Let Captain Jan Meijer introduce you to Champagne! Cruise through gorgeous scenery and champagne vineyards lining the shore.
La Nouvelle Etoile is owned and operated by the charismatic Captain Jan Meijer. Sophisticated and worldly, Jan’s lifelong passion lies in introducing barge guests to the many countries through which he cruises during the season. Jan was born into a successful Dutch shipping family; deluxe accommodations, elegant design, and glamorous style are requisites on his dapper barge.
In fact, La Nouvelle Etoile boasts a long list of premium innovations, such as an elevator, exercise room, and laundry facilities. The spacious deck is the perfect place to linger a with glass of wine, admiring the idyllic scenery as the barge gently cruises through the inland waterways of Europe. When not relaxing in the hot tub, guests can explore their cruise region by walking or bicycling along the towpaths.
Gourmands thrill to La Nouvelle Etoile’s extraordinary culinary experience, which features seasonal ingredients and regional specialties, served at a table replete with elegant Wedgewood china, Christofle silver, and the finest crystal. Champagnes are selected from local vineyards, of course; New World wines populate the the onboard wine cellar, reflecting La Nouvelle Etoile’s international roamings.
Indeed, La Nouvelle Etoile is very unique in that Jan begins the cruising season in Holland during Tulip Time, and then makes the journey to France via the canals of Belgium. Captain Jan spends most of the season in France, traversing many cruising regions, and then completes in the season cruising to Germany and Luxembourg on the petite Mosel River.