your crew

introducing Richard, Laura and Justine; your fabulous and experienced crew!

Richard – Captain of the Savoir Vivre

Richard Megret - Captain, expert barge pilot, comedian, engineer, host, hero. Richard's professional skills, personable style, incredible wit and inimitable charm make him a popular character on the canals of France. We’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like the guy - in fact we can’t think of anyone who doesn't respect the heck out of him.

Richard has a career spanning over 20 years and his resume reads like a who's who of luxury barges. Before becoming Captain of the Savoir Vivre, he held a variety of different roles aboard the Horizon II, Princess, Nenuphar, Adrienne, Fleur de Lys and Hirondelle II. With his extensive experience, he really knows what works to ensure that everything about the Savoir Vivre cruise experience is perfectly balanced to produce idyllic and memorable barge cruise experiences. 'Laughter' features heavily in our guest book!

Laura – Savoir Vivre's expert guide

Laura has been exploring French life and culture for, more or ess, her entire career. Her energy, quick wit, knowledge of history and a deep love for France earns her a reputation that others struggle to match! Laura's previous guiding roles on deluxe and ultra-deluxe barges include the Hirondelle, Alouette, Fleur de Lys, Le Premier and Napoleon.

Laura is frequently referred to as 'the best in the business’. Luckily for us, the Savoir Vivre's cruise program, location and operations happen to be a perfect fit for what Laura wants in life. When not looking after our guests, she’s a busy mum and ever-popular local character along the Ouche Valley, where she and her husband have lived for many years.

Justine – Savoir Vivre's charming hostess

Justine is from the famous Chablis region, so a warm Burgundian welcome is guaranteed. She is a natural, charming, intelligent person who, above all, is exceptionally pleasant to be around. She also has a meticulous eye for detail. We're confident that you will appreciate her charm for yourself during your voyage aboard the Savoir Vivre.

Richard, Laura and Justine are key members of the crew but each barge is also supported by full hosting and housekeeping services, lunches prepared by a private chef and, of course, the dedicated service you will receive at each of our chosen restaurants.

James Waggott

The founder of Savoir Vivre, James, developed his vision of a unique, chic, casual and authentic French barge cruising experience over several years, while cruising these same waterways. The essence of James' 'Savoir Vivre Way' is to pluck the finest elements of Ultra-Deluxe barge cruising (such as whole boat charter exclusivity), to do away with superfluous elements, and to incorporate authentic local culture (such as local restaurant dining). To do all this still offer industry leading value for guests.

"The Savoir Vivre has earned herself an enviable reputation in this fabulous industry. The guest book quotes you see dotted around this site are our most treasured possessions - I'm very proud of what we've all created."

in the words of Ellen Sack, leading broker of European canal barge vacations..

"This barge is EVERY BIT as beautiful as pictured. What is impossible to anticipate is the breezy and casual elegance of the public spaces and how well-designed the cabins and bathrooms are. For instance, there is plenty of storage space and the right lighting! This kind of attention to detail permeates the whole program."