An industry veteran, Barge Lady Lori offers our guests a wealth of insider’s intuition and expert information based on years of first-hand experience.
Bringing a depth and breadth of experience from both the yachting and hospitality industry has segued Lori to the business of selling hotel barge cruises.
Her colorful career began as a travel agent in mid-town Manhattan, going to a successful sales career in the wine trade, then to restaurant and resort management, and then to the yachtee lifestyle in the Caribbean. It’s a perfect career culmination, as Lori has been bringing her passion for travel and food to the hotel barge industry since 2004.
Having now been on over 40 hotel barges, Lori enjoys cruising as her guests do: she maneuvers through train stations; stays at the Barge Lady’s recommended hotels; sleeps in the barge cabins; and attends the excursions, ensuring that she can share and speak intelligently about Barge Lady’s niche cruise experiences.
Each time Lori has the good fortune to travel abroad she returns home more excited than her last trip! France consistently beckons her back to its iconic canals, but a favorite new destination for barging is the United Kingdom. Having cruised in Ireland and Scotland, Lori is keen to recommend the wild beauty and diverse scenery of these specialty destinations.
“I get a glow while exploring the charming inland waterways of Europe aboard our barges. It’s a magical travel experience, offering a taste of history, culture, food, wine, and terrific hospitality; these experiences help me match our clients to that perfect barge vacation.” – Lori