About The Barge: Fact Sheet
Savoir Vivre is a purpose-built barge which has a modern, stylish, and flexible design. Not a square foot is wasted, although everything one needs is available. The salon converts to a dining room in minutes.
Top: Salon layout
Bottom: Dining layout
80 feet long x 16 feet wide
3 crew: captain, tour guide, hostess
6 passengers maximum
4 guest cabins that can be configured as queen or twins.
Air conditioning & central heating throughout
Ceiling height ranges from 6'6" to 7 feet
Salon with sofa, lounge chairs, and side tables that convert to dining table
Flat-screen TV & DVD
Open refrigerator and bar: snacks, local wines and beer, house brands of whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, bottled water, and soft drinks
WiFi (subject to local reception). Onboard laptop.
Two outside decks, fore and aft, with chairs and loungers. You may also join the Captain in the wheelhouse.
Air conditioned, 9-seater minibus
All 4 guest cabins can be configured as a either a queen or two single beds. Cabins are identical, approximately 110 ft², each with ensuite, tiled bathrooms with WC, sink, and shower stall. Guest cabins have electrically adjustable orthopaedic beds, deluxe bedding, ample storage, excellent reading lamps, full-length mirrors, large windows, bathrobes, and dressing table & chair. All cabins have a minimum of 6'6" (2m) headroom.
SALON & DINING
Savoir Vivre takes a innovative approach to her layout which makes her exceptionally space efficient and pleasant to be on. For example:
- The salon opens out onto the foredeck by means of unique quad-opening front doors which gives a wonderful open plan of inside/outside space.
- One wall of the salon conceals a beautiful solid cherry wood kitchen with Siemens/Miele appliances. When not it use it is closed giving the appearance of wood panelling. Guests are at liberty to help themselves to anything in the kitchen, anytime.
- Private catering chefs prepare freshly-made meals on shore and bring them to the barge, hence no space-wasting commercial galley is necessary.
- The 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, it creates a spacious area to enjoy lunch.
FOOD & DRINK
Breakfast selections consist of freshly baked breads, croissants, and pastries from a local village boulangerie, along with fruit, cereal, yogurt, cheese, coffee, tea, and juice. Catered lunches showcase local ingredients to create regionally and seasonally inspired menus. Lunch is typically a light buffet featuring hearty salads and savory entrees with lovely table settings. Wine pairings feature a red and a white from area vineyards, along with a cheese platter of artisanal favorites. For dinner, you will experience "real France" dining experiences at a different authentic local restaurant each night of your cruise.
Savoir Vivre is designed to be accessible and safe for children and those who have mobility issues.
- Gangplank with rope handrail with one step to deck. Barge is all on one level except 3 steps to wheelhouse.
- Savoir Vivre's gangway is the shortest of any barge as her unique V-shaped hull means that they can always moor directly next to the canal side.
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