Luxury barging vacations on the French hotel barge ROSA cruising through the Gascony and Bordeaux regions along the Canal de Garonne in Southwest France
French Hotel Barge Rosa
Cruising Gascony & Bordeaux in southwest France
ABOUT THE BARGE : Specifications
The French Hotel Barge ROSA, a 1907 Dutch Tjalk Clipper Barge, transported various cargo in the offshore seas of the Netherlands before being transformed into a charming hotel barge cruising the waterways of southwest France.
- 100 FEET LONG
- 8 GUESTS
- 4 CREW
- 2 TWIN STATEROOMS
- 2 DOUBLE STATEROOMS
- AIR CONDITIONED / CENTRAL HEATING
- SUN DECK
- WIFI (SUBJECT TO LOCAL RECEPTION)
- 8 TOURING BICYCLES
- AIR CONDITIONED MINIVAN
Rosa accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms, 2 cabins have double bed and the other two have twin beds. Each cabin has a private ensuite bathrooms.
SIZES OF THE CABINS
- Jean-Francois Champollion (Bow) 8ft x 13ft (2.5m x 4m)
- Jean-Dominique Ingres (Bow) : 8ft x 11ft 5" (2.5m x 3.5m)
- Deodat de Severac (Stern) : 6ft 5" x 16ft 5" (2m x 5m)
- Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (Stern) : 10ft x 11ft 5" (3m x 3.5m)
: The measurements above are approximate and include the ensuite bathrooms.
The maximum height in Severac & Lautrec is 7ft 4” (2.25m). The maximum height in Ingres & Champollion is 8ft 2” (2.5m)
Sizes of beds:
- Jean-Francois Champollion & Henri Toulouse-Lautrec each have a double bed 4ft 6" wide x 6ft 5" long (1.4m x 2m).
- Jean-Dominique Ingres & Deodat de Severac each have 2 single beds. Each bed is 2ft 9" wide x 6ft 5" long (84cm x 2m)
DINING ROOM & SALON
Each stateroom has a stylish en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and WC. All are supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, and hair dryer.
The tastefully furnished and airy salon is 13ft x 26ft (3.9m x 7.8m) and the height is 7ft 4" (2.25m).
There are 2 sofas, one on either side of the barge, with a coffee table in
between. A fully-stocked bar and fridge caters to all your beverage needs and the décor is enhanced with varnished wood and brass fittings.
The dining table seats all 8 passengers at one sitting. There are 3 steps from the saloon down to the cabin level.
The sundeck is 13ft x 26ft (3.9m x 7.8m) with a table and chairs for al fresco dining along with loungers. There are 4 large parasols measuring 3x2m each offering complete shade when required.
AMENITIES ON BOARD
The deck table extends to seat more guests when required.
FOOD & DRINK
- 8 bicycles
- Small library of books and maps
- Collection of board games
- Hi-Fi system with CDs and an iPod Docking station. Guests are welcome to bring their favorite CDs or iPods from home
- Binoculars for watching the bird life
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 Rosa seats all guests at a single sitting.
Breakfast: Your day on Rosa starts with a wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with oven-warm breads and pastries, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and hot beverages.
Lunch: A selection of colorful salads, patés, and cold meats accompanied by hot soup or entrée, delicious desserts and a selection of regional cheeses accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.
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, whole or low-fat milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24-hours per day serving beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. All wines are served with meals and there is a champagne welcome on arrival.
Drinks not included in the cruise price: Some brands of champagne and special vintage wines are not included although you may purchase bottles at cost price. Please let us know in advance what you would like to order. We do not recommend special ordering unless you are chartering the whole barge.
Water: Tap water in France and on board Rosa is potable and bottled water is available.
Rosa is wired with both French 2-pin plugs and English 3-pin plugs for 220 and 240 volts. The bathrooms have 110v outlets for shaving. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard English 3-pin plugs.
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.
Each cabin has individually-controlled air conditioning and central heating.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE
Complimentary WiFi is available for all guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.
There is no passenger telephone available on Rosa.
The Rosa has a 9-seater (including driver), long wheelbase minivan which is air conditioned and used for transfers and excursions.
CYCLING AND WALKING
For charter bookings, the itinerary can be adapted to suit
your group's particular needs. If a destination or excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge, we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise Paradise Connections in 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, touring (mountain) bikes on board. Children's bikes, helmets, 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 for approximately an hour and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately €230 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 and their website is www.franceballoons.com
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Wine Appreciation and Golfing cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please visit the ITINERARIES
page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement and further information can be found on Rosa's RATES
page. Feel free to contact Paradise Connections for more information.
Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.
Rosa is accessed via a gangplank with rope handrails on each side. There are 3 steps between the gangplank and deck.
There are a further 3 steps between the deck and the salon and 3 steps between the salon and and the guest cabin level. There are handrails inside the barge and the crew offer assistance if required.
Wheelchairs cannot be used on board and can only be used to assist on
excursions where there are often cobbled streets. Sometimes rough
ground may hinder a wheelchair.
If you would like to have a wheelchair provide upon your arrival,
please notify us at least 8 weeks before your departure date. There is
a small hire charge of approximately 100 euros which should be paid
directly to the Captain on arrival.
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. There is only enough space on the barge and minibus for a total of up to 8 suitcases and 8 small pieces of hand luggage.
Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Rosa 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 Gascony/Bordeaux 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
The local currency in France is the Euro. Rosa 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 5-7% 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 val 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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