• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals
You may also like
Dismiss
European Waterways to Upgrade All Cruise Ships Ahead of 2019 Season
European Waterways to Upgrade All Cruise Ships Ahead of 2019 Season
First River Cruise Line to Welcome Brits, European Waterways, to Restart on July 12
Finesse (Photo: European Waterways)

First River Cruise Line to Welcome Brits, European Waterways, to Restart on July 12

First River Cruise Line to Welcome Brits, European Waterways, to Restart on July 12
Finesse (Photo: European Waterways)

July 02, 2020

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

(12:30 p.m. BST) -- European Waterways will launch its 2020 hotel barge cruising season, starting on 12 July, 2020.

The company will begin the first phase of its season launch with cruises in France, Italy and Ireland. This will be followed by Scotland and England a few weeks later in August.

European Waterways will become the fourth river cruise line to restart -- after Nicko, A-ROSA and Croisi -- and the first Brits can travel on.

The line has put in place strict health protocols including temperature checks, complete deep cleaning and disinfecting of all cabins and public areas on the barges, as well as shared items such as bicycles.

In addition, most European Waterways' hotel barges accommodate just six to 12 passengers, making them popular with for families, groups of friends and charter bookings, and so making it much easier to manage health protocols.

Featured Videos

River Cruising: Video Q&A With John Waggoner On American Countess, American Queen Steamboat Company's Newest Ship

River Cruising: Video Q&A With John Waggoner On American Countess, American Queen Steamboat Company's Newest Ship

How River Cruising Allows You To Explore Like A Local

How River Cruising Allows You To Explore Like A Local

Adventures By Disney Seine River Cruises

Adventures By Disney Seine River Cruises

Our Favorite Things Aboard Viking Venus

Our Favorite Things Aboard Viking Venus

Regent Seven Seas Splendor Returns to the Seas

Regent Seven Seas Splendor Returns to the Seas

Wonder of the Seas Construction Update: Sea Trials

Wonder of the Seas Construction Update: Sea Trials

Silversea's New S.A.L.T. Program

Silversea's New S.A.L.T. Program

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

Wonder of the Seas Completes Sea Trials

Wonder of the Seas Completes Sea Trials

Speaking to Cruise Critic, Managing Director Derek Banks said: "I feel that in terms of opening now, that providing travel is allowed then it's safe to do what we are doing.

"We certainly operate in the middle of nowhere, we visit tiny little viages and we are not going to any of the bigger places like Fontainbleu and Carcassone, we'll go to the tiny little places that form most of our excursions."

European Waterways will start operating more than half of its fleet in France on 12 July, whether for individual cabin bookings, or charters. This includes three of its eight-passenger hotel barges in Burgundy -- L’Art de Vivre, Finesse and Renaissance -- as well as the 12-passenger La Belle Epoque.

The Canal du Midi will see the launch of the eight-passenger Anjodi, Enchante and Athos, while Bordeaux will welcome the eight-passenger Rosa.

On the same day, the line will also launch the largest hotel barge in its fleet, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, which departs Venice and cruises Italy’s Po River.

How was this article?

Featured News

1
Disney Cruise Line To Have Float In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
5
Celebrity Cruises to Base Seven Ships in Europe in 2023, Including Edge-Class Vessels
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.