La Nouvelle Etoile is owned and operated by Captain Bill Desmond. Since 1988 La Nouvelle Etoile has been bringing passengers the utmost in luxury and comfort with one of the most successful barges on Europe’s majestic waterways. La Nouvelle Etoile caters to only eight guests, creating an unprecedented level of spaciousness and privacy. Innovative amenities such as an elevator, only one in the industry and high-tech in-suite services also bringing new standards of sophistication to European barge cruising. In celebrating over 25 years on the European waterways, Bill along with his wife Lisa and his entire staff hope to welcome you aboard for a truly memorable week of incredible service, cuisine and private tours.