French Hotel Barge ROSA
Cruising the Gascony region of Southwest France on the Garonne Canal
~ BARGE SPECIFICATIONS, ACCOMMODATIONS & LAYOUT ~
The French Hotel Barge ROSA, a 1907 Dutch Tjalk Clipper Barge, was re-launched in southwest France in August 2010 after being completely refitted to a high specification.
Rosa is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 8 guests with two double-bedded and two twin-bedded staterooms, all having full ensuite private bathrooms. The salon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood panelling, comfortable seating and a cosy bar. The remodelling will ensure easier access directly onto the good sized sundeck and not via the side decks as previously. Rosa has an enthusiastic new French owner and an experienced crew of 4.
Four guest cabins with two twin-bedded staterooms and two double-bedded staterooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning and central heating
CABIN 1: Jean-Dominique Ingres (Bow, Starboard)
CABIN 2: Jean-Francois Champollion (Bow, Port)
CABIN 3: Deodat de Severac (Starboard)
CABIN 4: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (Port)
BATHROOMS: All bathrooms have a shower cubicle, a W.C. and wash basin. All are supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels and face cloths. All 4 bathrooms are equipped with 110v plugs for shaving.
AMENITIES: Each guest cabin has closet space, hair dryer and 220/240-volt electricity.
ELECTRICITY: Rosa is wired for 220 and 240 volts and not 110 volts (apart from all the bathrooms which are equipped with 110v plugs for shaving). We suggest you bring adapters for your particular appliance. 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.
SUNDECK: 13ft x 26ft in area (3.9m x 7.9m).
LEISURE AND 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
Unfortunately this is not available in this area
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
9-seater (including driver) long wheelbase minibus - air-conditioned.
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 Paradise Connections advance and the Captain will 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 in the spa pool with a glass or wine.
A variety of Theme Cruises are available for charter groups including Golf, Tennis, Oenology, Cycling, Walking and Family cruises. They are an alternative to Rosa's Classic Cruises and are available for charter groups. Please inquire at time of booking for more information, itinerary and supplement charges if applicable.
COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE FACILITIES
Wi-Fi is available on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own appliances. This is subject to availability in more remote locations. There are no passenger telephones on board Rosa.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
For passengers with physical limitations, Rosa is boarded with a gangplank with rope handrails on both sides and then 3 steps onto the deck. A further 8 steps takes you into the saloon and another 3 steps will take you down to the cabins. There are adequate handrails inside the barge and the crew will be at hand to help. Wheelchairs can be hired locally from a pharmacy and the cost is about 100 Euros for 1 weeks' hire. If you would like Rosa to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival, please notify us 8 weeks before departure. The hire charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival.
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. Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
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