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CLAIR DE LUNE 

Barging in France: Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge CLAIR DE LUNE cruising the South of France along the Canal du Midi French Hotel Barge CLAIR DE LUNE Canal du Midi
French Hotel Barge CLAIR DE LUNE
Cruising the South of France
Canal du Midi between Carcassonne and Le Somail
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~

Clair de Lune is a deluxe hotel barge tastefully furnished with cherrywood and African hardwoods that provide a sophisticated, modern interior.  She provides superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary double or twin en suite staterooms.  There is a comfortable, stylish dining area and saloon with picture windows and a large sundeck with a spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside, together with bicycles for exploring the famous towpath.

LAYOUT French Hotel Barge CLAIR DE LUNE Canal du Midi France
  • 100 feet long
  • 4 Crew: Captain, Tour Guide, Chef, Housekeeper
  • 6 Passengers
  • 3 Junior Suites (your choice of twins or double)
  • Air conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sun deck
  • Spa pool
  • CD player / iPod dock
  • WiFi (subject to local reception)
  • 6 Touring bikes
  • Air conditioned minibus


GUEST CABINS

Three Junior Suites, all with choice of 2 single beds or a double bed. All beds face the large panoramic windows which all open. All cabins have a writing desk with chair and have a fitted closet with hanging space, shoe storage and drawers. There is also storage space in drawers under the beds for empty suitcases.
  • Jasmin Junior Suite: 135 sq feet (12.5m²), including bathroom
  • Orchidée Junior Suite: 135 sq feet (12.5m²), including bathroom
  • Lotus Junior Suite: 135 sq feet (12.5m²), including bathroom
Guest cabins are all similar sizes and are all equally comfortable. The ceiling height in the cabins is 205cm or 6ft 7”
Note: The measurements above are approximate.

SIZE OF THE BEDS: As singles they are all 2ft 7 ½" wide x 6ft 3" long (0.8m x 1.90m). As a double bed they are 5ft 3" wide x 6ft 3" long (1.60m x 1.90m)

BATHROOMS: Each cabin has a stylish en suite bathroom with hair dryer, shower, wash basin and WC. All are supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels and bathrobes.

CLOSET SPACE: Yes
HAIRDRYERS: Yes
ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts.  It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French.  If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system.  We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.


PUBLIC ROOMS

SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
  • Room Size: 323sq feet (30m2)
  • Ceiling height: 220cm or 7ft 3"
  • Furnished with two Sofas and a Coffee Table.
  • Fully stocked Bar with a drinks cabinet and fridge.
  • Dining Table, seating up to 9 people
  • The interior wood in the saloon and the cabins is from the local Plane trees that line the canal. 
  • Beautiful Mediterranean sycamore and cherry wood furnishings lend a quiet sophistication to the modern and relaxing interior.
SUNDECK
  • 39.4 ft x 16.4 ft sundeck
  • Teak lounge
  • 5-person, heated, outdoor Jacuzzi spa pool
  • Table and 6 chairs
  • 4 sun loungers


LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
  • 5-person spa pool heated to 40°C
  • HiFi system with CD’s and an iPod docking station. Guests are welcome to bring their favourite CD’s or iPhone from home
  • Boules
  • 6 Touring Bikes. Children’s bikes and child bike seats can be arranged if required. Please let us know at least 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • A selection of board games
  • A small library of books, CDs and DVDs & maps
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life
  • Wi-Fi internet access is available for passengers bringing their own appliances (this is subject to availability in some remote areas)

CYCLING & WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock, visit local villages, and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels very slowly and therefore catch up will not be a problem.

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Unfortunately, the area Clair de Lune cruises is in not suitable for hot air ballooning as the large number of vineyards decreases the sites available to land.

EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
8 passenger + driver, air-conditioned minibus

THEMED CRUISES

Wine Appreciation, Walking, Cycling, Tennis, Family cruise weeks.
Themed cruises are an alternative to Clair de Lune's standard classis cruises and are available for charter groups only, for those who want their barge cruise to be primarily about their chosen theme. Inquire.

COMPUTER & TELEPHONE FACILITIES

There are no passenger telephones aboard Clair de Lune. Wi-Fi internet is available (subject to strength of signal in remote locations) for passengers bringing their own appliances.

PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS

From cabins to saloon area there are a few steps and a large passageway. All access have hand rails. There are 6 steps from sundeck into saloon with hand rail. If you have mobility issues but can manage stairs with aid of handrail you should have no issues on board. Wheelchairs can only be used to help get round excursions, as these do include cobbled streets and rough ground. The crew will assist in every way they can.  If you would like the barge to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival, please notify us at the time of booking. The small hire charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival and is approximately 100 Euros.

SMOKING

Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates.  Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons.  If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.

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