History

Industrial herritage sails as classical luxurious cruise ship

Build in 1930 by shipyard Boot in Leiden, Netherlands and named 'de Adelaar' (Eagle)

It was one of the first freight ships with a build-in engine, the model name is 'luxe motor'. The ship has been sold a few times and changed names several times as well. The last years as a freighter it sailed with the name 'Frisica 2'.

The main transported cargo was sand & stones through the Netherlands & Germany.

 

A new future for this ship was designed in 2001 when the previous owners Henk & Jantien bought the freighter and coverted it into cruise ship Merlijn the magic of water. One of the most successful Bike & barge ships was born, many satisfied customers can confirm!


Nancy/Frouard to Koblenz

October 23 - 30 / 2021
Twenty-four members of the Space Coast Ski & Travel Club just finished a 3 Country cruise on the Saar and Moselle Rivers. I was the Trip Leader and the tour exceeded all my expectations! The boat was immaculate, comfortable and well-equipped. Coen, the Captain, and his crew were wonderful and welcoming. All of Capt. Christina\'s meals were delicious in their beautiful new dining lounge. Daniela and Clara really took great care of our group. The bike guide, Ilsa, led us on beautiful trails along the rivers stopping for photo ops and breaks. At the end of the biking day, she then led us on hikes through the villages where we docked and told us the history of each area. It was very enlightening. I highly recommend the Merlijn for anyone looking for a delightful Bike & Barge Tour!