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 disigned 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!


17 may 2018

Barging and Biking through the Netherlands, April 21st - 28th 2018

My dear friends of the Merlijn

How I miss you all - I miss your "Dear Guests" every morning and evening! What a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality - I now know what my Dutch friends mean by 'gezellig'!
Hope to join you again in 2020.
Karen Commeret, USA