So what is an “all-inclusive” canal barge cruise?

March 24th, 2013
A delicious lunch on board Saint Louis, a deluxe 6 passenger barge in southwest France

A delicious lunch on board Saint Louis, a deluxe 6 passenger barge in southwest France

You see this phrase, “all-inclusive,” a lot, as you’re reading brochures and websites, discerning where you wish to take your next vacation. With the economy resembling a roller-coaster ride over the past few years, the concept of a vacation including “all” seems like a good idea—but is it really true, and how does it work?

Here’s what we mean by an “all-inclusive” canal barge cruise, also known as a “full board” cruise. In a nutshell, it means that once you have paid for your cruise and arrive on the barge, you will not need to pay anything to anyone during your time on board (other than an optional crew gratuity if you are happy with the service and cruise).

In more detail, this is what we mean by all-inclusive. A member of the barge crew will pick you up at the designated meeting location, usually a hotel or train station, and take you to the barge. You will receive cruise-specific information on the location once you have made your reservation, and we are happy to recommend our favorite hotels.  The barge van will return you to a designated location at the conclusion of your cruise to continue your travels.

All meals (your dietary needs and preferences are gladly accommodated) and wines are included. On board the barge is an open bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Accommodations with private bathroom are included in the cost of the cruise, as are all guided excursions and entrance fees. You will find that our barges also include a number of amenities ranging from bicycles, games, a library, and in many cases, hot tubs on deck! The use of all these are included in the cost of your cruise. Internet service is often available on our barges as well, though sometimes the reception in the countryside is sketchy. If it’s important to stay in touch, we suggest bringing a smart phone.

So what is not included in “all-inclusive”? Well, you will have the pleasure of buying your own souvenirs. Air or ground transportation to the meeting location and travel insurance are not included. And, if you are happy with the service and your cruise experience, a gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price is greatly appreciated by your hard-working crew.

The bottom line with “all-inclusive” is that we will provide everything that you need to have an enjoyable, fascinating and unforgettable cruise, so contact us today to book one of our all-inclusive cruises!

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988
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