French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE
Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy France
~ ABOUT THE CREW ~
In addition to Captain Richard, each cruise is supported by full hosting and housekeeping services as well as private chef prepared lunches and, of course, the dedicated service you will receive at each of our restaurants.
Richard - Your Captain
Richard is highly experienced within barging and is the latest in a line of Megret family members to become a captain of his own barge.
His 20-year barge resume reads like a who's who of Ultra-Deluxe barges including chef and other crew roles aboard the Horizon II, Princess, Nenuphar, Adrienne, Fleur de Lys and most recently as Pilot for the Hirondelle II.
With an extensive knowledge of barge cruising and the expectations of those who appreciate living life with 'savoir vivre', Richard is the ideal host for your cruise. A barge cruising specialist travel agent recently remarked candidly “If I know there's a member of the Megret family on board, I never have to worry!”. We're delighted to count Richard as a keystone member of our team.
Laura - Your Guide
Laura has been exploring French life and culture on hotel barges since she was 20 years old. Her background in history and a deep (and ever-deepening) love affair with France led her to become became a Tour Guide with a reputation which others struggle to match. Guiding roles on deluxe and ultra-deluxe barges including the Hironedelle, Alouette, Fleur de Lys, Le Premier and Napoleon demonstrate this.
Following a break from barging to start a family she decided to return to the fold to re-ignite her Guiding passions.
Laura reflects: "I was so pleased to learn of the Savoir Vivre, their new format is exactly in keeping with what I find guests are increasingly interested in – authenticity, adventure, quality and elegance. Less stuffy formalities and more ‘real France’ experiences. I didn’t hesitate when I learned of an opportunity to join the team. Burgundy is a hidden gem of France and I look forward to sharing this with our passengers aboard Savoir Vivre."
Jo - Your Hostess
Jo has had a life rich of adventure (as an avid skier and traveler), culinary cunningness (she’s a chef) and a steadfast devotion to friends, family and fun!
Her "stripe earning" years were spent in the French Alps as the manager and chef of high-end ski chalets. These years spent in the crisp air and mountains produced more than well sorted skiing skills - she gained a life-long friend in our guide Laura - yes, they are best friends!
After a period in Ireland she and her husband moved to Burgundy where she re-connected with the French lifestyle of fine food, wonderful wines and living life with a sense of ‘savoir vivre’. She is such a wonderful fit for what drives us – a delightful, capable, warm and authentic team member.
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