Announcing the Hotels Afloat Golden Skipper Awards 2019

After much discussion,  we are delighted to announce our winners for 2019


Best New Artist:  The Penichette Evolution
Introduced in 2018, this traditional style boat with a decidedly modern interior, is the ideal choice for a couple or young family.  With it’s revolutionary use of space, it offers very comfortable accommodation both inside and out.


Rising Star Award: Saraphina
Cruising on the UNESCO Midi Canal, the stunning hotel barge Saraphina is fast becoming a firm favourite with our guests.  It’s time to sit back, kick off your shoes and relax.  Whether you’re looking for a romantic cruise for 2, or a fun trip for 4,  Saraphina will make those dreams come true.


Best Original Score: La Vie en Rose
Named after the passionate, french song of Edith Piaf,   La Vie en Rose offers a relaxing home from which to explore the vineyards of the Côte Challonaise and the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy.
Leaving stress behind, you will begin to see “la vie en rose” and relax…
Choose between a half-board or our unique Home & Away charter,  combining the luxury of a hotel barge with the freedom of Bed & Breakfast.


Most Popular New Comer: Horizon
The self-drive Horizons are the most popular edition to the fleet for many years, featuring ensuite accommodation and a fabulous fundeck for outside living.
Available in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy & Canada.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Luciole
Where Hotel barging really began…
A beautiful barge which has never forgotten her beginnings…
Regularly updated and with a friendly crew,  Luciole remains one of the most popular barges year after year.
Choose between a Classic, Walking, Cycling, Adventure or Wine Appreciation cruise for the trip of a lifetime.


Join us on one of our award-winning cruises in 2019…
Carefully created cruises, just for you.