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cruise vacations on the French hotel barge SAVOIR VIVRE.
Discover the beauty of Burgundy as you glide through the countryside of
French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE
Cruise the Canal
de Bourgogne, Burgundy France
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
Vivre is a new (commissioned in 2009) and purpose-built barge which is a modern, stylish, and
flexible design. Not a square foot is wasted, although
one needs is available.
The salon converts to a dining room in minutes, while the kitchen is
"hidden" until needed!
guest cabins, while not large, are sensible with lots of things done
right, such as excellent storage, efficient reading lights, deluxe
bedding and bathrobes hanging ready-to-use.
Outside there are
two decks; again, designed for flexible use with a selection of
recliners, chairs and pillows. Lounging is decidedly casual but
- 80 feet long / 16 feet wide
identical, 100 sq ft cabins that can be configured as queen or twins.
Deluxe bedding, ample storage, excellent reading lamps, bathrobes, and
- Tiled bath with full-size shower
- Ceiling height from 6'6" to 7 feet
- "Hidden" Kitchen with Siemans appliances behind
cherry wood cabinets.
refrigerator and bar" with snacks, local wines and beer, House brands
of whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, bottled water, and soft drinks
- Two outside decks, fore and aft with lounge
chairs and "sit-up" chairs. The aft deck is fully shaded.
- Oak flooring in salon.
- Carpet in hall and cabins.
- Air conditioning & central heating
- Flat-screen TV - DVD
- Laptop with internet access (where available)
- Eight single-gear "Boulevard Cruiser" bicycles
- Air conditioned minivan
About SAVOIR VIVRE:
is a modern, efficient, purpose built ship specifically designed to
cater for eight sophisticated, comfort seeking travellers.
is also equipped with modern hotel-like amenities such as digitally
controlled air conditioning, coordinated decor & lighting and
water circulation (providing instant hot water) and powerful showers.
ENTIRE ship is for guest use. We prefer not to have 'back stage' areas
nor a formalized 'master-servant' feel on our cruises. It is your ship
and your crew are there to help you, simple as that.
Each of Savoir Vivre's four cabins boast:
Salon, Dining, Kitchen
- Full convertability from twin to queen beds.
adjustable beds, orthopaedic memory foam mattresses, sumptuous decor,
ample storage, digital climate control, fresh air fans, full height
mirrors and a desk & chair.
- Bathrooms with heated towel rails, heated
mirrors, zero step wet floor showers with custom glass enclosures and
- Full size windows! This is because the bedrooms
are all above water.
- During the day the bedrooms are a lovely place
to relax - 'everyone gets a great view and a lazy boy!' a recent guest
Vivre takes a innovative approach to her layout which makes her
exceptionally space efficient and pleasant to be on. For example:
salon open out onto the foredeck by means of unique quad opening front
doors which gives a wonderful open plan inside/outside space.
wall of the salon conceals a beautiful solid cherry wood kitchen with
Siemens/Miele appliances. When not it use it is covered to give the
appearance of wood panelling. Guests are at liberty to help themselves
to anything, anytime!'
- When dining, our private chefs freshly prepare
our food on shore (hence no space wasting commercial galley is
salon area converts in moments to a wonderful dining space. This means
that a dedicated dining room doesn't lay wasted when not in use. With
the front of the ship opened up onto to the foredeck, well, lets just
say there are few places nicer to enjoy lunch.
Savoir Vivre is designed to be as accessible as possible to those who
are less mobile. This includes some significant and unique innovations!
HOME > The Barge: Specifications, details & layout
unique V-Shaped hull means that we can always moor directly next to the
canal side. As such our gangway is the shortest of any barge.
uniquely low foredeck means the ship is uniquely safe to get onto and
off of in locks as you simply step off the ship when the ship is
stationary and before the lock is operated.
- Once aboard (two
steps) all main areas of the ship are on one level. There are no steps
whatsoever including the showers which have a wet floor design. NOTE:
There are three treads up to the wheelhouse and aft deck which must be
managed at one mooring.
- The electrically adjustable beds means that
sitting up is a button-push.