Welcome

Experience Merlijn!

Curious about how Europe looks like from the water or the saddle of a bike?
Board the Merlijn and experience it by your self, during a Bike & Barge river Cruise.

We would like to invite you to surf our website and read more about:

  • the magic
  • the tours
  • the Merlijn
  • the ambience onboard
  • the deluxe cabins
  • the kitchen

 

If you have any comments or questions please contact us by filling in our contact form.

Merlijn the lady of magic

Merlijn would like to be independend and is acting like it as well, but the past has shown that this lady needs some guiding hands.

That is where the owners come along. Proud new owners board Merlijn in 2019 and steer her in the good direction and spoiling her passengers as much as possible.

With new young blood at the steering wheel, the future of Merlijn is in good hands. Her future is secured and she will keep on spreading the magic of water!!

 


The Owners

We are Coen & Cristina, here is a short introduction about us, the proud new owners of Merlijn.

A dream coming thru, that is how we felt when we started of in april 2019. After working for years as Captains on big 5-star river-cruiseships (150 pax) we dreamed of something else; something smaller, more personal, specialized cruises, running our own business, the list of superlatives is long! We searched and had several ideas untill we coincidently ran into Merlijn. that was it, that was the ship that filled in all the blank spaces! We went a 100% for it, sold our first house, quit our jobs and moved to the Merlijn.

Coen

Captain, Mechanicer, Guestcontact, Sales.

Cristina

2nd Captain, Host, Cheffcook, Purchaser.

 

Merlijn and nature

Merlijn allows her guests maximum enjoyment by consciously letting you experience the natural surroundings we pass through. If trees are nature’s lungs – then water is the source of life!

Merlijn wants her guests to actively appreciate the priceless quality of water and the magic it creates.

Merlijn’s construction is as environmentally friendly as possible, and the same applies to its use.

Merlijn's power source are diesel-generators, a larger generator for day-time when more energy is requested and a smaller model for the night. This way, no energy is wasted.

Also the rest-heat of these engines is re-used to warm-up the shower water & cabin temperature.

Merlijn's airconditioning system uses a Heat-pump to generate cold air out of warm river water. Also it can produce hot air out of cold river water during the winter time.

Merlijn's toilets are flushed with river water in order to save drinking water and the waste-water is stored in a separate waste-water tank.

Merlijn's garbage production is minimized, separated and only disposed at designated places for that purpose.

We have taken full account of government regulations on the environment and energy consumption.


14 july 2019

Dear Coen & Christina, Thanks for making our second tour even better than our first, an amazing accomplishment! Greatly appreciated your sharing of your home, and you certainly made our entire group feel like members of your extended family; you truly love what you do and it shows. Your crew and our guide was prepared for every contingency and assured that we had "smooth sailing" through out our visit and journey. The meals and sack lunches prepared were absolutely fantastic! We are looking forward to booking our third tour in the very near future, keep up the good work you two, and we'll visit with you again soon. Kind Regards, Brad and Gwen Hontz