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Meet Your Crew

English-speaking and typically hailing from Europe, barge crew are the heart and soul of the vessel’s gentle journey. Crew members often come to barge cruising with impressive backgrounds from venues such as Michelin star restaurants, high end international hotels, and Swiss ski chalets. As a seasoned team of service professionals, they are responsible for creating the unique ambiance of relaxed hospitality for which barge cruising is celebrated.

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Captain

An experienced maritime professional and “de facto” barge manager, your Captain will impress you with the ability to guide the boat through the smallest of lock and under the most abbreviated of bridges with mere inches to spare — usually with a smile on his or her face!

I love the interaction with people from around the world. I really enjoy getting to know clients and assisting them to see new parts of the world. I really do genuinely love my job.

Helen de Cent, Captain on Spirit of Scotland
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Chef

Along with daily provisioning, recipe creation, and meal preparation, your professional private Chef is mine of information when it comes to the local markets, regional specialties, and, of course, fine wines.

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Tour Guide

Armed with an expert’s insight and deep local connections, your Tour Guide accompanies you to area attractions and local landmarks, revealing regional gems and offbeat charms through the eyes of an insider.

Host/Hostess

Catering to your every need onboard, the Host or Hostess serves the meals, tidies up your cabin, and, most importantly, makes sure your wine glass stays full.

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My favourite part of being a crew member on a barge, is that we are a small family, who welcome their extended ‘family’, each week from somewhere else around the world, and we get to show them our home here. Excitement,surprises, smiles and knowledge what brings me back year after year.

Marianna Kozak, Hostess on Athos
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Deckhand/Matelot

Working away behind the scenes, the Deckhand ensures the vessel stays clean and tidy, repositions the barge’s private vehicle, and ensures the barge’s bicycles are ride-ready.

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