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2019 Guest Testimonials

October 2019


It was a delightful everything we expected +++. Kevin and Izzy are the most harmonious team, absolutely talented with their boat handling and food experiences and skills. Very professional in every aspect.


John and Lou - Tasmania, Australia



Many years ago we watched Rick Stein do a barge trip through France. We loved that so much we said one day we would like to do that. Bill, uncle to Kevin, recommended Barge Nilaya. Wow what a trip. Fantastic cruising, scenery, food, laughs and stories. We will be back. Thank to you both and you always have accommodation in Melbourne (or wherever we are). Cheers.


Paul and Bindi - Victoria, Australia



Dear Izzy & Kevin - This has been the most amazing trip we have ever been on. Thank you for all the fun, great stories and the most delicious food in the world!! Fresh greens on the deck!! How do we express heaven on water? The Nilaya is the most delightful way to travel! Our ‘private’ cruise was so wonderful - thank you for all the delicious food and beautiful weather. We loved the great stories!! Every second!!


Wilson and Cathy - Bainbridge Island, USA



Dear Kevin and Isabelle - WORDS cannot do justice to this fabulous week on board Nilaya. All the rain + chill could not dampen our experience cruising the canal de la Marne au Rain with you. Just plain fun sitting behind you as you guided the Nilaya & Isabelle “so well done” took care of all the ropes. And what could we possibly say about the delicious food and absolute comfort of our time on the Nilaya. Isabelle most write that cook book one day. And we so much appreciate you both for taking us on some excursionist the chateaux when the weather was pretty bleak. Just a plain marvellous adventure that we’ll treasure & never forget.


Susan & Chuck - Maryland, USA  



Isabelle & Kevin - What a week! You are such an inspiration to us - Upon our return we will spread our culinary wings and sail to destinations unfamiliar to us. Hopefully another trip on Barge Nilaya before you retire her to the next captain & crew! Cheers


Bev and Judy, South Carolina, USA



Dear Kevin & Isabelle. Thank you for welcoming us aboard your beautiful Barge Nilaya. the word “exceptional” has been overused to the point that it’s almost a ghost of its original meaning, but somehow you’ve returned adjective to its former glory. Every thing about this trip has been beyond what we had imagined- starting with the Nilaya. Fantastic job Kevin! What a beauty! You two are living a life most people can’t even imagine. For Aimee and me, you’re an inspiration. Life is short and unpredictable - maybe we should start acting like it instead of taking it for granted. - Any way - will miss you and Nilaya and remember our adventure with much happiness the rest of our lives.Thank you for taking me to Arracourt too Kevin! 


Crampton & Aimee - Tennessee USA 



September 2019


From the moment we boarded until the final goodbye, it was like being with old friends. Spectacular views, great food, bad jokes and terrific travelling companions made this a week to remember. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Robin and Catherine - California, USA



This has been a week to remember and a week of grand weather. Our first cruise with you was cold and rainy, so we appreciate the bright skies and much nicer weather. This week with you was so wonderful! Your hospitality has been amazing. There are so many “Chuck Lee” jokes to laugh about….. and then there are Kevin’s riddles.Your food has been outstanding! We will be dieting the next month to make up the bread and potatoes that we couldn’t wait to consume. The scenery was pastoral and the many walks, glorious. Thank you for being such wonderful hosts! All our love.


Charles & Charlotte - Massachusetts, USA



A 1000 thank you’s and merci(s) for INVITING us for our 2nd journey in your wonderful home on the canals. Laughter, kindness, hospitality and comfort ruled our journey. We specially enjoyed our cocktail party with Michel and Lucy. Thank you for inviting us into your family of friends.

Kevin, thank you for the shortest thing ever to accommodate our tailgate. You have an amazing way to protect my celebrity STATUS! Isabelle, Vous tees is charm ante! J’adore vote esprit! et nous aussi! Much love. Words CANNOT express our gratitude. Time to “WRAP” as we say on the set. Off for yet another film! Love you both.


Chuck E Lee and Cathy - Massachusetts, USA



Our final day on voyage number two. Crisp weather, blue skies, challenging winds! Cap'n Kevin manoeuvred admirably around the windy locks - BRAVO! Isabelle served, yet again, the most delicious meals and even got to experience a "modified American tailgate” as we all listen via ‘iTunes’ to an American football game! Thank you for your patience! From the longest tunnel, to the highest lock and lift, we enjoyed our vacation immensely. If a third time is a charm, we look forward to cruising with you again in 2021.


Cathy - Massachusetts, USA



What a hidden gem this tour is! From beginning to end, each day was filled with beautiful scenery, adventures (planned and pop up), cultural immersion and perfect culinary experiences. Kevin’s stories and enthusiasms were rich while Isabelle’s attention to detail was admirable. We can’t thank you both enough for one of our very favourite travel excursions. A five star rating for the most special couple and trip! 


Jane and John - Maine, USA



I am in agreement with John and Jane who we shared our trip with. Kevin and Isabelle are exceptional hosts and the canal trip is beautiful. Thank you very much for your help and your culinary experiences.


Roseanne and Janet - South Australia, Australia



Words fail - all things Barge Nilaya were beyond expectation and a delight. I’m sure all previous comments on preceeding pages echo / reflect that praise and appreciation. Ooh la la as we can now say in French! Endless “merci’s” to Kevin and Isabelle for sharing their skills, talents and enthusiasm.


Nancy - California, USA



August 2019


A wonderful trip into a special region of France. Barge life is so comfortable, + company and food, all at 5 star level. Thanks for a lovely trip. Next year I’ll bring my husband!


Sue - Washington, USA



Who knew? Our second adventure with you, Izzy and Kevin, was (impossibly) more delightful than the first! Thank you.


Virginia and Jim - Washington, USA



Maybe what I’m about to write will sound repetitive but here I go…. The trip from Nancy to Saverne was absolutely gorgeous. Our time on the barge was peaceful & relaxing and exceeded our expectations (I can’t even remember what they were now!).The countryside through which we cruised each day gradually changed from fields to forest. The colours of the landscapes and reflections in the water, a photographers dream. Now, the food!…

Isabelle. You are an amazing cook and hostess, tables set to perfection and food each day, absolutely delicious! Breads, manifique!

Lastly, your hospitality made Aiko and I feel as if we had known you for many years. Kevin. We’ll miss your daily jokes!


Janette and Aiko - New South Wales, Australia



July 2019



This trip has surpassed all expectations for scenery, delicious food, fun excursions and peaceful floating. Your gracious hospitality put us at ease, made us feel pampered and made the week extra special. Thank you for a delightful week!


Don and Nancy - Tennessee, USA



June 2019


Merci - Thank you so much for a wonderful week. We enjoyed sharing your “home” with you. We were very glad the route you chose allowed us to do daily river swims to avoid the “once in a decade” heat wave. The food & wine were ’tres bon’.


Warren, Donna, Todd and Nikki - Hawaii & Colorado, USA



Has there ever been a more perfect team than Isabelle and Kevin? One a chef extraordinaire who anticipates the needs of all guests, decorates like a professional and is a crew mate beyond compare. The other, a captain who is the epitome of what every captain aspires to be - nautically astute, dedicated to the safety of his passengers and possessor of incomparable knowledge, CRIKEY! They are amazing!


Bay and Chris - Alabama, USA




To Kevin & Isabelle. What a perfect trip! Everything was wonderful. You provided everything for us and more. Thanks. 


Perry and Jeff - Alabama, USA



Dear Isabelle and Kevin, What a wonderful experience! Every part of our visit has been spectacular. From meeting you the first day, through cruising along and through dozens of locks, fuelled by fabulous food and drink and energetic and warm companionship, good or bad weather, you warm up the cabin and make the voyage relaxing and a true vacation adventure. Thanks for your hospitality - we’ll never forget it!


Myron and Barbara - Colorado, USA



Dear Isabelle and Kevin, I have been dreaming about seeing France by canal boat for many years. Thanks for making the reality much better than my dreams. The food was fantastic! Even better, we enjoyed the fellowship of the boat and getting to know two extraordinary people. Thanks!


George and Elyse - Michigan, USA



Again, a most enjoyable week with new experiences, fabulous food, great weather and interesting stories! (including the faggot of beans!). Thank you very much. We hope to be back.


Jill and Doug - New Zealand



Izzy and Kevin, A wonderful week - Thank you Kevin & Izzy. Amazing food, stories and scenery. Enjoyed variables in the weather - Thunderstorms & hot days. Thank you for the bike rides - especially riding to the next village! Highlight - travelling up the barge lift (!!) and of course the deepest lock. Wow ! Cheers for your awesome hospitality. Great. Cheers. 


Bryan and Sherry, New Zealand



May 2019


Izzy and Kevin - We’ve had the most wonderful time on your beautiful Nilaya. We wanted good food, good company, relaxation and scenery and we got it all. Thank you for everything!! You have a home if you ever come to New Haven. This week has been amazing as it should always be. All our best.


Ken and Judy - 



Ditto big time from Francoise and Jonathan. Getting back to the “real world” of touring Europe is a daunting prospect after a week of being pampered at every turn. All the best wishes from us to you for your future voyages and worldly adventures.


Jonathan and Francoise - Connecticut, USA



Comfort, gourmet food, a beautiful peaceful voyage, stimulating conversation, lovely walks, top notch hospitality - we had it all! Thanks Kevin for your expert boat maneuvering and AM bike rides to the boulangerie - and of course much more! Isabelle, your good taste and special touches to all plus the best crew ever were greatly appreciated. What a lovely, relaxed time for us. The best to you both.


Evie and Mike - Oregon, USA



What a most wonderful six days in a most scenic, bucolic part of la belle France, on the beautiful Nilaya. Thank you Izzy, for the 5 star ++ food, your lovely table, each day different and your gracious attention to our needs. Thank you Kevin for keeping us safe and entertained with your stories, knowledge of the world and sense of humour and thank you both for your generous and warm hospitality. We hope to have the opportunity to meet you again, at our place or yours. Warm warm wishes!


Jan and Barry - Western Australia



Isabelle and Kevin. Thanks to you, we have just celebrated Corky’s birthday in the most amazingly beautiful way. It beats any other birthday since the day she was born! We have fallen in love with Nilaya, her warmth and coziness has made us feel at home and perfectly comfortable the entire trip. The meals were the best we have had in France to date. All the details of everyday life aboard were perfectly planned and executed. The beauty of the scenery was surpassed only by the always warm, friendly and sparkling company of our hosts and fellow passengers (Jan & Barry). We will be back!


Corky and Gordon - California, USA



What a great adventure! We had no idea what a barge trip in France would be like. Glenda and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trip except for the weather, which no one could control. Isabelle and Kevin compliment each other so well, it is delightful. The meals were professionally made and presented in such a beautiful manner. All the dishes, tablecloths, glasses and accommodations were wonderful. We really got a feel for how life is in France. We will have fond memories for the rest of our lives. Thank you Kevin and Isabelle!


Dan and Glenda - Wisconsin, USA



April 2019


Izzy and Kevin. Thank you for an amazing adventure. An interesting and relaxing trip. Learned a great deal about barge handling watching Kevin & Izzy work together seamlessly. The food was a highlight most definitely.We will definitely return.


JoAnn and Daniel - Washington, USA



It would be difficult to overstate just how wonderful this barge experience has been. Between the scenery, the food and the gracious hosts, we were sublimely satisfied. Thanks to Izzy & Kevin for an unforgettable holiday!


Pat and John - Hawaii, USA



Thank you Izzy and Kevin! We had a wonderful time on the lovely Barge Nilaya! You are a great team. Kevin’s information was so interesting and Izzy’s grasp on hospitality was a joy.


Laura, George, Nancy and Tom - Michigan, USA