9 pages article on the Canal du Midi Cruise onboard the “Roi Soleil” by Roger Lean-Vercoe
“. . . ‘river yacht’ is perhaps, a more apt description than ‘barge’ . . . but after we had stepped on to the teak-laid aft deck with its six-seater spa pool, been introduced to the crew . . . and presented with a welcoming glass of chilled champagne, the term ‘river superyacht’ came to mind.”
“. . . we invariably dined at the semi-circular table that nestled in the counter stern, which, sheltered by a sun awning and surrounded by a panoramic view, was a delightful setting for alfresco dining and the perfect place to sample the chef’s superb cuisine. Standards such as this, we surmised, must be a rare sight on the canal, as our regal progress was almost enough to unseat one towpath cyclist . . .”
“The canal itself, the beautiful Languedoc scenery and the multitude of other attractions of the region make it a fascinating holiday destination. What better way of experiencing it than from the ‘Roi Soleil’ with its total comfort and world class cuisine.”
by Roger Kimball
“The Roi Soleil . . . is easily the most luxurious craft on the Canal du Midi”
“. . . a dining saloon where J. Paul Getty would feel at home . . .”
“In 1787, Thomas Jefferson took a trip down the canal, ‘Of all the methods of traveling I have ever tried’, he wrote in a letter ‘this is the pleasantest’. If only he had experienced the Roi Soleil”.
“Fit for a Sun King”.
“How to Spend It’ Magazine”
“Martini on the Locks”
2 pages article by Rupert Wright
“. . . Slowly, around a bend . . . appears a graceful white vessel 30m long, with the sensual lines of a 1920’s river Yacht.”
“. . . like a swan among ducks.”
“. . . This is the only way to travel.”
6 pages article by Richard Thiel
“. . . gastro-cultural extravaganza within the most luxurious barge ever to cruise Europe . . .”
“Each meal was a revelation, light on sauces and long on the flavor of the main ingredient. It would take pages to describe the cuisine . . .”
“. . . I admired the long, sleek yacht and reflected that never had a dream been fulfilled so well.”
“Everything from the upholstered walls to the luxuriant bedclothes to the deep-pile towels and monogrammed robes is five star.”
6 pages article by A.M. Masclaux Perron & M. Maurette
“Embarquez pour un voyage de réve.”
“Le Pilote sur un pont avant dévolu au soleil, le chef mettant la touche finale à une mousseline de poulet et chèvre, sa vinaigrette d’olive et tomates, dressées en vaisselle d’apparat, le yacht glisse de Tarascon jusqu’à la secrète Camargue. Profond sofa, plateaux et plans en lave émaillée sur mesure, imprimés tendus sur les murs des vastes cabines, serviettes brodées … la fête est totale.”
“BEST part of trip: THE CREW in alphabetical order: (Guide) – The Professor: He entertained us with stories, frog farms and history. (Hostess)- Silent H – she is everywhere – if we have though of it, she has already done it. Beauty is her thing! Flowers, decor, atmosphere, hard work – she does it all. (Pilot) – Brave in tunnels and fights; in charge at the wheel; gentle in fish feeding; stoic and funny. (Chef) Puts food on a plate and it looks like a song and tastes like Heaven. Thank you Wonderful Crew!”
“This was an adventure we will never forget. The information that each of you shared was greatly appreciated.
Thank you Thank you Thank you”
“The crew anticipated our every need and then some! The food, the tours, the hospitality was top shelf.”
“This was beyond my imagination. France will never be the same as all was perfect. Thanks so much to our fabulous crew”
NL / FL, September 2, 2023
” ‘Roi Soleil’ and her crew – Thank you for absolutely everything: wine, food, song, attentiveness, knowledge, balancing the diversities of our group and so much more. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to see you all again some day.”
“To our new dear amis français, thank you, thank you, thank you! We had ‘quite’ a wonderful time. Could not have been better. (Chef) the food was exquisite. (Hostess) you have the warmest manner and the friendliest smile. (Captain) If there is anything we can do to help, be sure to let us know. (Guide) the wine was amazing. And when you take future groups to Minerve and pause to admire the gorgeous view, I know your mind will turn to the pools of Cess and you will remember your Canadian friends.”
“(Chef) My thanks for your consideration of my food desires! I know that I was the ‘problem child of the group – so thanks!”
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada, September 3-9, 2023
“Dear (Captain, Hostess, Chef, Guide), We don’t know where to start. As we sit here on our last evening reflecting back on the past week aboard ‘Roi Soleil’, we can’t help but feel grateful towards this crew and our time on the Canal du Midi. The food, scenery, the hospitality, and the camaraderie have been world class! We can’t say thank you enough! You have made us feel like family and taken care of our every need. Going forward, these will be lifelong memories for our family. We will forever think of y’all when we think of the South of France! Merci Beaucoup!!”
Raleigh, North Carolina, August 25, 2023
“Dear (Captain, Hostess, Chef, Guide), This trip absolutely exceeded all of our expectations – in no small part because of the four of you! We knew the Canal du Midi would be beautiful and relaxing, but we had NO idea that we would fall in love with this crew and this life and never want to leave! Best food we’ve probably EVER eaten, prepared with love and grace and elegance. Thank you (chef) for food and presentation we will remember forever! (Hostess) please come home with us! Honestly, you are the epitome of service and kindness and loveliness. You have a bright future! (Guide) you greeted us with such genuine kindness and gave us great confidence in your piloting us down the Canal – all with a smile and a cheerful attitude! And last but not least (Captain) our Captain – you were an absolute DELIGHT – warm, funny, SO knowledgable and just really FUN! All of the days were perfect – we could not have asked for more! Great food, Great wine, Great stories, Great friends, Great memories, GREAT TRIP!!! THANK YOU”
Des Moines, Iowa, June 18-24, 2023
“Dear (Captain, Hostess, Chef, Guide), Thank you for such an amazing vacation and a trip we will remember forever. Everything truly exceeded all of our exceptions!! Your attentiveness to us was appreciated and made everything look easy although we knew how hard you all work! I can’t say enough about the food … it was INCREDIBLE! We loved everything and were fortunate to book on the ‘Roi Soleil’. We feel as if we have new friends. Thank you again.
“To (Captain, Hostess, Chef, Guide), Thank you all for sharing the elegance and luxury of Barge Travel and Southern France. (Chef) cuisine has guaranteed that I will be disappointed in every meal I have for the rest of my life. We are all impressed and flattered with (Hostess) doting attention and mind reading skills! We are amazed at (Guide) ability to thread a needle with a 30 meter boat (barge). Thank you Captain for your patience and endurance. Your fund of knowledge about the history of this area is impressive! Thanks for sharing.”
“Dear (Captain, Hostess, Chef, Guide), , Thank you all for the Trip of a Lifetime. We will never be the same when we travel!! Our meals, our tours our accommodations exceeded everything we thought it would be! We will think of you often and remember this trip fondly and will miss you and would love to meet up with all of you again! Please call us if you’re ever inFlorida!! We can’t wait to tell everyone about our trip and recommend it to all!! Please thin of us from time to time because we sure will !! Much love and gratitude!”
Palm Beach, Florida, June 9, 2023
New Hampshire, US May 13, 2023
“Sublime: the quality of greatness, whether physical, intellectual, aesthetic or artistic. The term especially refers to greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation. Thank you so much! You were all so nice!”
“Thank you for a wonderful week aboard Roi Soleil. You were so generous with your time and attention throughout the trip, it mad each moment special.”
“The accommodations aboard were spotless and exquisitely comfortable. (The guide’s) tailored outings entertained and engaged our minds and bodies. The varied cuisine expertly prepared by (the chef) at each meal delighted our senses. (The hostess’s) carefully laid and beautiful tables reflected on artist’s sensibilities and echoed the kindness and wit she demonstrated while caring for us. (The pilot’s) steady hands and quick grin made the passage each day as smooth as the canal water at dawn.
PS: a special thanks for the care and attention each of the crew lavished upon our children during the trip.
An experience more sublime could not be imagined.”
April 2-8, 2023
Barge Name: Roi Soleil
How was your cabin? Exceptional. Beautiful, spcaciopus, immaculate.
How were the crew? Exceptional. Friendly and professional, and each an expert in their field.
What did you enjoy the most and least about the daily excursions? I loved the daily excursions! For me, touring in the morning and having the afternoon to lounge and cruise was perfect. There is nothing negative to share; it was amazing!
What was your feedback about the cuisine? I could write a book! Toby is an amazing chef! The food was a feast for all the senses, beautiful, complex and delicious. And a fantastic variety, too. Don’t get me started on the deliciousness of the bread and cheeses. And I applaud the portion sizes! Not too big, so we could enjoy all the delicious courses. Absolutely wonderful.
What can be done to improve the overall experience? I am a big believer in feedback, but in this case I have none to give. I don’t think the experience could have been improved. It was perfection on Earth!
How would you sum up your barge cruise experience? Perfect. Wonderful, relaxing, informative, delicious, special. At times I think we were almost giddy! An experience all of us will treasure.
C Party, USA, October 2022 (Feedback from clients to US Cruise Agent)
“Merci, merci merci! Let’s just start with ‘Wow!’ When we started planning this trip, we had high expectations. This experience has exceeded all of those and then some. (Guide) you filled our heads with so much knowledge of the area, the wines, the history. And (Chef) you filled us in a different way – SO much delicious food and great presentation. (Pilot) there was never a doubt we were in the hands of the best captain of the universe! And (Hostess) your ability to anticipate our every need and deliver with such grace and your big smile – it was a delight celebrating your birthday with you. All in all, this has been a trip of a lifetime for all of us. Thanks for your caring, your passion and your skills.”
Denver Co, Oct 16-22, 2022
“You have heard our story several times … We presented 12 holiday ideas to each other and voted on our favorite which was a barge trip. We then decided on France and found the Roi Soleil. That was over a year ago and since that time, we looked forward to this vacation with great expectations. However nothing we imagined came close to our actual experience. Everything about Roi Soleil and its crew is beyond expectations. (Pilot) thank you for always cruising with a huge smile on your face. We loved just sitting on the bow, sipping wine and watching the countryside go by. We appreciate you answering our many questions. And of course, Phil loved the mechanic room tour. (Guide) – New and interesting places to see each day. We so enjoyed the leisurely paced tours that allows us to really take in the details of the location while hearing your stories. Thank you for being so flexible when we wanted extra time or to see something not part of your plan. (Chef) – We are all leaving here 5lb heavier but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Every, Single, Meal was perfection. Delicious, balanced, beautiful! The variation of food and flavors was very much appreciated. Thank you for accommodating our tastes. (Hostess) – You are the heart and should of Roi Soleil. From the moment we stepped on the gang plane you made us feel like this was OUR boat. You are so attentive (thanks for the milk in my coffee) and meticulous. Thank you for keeping our wine glasses full and for appreciating our games of Wizard and after dinner dance parties. We are sad to leave all of you and this beautiful boat and canal. Thank you for a perfect week.”
October 9-15, 2022
“Fantastic and beautiful! We have enjoyed every day and are very sorry to leave this morning. Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff who have made our visit perfect. (Hostess) for attending to every wish and in fact anticipating them! To (Guide) for taking us on a lovely excursion each day and his fantastic knowledge of Languedoc. And (Pilot) for his perfect skill and navigation through seemingly impossible low bridges and locks and uncanny knowledge of Mama Mia lyrics! And to (Chef) whose chef de cuisine skills left us speechless and delighted day after day. Simply perfect service, a beautiful boat with every amenity and views that were so lovely and ever-changing. We will never forget this wonderful week.”
October 8, 2022
“What a wonderful trip! It shall always be with me in life as one of my absolute most enjoyable experiences … The crew were above and beyond … professional, witty, fun, and extremely knowledgable. The boat is perfect for the trip … a true week of relaxation . Thank you all!”
October 1, 2022
“What a wonderful week. We totally enjoyed the trip. (Hostess) You took such good care of us and quickly remembered our likes. (Chef) Your food was outstanding, your singing great and your willingness to share recipes wonderful. (Guide) You wore a lot of knowledge of the region and best of luck with your career. (Pilot) You were always positive and friendly, I want to come again.”
“Loved, loved every minute of our adventures this week! From the hospitality to the food to the excursions to the steerage … and the food … we couldn’t have written ourselves a more perfect experience! “
September 23, 2022
“Team Roi Soleil – Being on a yacht is always a treat and Roi Soleil did not disappoint in that regard. BUT, what sets this particular ‘hotel barge’ apart is its team. They are beyond 5 star in all aspects. (Pilot) guided us safely along the Canal and the locks, but his astute knowledge of piloting a 100 foot barge while booting poachers at our tie-up locations was a new experience! (Chef) is simply an amazing chef that served up Michelin meals for every seating of lunch and dinner. His imagination in combining flavours and tastes surpassed the incredible visual display of each dish. (Hostess) was a delight who was the glue for the whole crew. Always striving to please, must be her motto as she never wanted for anything. She is gracious and quite caring, delivering coffee and croissants on a silver platter to the lock-keepers touched our hearts. We can’t thank her enough for everything, especially for doing laundry for us twice!! (Guide), the aspiring boat builder from Beziers and now Brittany, made each and every day memorable. Through his deep knowledge of his home and the historical aspects of Languedoc made every day and adventure. His wit, wisdom and personality will always bring a smile. Thank you for everything you guys are the best!!
September 16, 2022
“Where do we begin! This trip surpassed the incredible beauty of the Canal du Midi and the extraordinary history, sharing it with all INCREDIBLE crew has been a lifetime experience. Words can’t really describe the warm hospitality we enjoyed and the meals were outstanding”
August 20-September 3, 2022
August 7-13, 2022
“This was a trip that touched all of our senses and exceeded our expectations To say we are grateful for your thoughtful touches would be a gross understatement. The canal du Midi and Roi Soleil are simply extraordinaire. Our crew beyond extraordinary. Thank you for allowing us time and space to slow down and simply enjoy. (Hostess) – You are so thoughtful and skilled at your job – beautiful details everywhere. You are our Papillon. (Pilot) our Captain extraordinaire, Keeper of the Catfish and bumper boat champion – thank you. (Guide) Thank you for your knowledge, history and patience, humour, french lessons. And (Chef) you literally sedated us with your beautiful food at every turn – there is nothing more we could say but fabulous! Thank you Roi Soleil!”
“Roi Soleil and the crew have created memories I will never forget. (Hostess, Pilot, Chef and Guide) delivered the best service, food and experiences for our family. Our two year delay in taking this trip was well rewarded. Thank you all so very much! Always grateful.”
“Just to add my 2 cents – the week was FANTASTIC. My 80th birthday, two years delayed. Special words just don’t do the trip, the barge and THE CREW justice. “
Charlottesville, Virginia August 6-13, 2022
“Thank you so much for providing Ann and me a truly exceptional, one-in-a-lifetime experience. You anticipated and cared for our every need and desire in outstanding style. We will recommend the Roi Soleil to everyone we know. Each of you brought many contributions to the excellence of our time in your care. We never had to worry about anything. That alone is precious. You all have the energy, skills and experience to fulfil whatever your career goals are. We sincerely hope that happens for each of you in the coming years. Here’s wishing our paths may cross again and that the future brings all you could wish for. “
June 4, 2022
“Perfectly folded toilet paper, and life jackets for the hot tub – one can never be too safe! Please don’t forget us and let us back on the boat when we are 80, we promise we won’t fight next time! “
“Thank you (crew), you worked so hard and truly given us one of the greatest vacation weeks of our lives – if that was one of your goals – you succeeded!!! Pampering us from morning til night you seamlessly made our journey one filled with delights, caring gestures, suggested choices we hadn’t even thought of and allowed us to live like “Rois” and “Reines”! To the talented crew of the Roi Soleil – Thank you for making this an experience of a lifetime!”
June 4, 2022
“To our new friends, Thank you for teaching us the history of the region and letting us empty your wine cellar! We had such an incredible time getting to know you and the Roi Soleil and the many locks of the Canal. We are so appreciative of your service and hospitality. Thanks so much for a memorable week. All I can say is meow! You are all so fun and funny and fantastic!”
“What a marvellous trip with a marvellous crew! From glasses that were never empty, true in medieval town, to meals beautifully prepared, and curves, locks and bridges successfully traversed, you all made our cruise “a trip of a lifetime!” There are moments of memory from each of you and too many to list after our week together – but just to say that your laughter, smiles, willingness to fulfil our requests and, camaraderie with us and each other as a team made the Roi Soleil our home.”
May 24 – June 4, 2022
“Thank you for an unforgettable week on the Canal du Midi. We could not have imagined a better way to celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversaries!
(pilot): Although your bocce ball skills are questionable, your skills at navigating the locks are undeniable!
(guide): You are an amazing guide, thank you for your knowledge, humour and ‘not corked’ wine. If you think of a ‘self-sustaining’ way to answer all of Jonathans questions, please let us now!
(chef): We are honoured to have been your first clients on the cruise! We are all leaving 5lbs heavier, but 10lbs happier!
(hostess): Thank your going above and beyond to make us feel at home on the boat. Your attention to detail did not go unnoticed. “
May 22-28, 2022
“Many, many thanks to our wonderful new friends (the crew) on the wonderful Le Roi Soleil. You have made this beautiful trip on the Canal du Midi such a treat for Hal & me. We love your hospitality which has made our visit so memorable. Thank you.”
“To the “Team” – Thank you for 6 days of wonderful hospitality and friendship. As Charlie Said, “it is a trip of a lifetime!” Would not have been possible without all of you! So special !! “
“I came because of a true interest in the Canal du Midi. But as I, with some sadness, realise the trip must come to an end, I leave with the strongest good feeling of our new friends on the “barge” and the Roi Soleil in its entity!”
“My parents did a barge trip 30 years ago and this trip now was everything they raved about and more. But what it was that made it so very special was the crew. They were helpful, always pleasant and great fun to talk to – they made the trip!”
Denver Colorado, May 19, 2022
“Dear friends (crew),
Thank you for a spectacular week. We were looking for an experience that would allow the six of us to reconnect with minimal decisions required. Needless to say, you guys blew it out of the park! You even handled our request to reverse the daily schedule with aplomb. The service was impeccable, the food was beyond our wildest dreams and the outings were both fun and interesting. But more that all of that, we enjoyed getting to know and spending time with four lovely people.”
“Ah 2020 … a year of canceled events and postponed holidays. After much disappointment we had all but given up on getting away to celebrate my husband’s 50th but then he found Roi Soleil! With 2 teenage girls we are not really the typical clientele but the amazing crew have pivoted brilliantly and looked after us like royalty! We have had one of our most relaxing family holidays ever with a little adventure (kayaking and horseback riding) sprinkled in. We are most grateful for everyone’s efforts to tailor the itinerary for us. We wish you all the best for the rest of the season and sincerely hope things start to pick up soon for everyone!”
K,K,S & T Party, London July , 2020
“This trip was planned to be a celebration of friends and life events, and the crew of the Roi Soleil made it a celebration far beyond our expectation. An addition to beautiful scenery, great food, spacious & luxurious accommodation, we came to know and appreciate the unique talents and friendship of our crew. What a wonderful crew, we could not have had better. Thank you for immersing us in the wonder of Southern France and the canal du Midi. ”
E & S Party, Vancouver, Canada October, 2019
“We wholeheartedly agree with the above comments. We loved every minute of our journey down your lovely canal with the exceptional crew. Thanks for everything. “
B & C Party, Domain, Manitoba, Canada October, 2019
“We can’t imagine how a trip could be better. Magnificent crew on a luxurious vessel, food & wine fit for royalty & peaceful and exciting cruise. Many, many thanks to the crew. “
C & A Party, Canada October, 2019
“Thank you doesn’t begin to express our gratitude for the most relaxing spectacular week I can remember ever! You transformed the boat into a warm and welcoming home away from home, and you all became our living family. Thank you for all the special meals, exquisite experiences and special memories. I will always treasure them and hold all of you close to my heart. You make birthday #60 a great celebration & can’t wait to celebrate #70 with all of you”.
J & J Conn Party, October, 2019
“Merci! Merci! We had a wonderful week with you all onboard the Roi Soleil! (Hostess) – thank you for your thoughtful attention to every detail! Loved the flowers! (Guide) We so enjoyed your knowledge and enthusiasm. Thank you for the wonderful tours. (Captain) – our Captain! Thank you for managing an amazing boat and tending to our every need. We will remember you all.”
M & P CT Party, October , 2019
“Our friends described their trip three years ago. And we were sold. We gathered long time fraternity brothers & their wives for a reunion we had planned for some time. What a wonderful & unique experience and of course it was also made so by the enjoyable and dedicated staff. Thanks for the outstanding meals, wine & most of all your friendship and warmth. “
S & J Party October, 2019
“What a wonderful way to while away a week on the Canal du Midi. (The Crew) were superb hosts and made our journey a forever memory. May our paths cross again in the future.
” This couldn’t have been more enjoyable. The concept of a barge cruise, suggested by (…) turned out to be new and fun for all six of us. The boat has been a welcoming home and a smooth ship on the Canal – but it was the crew that made a miracle from all the ingredients. Thanks to all!”
M & B Party, October, 2019
“What a perfect week we all had because of each of you. Our guide, who introduced us to the incredible history of the Languedoc with lively retelling of that history – our sommelier introduced us to new and old grapes – our ‘doctor’ when we started ailing – you did it with warmth, great humor, honesty (remember the wine you didn’t like?) and always with great care. There is a children’s book series in the US called ‘Where’s Waldo’, where Waldo pops up in crowds in all sorts of places – you were like Waldo popping up everywhere!! (Chef), our incredible chef & DJ, you made every meal a gastronomic experience – feasts for all of our senses. The detail, the subtleties, the visual feasts – and most of all the enthusiasm you shared for each complex creation made every meal a joyful adventure. AND, you were the best DJ, providing music for our every mood & taste. (The Hostess), the lovely quiet member of the team who did everything – made the table beautiful with flowers plucked from the banks of the Canal (and grapes from the vines). Created more napkin designs – brought us and narrated the amazing cheese courses – steered the boat like a ballet dance doing plies – and in between, snuck down to tidy our rooms (Captain) our barefoot Captain, you made steering this large barge through the smallest of tunnels & bridges – through multiple locks, around partying inexperienced smaller boats – looks so easy. We always felt safe in your care. And, we know at least one of us was happy to have been allowed to take his turn at the wheel!! Most of all, we appreciated the way you all worked together as a team: and your willingness to share your lives with 6 crazy (old) American strangers. Come visit us so we can begin to reciprocate the generous hospitality you showed us! With love & thanks. “
“What a wonderful week to celebrate our our 50th wedding anniversary. Everything about Roi Soleil is great and such wonderful service to each of us. We have had a wonderful tine filled with great laughter, super wine, drinks and excellent food served to us in a beautiful gourmet way. The service, by these 4 individuals was great! We thank you all and also to the owners of Roi Soleil.”
A & B Party, Misissippi, USA July, 2019
“Our THIRD trip and the Roi Soleil keeps getting better and better. It was a fabulous week with great food, great wine, entertaining excursions and beautiful scenery. To (the crew) – our heartfelt thanks! You created a wonderful atmosphere where we were able to share in the celebration of our friend’s 49th and 50th wedding anniversaries! The shared laughter, stories, memories and conversation have created new life-time memories. Until we see each other again – Thank you.”
C & W Party, Hattisburg, MS, USA June, 2019
“The week has been wonderful! It has been difficult to realise how quickly the time has passed. The food, the wine, the service, the days excursions – everything first class! This will be a week to remember – full of memories shared with old friends and the new friends made this week! Thank you for all you did to make this week so special.
S & D Party, Hattiesburg, MS, USA June, 2019
“Thank you for an amazing week aboard the Roi Soleil. From the gourmet cuisine to the outstanding service to the warmth of the crew, it has been an incredible experience. Having never done a barge cruise, we really had no idea what to expect – it was unforgettable.”
T & L Party, May, 2019
“Having reviewed a lot of the previous comments, I see a very common thread: wonderful food & wine, fabulous welcome, beautiful scenery & superb crew who cosseted us. It’s all been said, but that doesn’t devalue the feeling of love and warmth that (the crew & owners) afforded us and our family. The memories of this trip will last forever!! Thank you so much. ”
D & Y Party, July, 2018
“What can one say …? We endorse all of the previous comments and count ourselves infinitely fortunate to have such wonderful people to give us an unforgettable experience. “
B & M Party, Virginia, USA June, 2018
“Our deepest thanks for making our week on the Roi Soleil so perfect! You took care of our every need, fed us with the most divine food, kept our wine glasses filled, educated us about the Canal du Midi and stayed up late, because we refused to go to bed!! We will miss you al- but I have your emails so we will keep in touch – we might also surprise you and visit one day! So, instead of saying goodbye … let me say until we meet again. Fondly “
J & B Party, June, 2018
“So many thanks for creating for us an amazingly perfect trip. You were so much fun to be with while being attentive to needs we did not even know we had…”
“…I have no words for this extraordinary experience…fabulous, delicious and beyond any expectations we had…beautiful boat, amazing crew…”
S. Party, Hawaii & Cal. October 2017
“We had an amazing time on board Roi Soleil! It was heaven on earth and every day we couldn’t wait to get “BOB” (back on the boat)…”
S. Party USA July 2017
“ Dear crew of Roi Soleil,
Words in any language can not begin to describe the gratitude and appreciation that that we have for you and all that you did to make our experience of the canal so special.
We thoroughly enjoyed out time here celebrating our 50th while understanding the history and culture of southern France.
Food, wine and sightseeing could not have been more spectacular! La joie de vivre!…”
L. Party, Tampa, FL.
“Thank you for curating such an amazing experience. The passion you have for the place, people, food and history shines through…You are blessed to live in such an exceptional part of the world…”
S. Party, Vancouver BC. September 2017
“Many thanks for a fun filled week of food, wine and beautiful scenery. The boat was just so roomy and comfortable. It is definitely on the “bucket list’ for another visit – Thank you for the attention to every detail…”
D. Party, Australia, September 2017
“…Enjoyed every minute on this wonderful boat. If there is a more terrific vacation packed in seven days we haven’t met it. Thank you for memories for the ages…”
“Unforgettable experience. Wonderful food – matched or exceeded the top tier restaurants worldwide. Individual service unsurpassed. Boat handling by the skipper awe inspiring.
I can’t imagine an improvement.”
US Air Force General – CB, August 2017
F. Party USA, October 2016
“It has been the most amazing week, we have loved every minute.
I started the week with 3 friends and ended up with 7.
I am not sure you could do anything better.
Thank you so much!
Visit us in N.Z.”
G. Party, N.Z June 2016
“If you go up the river, this is THE Boat to do it on, with THE crew. (The hostess’s) poise, knowledge & grace, (the guide’s) flow & command of every location, (the chef’s) amazingly inspirational cooking, and last & most (the captain’s) command of the Canal du Midi make for a treat like no other EXPERIENCE ON EARTH! Simply AMAZED!”
“We are so sad that our Spa Trip on the Canal has come to an end. You spoiled us rotten and I don’t know how I will ever take care of myself as well as you have. The food, wine and many treats were amazing and have inspired us. Thank you for all the great information and tours. It was such a treat to watch you all work. You made everything seem effortless and easy – it was a pleasure to watch. Our very best to all of you and hope to see you again.”
A & N June, 2016
“What a wonderful trip, made more wonderful by the incredible crew. Thank you for making this such an enjoyable experience for our family & friends!”
DC June, 2016
G.Party,Toronto, Ont. October 2015
Damian, our chef, was outstanding! … serving spectacular food in the most beautiful settings.
The wine and cheese was fabulous and presented with a telling of its history and provenance by our guide, Rex and our exceptional hostess, Emily. We learned as we dined and imbibed. All our wishes and expectations were fulfilled … from blueberry pancakes to a sumptuous seafood feast. This trip has been like having Alain Ducasse at each meal!
Our superb guide, Rex, was completely knowledgeable and passed his passion on to us all.
Through the locks and on through this peaceful canal, our fantastic captain, Finn, took us on unforgettable voyage of beauty.”
Party Toronto, Ont. October 2015
The chef is amazing. He not only produced amazing meals but invited us to watch, take notes, gave out recipies…
The accomodation was very nice.
The high points were the food and wines and general ambiance. Add to that the fun excursions.
It was a wonderful overall time and experience!”
H & McW Party, USA, June 2013
Experiencing navigating the locks, learning the local history from our guide, coming back after a hard afternoon’s explorations to the comforting sight of our hostess with cocktails and snacks as she welcomes us home.
And the food! What can we say? We were thrilled over and over again each meal that our chef presented. He delighted all of our different tastes, every single time with beautiful creativity. We have been well pleased, thankyou for a wonderful holiday!”
Family Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. June 2012
You were all so eager to please and so helpful at everything we needed.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Party Houston, TX. May 2012
Yes, the food, the wines and the beds were excellent, but what we really appreciated is the caring extended to each one of us.
You were superb in responding to our every request and we thank you most sincerely while hoping that we will be with each and every one of you in the near future again. That’s a real hope for happy travels in France!”
B &W McM Party- Illinois – September, 2010
But we were wrong:
It was much better than we expected! Of course the scenery was beautiful but the human touch is always the most important and the crew were marvelous.
We will be back!”
T & L P. Lisbon – Portugal – September 2010
The food was exquisite and the wine and cheese presentations were as informative as they were delicious.
The crew could not have been nicer or more adept at their jobs. They made us all feel well cared for and totally pampered.
We loved the trip and we thank you!”
E & C M. Party, USA, June 2010
“We had an absolutely perfect trip!”
“The crew could not have been better.”
“They were attentive to every whim, and went out of their way to find the best choices for us, even when it meant more work . . . Our guests have their own yachts.”
“Both yachts have always been run with a sense of perfection . . . they were both impressed with the extraordinary level of service and care offered by your team . . .”
R.M. New York City, May 2009
(Their 7th week on Roi Soleil since 2003, on different routes)
All in all a wonderful repeat experience. The first time out we didn’t know what to expect, it was a ‘Wow.’ The repeat was ‘Wow Wow!'”
C.L. Party, Kansas City, Sept 2006
“We’ve slept on silk sheets at the Four Seasons in New York. Paid a king’s ransom for dinner at Phillip Starke’s ultra-trendy restaurant in Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel. Sailed the Virgin Islands aboard a luxury sailboat. And generally eaten and drunk our way around the world via a series of four and five star interludes that have left our waistlines bulging and our wallets depleted.
But nothing in our past experience adequately prepared my wife and I, and two other equally-well-traveled couples, for the six idyllic days we recently spent aboard the River Yacht, Roi Soleil.
The food was sublime.
The service was flawless.
The accommodations were awesome.
The scenery was breathtaking.
And the memories we carried back to our land-locked homes in Kansas City were the stuff to last a lifetime.”
C.L. Party, Kansas City, Sept 2003
“It’s said to be better the second time around . . . and you have proved it this year! Again . . .
Great Food. Great Sites. Great Company. . . We look forward to seeing some of you in the U.S. in the near future so we can return some of what we received. Thanks again . . . until we meet again.”
H & P Party, Connecticut, Sept. 2002