French Hotel Barge FINESSE
Cruising the Southern Burgundy region of France
along River Saône and Canal du Centre
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
Finesse has a very modern and well-designed interior, offering plenty of natural light. Outside, guests can relax on the large sun deck with its alfresco dining area, comfortable seating, and spa pool. With her attentive crew of five to look after you, Finesse is the perfect vessel on which to meander through the vineyards and undulating countryside of Southern Burgundy.
All suites can be configured as a either a double or two single beds. The cabin theme is silver-grey and champagne with Percale bed linen. The furniture is custom made and the deep pile carpets complement the choice of color scheme.
All the suites are similar in size measuring 265 sq.ft (24.6 m2). The bathrooms each measure 58.13 sq.ft (5.4 m2) and are included in the suite sizes above. The shower trays in all bathrooms are 13.56 sq.ft (1.26 m2) .
Ceiling height: All cabins have a minimum of 6'6" (2m) headroom
Sizes of beds:
When a suite is set up in twin bed configuration, the beds are side by side with a small gap in between them.
Bathrooms: Each suite has a stylish, fully-tiled, en-suite bathroom. The bathroom flooring is solid teak and the oversized walk-in showers are very spacious.
DINING ROOM & SALON
The dining area has a large dining table, seating all 8 guests at a single sitting. The design compliments the contemporary modern look of Finesse. An open Demonstration Kitchen Galley allows guests to watch as the Master Chef prepares the meals, sharing his recipes and demonstrating his techniques. A fully stocked wine fridge and bar completes the area.
The saloon is furnished with contemporary sofas and armchairs, all upholstered in Alcantara and the oak flooring has a high gloss finish.
Large floor to ceiling windows stretch the entire length of the barge, allowing plenty of light and the beautiful scenery to be appreciated.
15' x 23' (4m57 x 7m) furnished with a One Dimension hot tub, an al fresco dining table with 8 chairs and a parasol for shade. The flooring has a anti-slip surface.
LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
FOOD & DRINK
All meals aboard are prepared fresh by your chef and most meals are a set menu (there is no choice available). International and French cuisine is featured. We are able to arrange special meals, such as vegetarian, no fish, vegan, etc; and we are able to able to cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is important that we are notified at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify us in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board.
There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table on Finesse accommodate all guests at a single sitting.
Drinks included in the cruise price: Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24-hours per day serving beers, wines, and spirits. Wines are served with meals and there is a champagne welcome on arrival.
Drinks not included in the cruise price: Some champagne and special vintage wines are not included although you may purchase bottles at cost price if you let us know in advance how many of each you require. We do not recommend special ordering unless you are chartering the whole barge.
Water: Tap water in France and on board Finesse is potable and bottled water is available.
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 onboard, 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.
Finesse has reversible air conditioning and central heating through with individual temperature control.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE
WiFi is available for guests bringing their own appliances, however, there are some moorings where connection to the internet can be slow. Sometimes when the barge is cruising the connection is not possible because the barge is out of signal range. There is no passenger telephone available on Finesse.
The Finesse minibus is a 9-seater (including driver). It is a stretch version for luggage and has 3-zone air conditioning.
If you are chartering, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group’s particular needs. If an excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise Paradise Connections advance and the Captain will be informed.
Any guests not wishing to participate in an excursion are welcome to stay on the barge.
CYCLING AND 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 and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels slowly and therefore “catch up” will not be a problem.
There are 8 adult, 5-speed folding bikes with a low crossbar tube. Cycle helmets are provided on board. Specialist bicycles, children's bikes, and child bike seats can be arranged if required. Please request with Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance of your cruise.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
Once on board, the captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company. Flights last about one hour and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately 230 euros per person and this should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight (they do accept credit cards). The operating company is France Montgolfieres. Visit their website.
Kindly advise Paradise Connections in advance if you are interested in ballooning.
Themed Cruises are available for charter groups. Finesse offers Wine Appreciation and Family Group itineraries. They are an alternative to Finesse's Classic Cruises and are available for charter groups. Check the Itinerary section of Finesse's electronic brochure. Inquire with Paradise Connections for more information, itinerary and supplement charges if applicable.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.
Because of the steps on board, Finesse is not really suitable for wheelchair-bound guests. The toilets are on the lower deck and the dining area is above so a visit to the restroom requires a minimum of 11 steps up and down. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board and can only be used to assist on excursions where there are often cobbled streets. Sometimes rough ground can hinder a wheelchair.
If you would like us to provide a wheelchair for your arrival, please notify Paradise Connections at time of booking. There is no charge for the wheelchair but passengers must be accompanied by someone who is able to push the chair as the crew is unable to assist.
Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical attention. The crew are unable to administer medicines but can accompany you to a chemist for you to purchase any necessary medicines. Due to your cruise often being in a rural location, we recommend you bring all necessary medications with you.
Doctors are usually not far away for an urgent consultation and the Emergency Services can be called if required.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy for safety reasons and for the comfort of fellow passengers. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
We recommend that you bring sufficient clothing for your cruise. There are no laundry facilities on board and we generally cruise through rural areas where laundrettes are few and far between.
However, please indicate to the Captain on arrival if you do require laundry service and it may be possible to make arrangements.
LUGGAGE / WHAT TO PACK
Please try to fit everything for your cruise into one reasonably sized suitcase per person. Soft bags are preferable. There is only enough space on the barge and in the minibus for a total of up to 8 suitcases and 8 small pieces of hand luggage.
Practical, relaxed comfort is the norm aboard Finesse and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal; however, for the Farewell Dinner on the last evening, gentlemen may opt to wear a jacket and ladies to dress up a little.
The weather in Burgundy is generally warm. June, July and August is the warmest often being in the mid-30s C (86-95°F).
Suggested things to pack:
The local currency in France is the Euro. Finesse is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.
Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Tipping is entirely discretionary but is greatly appreciated by the crew if you are fully satisfied with the level of service on board.
As a guidance, our passengers on average tip approximately 7% of the full cruise fare. All tips should be given to the Captain and are shared between the whole crew on board.
Please note that gratuities can only be made on board by cash payment.
PROBLEM DURING YOUR CRUISE
If you have a problem during your holiday, please give us the immediate possibility to make it right. Bring any concern to the private attention of your Captain who will often be able to solve any issue immediately.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Once on board your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures.
Please note that we cannot be responsible for any valuables that you bring on board. We strongly recommend that you do not bring valuables with you unless required and that you ensure that any valuables are covered by your travel insurance.
Safes are provided in each cabin on board but cabin doors are usually not locked for safety reasons.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ON FINESSE
Once on board your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures. It is important that all passengers are familiar with the safety instructions detailed below.
In an emergency:
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