regular season (May 2 -Oct. 2): $4500/person, double occupancy, special offer week = $7000/cabin/week
MAGNA CARTA, cruising the Royal River Thames from London to Henley-on-Thames, England. A stately journey past royal palaces, quaint riverside towns, villages, a mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court past Windsor Castle to Henley with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore whilst Magna Carta follows this old Viking trading route deep into rural countryside. Gentle exploration are the keywords, with good cycling and walking opportunities as the elegant and spacious air-conditioned 8-passenger Magna Carta meanders her way inland.

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