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Bateau Le Colombiers

Colombiers, France
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About Bateau Le Colombiers
Passenger boat on the Canal du Midi: One hour cruises, departure 15H00 and 16H30 (reservation recommended), 2H30 meal cruises departure 12H00 and 19H00 (reservation only). The boat can be privatised for your family or business events. Discover the beauties of the Canal du Midi and the world's first waterway tunnel of the Malpas.
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Jo_fr_Edmonton wrote a review Aug 2019
Edmonton, Canada78 contributions33 helpful votes
A group of us (from a cruise ship docked at Sete) took the approx.1 hour a.m. Canal du Midi cruise on the Bateau Le Colombiers (boat from Colombiers). Why get off an ocean cruise ship and do a canal cruise? The description promised a tranquil cruise w/ beautiful Plane trees overhanging the canal and picturesque buildings, beautiful scenery along the way. It sounded wonderful, but the reality did not live up to the description. The crew were very nice, it was relaxing, and there were tasty pastries, water, juice & coffee. However, we were tightly packed in around the fixed tables. If you happened to sit in the sun facing backwards, you were stuck there. If you were at the window, you had to ask three people to stand up to let you out (to use the bathroom or go stand on the small outside decks at the front & back). Most of the scenery was not what we were expecting. Since the water level was lower we spent most of the time looking at the grassy sides of the banks. Near the very end there was a short section w/ overhanging Plane trees. Apparently a lot of them have died out and young saplings are being planted in their place. The cruise ended at the locks at Fonseranes near Beziers.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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John M wrote a review Jul 2019
5 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I traveled with Le Colombiers on the 18th July 2019. There was a family group of seven of us. Two pensioners, four thirty somethings and a two year old. We had a most pleasant cruise lasting about two and a half hours during which lunch was served. There was no choice but the cuisine would suit most tastes. The first course was pasta with chicken and mushrooms in tasty sauce. The second course was a salad with local cheese and we finished with a fruit tart. There was plenty of wine included. We passed through the Malpas Tunnel and enjoyed the rural countryside. A very relaxing afternoon. The skipper spoke excellent English. The rest of the crew were helpful and pleasant but it helped that we could speak some French. Everything was very clean and well organised. The next time we visit the Languedoc I am going to take the trip again.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Arnaud d, Propriétaire at Bateau Le Colombiers
Responded 31 Jul 2019
Thank you John for your comments. We will be pleased to have you on board again. Kind regards, The Crew
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Terry Beyer wrote a review Jun 2019
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We had a very enjoyable 2 and a half hours. It was the hottest day of the year so far but with the aircon it made it much more pleasurable. We had a lovely meal of chicken with pasta with a cheese course and dessert and of course wine. Although my wife and I are English the rest of the boat were french. Everyone enjoyed themselves, we even had a sing song on the way back. The pilot asked us on our way back if we would like to open all the windows and let the breeze in on the way back which was very nice. We are going to try the evening cruise next time with some friends.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Arnaud d, Directeur général at Bateau Le Colombiers
Responded 1 Jul 2019
Thank you for your recommendation. We will be pleased to have you on board again for an evening cruise. Regards, The Crew
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law426 wrote a review Sep 2017
Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, France46 contributions9 helpful votes
We took the 2.5 hour lunch cruise on a sunday. Unfortunately a very noisy family party were also on board with younger members being very obviously bored. The food was nothing special, the commentary was difficult to hear. Probably wouldnt go again.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Response from Arnaud d, Directeur général at Bateau Le Colombiers
Responded 30 Sep 2017
We're saddened to read of your experience and sorry that you didn't make your views known at the time as we are not overconfident to believe we have everything perfect every cruise. Regarding the 'noise', children are as welcome on our cruises as are adults and in any case, might they have been excited rather than bored? We have taken the points you make, but would have welcomed hearing specific thoughts during the cruise, we might have been able to make your experience a more positive one.
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