After several years working on a ship, it was time for a new adventure for Eelke and his wife, Carlien. So they took over the boutique canal barge the Lena Maria, which can carry a maximum of 24 passengers. “The Lena Maria is big enough to offer high-quality accommodations and small enough to provide an intimate atmosphere”, explains Eelke. “So, people connect with each other very quickly on board. Also, we have a crew of four people, which is a lot, considering the number of guests. This way we can best take care of everyone.”
Metamorphosis for the Lena Maria
Since Carlien and Eelke bought the Lena Maria, the barge has undergone a metamorphosis. “Inside, everything was brown and white. We’ve modernized that and furnished it in our own style. Everything has become brighter; there is a homey floor and we’ve added a bar. This has made the restaurant and lounge area more open and much cozier,” Eelke reports. “But I’m actually constantly busy making everything even nicer. I’ve renovated a lot of ships before and that’s just way too much fun for me,” he laughs.
To the coziest places
The small size of the Lena Maria has another advantage, says Eelke. “It allows us to sail along narrow canals and dock in smaller harbors where things are really cozy. Guests are that little bit closer to the scenery. We can cruise in areas that aren’t overrun with tourists.” For example, the Lena Maria runs the Boat Bike Tours cycling cruises between Amsterdam and Bruges, the Hanseatic Tour and the Discover Friesland Tour, Eelke’s favorite.
Description of the cabins
The Lena Maria has twelve spacious twin cabins (10,5 m² – 113 sq.ft.) with two separate beds. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, ventilation and central heating. Furthermore, you will find a hair dryer in each cabin.
Description of the ship
On the upper deck of the Lena Maria you will find the cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, where you can have a drink. On nice evenings, or while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.
Facts about the ship
Length: 45 m (148 ft.)
Width: 6,6 m (22 ft.)
Pass.: 24 (max.)