Europe for Cruisers - Home
Cruising - Home European Cruise Guide Cruise Reviews & Articles Tour Europe by Ship

La Renaissance:
Day-by-Day Cruise Diary

From: A Barge Cruise in France

European Waterways barge

Cruise Photo Diary

In the following pages, we describe a six-night cruise from Rogny-les-Sept-écluses (on the Canal de Briare, in Western Burgundy) to the Seine river town of Saint-Mammès in the Upper Loire Valley. The cruise took place in early May, 2008 on La Renaissance, the new flagship of Go Barging/European Waterways Ltd.

La RenaissanceOur cruise was from south to north, with a descent through several dozen locks over a total distance of about 103 km or 64 miles. Every other week, the cruise goes the opposite direction, climbing through the locks from Saint-Mammès to Rogny-les-Sept-écluses. Depending on the direction of the cruise, the season, and occasional changes to the barge's schedule of shore excursions, your itinerary may vary from the one described in this annotated photo diary.

For more information on the barge and European Waterways, also see our eight-page La Renaissance cruise review.


Next photo >>

Cruise Photo Diary Index

European Waterways barge cruise review: La Renaissance
Introduction Staff
The barge Activities, excursions
Cabins Cruises, private charters
Food and wine Practical information

Also see:
Satellite maps of towns along the route
Canals in France: printed maps and guides

"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post


Click or tap photos for cruise reviews:

  • Norwegian Jade
  • River Countess
  • La Bella Vita
  • River Baroness
  • L'Austral
  • Silver Spirit
  • Costa Magica
  • Renaissance
  • MSC Poesia
  • Rotterdam

Venice for Cruisers
Getting to or from your ship, Venice hotels for cruisers, the Marittima and San Basilio piers, and more.

Civitavecchia image

Rome for Cruisers
Trains to and from the port, plus a 35-page Civitavecchia city and port guide.


From Durant and Cheryl Imboden:

  arrow About Our Sites

  arrow Privacy and Cookies