Convivial living, relaxed socializing, and Continental flair are the hallmarks of the experience aboard the Johanna, perfect for casual travelers intrigued by a delightfully informal cruise.
Bringing a youthful energy to the canals, owner-operators Captain Kris and Chef Patsie Rostaert offer their guests a delightfully cosmopolitan experience, fueled by their ongoing multi-lingual conversation, effortlessly traversing between English, French, and Dutch, as both of them are Belgian. This is but one of their many collective talents.
A maritime engineer by trade, Captain Kris pilots the Johanna with pride and panache, and Patsie’s light and fresh cuisine is influenced her by training a high level Olympic gymnast. Cooking on the Johanna is a fulfilling dream for Chef Patsie, who loves to introduce guests to her extensive collection of cookbooks, cooking magazines, and cookware.
Patsie’s menus are savory and seasonal, with an emphasis on seafood and produce, while her Belgian chocolate desserts are inspired and exquisite! Two dinners are enjoyed ashore, and are included in the cruise fare; Kris and Patsie will recommend local bistros, and provide transport to and from the dining venues.
Johanna’s three cozy cabins boast ample built-in storage space, and are cheerfully decorated with bright pops of color, while the vessel’s salon and dining area is tastefully decorated in subtle neutrals, offering comfortable seating an abundance of natural light. On the flower adorned deck, guests can laze under the canopy and enjoy a glass of wine or champagne while watching the bucolic scenery pass by.
Personalized excursions to visit the historic treasures of the Champagne region, including the obligatory champagne tastings, complete the daily sightseeing. Active guests can always explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle and wander into the tiny pastoral villages along the antique canal.
Last visited in 2016