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.
- Length: 128 feet
- 8 Passengers
- 5 Crew
- 4 Staterooms configured as either doubles or
- Demonstration galley
- Air conditioning / Central heating
- 8 Touring bikes
- CD player / iPod dock
- WiFi (subject to local reception)
- Guest computer
- Air conditioned minibus
- Sun deck and Spa pool
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. There is a small sofa in each cabin and the furniture is custom made. The deep pile carpets complement the choice of color scheme.
All the suites are similar in size measuring 265 ft² (24.6
m²). The bathrooms each measure 58.13 ft² (5.4 m²) and are
included in the suite sizes above. The shower trays in all
bathrooms are 13.56 ft² (1.26 m²).
Ceiling height: All cabins have a minimum of
6'6" (2m) headroom
Sizes of beds:
- As singles, all beds are 2'11" x 6'6" (0.9m x 2m)
- As doubles, all beds are 5'10" x 6'6" (1.8m x 2m)
When a suite is set up in twin bed
configuration, the beds are side by side with a small gap in
Each suite has a stylish, fully-tiled, en-suite bathroom. The
bathroom flooring is bamboo and the oversized walk-in
showers are very spacious. All are equipped with: hair dryer, shower cubicle, double wash basin and WC. Each are supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels and bathrobes.
DINING ROOM & SALON
- Bolearis (aft cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and 1
porthole in the bathroom
- Vega (aft cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and no porthole in the bathroom
- Polaris (forward cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and 1 porthole in the bathroom
- Castor (forward cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and no porthole in the bathroom
- Room size: 15' x 44' (4m57 x 13m41).
- Headroom: 6' 8" (2m03)
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 leather sofas and suede and fabric armchairs, all upholstered in Alcantara and there is oak flooring throughout.
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. There are two sun loungers and a built-in outdoor seat for 2. The flooring has a anti-slip
LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
FOOD & DRINK
- 8-person spa pool (hot tub) with electronic thermostat
- 8 bicycles
- Small library of books and maps
- A collection of board games
- 3G internet connection
- Sound system with Bluetooth music player
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
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.
Breakfast: Usually continental with fresh breads, pastries, jam, juice, cereals, yoghurts, freshly-squeezed orange juice, teas and coffees. A hot option is usualy offered from the galley.
Lunch: A casual 3-course affair comprising of a hot soup, or entré, patés and cold meats, accompanied by colorful salads or a hot main course followed by delectable desserts. A selection of wines are served daily.
Dinner: Always a gastronomic adventure created by your talented chef. A taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines, followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee, and liqueurs.
Captain's Farewell Dinner: Held on the last night of the cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly more formal.
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
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 2-pin plug.
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 throughout with individual
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, connection is not
possible because the barge is out of signal range.
There is also a computer available in the salon for guest use. There is no passenger telephone available on Finesse.
The Finesse minibus is a
9-seater (including driver), silver-grey Volkswagon Transporter Caravelle. It is a stretch version for luggage and has 3-zone air conditioning.
CYCLING AND WALKING
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.
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 catching up will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
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.
Because the barge travels at a slow pace, walking is a popular activity.
Once on board, the captain can
arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company on your behalf. Flights usually last between 1 and 1½ hours and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately 250 euros per person and this should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight (they do accept credit cards).
Kindly advise Paradise Connections in advance if you are
interested in ballooning. The main balloon operators we work with are Air Escargot
and France Montgolfieres
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Themed Cruises are available for
Finesse offers Wine Appreciation, Golfing, and Family Group itineraries. Sample itineraries for themed cruises can be found on the ITINERARIES
page of Finesses' online brochure. Inquire with
Paradise Connections for more information, itinerary and
supplement charges if applicable.
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. There are 2 steps from the access ramp to the deck, and the toilets are on the lower deck in the guest cabins, 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
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 as there are no laundry
facilities on board. However, the crew may be able to assist in an emergency on a requst basis.
LUGGAGE / WHAT TO PACK
Please try to fit everything for
your cruise into one reasonably sized suitcase per person.
Soft bags are preferable.
Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Finesse and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and
informal. For the Farewell Dinner on the last evening, guests often dress up which is optional.
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:
- Light clothing including shorts and t-shirts. A sweater
or lightweight jacket is recommended for evenings and the
air conditioned interiors.
- During spring and autumn, you may need medium weight
clothing. A lightweight raincoat for showery times would
be advisable. In summer, a sun hat will be useful.
- Comfortable walking shoes with textured non-slip soles
- Finess has a spa pool/hot tub so don't forget your
swimwear. Towels are provided.
The local currency in France is
the Euro. Finesse is unable to accept credit or debit cards on
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 cruise, 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.
It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.
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