Hotel Barge ANJODI - Barging in France - www.BargeCharters.com

Canal du Midi - France
Between Marseillan and Le Somail, France

Specifications & Facts About The Barge

Anjodi layout

LENGTH: 100 feet (30.5m)
BEAM: 16.5 feet (5.05m)
4 CREW: Captain, Tour Guide/Deckhand, Chef, Housekeeper
8 PASSENGERS
4 TWIN or DOUBLE EN-SUITE STATEROOMS
AIR-CONDITIONED & CENTRALLY HEATED
WI-FI (subject to local reception)
TEAK FURNISHED SUN DECK
SPA POOL / HOT TUB
CD PLAYER / iPOD DOCK
8 TOURING BIKES
AIR-CONDITIONED MINIBUS

GUEST CABINS:

Anjodi has 4 staterooms, all with choice of 2 single beds or a double bed. If the cabin is configured as a double bed, one side of the bed will be against the wall. This applies to all cabins except Basilic which, when made as a double, is accessed from the foot end and the bed width is wall to wall. All cabins are of similar size and are equally comfortable.

All guest cabins have ensuite shower and WC, a fitted closet with hanging space, a small bedside table, hair dryer, and 220-volt electricity for French two-pin plugs. There is a storage drawer under each bed except for Basilic. Safes are provided in Romarin, Thym and Basilic cabins. If you are in the Lavande cabin and need a safe, please speak with the Captain as there is another safe onboard for passenger use. Each cabin has individually controlled reversible air conditioning.

Cabin Sizes (measurements are approximate)

There is a small ½-inch (1cm) step into each cabin. There are 3 portholes in Romarin cabin. All other cabins have 2 portholes. All bathrooms have 1 porthole. Portholes can be opened when not cruising.

Ceiling height: All cabins have a minimum of 6'6" (2m) headroom

Bed sizes:

Bathrooms:

Each cabin has a stylish en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin, and WC. Please note there is a step measuring 4½" (11cm) to access the shower stall. Washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, bathrobes, and hair dryers are provided.

DINING ROOM & SALON

The comfortable salon is 13ft x 21ft (3.9m x 6.4m) and the height is approximately 6ft 6" (2m). It is traditional and has lovely varnished hardwood and brass throughout.

The salon has banquette seating, a coffee table, a fully stocked bar with drinks cabinet and fridge. The dining table seats up to 8 guests at a single sitting.

SUN DECK

The sundeck on Anjodi is 12ft x 22ft (3.6m x 6.7m). For al fresco dining and relaxing there is a table, 8 reclining chairs and a 6-person hot tub/spa pool. There is a large canopy to provide shade from the sun.

LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

FOOD & DRINK

All meals onboard are freshly prepared 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 of any special requirements 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 Anjodi seats all guests at a single sitting.

Breakfast: Your day on Anjodi starts with a wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with fresh breads and pastries, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and hot beverages.

Lunch: Usually buffet style with 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 is 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 and includes wines, spirits, beer, and soft drinks. All wines are provided 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 Anjodi is potable and bottled water is available.

ELECTRICITY

Anjodi 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 your electrical appliance on board, please speak to a crew member on arrival 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.

CLIMATE CONTROL

Each cabin has individually-controlled reversible air conditioning.

COMPUTER & TELEPHONE

Complimentary WiFi is available on board for all guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.

There is no passenger telephone available on Anjodi.

EXCURSIONS

The Anjodi minibus is an air conditioned, long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter 215 which seats 8 passengers plus driver. It is used for excursions and transfers during your cruise.

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 remain on board.

CYCLING AND WALKING

You are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as you wish. Most guests choose to disembark the barge and cycle at their own pace, returning to the barge a little further along. The barge travels at a slow speed therefore catching up is not a problem.

There are 8 adult, folding bikes on board—helmets are provided. Children's bikes, helmets, and bike seats can be arranged if required on request. Please contact Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks prior to departure.

Because the barge travels at a slow pace, walking is a popular activity.

HOT AIR BALLOONING

The region Anjodi cruises is not suitable for hot air ballooning.

THEMED CRUISES

Wine Appreciation, Golf and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please visit the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement and details can be found on Anjodi's RATES page. Feel free to contact Paradise Connections for more information.

PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS

Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.

Anjodi has a boarding ramp with a single rope handrail and there are 3 steps to the deck. There are 8 steps between the deck and the salon and 3 steps from the salon to the cabin level. There are adequate handrails throughout.

All passengers should be able to manage 15 steps (including 3 from the boarding ramp). There is a 4½-inch (11cm) lip to access the shower in each bathroom.

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 provided 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.

MEDICAL

Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical attention.

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.

SMOKING

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 or on the deck away from other guests.

LAUNDRY

We recommend that you bring sufficient clean 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 request 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 onboard Anjodi and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal. For the Captain's Farewell Dinner on the last evening, guests often dress up which is optional.

The weather in the south of France is generally warm. June, July and August is the warmest often being in the mid-30s°C (top 80s°F).

Suggested things to pack:

CURRENCY

The local currency in France is the Euro. Anjodi is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.

TIPPING

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 guideline, the average tip given by guests from around the world is approximately 5% of the full cruise fare. The usual way to give the tip is to give the amount in cash as one lump sum to the Captain on the last day of the cruise. It will be distributed equally between the whole crew on board.

Please note that gratuities can only be made on board by cash payment. Euros or Dollars are equally appreciated. ATMs are accessible for cash withdrawal on most itineraries during the cruise and the crew can advise where these are located.

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 (except Lavande). Cabin doors are usually not locked for safety reasons.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ON BOARD ANJODI

On arrival the Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures on board.In addition, it is important that all passengers are familiar with the safety instructions detailed below.

Please ask a member of the crew on board if you require any further safety advice

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