Wonderful canal and river cruising
Left on Jan 13,2016 for a stay in Jul 2015 - The following is a review I posted following our trip on aslaug last summer. Kurt and Bente list the port and starboard cabins separately ; our family of four occupied both and so I am reposting this review here for the benefit of anyone who comes to the starboard cabin site. The two cabins are identical ; each accommodates two people. We spent a wonderful week with Kurt and Bente in late July on the Somme River and the Somme River Canal, beginning in Amiens and cruising downstream to the ancient port city of St. Valery-sur-Somme. This is beautiful country, with pretty, interesting, historic small towns along the way : Amiens, Abbeville, Picquiny, Long, and St. Valerie. The boat is charming, built to Kurt and Bente's specifications. Every aspect of it has been carefully thought out. There are two guest cabins, each with room for two people, each with its own bathroom and shower. Compact, but very comfortable. The interior of the boat was finished by Danish cabinetmakers, and the woodwork is a work of art in itself. This trip is an unusual opportunity. Many river/canal barge chartered trips are a completely guided experience, with nearly all meals eaten on board, with guides leading a group through a planned itinerary, etc. We would feel a bit suffocated on a trip like that. Also, complete package trips like that are much more expensive. Aboard the Aslaug, you sleep on the boat, have breakfast, and then are on your own to explore the area you are passing through that day. Really, it's a floating bed and breakfast, which suited us perfectly. Four bikes are available ; we didn't use them simply because we enjoyed walking. Meals are a treat on board the Aslaug. Kurt and Bente like food and like to cook. The “Captain's Dinner” was as good a meal as we had anytime during our three weeks in France, which is saying something, as we did not have a bad meal once, and visited many fine restaurants. Bente gets up each morning and prepares breakfast while Kurt goes to the local bakery for fresh baked goods. Bente seems always to have a snack ready. You will have to be careful if you want to walk off the boat the same weight as you hopped aboard. Kurt and Bente are wonderful hosts. They don't run these charters for a living ; they've done that already. Instead, they love their life on the rivers and canals, and love to share it with their guests. Friendly and personable, Kurt and Bente spend the cruising part of the day in the wheelhouse, and are happy to chat with you, explaining the ins and outs of navigation on the river. At the end of the day, they will always be ready to share a drink with you, discussing whatever you wish to talk about. This is a kind, considerate, interesting couple with a great wealth of experience and knowledge. Getting to know them was the highlight of the trip for me. We'd love to join them again sometime.
Hello Dan, thank you very much for adding this review. We sincerely appreciate to keep in touch with you and your family ! Kurt & Bente