Upper deck

After walking the gangway and the front sundeck you will enter the Merlijn on the 90 square meters (1000 square feet) large Upper deck. It is comfortably furnished in a modern/luxurious style. At the entrance you will find the reception, the Board-Boutique, the coffee-corner and the stairway to the 12 deluxe guest cabins situated on the Main deck 

Afterwards you will see the Bar & Lounge area, here you can threat yourself to an aperitif or a drink.

In the aft part of the ship, you can find the Restaurant area, here you will enjoy your meals.

The entire ship is climate controlled, you can adjust the temperature as desired in your own cabin.


Click here for the ground-plan


Click here for the upper deck photo album

Your deluxe Cabin

Merlijn has 12 spacious deluxe cabins for her guests

  • Daily cabin service is standard on all our Bike & Barge Cruises 

Each cabin measures 11 square meters (118 square feet) and is equipped with:

  • private bathroom (shower, sink & toilet)
  • facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit
  • hair dryer
  • desk & chair
  • safe
  • cupboard with a shelf & rod
  • 2 comfortable airbeds. You can adjust the softness of the mattress with the remote control.


We can set-up the beds as you desire, just let us know in your booking.

  • double: 2 beds next to eachother
  • twin: 2 beds separate from eachother

Merlijn has its own mobile internet system and provides you unlimited use of on-board Wi-Fi throughout the ship (the connection and availability may differ depending on the signal and the sailing area).

Laundry service
We offer laundry service which we will charge per kilo of laundry. No ridiculous prices per item of clothing, but a price that covers the work. The exact price per kilo will be indicated in the travel letter or on board. 

Click here for the deluxe cabin photo album

Outdoor spaces

4 seasons long you can enjoy fresh air, water & nature in all weather on Merlijn's 40 m² front sundeck and on the 15 m² aft terrace 'Captains deck', the favorite place from the Captain.

  • the front sundeck is covered to protect you against all weather influences. With tables and chairs it is a great spacious place to enjoy a morning tea or afternoon cruising!
  • the aft terrace is a sheltered cozy place, feel back in time when you sit here and finally read the book you have had for so long!

While enjoying one of these area's, you will understand what's the definition of 'the magic of water'

21 june 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed the 11-day Brugge to Amsterdam itinerary. Accommodations are excellent, Chef Christina creates magic from her kitchen, and the scenic countryside is postcard-perfect. The bikes and equipment are excellent and Wi-Fi-helmets a must-have. Not all barge and bike trips have Wi-Fi helmets. The group size of 20 was excellent. Finally, each crew member was welcoming and excellent in their role. Pack light and be open to weather-related and urban traffic issues.