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Calypso

Reviews for the Calypso

5
 
I had travelled on 'canal' boats previously, and wanted to share the experience with a group of close friends who hadn't.
The Calypso suited our party of 3 older couples, and was very user friendly for a novice crew and skipper with no prior canal boat (skipper) background, albeit a good knowledge and lifetime experience in boating. We had an unfortunate water leaking problem after two heavy downpours in thunderstorms, which were a nuisance. But I would still recommend that boat, because of its comfortable layout and simple handling.
5
 
The wild life is fantastic – Heron, Kingfisher, Flamingos, Horses and of course Ducks, Cormorants, and several different birds or prey
We boarded out Le Boat Calypso which was our home for the next 7 days and was amazed at the amount of inside and outside space – we were only 5 but the maximum 8 would not have been tight Easy to handle and mooring is so simple with the bow thrusters
4
 
We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days from Port Cassafieres to St Gilles. We took our time but found we had time to spare toward the end of our cruise and went on to Beaucaire before returning the boat to St Gilles. Personally, we found the facilities at Beaucaire the nicest of all and the town much nicer than St Gilles which seemed a bit grubby and seedy and we couldn't even find a restaurant or cafe open on a Monday night! We made a point of stopping at each town along the way apart from Sete where we got totally lost so bypassed the town completely and tied up just out of town along the Canal de Rhone. We were troubled by mosquitoes for the next two nights - to be expected along the marshes but we saw lots of flamingo and horses. Our experience with the locks was easier than we though which was a relief. A word of advice - a spare cabin for luggage is a very good idea. We were two couples and on the advice of friends who had done Canal de Midi opted for 3 cabins. The cabins are very small and I don't know where you could store luggage apart from the living area if all cabins are occupied. Thoroughly recommended.
Very glad we had a spare cabin for luggage. Facilities fine.
5
 
The wild life is fantastic – Heron, Kingfisher, Flamingos, Horses and of course Ducks, Cormorants, and several different birds or prey
We boarded out Le Boat Calypso which was our home for the next 7 days and was amazed at the amount of inside and outside space – we were only 5 but the maximum 8 would not have been tight Easy to handle and mooring is so simple with the bow thrusters
5
 
Two full weeks and a one way cruise gave us freedom to roam wherever the mood of the day dictated or to loiter if we wished. Having explored delightful Carcassonne for five hours between the airport and our taxis to Homps we only went upstream as far as Trebes. This proved to be something of a baptism of fire for the two lady members of the crew who had to learn how to throw a coiled rope three or four metres vertically upward at each of the fourteen locks. A night there and then downhill which proved to be much easier rope-wise, passing Homps again and visiting the villages that we missed on the way up and with the exception of detours to Narbonne, Port Ariane (Montpellier) and Beaucaire the rest of the holiday was all downstream.
Having charted more than a dozen boats over the years I found The Calypso delightful and well designed for canals, a little bit of seaway as we made our exit from The Etang showed the prudence in checking the sea state before entering this water. The fridge, the cooker, the twin steering positions, the generous space for eating on and below deck and forward facing saloon doors were some of the excellent features of this boat. For four people it was luxury with two toilets/showers perhaps it would be a little crowded with six and with eight it would be difficult. The few problems that in evidently occur with a charter were minor and promptly sorted by Le Boat.