“I’ve cruised twice now on “Johanna”. My friends and I enjoyed the first trip so much that we came back for an encore, and we intend to do it again!
Our first cruise from Sedan to Toul: my wife and I and two other couples we had traveled with before. We had a wonderful time together. Our daily routine was to have breakfast in the main cabin as the John the captain piloted the boat to the next destination. Then, while we enjoyed the scenery and photographed the most interesting buildings, we enjoyed conversation, and we read books and worked on a jigsaw puzzle, both of which are supplied on the boat. Sometimes we were inside the cabin, sometimes up on deck, sometimes in the pilot house chatting with John. We could have used his bicycles to accompany the boat along the side of the canal and to explore away from the canal, but we were too lazy for that.
In the early afternoon, we often ate our main meal aboard. In mid-afternoon, we docked at an attractive location. John suggested alternative locations, depending on what interested us, whether we needed to shop or eat out, or visit places of interest, so it was always a place we wanted to be. Sometimes we then had our main meal ashore in a restaurant instead of on the boat. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening ashore, visiting museums, castles, churches and the nearby village or town. We usually had dessert in a local restaurant before returning to the boat at bedtime. It was totally relaxing as well as interesting. We were glad that we didn’t have to drive a car and move our belongings from hotel to hotel. It was also the least expensive week of our three-week vacation in France that year.
We enjoyed it so much that we booked two weeks a couple of years later. This time we cruised from Bruges to Namur, and from Namur to Sedan. The scenery and places to visit were very different. Each week’s itinerary is different enough from the others, so that it’s worth doing them all. We intend to do so, and the other two couples are as enthusiastic about it as we are.
The boat, by the way, was perfectly clean when we arrived. John really takes good care of it. The beds were very comfortable. The main cabin windows are hinged at the top, so they prevent rain from entering the cabin when they’re open. The portholes in the sleeping cabins open, too, so there’s plenty of fresh air when you want it.
It’s a delightful experience, and we intend to repeat it until we’ve traveled every part of John’s itinerary.”