LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Hotel Barge LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Cruising France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
La Nouvelle Etoile is a luxurious barge with very spacious accommodation for up to 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The bedroom suites, each over 200 square feet, boast internet access and satellite TV and large double sink bathrooms. One of the suites is fully adapted to accommodate passengers with physical challenges and the barge is fitted with a lift/elevator for wheelchairs.
The elegant teak-lined dining area and saloon, with its attractive bar and piano, feature warm and inviting furnishings, while on deck there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable loungers and hot tub. There is even a well-equipped exercise room and an elevator that moves from deck to deck.
The barge’s attentive crew of five is comprised of an experienced Captain, Master Chef, Tour guide, Stewardess, Housekeeper, all of whom will ensure your cruise is truly memorable.
Four suites all with a choice of 2 single beds or a double bed. One of the cabins is set up to be suitable for wheelchair access. Each cabin has a private ensuite bathroom with shower. All with closet (the wardrobes and cupboards light up when opened) and large storage facilities. Each has individually controlled air conditioning/central heating and there is 220 volt electricity (French two pin plugs) with 110V American power points. Each suite has a television, a touch screen computer with internet, safe deposit box. Bedding provided is sheets with an eiderdown or blankets (no duvets).
SIZES OF THE CABINS
All four suites have a minimum of 200 square feet (18.6sq m) with large panoramic windows. All Suites measure 13ft 2” x 16ft 5” (4 x 5 meters) including bathroom 13ft 2” x 4ft (4 x 1.2m). The headroom height in the cabins is 6ft 7ins (2.02m).
Size: 13ft 2” x 4ft (4 x 1.20 meters). The suites have a large shower in a shower cubicle. All have tiled floors and walls. They all have a separate W.C. and 2 wash basins. Each bathroom is supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels and face cloths and dressing gowns. There is a 110V American power point in each bathroom.
One hanging & one with shelves. Two big drawers under bed for suitcases and night table with small drawers
SALOON (Combined LOUNGE/COCKTAIL BAR/DINING ROOM) DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
SUNDECK: 17' 6" x 22’ (5.3m x 6.7m) – Spa Pool for 8 people, 8 reclining chairs, large table below covered deck for dining outside
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
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 and then 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
Once on board, the Captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company if available in the area you are cruising. Flights last about 1 hour and are weather dependent. Please let our us know in advance if you are interested in ballooning.
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
jAir conditioned Volkswagen Crafter minibus equipped with ramps for wheelchair access if required. There are ramps for the minibus and official equipment to secure a wheelchair in the minibus.
EXCURSIONS FOR CHARTER GROUPS
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 our office in advance and the Captain can be informed.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just sit on the shaded sundeck or Jacuzzi with a glass or wine.
Themed cruises such as Wine Tasting, Cycling, or Walking are alternatives to our regular cruises and are usually available for passengers chartering the whole barge who wish their cruise to be primarily about their chosen theme. Professional tour guides can be booked to provide expert knowledge on the theme and there is usually an additional supplement for these services.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
La Nouvelle Etoile has one step from the deck to the saloon. There is an elevator on board, between floors, large enough to take wheelchairs. There is a also wheelchair aboard which is free of charge. The cabin most suited for passengers with mobility restrictions is cabin #4 and there are handrails in the en suite bathroom for the toilet and shower.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. We ask smokers not to smoke inside the barge as this may create an offence to
your shipmates. We categorically do not permit smoking in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke, we
request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE FACILITIES
WiFi is available (subject to availability in remote locations) throughout the barge for passengers who wish to bring their own equipment. There is also a touch screen computer in every suite. There are no passenger telephones on board La Nouvelle Etoile.
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