Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spotlight: Renaissance

Renaissance is a luxuriously spacious and stylishly appointed floating hotel for 8 guests, and one of the largest craft that can navigate the French canal locks. With a stunning salon and four spacious staterooms, comfort and complete relaxation are assured aboard Renaissance.
The ultra-luxurious Renaissance accommodates up to eight passengers. She was extensively refitted in 2009 and will delight the most discerning passenger.

She carries four spacious suites, all of which carry a choice of king beds or twins.
They each carry a 60ft sq private bathroom and a TV/DVD system.
The air conditioned interior includes a beautifully appointed lounge with comfortable seating, a cosy bar stocked with delicious beverages, and bookshelves with books, newspapers and a Bose CD system.
The expansive sundeck contains a canopy under the dining table for wonderful shading, as well as a relaxing and luxurious spa pool. Bicycles are also available for their clients' use.

Renaissance has five members of crew who attend to the eight passengers throughout the cruise including a captain, tour guide, master chef and two housekeepers.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spotlight: Golden Odyssey


Originally named Drie Gezusters (Three Sisters), and launched in 1926 for a Dutch captain with three daughters, Golden Odyssey spent her working life carrying cargo to all parts of Europe. At what seemed like the end of her career she was bought by a yachtsman who admired her fine lines and high quality construction. The painstaking conversion that followed was guided by the twin watch-words of quality and taste. Thus the re-born barge yacht has conserved her lines, but all else is new with just one exception...

Whilst many guests will simply take the main engine and associated systems for granted, for others it is the subject of deep appreciation. Industry diesel motors are legendary among the older generations of barge captains and Golden Odyssey's has been totally re-built to ensure that she still benefits from the technology developed to serve these craft when they were at their zenith. As to the other systems it will take a more dedicated engineer to maintain his interest. Suffice to say that from generator to plumbing and electrical systems, firefighting, laundry and galley, all is new and built to the highest standards.

The Spa Pool is typical of the high standards aboard. It is a generous 2 meters by 4 meters and is equipped with water heating and chilling systems, a 10 bar jet pump, ozone purification and underwater lighting. Similarly the air conditioning system is designed to exceed the yacht's requirements. It can warm or chill and distributes air through 7 independently controlled air-handlers allowing each guest to control the temperature of their cabin individually. Although discreetly housed, Golden Odyssey has a full range of modern communication and entertainment systems. Communications ashore are maintained thanks to both cellular and satellite networks. There are private telephones in all cabins and fax and email in the office. There is a full stereo system, video and Bang & Olufsen TV.
To learn more, please visit: http://francecruises.com/barge-192-Golden%20Odyssey-1690.html , or call U.S. toll-free 1-866-498-3920.

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