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11 Reasons You Need to Take a Cruise This Year

Travel + Leisure Logo By Travel + Leisure of Travel + Leisure | Slide 1 of 11: Though there's plenty to love about sailing on a large ship (casinos! waterslides!), there's also something magical about being on a smaller vessel — especially when it's with only your friends and family. This spring, Belmond Afloat in France is launching two new barges, each accommodating eight passengers and available strictly for charters. The Pivoine will navigate the Marne, in the heart of Champagne, while the Lilas will travel the Marne–Rhine canal in Alsace. Both boats feature spacious, earth-toned suites and an open-air top deck that feels like a grand living room, complete with a plunge pool (six nights from $7,390, all-inclusive).

You Can Even Have the Boat All to Yourself.

Though there's plenty to love about sailing on a large ship (casinos! waterslides!), there's also something magical about being on a smaller vessel — especially when it's with only your friends and family. This spring, Belmond Afloat in France is launching two new barges, each accommodating eight passengers and available strictly for charters. The Pivoine will navigate the Marne, in the heart of Champagne, while the Lilas will travel the Marne–Rhine canal in Alsace. Both boats feature spacious, earth-toned suites and an open-air top deck that feels like a grand living room, complete with a plunge pool (six nights from $7,390, all-inclusive).

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