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Barge Cruise vs River Cruise

What is the difference between Barge Cruising and River Cruising? 
Which one is better suited for me?

Barging offers more of a personal, intimate and boutique experience compared to river cruising. Below are some of the main distinctions between a barge cruise and a river cruise.

Barge Cruise
River Cruise
Duration 6 nights 7 - 21 nights
Waterways Man made canals and some rivers    Rivers
Length of Cruise   
Approximately 50 miles Typically several hundred miles and numerous countries
Guest Count 4 - 21 passengers 125 + passengers
Crew Count 2 - 6 50 +
Price $3,500 - $7,900 per person $3,000 + per person


•With such a small passenger count, barge guests have the pleasure of meeting and interacting with everyone, including the  crew. Within the first hour, the crew knows everyone on a first name basis, and will even know your signature drink by the end of the first night.

•Barges cruise at 4 miles per hour on the canals, where there are no currents. (You can actually walk faster than the barge cruises!) Guests visit a small area intimately and thoroughly.

•Compared to river cruising, barging focuses on more of a gourmet experience, especially with regards to food and wine.