Emma is the unique creation of Chef Liz and Captain Rene Jacquot, offering three different cruise routes: the traditional “Midi”; cruise the canal summit; or make your way through the salt flats at the headwaters of the Mediterranean.
Originally from Ireland, Liz has dedicated herself to contemporary French cooking and might very well be the best Chef on the Canal du Midi. She relies on regionally-sourced ingredients for the freshest of flavors, and creates her approachable menus based on seasonal produce and handcrafted products. Hailing from the nearby seaport town of Sete, also known as the “Little Venice”, Captain Rene was born into the boating industry, and is an engineer by trade.
Styled as a “floating country cottage”, Emma’s warm décor is that of a comfortable inn, with plenty of seating on the vessel’s expansive deck. Cozy cabins are decorated in fresh pops of color, with cheerfully patterned bedding and local artwork. Leisurely strolls or brisk bicycle rides along the tree-lined canal towpath reveal the region’s flora and fauna.
The inviting ambiance aboard Emma encourages guests to relax and unwind, all the while being pampered by the attentive crew. Visit Liz in her kitchen for an informal cooking lesson or stop by the wheelhouse as Captain Rene maneuvers Emma through the twists and turns of the canal. Elaborate table settings, creative plating, and wine pairings featuring the vintages of the Languedoc are sure to please even the most exacting of epicureans.
Excursions are fun and festive with flexibility to accommodate to personal interests. Foodies and Francophiles can enjoy shopping with Chef Liz at lively local markets, while special visits to formal gardens or nature preserves can easily be arranged. Want to explore ashore all day? Chef Liz can pack you the perfect French picnic! Only on the Emma are you welcomed like royalty and treated like family.
Last visited in 2017