250,000+ people have entered their email
Find a Cruise
European Waterways Overview
European Waterways is the main hotel barge company based in the U.K. The company offers canal cruises on comfy barges with spacious lounges and sun decks with hot tubs. Not to be confused with self-drive narrow boat hires, each barge has a crew, hostesses, guide and chef to look after every detail of the itinerary.
Who goes on European Waterways riverboats?
Barge passengers are a well-educated, well-traveled lot, primarily 50-plus. Most are from North America and the U.K., but European Waterways markets internationally so you will occasionally find people from other parts of Europe and around the world. Families primarily do full charters; on noncharters children under 12 are not permitted onboard.
Do I have to dress up on a European Waterways cruise?
No. There is no dress code or requirement to dress up. Pick comfortable clothes suitable for the climate and activities you want to do. Some passengers change for dinner, but this is not a requirement.
What are European Waterways cruises most popular activities?
Passengers can choose to do as little or as much as they want, but overall the pace is slow, with a six-day cruise often covering little more than 50 miles along a rural canal. In addition to daily excursions by mini-bus, this allows plenty of time for passengers to walk or take leisurely bike rides along the towpaths where they can be picked up at the next lock or mooring spot.
Life back onboard is equally leisurely, with long lunches and dinners prepared by what is akin to having a private chef.
Is everything free on European Waterways?
Pretty much. Fares include gourmet meals prepared by the onboard chefs, fine wines (different each day) with lunch and dinner, an open bar, Wi-Fi (when available) and daily escorted excursions to places of interest. Tipping is not included.