Monday, 25 September 2017

17th - 23rd September

Hurdling into late September, this week brought with it some special returning passengers, shiny new faces and PUMPKINS!

One of our friendly lock keepers Cindy donated an extraordinarily large home grown pumpkin to chef Jade, who got inventive with putting it to good use throughout the week (the crew may turn into pumpkins by the time it’s used up).

Cindy the lock keeper's offering to Jade

Thank you to Bob and Judy for returning for a sixth cruise with us with returning friends Doug and Nancy. Adrienne also joined us all the way from Tasmania for a third season along the Nivernais – we must be doing something right!  Very honored.

Autumn in the air in Vincelles
Quizzing everyone on living in a tasty world this week were hilarious star-gazing friends Kate and Rick, running the podcast ‘What did you eat last night?’, guests and crew alike were asked to participate in their latest recording. Well done crew for just about remembering what it was you had for dinner. Matelot Luke had an extra pleasant surprise on learning he had in fact been eating guinea fowl, not chicken on a Thursday supper for the last three months. What a treat!

Buddies on the deck - all wrapped up - star gazing

We were enchanted to learn that passenger Al who cruised with lovely other half Martha also joined the Luciole’s retired sister ship the ‘Escargot’, back when the Luciole was the Palinurus many moons ago. 

Captain's Diner place setting - cool cabbage


  1. What a luscious trip this was! The exquisite food and wine, stellar and warm crew, stunning scenery, and overall atmosphere created one of the best weeks of my life. If you're considering going, dear reader, by all means do it!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Kate. We're glad you enjoyed your cruise with us! And hope to see you again sometime.

  2. What a spectacular experience! Impressed by the skill of the Hotel Barge Luciole crew to take care of everyone so beautifully. Looking forward to talking about our travels on our podcast YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT I ATE LAST NIGHT in the new year. Rick Fiori