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.”
“Ah 2020 … a year of cancelled 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! D, KL, S & T.
B. Family, London, July 2020
“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
“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
“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
“ 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.
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& Mc W 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
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
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