Travel & Tourism 2023

54 | LUXlife Magazine - Travel & Tourism Awards 2023 Luxury French Barge Cruise Operator of the Year - USA There’s no better way to experience the rolling countryside and charming towns and villages of beautiful Burgundy than by boat. Cruising the rivers and canals of the famous French wine region slows the pace of life to a gentle meander. Established in 2015, luxury cruise operator, Waterways & Beyond LLC, is dedicated to providing its clients with a taste of France they’ll never forget. When American couple, Edward and Cindy Anderson, acquired a river yacht that formerly belonged to the De Kuyper family, it was with one aim in mind. Renovating the Grand Victoria, Edward and Cindy transformed her into a luxury private charter yacht to delight visitors from around the world. Equipped with plush cabins and a spacious salon and dining area, the yacht also features an outdoor hot tub from where to watch the world float by. Edward says, “Our barge cruises make a lasting impression. By day, guests are treated to the beautiful scenery of France. By night, star-gazing often leaves them speechless. As well as a feeling of anticipation of what’s to come, there’s a kind of meditative calm that descends as we wind our way from one destination to the next.” Grand Victoria cruises are a select affair. Waterways & Beyond welcomes up to 6 guests on board at a time. Themed itineraries include Classic Burgundy, a wine-tasting tour featuring visits to chateaux and villages along river Saone. A Culinary Journey teaches guests the secrets of world-renowned French gastronomy. And there’s a Jazz and Wine Tour that travels from Suerre to Lyon. Being a private charter gives the company the flexibility to build itineraries adapted to individual interests too. Edward tells us, “It’s exceptional moments that make long-lasting memories – and a little spontaneity too. Whether our clients are looking for an active adventure in the picturesque French countryside, a relaxed cruise down the scenic waterways, or something in between, we’re ready to help make that happen. We want everyone to have a travel tale to tell.” As a family-run business, everyone participates in making sure clients are delighted with their journey. Edward is at the helm as both captain and tour guide. His wife Cindy takes charge of the interior of the yacht, and their son, Alexander, helps out on deck. Onboard, staff include two hostesses and an executive chef serving impeccable menus featuring stunning fresh local produce. Although most meals are onboard, guests are also invited to lunch at a local brasserie and a Michelin-star restaurant. The all-inclusive cruises appeal to families and groups of friends alike, all looking to explore the delights of the region. Waterways & Beyond differentiates itself from its competitors by the exclusivity of its offer and its minute attention to detail. Edward explains, “Our attentive service means that our guests are well looked after and taken care of every step of the way. As owner-operators, we’re very flexible. We’re able to change itineraries, meals, and excursions to suit our customers. This allows us to focus on the pursuit of excellence that all our guests deserve.” With the COVID-19 pandemic now disappearing over the horizon, Waterways & Beyond plans to turn its attention to expansion once more. The company is currently researching new routes to tempt guests to return. These include Rhone river cruises and perhaps a trip to Champagne. Whichever trips Edward and the team choose, you can be sure of an experience and a welcome that are second to none! Contact: Edward Anderson Company: Waterways & Beyond LLC Web Address: