Region: Netherlands, France, Germany
Location: Holland, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, Moselle
Capacity: 8 Guests
The 8-passenger Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra-deluxe barge owned and operated by Jan Meijer, the Leonardo da Vinci of barge design. Born into a Dutch shipping family, Jan certainly knows more than the average barge captain about design and navigation, and this barge is his “dream” vessel. This graceful and elegant barge cruises a variety of regions, including Holland in the springtime for tulips, northern Burgundy and the Champagne region in summertime, Alsace in early autumn, and the enchanting Moselle in October, which takes in one of our favorite German castles, the 12th-century Burg Eltz. Another distinctive touch to this operation is that Nouvelle Etoile will accept cabin bookings at all times, which is so unusual in the ultra-deluxe market. In addition to Internet access and a flat-screen monitor in each cabin, the spacious suites boast oversized showers, twin sinks, and rich interior paneling. With teak wood throughout and Cristofle silverware, a feel of dignified "old money" prevail on this strong contender in the upper-crust barge market. Also unheard of in a canal barge, Nouvelle Etoile has a proper elevator, small washer and dryer for guest use, and one cabin that can very comfortably accommodate a handicapped guest. Perfect for two people who want the best, or for four couples who want to be hosted on an owner operated charter vessel with great style, Nouvelle Etoile will please the most discerning traveler.
Booked as: Either a hotel basis for 1-2 guests (minimum 2 cabins) or a charter for up to 8.
Meeting Point: Sundays in central Amsterdam at any one hotel for Tulip cruises; Sundays in Paris at any one central hotel for Champagne and Burgundy cruises; and Sundays at one hotel in the greater Frankfurt area for Moselle cruises beginning in Koblenz, or at Le Royal Hotel in Luxembourg City for cruises beginning near Trier. Transport provided by the barge’s own van directly to the barge’s mooring. Note that Alsace cruises require independent transport to Nancy and Strasbourg.