Canal Barge Cruise vs River Cruise
Canal barge cruises offer a unique and intimate way to discover Europe’s inland waterways and idyllic countryside. European canal barging is all about exploring a cruise region in depth, indulgent cuisine, local wines and being pampered.
Barge cruises are former cargo barges that have been renovated and converted into elegant, comfortable passenger vessels that carry between 2-20 passengers (most carry 12 or less). The English speaking crew accommodates every request and guests enjoy daily chauffeured, guided excursions. Accommodations range from cozy to lavish and vary in price.
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.
|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||2 – 20 passengers||125 + passengers|
|Crew Count||2 – 6||50 +|
|Price||$4,000 – $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.